The Intenational Court of Justice Hague Peace Palace, Netherlands
Legislate without qualification, that all citizens are First Class Citizens with equal rights under the law regardless of their: religion, social philosophy, race, sect, culture, gender, caste, class, tribe or clan. Each citizen should have a reason to be enthusiastic in building a healthy, collaborative and constructive society. Do not give your country a title that excludes any group of citizens or that reflects any particular religious, racial, clan, tribe, class or ethnic affiliation, etc.
Protect the Right to Dissent peacefully.
Protect the Right to Free Speech without libel. (see media below)
Bring to the entire voting public a referendum for any call to war except in the case where a state literally has a military evading its’ borders. The decision to go to war should be a decision of the grassroots people.
Any issue of critical importance should be brought before the voting public, in it’s entirety, in referendum form.
All defense interests should be entirely owned and controlled by the government. No private business, particularly where CEOs, CFOs bring in salaries in the millions of dollars (or Rupees, Dinar, Real etc.) should be paid for by the grassroots taxpayer.
Do legislate that all government employees, both elected and appointed must have their salaries proposed and thenvoted for by general public referendum. No elected or appointed government employee should ever be allowed to increase their pay without a vote of approval by the entire voting populace.
Pay schedules for all hired public employees should be posted in easily accessible government websites and in print media. All public salaries and independent contractor salaries working for the government should be posted on government internet sites andin full page disclosures printed in print media. No reductions, raises, bonuses, in salary, etc. should be enacted without a referendum vote of the general public.
Pending legislative bills should be posted publicly in all printed news media and broadcast on news television and radio broadcasts, as well as on easily accessible government websites. No legislation should be “bundled,” that is, for example; a vote in favor of allotting funds for new schools should not be combined with a proposition for giving a legislature a large bonus.
All soliciting of bids for government contracts of any kind, in any department must be posted publicly on government internet websites and in the print media, well in advance of any bid submission dates. Decisions on winning bids should be decided by both government, appropriate professionals and grassroots civilians overseeing the transparency of such bids. Winning bids must be publicly posted in printed news media, broadcast news media and in the government internet websites.
Protecting Your Citizens, Your Land, Your Resources, Your Culture Do not allow any organization (domestic or foreign) or foreign government to lobby in your capital or any state, county, in any geographical area of your country under any conditions. Legislation should be enacted that would put any elected or appointed official taking gifts or bribes from “special interests” or a foreign government into prison without recourse. (See terms below).
Do not sell the “rights” to any minerals, land, water, or the “right of way” of any land, river or ocean to outside countries or corporations. Make certain that any domestic corporations holding these rights can not be bought out or taken over by foreign corporations.
Do protect your agricultural land and your farmers, first. Use agricultural products and techniques that you know will not harm the land, poison the water or destroy next years seeds. Utilize drip irrigation water techniques. If your country is unable to handle abundant snow and rain, build canals, give people jobs - link rivers with canals.
Do not allow any one political entity (government department or person) to have the right to sign any contract regarding natural minerals, land or water (both fresh and ocean). Contracts should be up for “option” renewal around every five years, bearing in mind that the value of many natural resources may well escalate quickly. (All such contracts listed above must be signed in the presence of a diverse interests community council and it must be signed publicly by a least three elected officials.) Serving in Public Office
Do not allow individuals with duel citizenship to serve in political office, the diplomatic corps, the military or any political appointments. No one can be loyal and serve the best interests of two countries.
Protecting the Integrity of Your Media and Internet
Do not allow any foreigners to own or control any domestic media. Do not let anyone holding dual citizenshipto own any of your domestic media. Media produced or published in a foreign country can be distributed within your country, as long as it is stipulated clearly that the point of view reflected by an outside political “special interest.”
Do not allow any one culture, ethnic group, religion, philosophy, race, caste, class, sect, tribe, clan, political persuasion, media corporation or foreign corporation control of more than 10% of any major media: print, television, radio, (news or quasi news talk shows) in any capacity; including but not limited to: ownership, production, writing, editing, directing and publishing.
Be aware of media that is tied to foreign espionage *organizations that use your media as a front to threaten or blackmail your countries public figures. These public figures are most likely honest and are attempting only to protect the interests of their own countrymen and women and constituents.
Do not restrict the internet. It is a healthy outlet and allows unhappy citizens to blow off steam.People unable to get a formal education, have the opportunity to take classes and get training on line, often for free. The internet also offers many opportunities economically for grassroots groups with technical and agricultural skills to do trade and secure business from outside the country.It will help with the timely distribution of products, especially agricultural throughout your country.
