AMERICAN VOLUNTEER PARTY
We, the undersigned, wish to join the American Volunteer Party. It is our desire to unite active duty military personnel, retired military, reservists, national guards, civilian law enforcement personnel, fire fighters, other patriotic supporters, and all of their families into the largest voting force in America. We express our desire to end the polarization currently existing in the two-party system. Our goal is to eliminate broken promises, deception and self-serving from the American political scene. This can only be accomplished by eliminating career politicians. We plan on returning the country to leadership by those who have served their country, place honor above self, and are used to sacrifice. Career politicians need not apply. It is time for a change. Our basic platform stances are listed below. We pledge to vote for and otherwise promote these policies, while understanding that none of us will totally agree on each point. Veterans or American Patriots, both Democrats and Republicans are welcome to this new moderate Party.
You will be sent a registration form when the Patriots’ Party has been completed. Feel free to copy and distribute this blank form as needed.
For further information contact Philip Earl Jones at the address below:
Campbell, Finch & Jones, Attorneys at Law
126 East Main Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: (210) 224-1923; Fax: (210) 227-4229
Web site: users5.50megs.com/unitedvets
Platform Stances for the American Volunteer Party
These are subject to modification or additions as the system warrants.
Second Amendment Platform:
“A well-regulated Militia , being necessary to the security of a free State , the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Second Amendment , United States Constitution
An overwhelming majority of the Constitutional Scholars of the Nation have held that the meaning of this Second Amendment is crystal clear: The right of the citizens to “bear arms”- weapons – guns – “shall not be infringed”- shall not be violated – shall not be destroyed – shall not be done away with. These scholars are unanimous in agreement that the word, “people”, meant individual citizens, and that the word, “Militia”, meant armed citizens – not the present-day National Guard. They all agree that this was the intent of the Framers of the Constitution – the intent of the States that ratified the Constitution – and the understanding of the citizens of that day – the intent of the vast majority of Americans ever since.
With that thought in mind, the America Volunteers' Party adopts the following “Plank” in its Platform:
All law-abiding citizens of the United States of America have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to own or transfer any firearm (the word 'firearm' is defined as: small arms including automatic and semi-automatic firearms) they choose free from government regulation, registration, licensing or taxation unless, or until, they have been convicted of a violent felony. Additionally these same lawful (non-violent felony conviction) citizens may carry firearms on their person concealed or otherwise in all legally authorized locations.
All law-abiding citizens of the United States of America have a Constitutionally Guaranteed right to own weapons. Unless, and until, they have been convicted of a violent felony, they shall retain that right.
All law-abiding citizens have the right to engage in buying, selling, or trading legally owned weapons with any other law-abiding citizen as long as the transactions conform to the legal constraints in force at the time of the transactions.
All law-abiding citizens have the right to lend, donate, or give any of their legally owned weapons to legitimate institutions, charities, or individuals, providing that said entities are legally entitled to acquire and possess same.
Since the dawn of history, the registration of weapons has invariably led to confiscation, therefore the American Volunteers' Party is unequivocally opposed to the registration of legally owned weapons.
Additionally, the American Volunteers' Party will endeavor to have repealed, or declared unconstitutional, all of the present gun laws that infringe on the right of the people to bear arms.
Concurrent Receipt Volunteer Party Platform Position
Retired military personnel shall be treated the same as other government
employees and not penalized for being disabled. The disability checks shall
not be deducted from their military retirement checks.
Military Service Platform
In order to serve two functions we support a compulsory 2 year military service (subject only to disability or other disqualifying medical conditions) immediately after high school. The first function is to offer a permanent solution to the readiness of our military by solving the recruiting problem. The second function is to provide a level playing field by paying completely for up to four years of higher education or trade school (books and tuition) to all enlistees upon completion of their tour. Also, guaranteed low cost student loans for the same time period should be made available for cost of living so those soldiers or sailors who may become married will actually be able to get an advanced education. So many people have not met their potential because of starting a family and losing interest because they had to go part time while they support others. This is a fair entitlement in exchange for this mandatory service and it will allow our youngsters to mature and get a little discipline before they have to decide what to do with their lives. This will be mandatory for both males and females alike.
Note: If the individual choses not to serve in the military-they must complete the same time period in the area of a national service agency(i.e. American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Peace corps, World Health Org, etc.) These must be nationally recognized agencies that meet the 501,3(c) eligibility requirements and are not local only, although they may have office, representatives in smaller communities.
Social Security Platform
Immigration should be made more equitable to ALL countries by creating quotas based on an equal proportion of the originating country's population, without preferrential treatment to any individual country. Also, a commission should be formed to study this country's natural resouce limits and devise a total immigration policy which is fiscally prudent. By this we mean specifically to determine how many people this country can reasonably support without jeopardizing our lifestyle. We do not want to end up in cubicles like the Japanese. Immigration with sensible limits is good for this nation and always has been. A steady influx of immigrants stimulates the supply and demand our economy needs for continued growth. However, this number should be based on sound research as mentioned above. Our first responsibility is to "our" citizens. At the same time we need to enforce our immigration laws by giving mandatory one year jail sentences for illegal immigrants who are caught, before they are deported. This will create an incentive to obey the law and reward those immigrants who go by the law. Otherwise we are sending a message to all those who would immigrate here that it is not necessary for them to go through all the red tape and trouble to conform to our procedural guidelines.
