Responsible persons, corporations, and governments working in real partnership to promote a democratic and capitalistic society for the benefit of all citizens.
I solemnly pledge to place the American people's welfare ahead of all else in the performance of my duties. Regardless of any monetary support or outside influence, I will only support any action, policy, law, or regulation which places the interest of all the American people first. I will conduct myself with honesty, openness, and sincerity.
The Democratic and Republican parties have become nothing more than special interest groups. While espousing the desires to support the American people, they place their adversarial activity ahead of actual work for the American people. They allow special interest groups and large money donors to dictate the direction and priorities of their respective parties. They no longer support all the American people.
Congressional positions have become long-term careers rather than representational voices for their constituents. The wisdom of limited terms for Congress has been purposely buried by our Congressional representatives for their own benefits.
While acknowledging problems facing this great nation for decades, Congressional members have failed to even begin the process to correct these problems. Excuses, finger-pointing, and lack of resolve have weakened this country in the areas of finances, safety, trade, national unity, and international stature. Their kick-the-can down the road, or wait until the next election philosophies can no longer be tolerated.
It is time for the Democratic and Republican parties to take their place as fringe parties and recognized as roadblocks to the prosperity of the American people.
America needs a modern party, representing the needs of a changing people, society, and world.
As the most Democratic nation on the planet, all of our citizens do not vote. RAPP supports the requirement of all citizens to vote in national elections every two years. Failure to do so in two successive elections will result in the permanent suspension of that right.
RAPP supports the re-establishment of ALL voting districts throughout the entire nation based on census data and created by a single algorithm taking into account representative population and physical area. No other means can or will be used to alter these districts.
Voting can be accomplished by ballot, mail-in, or internet. There are safeguards available, like those used by States when registering cars, which can be utilized for voting activity. Voter fraud, while an issue since the beginning of voting in this country, can be held to a minimum. If all citizens are required to vote, the percentage of voter fraud will have no impact on eventual outcomes. We have become an internet society and with proper security and procedures, voting on the internet will become universal.
In addition to the President, all Congressional members will have two term limits. Senators will have two 6 year terms (12 total) and House of Representatives will have two 4 year terms (8 total). One-third of each group will be up for re-election every two years. While serving, every member will access to Federal healthcare and retirement plan. After serving, access to these benefits expire. It should be no different than it is in private industry. Their private sector jobs will be secured while providing Federal service.
Lack of a comprehensive immigration policy undermines the nations financial stability, healthcare system, safety, and future development. RAPP supports the following positions.
The current system of appointed Judges with periodic ballot approval is ineffective. Voters have no knowledge of judges effectiveness and there is no process in place for evaluating a judges performance and necessary feedback. RAPP supports the following positions.
Our Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms. The common good dictates the how and what. If we consider the conditions at the time the Constitution was written, gun ownership was based on weapons where one pull of the trigger provided one shot. Arms did not include military weapons such as cannons. If current gun owners want to go beyond what was written for when it was written, that should mean an amendment. This nation abandoned the wild west approach to personal safety in favor of the common good and police forces for personal safety. Have gun manufacturers been responsible in developing weapons for person use that is more designed for military use? Is the NRA been responsible in supporting gun owners who WANT rather than NEED (sounds like what adults face when dealing with children)? Have weapon manufactures placed profit ahead of citizen safety by producing weapons and ammunition to sell to citizens which should only be in the hands of the military? How many Americans feel safe with police SWAT and military type vehicles? How many police feel safe with all the types of guns allowed for the public? Is it responsible to have teachers carry guns or have laws which allow deadly force without real provocation? Do hunters need semi-automatic weapons to hunt? RAPP supports the following positions.
During the Prohibition, government tried to dictate social morals on it's citizens associated with alcohol. People were arrested, fined and outlawed. It should not have happened. Today we have laws, regulations, job requirements, limits of use, counseling, etc. regarding alcohol but it is allowed in our society. Everything we have today associated with alcohol can be established for marijuana. It makes no sense for government to dictate morals again to it's citizens for a substance that falls somewhere in the general category of personal choice like cigarettes and alcohol. RAPP supports legalization.