Do legislate stringent libel laws. Any media slandering the name of any person or organization should be taken to court. It is incumbent upon the media itself to prove their allegations. If they can not back up their claims, they should be heavily fined, equivalent to four months gross profits and forced to print a retraction on the center front page or the opening of their televised or radio broadcast show. If they repeat the offense they should lose their license to publish or broadcast. Propaganda, misinformation, disinformation and slander destroy the goodwill and integrity of a society. It often destroys totally innocent people.
Do not allow any one culture, political group, ethnic group, religion, philosophy, race, class, caste, sect, tribe, clan or media corporation to control information through search engines or IP (internet providers.) No one should own more than one outlet of either.
Do not allow any one culture, political group, ethnic group, religion, philosophy, race, class, caste, sect, tribe, clan, political interest or media corporation to own a substantial percentage , or control book or textbook publishing. All textbooks should be inclusive of all ethnic, cultural groups, races, classes, castes, religions, philosophies, sects, tribes and clans, showing their value and contribution to the country as a whole. No textbook should ever belittle or devalue any group or gender within a country. Children and young people who feel good about themselves are positive and loyal contributors to their society.
Do not allow outside multinational corporations to operate in your country without a partnership with a domestic corporation which is at least 95% owned by citizens of your own government. That means that the domestic corporation in partnership with a foreign multinational must have no more than 5% of its shares in the hands of foreign stockholders. Such foreign stockholders can hold no seats on the Board of Directors and can only have simple common share voting rights, equivalent to all other common share holders. The domestic company must also employ at least 75% of its own citizens within its own country. No foreign employee can be hired in the role of CEO, CFO, Board of Directors or the head of any corporate division.
Do hire outside independent contractors on a short term basis, if your country does not have qualified people to work in certain fields. Make certain the contract stipulates the time periodin which students and citizens should have learned the new skills. Have regular government reviews and tests, every three to six monthsto make certain that the schedule of instruction is being adhered to and that your citizens are learning. Sources of up to date training, may be available from graduate students/ professors from outside universities.
Do considerdoing business with multinational corporations from smaller western countries first, if you are going to do business with a Western nation. Smaller countries do not generally back up their corporations with spy agencies and military aggression. Good choices for instance are; the Scandinavian countries. The Irish are well educated and generally have good international ethics, Belgium, etc.
Do not base contracts on good relations with a particular CEO, CFO or Board of Directors of a Public Corporation. The leadership of public corporations come and go like the wind. There is no consistency in leadership agendas except to make more money.
Do have regular community board reviews of all corporations originating outside your country (at least four times a year) - on the impact they have on your environment, the number of people they employ, the technical or educational training your citizens are receiving, as well as whether they provide a livable salary for your citizens. The advantage of doing reviews with the change of seasons, is environmental poisons can be tracked down during some seasons better than others.
Do business, if possible with private corporations, rather than public corporations located outside your country. Family run or private corporations are generally more stable and the Board and employees remain longer. With the death of the Rockefeller dynasty and other family dynasties like them, private corporations usually have little involvement with their home government, military and the intelligence agencies. There are exceptions, especially when you are considering family companies tied to one particular Middle East country with a consistently paranoid and neurotic espionage agenda.
Eliminating Bribery & Corruption
Do make certain, to eliminate bribery by having a harsh federal law against taking bribes while serving in elected or appointed office. Anyone taking a bribe especially from foreign interests of any kind should know that they will spend a minimum of five years in jail without parole. (The bribe money will be seized or it’s equivalent value from the acceptors estate and donated to charity for the poor. This money needs to be tracked in the media and the public should be notified how much went to what programs and see follow-up media giving evidence of its reaching the people in need, not into the pockets of politicians or bureaucrats)
Do legislate that no elected government official or appointed official, or military person can have an off-shore bank account - such as the Cayman Islands or a Swiss numbered account. No honest person has a need for such an account. They are for all intents and purposes places to hide bribes, money from extortion, illegal business, tax evasion and theft of government funds. Any person within the above classifications or family member, or relative of such a person found to have such a bank account through a court trial, will be sentenced to 10 years in jail without parole and all the money from the account will be donated to hospitals and housing/farming land/ water wells for the poor. The sentenced person after getting out of jail can never serve in any capacity of the government or the military.
Security From Invasion
Danger Point: Traditionally, publicly traded Western corporations,wishing to take control of an industry or the mineral “rights” or “right of way” of a non-Western country will claim at Congressional/ or Parliamentary hearings that due to the fact that their stock is held in pension funds and similar broadly distributed financial vehicles, any impediment to their desired actions within another country is a “threat to the National Security” - (read economy.)
Such multinational corporations, will historically invent a false threat that they feel will create fear in the unsophisticated and less educated masses. They pay a prominent Public Relations firm(s) to plant propaganda in the media to gain support for a military invasion and the penetration of your country by intelligence agents. If provided the opportunity, the intelligence agency will attempt to assassinate political leaders, environmental leaders and labor leaders standing in the way of their agenda.
