cyberdude78 for President
, hereby declare that I am running for the office of President of The United States and are running for the Independent party.
In short, my platform is simple:
The nation needs change. But not just a change in terms of left vs. right. Not even in terms of forwards vs. backwards. What we need transcends
such simple black and white thinking. We need ideas designed to actually work for the nation.
In general I feel that the defense of our nation is a very important subject. We can't exactly sit on our butts all day and expect that our freedom
and prosperity will defend
itself. Therefore I feel that our military deserves the best. Especially the common soldier, airman, marine or sailor out there fighting for what
they believe in. Therefore I would make it paramount in priority that we equip the common military man and woman with the best that we can possibly
In terms of strategic overview I feel that it is important that we continue to make friends and stick together. Nations such as Great Britain,
Australia, Japan, and others deserve our gratitude and respect and we should work more closely with them than we have. Therefore I feel that their
collaboration on research projects and sharing of research should be simple and painless for all parties involved.
Continuing with strategic overview, we once again find ourselves threatened by ballistic missiles from nations such as North Korea. Therefore I
propose a two-fold strategy. A ballistic missile defensive shield should be given the full go ahead in order to defend us against such threats. In
time I would like to see a multilayered shield capable of taking on even mass attacks from other world powers such as the People's Republic of China
or the Soviet Union. To compliment this I feel that we should rebuild our aging nuclear arsenal. As our warheads near the end of their "best if used
by dates" they begin to become less and less reliable. Thus we need to replace those warheads.
War and Conflicts
Sadly the military machine is called into action quite often. So there has always been the question of whether or not to go to war. Personally I
don't like war. I've met very few people who honestly do like war, and none of them had any affiliation with the military or had family members in
the service. But that's not to say I'm a wet noodle like a certain British politician in the 1930's.
I feel that sometimes war is unavoidable, sometimes it's not. My rule of thumb is that war shouldn't be declared unless the situation is dire. Not
just because we feel the need to play world police. One cannot effectively lead a nation with a blanket pro or anti war policy. Like many things in
life, war must be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Take World War II for example. Baring a freak accident involving Hitler developing a new dominant personality that resembled that of of a peace
loving hippie I think WWII wasn't something we could just sit back and watch. Eventually it would've been Nazi's on our front lawns, and not just
looking for the Ark of the Covenant. World War II was a war where we needed to stand up and fight.
On the opposite side of the spectrum look at the Cold War. Would it really have been a good idea to have gone to war with the Soviets over the Cuban
Missile Crisis? Probably not considering that the whole thing was revolving around nuclear weaponry. And luckily for us and everyone else diplomacy
So if you look back a blanket anti-war policy could've left us like Donald Duck in Nazi land. Yet a blanket pro-war policy could've left most of us
dead, and the survivors horribly mutated. Meaning that I am neither pro-war nor anti-war; I choose my battles carefully and would do the same as
Here's where things get a bit difficult. Personally I don't think that there's a one size fits all solution to education. I will however acknowledge
that there is a severe problem with America's educational system, but it's not as if we can't fix it.
The problem that I see the most is that students aren't really into the whole success in school thing. It's against what our culture has portrayed as
being cool. How can students honestly want to do well in school when it's the best looking or the most athletic that are the most popular? The
culture needs to change, and I hate to say it but it's something that'll take a lot longer than even two presidential terms can fix.
However there are ways to speed the process. For one thing we can convince people that science is cool. In my opinion one of the greatest tools of
science has been NASA. It is my belief that a strong space program can rejuvenate the nation's spirit and educational culture. Although I'll touch
on NASA more in depth later on I can say now that space plays a big role in my platform.
Also we can begin making college more affordable. More scholarships should be offered. I feel that anyone who wants to go to college should be able
to. Now this may involve taking some night school classes to get that GED, but no one should be denyed a chance to go to college unless they mess it
up for themselves.
And finally on education, federal funding needs a slight overhaul in how it's distributed. Far too often do I see schools wasting money on sports
programs that do nothing to educate. While many people people will point out the importance of physical fitness and teamwork let me just say that I'm
not against athletics in principle. I simply feel that sports should be as they're supposed to be; extra-ciricular. Therefore their priority should
be fairly low in comparison to actual education. Therefore federal funding will be withheld from schools spending an unnecessary amount of money on
Science & Technology
What ever happened to the days when every kid wanted to be an astronaut? Why is it that now American Idol is of more importance to the American
public than the latest shuttle launch? When did the asthetics of an Ipod matter more than how the Ipod works?
As I mentioned in my section on education, science needs to brought more to the forefront of our society. No longer can we rest on our laurels and
let the Europeans and Japanese beat us to every breakthrough. We need to give our science machine a kick start.
More research grants need to be granted, and we can't simply invest in what is profitable now or tomorrow. We need to look at what will benefit us in
the long run instead of thinking short term the whole time.
Space of course is often called the final frontier. I like to think of it as a source of untapped knowledge and wonders. Ask yourself, where else
could you find something like this?;
Therefore I think that we need to get into space through two avenues. One being the private sector, the other being NASA. We cannot succeed with
only one or the other. It is my opinion that NASA should do regulate and monitor space much like the FAA, but should also continue to conduct long
term research and colonization projects. The private sector such as Virgin Galactic can use the positive power of capitalism (capitalism has it's ups
and downs) to make NASA's progress practical to the common person.
Also, I feel that one last thing needs to be done in order to jump start the space industry. A space race between NASA and the ESA to Mars. Nothing
captured the imagination and spirit quite like the space race between the USA and the USSR. And a little bit of competition with a bit of cooperation
wouldn't do. America thrives on being the best, competition is what fuels the American spirit. So I see no reason why we can't have a space race to
Mars and win.
That ladies and gentlemen is the key points of my platform thus far. Although I have far more opinions and stances, I feel that what I have just
given was the most important part of my platform.
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Presidency if elected.