If a citizen is physically injured, killed, or suffers financial loss from a doctor, lawyer or other professional, what is their recourse? How well are professionals monitored, evaluated, and certified to perform their job? Who determines if they are adequately maintaining their competency? Are they adequately insured? It is time for the organizations to which professionals are associated with to become responsible for their members. Each professional organization, like the AMA for medical doctors, should be responsible party for all aspects of their members, including liability insurance. A citizen will now sue the AMA for any unprofessional conduct of its member. The pool of insurance money will be substantially greater and the incentive for better "policing" greatly improve. Detailed and open records by the organizations and their members are required. Both civil and criminal penalties can be applied to both the organizational members and the membership they represent. It is time responsibility is accepted and higher standards of conduct be applied to these organizations and their memberships.
Today, the Constitution dictates individual rights as the highest legal standard by which all activities are conducted. Far too often, this standard is inadequate in dealing with most vulnerable members of our society, those who have lost their lives or mental capacity at the hand of another citizen. No one can truly speak for the dead. They have no voice and can offer no testimony. Their rights have been permanently taken from them. Individuals who have killed, or allowed someone to be killed, including the death of an unborn child (see abortions rights), should not be allowed to have their rights override the rights of their victims. Any evidence, regardless of how acquired, which implicates an individual in the perpetration of the crime should be admissible for their prosecution. The highest personal rights of America should be those whose lives have been taken from them.
Abortion arguments are based on two simple principals, moral and constitutional. Moralists take the position that the unborn has a right to live and only God should determine if the unborn dies. Constitutionals take the position that a woman has the right to do as she pleases with her own body. Viability has also been used to determine the cutoff date for an abortion. A human fetus, regardless of the stage of development, will always be be born a human and is always viable until it isn't. A responsible person will act to prevent a birth through contraception if pregnancy is not wanted. The male has the same responsibility as the female. If God allows conception in any circumstance, should man interfere? Since every person must eventual answer to God for their own actions, and because America must provide a moral ground for the unborn, it becomes a situation of render unto Caesar and render unto God. RAPP supports contraception for the woman and man and no abortion, unless in the case of rape or incest, and then only within the first weeks of conception.
The 21st century will take humankind to places unimaginable. We know every person is unique unless they have an identical twin. Our uniqueness is identified by our DNA. We unwillingly leave our DNA everywhere. Innocent people live their lives unconcerned about their DNA. Guilty people do not. Using DNA to identify victims of murder and bring to justice those guilty of bodily harm and property damage should be considered the foundation to America's justice system. Rather than have a fingerprint or photo database, does not make more sense to have a national DNA database to find justice for those wronged and bring to justice those guilty? RAPP supports the immediate development of a national DNA database for all citizens and anyone who applies for a visa or citizenship.
There was a time when workers were considered an asset to the company and not an expense. For most companies today, that time has long since gone. Companies used to support work knowledge diversity by promoting non management personnel into salaried positions along with college hires. It was a successful blend which tended to enhance the overall salaried pool for the entire company. How many previous company executives have risen the company ranks from mail room to CEO? That too has diminished. If a company requires a college education for a position, then that company should be willing to help pay for the extra education it requires. RAPP supports a college education requirement law which mandates any public company will pay for the cost of a required college education (tuition and books, not room and board) of a hired worker over a period of 10 years. The cost of a college education has been rampant for decades. With Federal dollars available, universities and companies have had no incentives to control or curtail costs. Course requirements and availability have not been effectively managed for the benefit of the students. While students are responsible for the selection and fulfillment of course work, the universities and companies are still the primary cost driver. RAPP supports the following restrictions for any entity which accepts Federal dollars in tuition for college level coursework.
1) All coursework is transferable to any other entity.
2) Requirement courses (one course required before another) are offered each semester
3) On-line courses offered at reduce cost
4) The cost of courses offered a la carte from other services like intramural sports
5) Tuition Freeze for 3 Years and only cost of living increases thereafter
A true partnership between employees and companies must meet certain requirements. Mainly, every employee must provide 100% effort and the company must provide 100% pay for the effort. Historically, companies take every advantage of employees to maximize profits until laws are passed to affect change. The time has come right the ship. RAPP supports a national law mandating all public companies create standardized pay scales, one for salaried and one for hourly. These will be similar to the Federal government's pay scales which are based on position and length of service.