Do not allow any outside military bases in your country ever.
Do not (NEVER) have any dealings with a “spy” organization from another country. Dealing with an outside spy agency is like dealing with the “mafia.” (gangsters) You never get rid of them. One way or the other you will always “owe” them or you will end up being blackmailed by them. Be straight forward and outspoken and very PUBLIC in your dealings with other countries and demand that they deal with you in the same manner.
Do publicly expose all spies and mercenaries found within your country Immediately publish their photo, location and their name or names in all print, internet and broadcast news media. Throw them out of your country. Tell all your citizens, all your government departments to report them to the authorities. Notify all neighboring countries of the spies or mercenaries with photos, names, locations and the intended purpose of their activities. In addition, bring up the issue of the violence of your state’s security to regional organizations such as: the African Union, Cooperation Council for Arab States in the Gulf, League of Arab States, Organization of American States, ASEAN, India Pakistan Trade Unit and at the United Nations. Embarrass and shame them publicly and often.
Human Rights vs Foreign Crime Syndicates
Do not let organizations from foreign governments build tourist centers (religious or otherwise) in your country. Often “so called” tourist centers are tied in with espionage. We are familiar with one Asia country that has over 70 “so called” religious tourist centers. More than a few of them are located where they can intercept heroin over the border, through the Himalayan foothillsand use unsuspecting young tourists to carry it from one tourist house to another until it leaves the country. In addition, several of these “so called” religious tourist centers are provocatively situated close to politically sensitive borders, where many believe they instigated violence through agents using the tourist centers as bases. Street children from nearby neighborhoods have mysteriously disappeared near these “foreign tourist centers. One of this group’s religious leaders was recently found doing business with stolen body parts.
Poor, over populated countries do not do much to protect their children, either from body parts merchants, sex trade merchants or those dealing in the human slave trade. These activities in some cases, are activities closely allied with spy networks. As with heroin trafficking, body parts and disassembled weapons can easily be carried by unwary young tourists from one center to another and to another, until the weapons and body parts make their way out of a country or into many distribution points within a country.
Emergency Needs - Civics
Do accept foreign aid onlyin the case that it goes directly to grassroots people via a broad range of charitable and non-profit organizations. It must be stipulated that these organizations must use the funds for the objective on hand and are forbidden to use the funds for salaries or any sort of pay. Quarterly reviews by committees made up of grassroots people, local people, professionals and accountants should be made to assure that the funds are going to what they are intended for. All use of funds should be made public through all forms of media.
Do get volunteers to carry out all work needed for emergency causes or for general public welfare by implementing a two year (24 month) required volunteer service program for all people from high school age through college age. Young people can begin volunteer work after school or during vacations or school breaks. They can postpone it until they have completed their studies, but by the age of 26, they will have to have served their two years of volunteer work on behalf of their country and their people.
Do offer in-depth “civics” courses to all students. More and more children worldwide receive no ethical or moral training from either their parents or from any sort of spiritual, religious or humanist philosophical training.
Our humanity is only as good as each individuals’ personal ethics. Government is only as good as the individuals serving their fellow countrymen and women.
As Benjamin Franklin said; “Government can not be bad, if men be good.” Clearly our world has a lot of bad “men” worldwide. Elections, Electoral Bribes
Do legislate that the civic duty and requirement for all media licensing requires donating the same size print space with the same frequency for ads by all candidates. Every television station and every radio station must also contribute equal time for each candidate to outline their position. Any candidate personally attacking another candidate or proven slandering them should be disqualified as a candidate.
Do legislate that no political parties or candidates can accept donations from any corporations, special interests “labor unions” or foreign entities of any kind, corporate or governmental. All donations must only come from individuals within a modest limit.
Do limit the total amount of campaign funds public or personal that can be used in any campaign. Let the amounts be modest.
Do legislate that no corporations, special interests or foreign governments can organize or pay for inauguration balls or celebrations or make donations to political parties. No corporations, special interests or foreign governments can give gifts of homes, land, offices, stocks or any other sort of bribe to retiring Heads of State or any other elected or appointed office holder. Anyone accepting such bribes should be sentenced, as accorded above and sent to prison for no less than 5 years without parole.
Non -Western Nations Protecting Your Citizens from Outside Exploitation &Terrorism
First Protect Your Government from Within - to Protect it from Exploitative Tactics from Without:
Help the people Live!
Nourish the people!
Help them live - yet lay no claim upon them,
Benefit them - yet seek no gratitude.
Guide them - yet do not control them.
This is called the hidden Virtue.”
- The Tao, The Sacred Way #10
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