Jimmy Cooper’s Platform
Unite the American People:
Promote dialog between Americans of all backgrounds to achieve understanding, empathy, compassion, and respect for diversity.
Restore Respectability to U.S. Government and Politics:
End the negativity, divisiveness, obstructionism, and extreme partisanship that currently plague U.S. politics and Government. Restore respectability, civility, good will, and bipartisanship to U.S. Government and U.S. political discourse, and restore our image around the world.
Save Our Planet:
Reduce human caused climate change by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.
Healthcare for All:
Establish an improved “Medicare for All” single-payer public insurance program to provide everyone with affordable, quality healthcare.
Living Wages for All:
Raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00/hour, and adjust it each year for inflation.
Employment as a Right:
Create living wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Provide vocational training for those who need job skills.
Education as a Right:
Abolish student loan debt, and guarantee tuition-free, quality education from pre-school through university.
Civil Rights and Equality:
Guarantee basic civil/human rights for all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, citizenship status, socio-economic status, disability, or any other factor. Promote hiring, promotion, salary, and school enrollment equity for all people.
Care for Wounded/Disabled Veterans:
Guarantee 100% of the necessary care that wounded veterans need to heal, that disabled veterans need for quality of life, and that veterans suffering from PTSD need to heal, up to lifetime benefits, as necessary, and guarantee employment for those who need it, so that those who have paid the price for service never have to face poverty or homelessness as a result of their service.
Reform the Criminal Justice System:
End the so-called “War on Drugs.” Legalize marijuana and stop imprisoning people for personal drug use. Stop the mass incarceration of African-Americans. Abolish “for profit” prisons. Use alternative sentencing (fines, community service, etc.) for most nonviolent crimes, and make reform, restitution, and rehabilitation the focus of our criminal justice system.
Campaign and Election Reform:
Abolish the Electoral College and determine presidential elections, like all other elections, by popular vote. Establish Ranked Choice Voting for all elections. Provide public funding of elections to stop billionaires, Super PACS, and corporations from buying candidates and elections. Guarantee equal media coverage for all candidates, and restore the Fairness Doctrine, which requires the media to give equal coverage to all opposing viewpoints on political issues. Allow all candidates who are on the ballot to participate in debates, and in presidential elections, allow all candidates who are on the ballot in enough states to win the election to participate in debates. Make all primaries open primaries so that the American people can vote for the candidates of their choice, and mandate that the candidate with the most votes in the primaries gets their party’s nomination.
Progressive Taxation for the Common Good:
Restore the U.S. tax code back to a progressive, pre-Reagan tax code, to restore the American middle-class, close the widening gap between rich and poor, balance the federal budget and stop increasing the National Debt, and pay for programs that benefit all of the American people.
American Owned Money:
Abolish the Federal Reserve and restore the U.S. Government’s original practice of printing its own dollars, owned by the American people rather than a private organization that charges the U.S. interest for use of its bills.
Peace and Diplomacy:
Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End drone strikes against other nations. Reduce military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and outlaw the practice of allowing arms manufacturers to sell weapons to both/all sides in conflicts and wars.
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