PROPOSAL NAME: Reprioritization of US Military Spending
VETTING COMMITTEES: MDVR, Adcom, Communications
FLOOR MANAGER: John Blumenstiel, email: [email protected], PH: 781-784-3601
SHEPHERD: John Blumenstiel
SUMMARY: This proposal is intended to replace our current webpage statement re: Eliminating the US Military. I believe the goals are consistent, but needs further elaboration, refinement and detail. This new proposal addresses these issues.
BACKGROUND: The current proposal lacks detail re: the means of reducing and to what ends the funds would be utilized. The statement of reducing the funding to zero, minus some general sense of means and direction, comes across as naive. It does not present the party as a pragmatic, thoughtful organization. I believe that the rewritten proposal as offered accomplishes the following: 1) Improved formatting, easier to read. 2) Provides increased detail re: the destructive outcomes of funding the US military. 3) Provides a general framework for how the funds would be repriortized to peace, justice and stability activities. 4) Provides a more extensive statement re: the positive national and global outcomes of a US reprioritization of military spending.
Accomplishment: People reading the revised statement will be more inclined to view the GRP as a thoughtful, reasonable and articulate organization willing to promote serious proposals that will have major positive impact in the world. This should enhance the likelihood of increasing our membership and building our power for change in the electoral process.
Criticalness: With the incredibly fluid current US political scene and with perhaps millions of individuals feeling adrift in the political world, NOW is the time to make our presence known and viewed seriously in addressing the global crisis exacerbated by the US military.
TEXT OF PROPOSAL:
A Proposal to Address US Military Spending
Whereas the spending on the US military consumes 60% of our national discretionary spending,
Whereas the US spends 3.5 times as much on military spending as China , the second largest military budget in the world and 10 times more than Russia, or more than the next 10 countries put together,
Whereas the US military is the largest global institutional producer of greenhouse gases,
Whereas the the US military creates a massive, transcontinental toxic footprint through its vast array ( 800+) military bases throughout the world,
Whereas additional revenues to the US treasury are expended in various other governmental agencies ( Department of Energy, Veterans Affairs, State Department and Department of Homeland Security, among others) not transparently classified as "military spending" but nevertheless going to the Military Industrial Complex,
Whereas, with bipartisan support, these funds are increased year after year with minimal over site and no public debate,
Whereas, these funds are not utilized in the defense of the US homeland but rather are utilized as the tool for advancing global empire,
Whereas, the US utilizes these funds for overt and covert political, economic and military intrusion throughout the world for the economic benefit of US and global corporations and,
Whereas, these ongoing intrusions have led to death, harm and destitution of millions of our fellow human beings globally while undermining the health, well-being and security of our own citizenry,
It is the goal of the GRP that while retaining the ability to effectively defend our geographical boundaries and sovereignty to defund all offensive military weapons, weapon systems and interventions; undertake a rapid closing of overseas bases and withdrawal of all overt and covert military personnel from foreign nations; reallocate a minimum of 50% of the present military budget to international diplomacy, non-hostile foreign relations and meeting the human needs of our present population while using the remainder as a means of disassembling weapons systems, including nuclear and non-nuclear, retraining, job development, and investment in the failing US physical and social infrastructure providing employment for transitioned out military personnel as well as the general population. Additionally we oppose all sales of weapons and weapons systems to the global community. We further call for a program of reparations to rebuild economies, physical infrastructure, personal lives as well as the land itself of those countries victimized by US aggression. Lastly, we demand that all veterans who have suffered enormously, physically, psychologically and spiritually by our country's perpetual wars receive all care appropriate to their needs, in a timely manner, through a fully publicly funded single payer healthcare system.
The rebuilding of our needed infrastructure and the reorientation of our economy to meet human needs, will strengthen our country, benefit our citizens and provide by example a path to a global community committed to peace and justice.
This must be a transformational process by which all offensive weapons, objectives and personnel of the US military will be re-purposed for the enhancement of peace and security within our borders as well as globally. The world and human survival can no longer tolerate a US foreign policy of intervention, repression and denial of the right to self determination by the collective peoples of the world. The soverienty of all nations must be respected. The economic, intellectual and collective energy of the US must be redirected towards human advancement and universal security for all.
History has shown that we have squandered inestimable resources and ruined countless lives in our destructive desire to control rather than cooperate with all to bring about a world order that values People, Planet and Peace over profit and individual wealth.
It is time to close this tragic chapter of our history. It is time to reorganize our priorities, our underlying thinking and create a future committed to not just survival, but to a thriving global environment for the mutual benefit of all living inhabitants, human and non-human.
IMPLEMENTATION: John Blumenstiel will oversee the implementation process 1) Identify persons with ability and authority to edit our webpage and work with them to accomplish this. 2) Time frame: ASAP once approved.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None, other than the possibility of increasing membership and thus dues.
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