Affirmative Action Platform
To establish a sensible compromise between those for and against affirmative action employment policies we should address the need for it in the first place. Obviously discrimination does exist and we have laws to punish those who practice it. In an attempt to eliminate, as far as possible, the employment practices that facilitate discrimination, employment applications, for the most part, should not include a race or sex identifier. The name should be submitted in the form of initials. For 95% of all jobs there is little or no need for a personal interview since the necessary information can be garnered from the qualifications on the application. There will obviously need to be exceptions for upper management, sales and other positions where people skills and/or appearance is imperative. For these positions there will still be the anti-discrimination laws to handle pertinent issues. This eliminates the greatest need for affirmative action, which should be abolished where it already is not.
Disability benefits from any public source should be awarded only to citizens, legal immigrants, and those who have applied for and are awaiting citizenship (they must FILE an application for citizenship within five years of entry to be eligible and the disability must not have occurred before they entered the country) who incur the disability after entering the country. There are too many people from other countries who have pre-existing disabilities and are given life-long benefits out of the taxpayers' pockets. That is plainly unfair for our taxpayers to be forced to shoulder that burden. If private charities want to perform that function, they may certainly do so.
1. Place a six month time limit on receipt of welfare benefits for able-bodied recipients.
2. If recipient is not employed by then, they must work (real work) on some government program etc., for 40 hours a week. Alternatively, the recipient may elect to go to a free trade school for 20 hours a week and work the other 20. Inside desk jobs can be utilized for partially disabled recipients. There are many severely disabled people who hold down full-time jobs voluntarily. We have all seen this-a vocational rehab counselor at the VA had no legs and worked full time.
3. Establish mandatory jail time of at least 6 months for those convicted of welfare fraud.
4. The Food Stamp program should be changed to require recipients to go pick up their allotment of actual food from a government grocery which can be operated by the above mentioned welfare recipients, and, for that matter, a large percentage of the food can be grown on government farms which are also operated by welfare recipients. The management/permanent employees of both of these systems can be provided (jobs created) by graduates of the trade school/welfare-to-work program. The current Welfare changes have helped, but there needs to be much more done to curb fraud. As an attorney I see way too many cases of welfare fraud in the courts daily.
Due to the almost fifty-fifty split on this issue it is my proposal that this be placed in the hands of the states. Approximately half of the states will opt for each solution, or some permutation thereof. With this approach, if it is an issue that someone feels strongly about either way, they would at least have the option of moving to a state which adhered to their preference.
Foreign Aid Platform
Reduce all foreign aid by 75% by giving significant aid to only those strategic countries (in order to avoid imminent threat of international instability) considering national security. For economic development purposes we should rely on tax incentives to American businesses who are interested in doing business with the respective counties. It is not our responsibility as taxpayers to bail the world out of their economic trouble. A ceiling of 25% of the current expenditures will help eliminate the excuse of "National Security" which is frequently abused.
Term Limits -
United States Congressmen shall be limited to two four year terms. Since we
feel we do not need career Congressmen any more than we need a career
President, these limits are reasonable. Since we do not want career
Congressmen, there is no need to provide them with a retirement. Since
their salaries are ample they can be on social security like everyone else.
Also, there must be a limit on their private residence rent, and that shall
be $100,000.00 per year, and shall only be for the time they are in office.
: Additionally, Congressional and Presidential pay raises of any type
must be the SAME as, or less than (on a percentage basis) our military
service personnel pay increases. Also, any Congressional or Presidential
pay increases in excess of 5% annually must be voted on by a popular
national referendum on the same ballot with the national elections.
School Tax and Education Platform-
Public schools should be funded through a flat sales tax with each school given their equal, per capita funding in order to create a more level playing field, while being fair to all taxpayers. Those wishing to send their children to private schools should still be able to do so. This eliminates some people having to pay a larger share for education through property taxes, while extending a truly equal education opportunity to all Americans. Social promotions should be totally eliminated. That practice has helped no one. To cut the budget and decrease the size of the federal government, we advocate the elimination of the United States Department of Education. Control of education can be better managed by the various state Education Departments. There is redundant administrative expenses that cost the taxpayers billions of unnecessary money each year. As with all of our stances we remain completely open to constructive criticism.
Platform Position for Military Health Care :
The earned, promised no-cost medical care must be restored to all military personnel to whom the promise was made. They made a career of the military in reliance on that promise. Many were wounded in action and precluded from finishing their career, through no fault of their own. Our party intends on honoring its promises to those who have sacrificed so much through their service to our country.
Court of Veterans' Appeals Platform Position for the Volunteer Party:
The Court of Veterans' Appeals, which has been rife with corruption from its
inception, must be totally eliminated. Veterans who have exhauseted their
administrative remedies shall have a right to bring suit in a regular
Federal District Court. This comports with the notions of equal protection
of the laws as listed in the 5th Amendment to the United States
Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act PlatformThe American Patriots' Party will vote for a total repeal to this act so that military personnel will be treated the same as all other federal employees, thereby comporting with the "Equal Protection Clause" of the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This will preclude the need for lengthy, expensive litigation on this matter.
1. Must have had experience in the military, law enforcement, or as a firefighter.
2. Candidates for this party must avow. in writing, to vote for these platform positions. If they fail to do so they must immediately resign, or never receive our votes again.
3. At all costs the truth shall be the bedrock of our party. If our leaders makes a mistake - they shall simply admit to it and take corrective action. The only exception to the truth is for national security purposes. Any elected official found guilty of perjury will never again receive our votes.
PARTY MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS & RIGHTS
1. Must be a United States citizen, qualified to vote.
2. Has the right to make one written proposal per year to modify or add a party platform.
3. Has the right to vote for any changes or additions to the party platform.