The American people deserve and expect a clean and safe environment to live, work, and raise their family. Unfortunately, our local, state, and Federal governments have not been good stewards of our own nation. Excessive regulations are not necessary and have been less than adequate in the past. The only regulation that should rule this nation is that every person, company, and government should behave and operate in a responsible manner which does no harm to the environment and maintains safe provisions (like water) for the people. Failure to do so can result in civil and criminal penalties to anyone responsible. RAPP supports the enactment of laws which provide for civil and criminal penalties for individuals, corporate executives and/or employees, any government officials and/or employees who intentionally pollute or allow to be polluted our environment. The EPA will continue to be the supervising agency.
The United States of America is not a first strike nation. We defend the helpless and come to aid of those oppressed or invaded. By the grace of God, we have been blessed with the economic and military might to defend ourselves and those who seek our assistance. China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea directly oppose us and the rest of the free world. They seek to exert their influence in the world and perceive the U.S. as a roadblock to their success. Isolation and/or sanctions is and will continue to be the best course of actions for us and the rest of the world. Like the USSR, time is real enemy to their ideology which will ultimately crack and erode their position and stature in the world. No one wants to see any nation's people suffer but the course of change for any society must be allowed to continue. Rome was neither built or destroyed in a day. So too for the rest of us. RAPP supports the use of non-military influence with China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea unless acted upon. The U.S. will not hold back any use of military action to defend itself or our allies.
The United Nations and NATO are failed organizations. The United States of America should dissolve their association with these organizations and start a new alliance with any nation that is aligned with us in common goals and mutual interests. Security is of primary concern for every nation, not just the ones with nuclear power. Every member should be involved in and have a vote in security matters. Peacekeeping and humanitarian relief should be left to those nations who are willing to participate both financially and materially. Every member must be willing to make the effort to support and defend themselves and their allies. Group treaty alliances insure common goals and stronger bonds between members. Yearly rotating hosting can bring economic aid and prominence to smaller nations. Nations such as Taiwan can also be allowed to join. The United Nations and NATO were organized after WWII. The world and the relationship of most of the world's nations are very different. The time has come to start new alliances. RAPP supports the abandonment of NATO and the United Nations while starting a new world-wide treaty alliance with members of common goals and mutual interests.
The Israel and Palestine conflict can only be resolved through separate nations, mutual respect for life and existence, peaceful resolution of differences, open and shared boundaries, and an end to terrorist activity. The eventual resolution will take time, effort, patience, and commitment by both sides. It may be imperative for a neutral third party broker to assist in the negotiations. RAPP equally supports both sides of the conflict and welcomes a peaceful outcome.
A partnership of people, companies, and governments for the well being of the country requires equal effort from each partner. Supporting retirement needs should fall equally on all partners. Workers should save for retirement and invest wisely throughout their working years. Government should provide the laws, rules, and regulations which support retirement as well as safety nets and base support. Companies should provide retirement support throughout an employees career. It has been common practice for companies to target older employees when reorganizing and downsizing and thus enhance profits. Government has been unwilling to support employees in this process. The best earning years for employees are their years just before retirement. If their positions are eliminated, a new position is unlikely to provide a comparable pay and subsequent retirement funding. RAPP supports a national older employees law which requires public companies to continue their retirement support to terminated employees 50 year years of age or older until age 65.
Current tax laws are too complicated, have too many loopholes, are based on complicated accounting practices, and result in inequitable taxation. RAPP supports a new tax system which eliminates the need for standard accounting activity for companies like depreciation and only taxes the sale of goods or services by a certain % and at the time sale. For individuals, taxes are based upon the level of pay received. No tax returns required. The IRS will become the clearing house for all companies to determine dependents status for taxation of individuals.
A safe America is a prosperous, growing, and strong America. Safety only comes with law and order. The yearning for statehood by territories as the nation was being built was based on the desires for law and order in order to live, work, and worship in safety. Societal change is not an easy process. Citizens must be allowed to demand change in a lawful manner without fear of retribution. Citizens expect and demand fair treatment in the application of law and order. However, respect for law and order must also be a criteria for all citizens, for their own safety and safety of those charged with the application of law and order. All police, government officials, and justices must be held to a higher standard of conduct. Both civil and criminal penalties must be applied if that conduct is preached. RAPP supports national laws which hold all persons accountable for their conduct in maintaining law and order. Proportionally, Citizens must also be held accountable for their conduct in not supporting law and order.
