What would you do if you were the Emperor of the United States?

31 03 2008

peace-fingersth1.gifIf anyone has any good political or social change ideas that they would initiate if they were the Emperor of the United States, e-mail me at emperorofamerica@hotmail.com. Let me know if you would like me to post your e-mail on this page.  Any and all ideas are welcome.  (even bad ones) 





1 is the loneliest # of licenses you’ll ever do

24 03 2008

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“You have the right to be a dumb-ass.”

1 03 2008

Currently, 49 states require that seatbelts be worn by adults in vehicles. (New Hampshire is the only exception.) 24 states have “primary” seatbelt enforcement laws, which allow cops to pull over citizens for driving without seatbelts.

Wearing your seatbelt while driving is smart. They’re designed for your safety. Statistics showthat drivers wearing their seatbelts while in traffic accidents are usually better off than those that don’t. Seatbelts save lives.

History shows that governments that attempt to protect their citizens from themselves are corrupt, and have hidden agendas. For example: the German Nazi government bragged to the rest of the world that they were the first “civilized” nation to completely disarm the public of their harmful guns, right before they began slaughtering their citizens by the millions.

I am a firm believer that people should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do as long as they’re not directly infringing on the rights of others. That is what we call “FREEDOM.” Not wearing a seatbelt won’t kill somebody else, it will only kill the dumb-ass that’s not wearing it, and being a dumb-ass should be everyone’s God-given right.

The reason why twinkie_the_kid1.jpglawmakers make seatbelt laws isn’t because they love you. For one, it brings in massive revenue. All those millions of minor infractions written up by cops equate to millions of dollars. The reason why many states have passed laws that allow cops to pull over people that “appear” not to have their seatbelts on is that they want to make it easier for cops to pull people over. It’s unconstitutional for the police to detain people without just cause, so lawmakers have intern made bad habits illegal. It’s a slippery slope, and our rights are being written away. Using the logic that they’re trying to push, Twinkies should be illegal since diabetes kills so many people each year. Of coarse, with all the fat-cats running this country, that will never happen.

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If I were the Emperor of the United States I would leave it up to people in cars to decide whether or not they want to be dumb-asses or not.  In fact, I would go a step further and make a new constitutional amendment stating that all citizens do indeed have the right to do whatever the hell they want to do as long as they’re not directly infringing on the rights of others.





Taxation without representation Is tyranny unless you took a baseball bat to a mailbox.

25 02 2008

artb.jpgartb.jpgartb.jpgThe 14th Amendment allows states to deny citizens the right to vote if they have been convicted of “participation in rebellion, or other crime”. Most states interpret “other crime” as having committed a felony. Currently, 48 states (with the exception being Vermont and Maine) exclude inmates from voting.  36 states exclude parolees, 31 exclude probationers, and 12 states permanently exclude those who have been convicted of felonies from the voting.

This policy can be used by corrupt politicians to ostracize different groups from the polls. For example: there is a higher ratio of black men in this country that have felony offences on their records than white men. If politicians wanted to exclude more Eskimos from voting they could make it no longer legal for them to hunt whales. Since Eskimos have to eat, and they get a large amount of their food from whales, they would most likely become a bunch of felons that wouldn’t even be able to elect representation to defend their side of the issue.

Taxation without representation is tyranny” was a slogan that was used by the founders of this country when revolting against the unjust ruling England had over the colonies. Today there is approximately 5.3 million citizens in this country that are required by law to pay taxes, and because of their pasts they have no say in who the law makers of this country are.

If I were the Emperor of the United States, in the heart of establishing a true democracy, I would draft a new constitutional amendment that ensures that no citizen can be disenfranchised, that the right to vote is a life-long right.

Barbara Ciara reporting – Felony Voting Rights in VA -Part 1  

Barbara Ciara reporting – Felony Voting Rights in VA -Part 2





An Innovation for Inventors

11 02 2008

When asked: “Who in history has made the most significant social changes to our world?” many people might first think of a religious figure, or a country’s leader.  However, the most profound changes to our way of life have always been accomplished by inventors. Things like printing presses, light bulbs, computers, and toilet paper have shaped how we live our day to day lives. Inventions and innovations are the true driving force of our economy.

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Personally, I’ve looked into patenting my invention ideas several times. I always come to the same road block: It costs too much, it takes too much time, and the whole process is confusing. 

United States Patent and Trademark Office

There are many companies out there that “help” inventors with the ordeal of running patent searches and filling out all the appropriate paper work. Their services can end up costing an inventor thousands upon thousands of dollars. If the prospective inventor finds out that someone else has already “beat them to the punch,” then they’re out of a lot of money all for nothing.

If I were the Emperor of the United States, I would set up a free program for private individuals seeking to get their ideas patented. Government patent assistants would be available to assist individuals in putting their ideas down on paper in coherent ways, running patent searches, and filling out all the appropriate paper work. Patent applications would be free. Even if there was a program that deferred the cost of these services until after a new invention began making money, it would still be better for our country than our current system. It would insight people to do something more with their ideas than leaving them locked up in their notebooks or brains. It would put power in the hands of the individual who is currently at a huge disadvantage to large corporations who can afford to get their inventions patented. It just might make the difference between whether or not our country has the leading edge on technology in the coming future.

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Don‘t Legalize GAY MARRIAGE. (Just Eliminate Marriage All Together)

10 02 2008

With the presidential campaigns in full swing, everyone has their own particular deciding issues that help them to narrow down which potential candidates to vote for. (For me personally, a big one is the STEM CELL debate.) For many, it’s whether or not a candidate is for or against legalizing gay marriage.

Here is a link to how each candidate stands on the issue of gay marriage.

I am a huge advocate for personal freedom. I feel that a person should be able to do whatever they choose as long as it isn’t directly affecting the liberties of another. I believe that it should be the government’s primary objective to protect and expand it‘s citizens’ freedoms. I also believe, however, that the government should stay out of it’s citizens’ personal lives as much as possible.

The main reason why the government is involved in marriage at all has to do with taxes. Often times, in our society, a husband will bring home a pay check, while a wife will stay at home in order to take care of the kids. In this arrangement, both the husband and wife are working to support a family with a single income. It makes sense that if two people have a shared income, then they should be taxed as a unit, and that their assets should be shared equally.

Now, let’s say a couple of buddies are living together. They share their household costs. Both have jobs that are seasonal, so sometimes one friend takes care of most of the bills, while at other times, the other friend carries the bulk of the load. These friends are not sleeping together romantically, but they are just as much in bed financially as the married couple. Yet, the government doesn’t recognize it that way.

Marriage is a cultural and religious institution. A good government should and must have a strong separation between church and state. It should make no difference to the government who is sleeping with or married to whom. If a man marries a man or has ten wives, what difference should it make to any outside parties? The government should be involved only in finding appropriate ways to tax people who are in bed financially with one another, and mediating disputes between those who have abandoned their financial arrangements.

If I where the Emperor of the United States I would eliminate the government’s legal acknowledgement of the institution of marriage. I would replace marriages with “domestic partnerships.” Domestic partnerships would be available for any people (whether romantically involved or not) that live together and share expenses. In order to be recognized as having a domestic partnership, the applicants would have only to show that they live together, and provide itemized lists of their current assets that they would like to maintain if or when they end their domestic partnerships.[YouTube=<object width=”425″ height=”355″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/qdS5lkeN8_8&rel=1″></param><paramname=”wmode” value=”transparent”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/qdS5lkeN8_8&rel=1” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”transparent” width=”425″ height=”355″></embed></object>]

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Don’t Vote!

4 02 2008

What if I was to tell you that there is a secretive group of elite individuals that are responsible for choosing who becomes president of the United States, and that your vote really doesn’t count. This sounds like trailer of a Hollywood conspiracy movie, but it’s actually true. The elite group is THE ELECTORAL COLLAGE.

A little background:

>Way back when this country’s constitution was originally being drafted, America’s forefathers didn’t have a lot of faith in the average man’s ability to elect a decent leader. At the time, the country’s population consisted largely of farmers and frontiersmen who had little means to keep up with all the political issues. Many couldn’t even read or write. “What we need is some smart people to pick our leader,” thought the forefathers. So, with much deliberation and debate, the designers of our constitution came up with THE ELECTORAL COLLAGE.

Each state gets one electorate for every Congressman and Senator they have. These electorates collectively form the electoral collage, and they are the actual people who pick the president. (Not you! Sorry.) The way these electorates are chosen is up to each state. Nowadays, the electorates are pledged to vote for certain presidential candidates. When the average Joe is at the poles casting their vote, contrary to how the ballots appear, they AREN’T voting for the president. They’re voting for which electorates vote for president. It is important to know also that the electorates don’t have to vote for the candidates that they’ve been pledged to vote for. They can vote for whomever they choose. Just because one candidate is chosen in the popular vote, doesn’t mean that that candidate has to be chosen by the electoral college.

We don’t live in a democracy

In a true democracy, every citizen’s vote is equal. In America, we vote for mystery people (electorates) to vote for us. These people are supposed to be more educated on the issues and the candidates than what the average American is able to be. In this age of communication that we’re supposed to be living in; in this age of high speed Internet, that a person in Timbuktu can communicate with someone in Toronto about the speech that is going on in New York, I’d like to know where the electors get all their privileged information. The worst part is that most Americans don’t even know that the electoral college is composed of actual people. (Which is a strong argument as to why we still need them.)On top of that, very, very few people know who the electorates of their state are comprised of. Do you?

If I were the Emperor of the United States…

First of all, there wouldn’t be voting, because I would be all powerful, but I’d like to leave a fair system for after I’m gone. I would eliminate the electoral college system, and return the power to the people. Every vote would be equal. Period.

 

 

 

This Video is a clip from “Weeds.”

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Here’s an even funnier SouthPark episode about voting.