As with all things, responsibility must be driven down to the lowest level. However, a program created and funded by the Federal government should be consistent throughout the states. To eliminate fraud and abuse, all medicare requests should be based on an licensed physician's RX and all Medicare related providers must be approved by the state in which they reside, even if they are providing services or supplies nationwide.
America is a land of excess. Excessive healthcare costs. Excessive healthcare conditions. Excessive healthcare failures. Excessive healthcare profits. America's current healthcare system is not ubiquitous, transparent, consistent, efficient, effective, and affordable. As equal partners, citizens, companies, and the government must shared the burdens and responsibilities of creating an effective and affordable healthcare system. Citizens must do their part to live healthy lives, have annual checkups, seek medical attention when needed, and accept responsible healthcare and end-of-life circumstances. Companies must do their part to help their employees to have access to healthcare, support the cost of that access, and provide the safest working conditions possible. Governments must provide the environment for a successful healthcare system. Insurance programs have not provided and never will provide the solutions for a successful healthcare system. RAPP supports the following conditions for new, affordable, and effective healthcare system. All healthcare related companies and activities are to be non-profit. Competition is to be modified with transparency. All services, products, and supplies are to be provided on a cost plus rate of return basis and those costs are to be readily available to the consumer. Competitors will have the capability to continue to compete on price and quality. A national healthcare database will become the standard chart for every citizen. Localized healthcare offices, based upon population density, will be required to support regular and non-emergency healthcare needs beyond the current doctor offices. Physician assistants, supported by fewer doctors, will likely be the mainstay. Telemedicine will be required to support all areas of population, especially rural America. All prescriptions will be priced at cost plus rate of return plus R&D. A national agency will hold all patents, direct national R&D priorities and funding, production needs, and be responsible for all quality issues. Doctors or other healthcare providers will receive no monies from manufacturers. Insurance providers will only administer their plans, have no interaction with healthcare decisions, and be able to create separate healthcare contracts with providers. America is an obese nation due to the abundance of food we produce and fast food we consume and human behavior can be successfully dictated by the government. However, just as fees can be levied on users, healthcare costs can be levied by the consumers. All food sold by the restaurant industry beyond a certain caloric content will be taxed a rate of 5% to fund national healthcare costs. As healthcare monies are generated, restaurant prices will either be increased, quantities will be reduced or a combination of both. Regardless, healthcare will be supported by the consumer and a potentially healthier lifestyle will be created. All sales taxes on food purchased in the grocery stores are to be eliminated. They are an undue burden on the poor and do not support a healthier food consumption lifestyle. For any individual who does not have access to insurance through employment, national, not state, healthcare plans (increased participation with reduced premiums) will be provided. These plan premiums will be subsidized by federal healthcare dollars based on income limits of the individual. These plans will be administered in each state by contracted state insurance agencies who compete for the services on a three year contract. Mental healthcare is the most under provided and needed service in America. In addition to physical healthcare centers, mental healthcare centers are to be created based upon population density to support current mental health offices.
For far too long, leadership in America has been reactive and not proactive to the changing world's situations. 911 is a perfect example. America is truly at war with many countries regarding cyber espionage, data theft, blackmail, and election tampering. All personal, corporate, and government computers are exposed to cyber attacks. RAPP supports a new national Cyber Security Agency should be created to provide a comprehensive umbrella for all personal, corporate, and government entities. All our nations data, not just defense, is important and requires safety and security. This war will not won without resources, resolve, and adequate response. Private companies can not provide a solution and current government agencies are not universal enough.
Driving is a privilege not a right! Responsible individuals do not drink and drive. However, the mental health aspect of drunk driving is not properly addressed. With the establishment of mental healthcare centers, drunk driving, suicide, drug addiction can be more effectively treated. With adequate prevention centers in place and notification of implementation, RAPP supports following mandatory drunk driving laws.
1) First Offense - One year mandatory jail time and $1,000 fine
2) Second Offense - Five year mandatory jail time and $5,000 fine
3) Third Offense - Ten year mandatory jail time and $10,000 fine, Permanent Loss of License
These penalties are consecutive to any other penalties imposed when the drunk driving offense causes loss of life. Drunk driving can only be minimized when society is willing to prevent it.
America is the most democratic society in the world. Personal freedom is the bedrock of our Constitution. Some crimes will go unsolved and justice will never be served to the victims or their relatives. NO INNOCENT INDIVIDUAL SHOULD EVER BE SENT TO PRISON! In the rush for justice, either by error, design, or incompetence, police and/or prosecutors have caused the conviction of innocent individuals who have served long prison sentences and even died by execution. This should never happen in this country. Far too often this injustice is served by the poorer of this country who do not have the means to defend themselves. Criminal justice reform should be foremost in this country to provide for the common good of all the people. RAPP supports the following changes to our criminal justice system.
1) Eyewitness identification can not be the sole evidence to convict of a felony.
2) Jailhouse confessions are not acceptable testimony
3) Reduced Charge confessions can not be the sole evidence to convict of a felony.
4) Bite marks are not acceptable testimony
5) Only Public Defenders with limited case loads can be assigned Personal Injury Felonies
6) Police, Prosecutors, and DAs can be personally held both civilly and criminally liable for evidence tampering or concealment, failure to disclose, and unethical behavior
7) Jury selection must comprise appropriate mix of peers from local community
8) Interrogation confessions acceptable only with appropriate foundation (mental competence, Miranda rights, lack of sleep or basic necessities)
Perhaps the incentive of conviction should be changed from the offer of reduced charges and its associated prison time to a 25% reduction of the maximum time allowed of the actual charge if convicted. With sufficient evidence to convict, an offer for a 25% reduction and possible early parole could be a strong enough incentive to avoid trail. Regardless, if the primary motive of all personnel involved with felony crime is to first protect the innocent and second convict the guilty, no one who is innocent will be put behind bars.
This issue should really be a no-brainer unless you are Democrat or Republican, especially a career politician. Bills are created and passed when many elected officials fail to ever read the entire contents of the bill. Or an elected officials sneak in a provision which was not intended. If the elected officials can not effectively perform their job, the President, as our leader should have every right to remove the item. Congress can override if it is important enough for the American people. Career politicians have lost track of why they are elected. It is to represent who elected them in activity which affect all the American people, not to find and filter additional Federal monies to the state or special interests from whom they were elected. A certain amount of Federal money should be dispersed to each state based on population and Federal highway miles. It is up to the states to responsibly use and allocate that money. RAPP supports a line-item veto amendment to the Constitution.
Emergency deficits are a necessary and important need by the Federal government is circumstances dictate. The coronavirus pandemic is a perfect example. However, additional debt will only result in higher taxes, increased interest spending, reduced dollar value, and affects our future generations. Every attempt should be made to control spending, both at the Federal and State level, and have a budget which prioritizes spending. Paying down debt is as appropriate as defense and healthcare. RAPP supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution with an emergency spending provision.
Energy availability for our future generations should be a critical goal of our government. Putting our heads in the sand and assuming we either have or will find enough fossil fuel to handle future demands is not only ludicrous but dangerous. Being a seller of our natural resources to assist the oil industry is extremely shortsighted and foolish. RAPP supports a national resource policy which maintains our natural resources and increases solar and wind production to 50% of the country's needs by the year 2050. In addition, the automobile industry should be required to maintain yearly increased fuel economy for their feet without specific targets. It should be national policy to increase electric car penetration to 30% by 2050.
For too many too many decades, this country has placed itself in the position of trying to dictate the governance or influence the outcome of societies changes in other countries. With little to no success, Americans soldiers have lost their lives or become disabled in these endeavors. This activity has also created an inferior view of the United States in the eyes of many other nations and people. However, when this country has risen up and sacrificed our men and women in wars to support and defend the helpless and invaded, we have found much success and admiration from many around the world. Sometimes, the efforts and objectives are blurred. The U.S. needs a strong defense for ourselves and our allies around the world. We must be able and willing to defend those who treaty with us to help defend them from outside forces seeking to destroy or conquer. Our policy must not include involvement in the changes to other countries internal affairs which may eventually oppose our own. Unless there is clear and imminent danger to our allies existence, the U.S. must not inject military force. Perceived threats to the U.S. may not necessarily justify action. Ideology is transitory. Due to the global nature of the world today, wars of tomorrow will not be like the wars of yesterday. Subtlety and subterfuge will be the earmarks in the upcoming battles with our enemies over a lengthening period of time. We must become diligent and steadfast as we maintain our economic and military might. RAPP supports a strong and effective military ready to support and defend our allies but with no intention of becoming involved with the internal affairs of another nation.