Now it's time to discuss Matt's platform.
>>>Everybody would be required to speak a common language-namely English. Communication is essential, and pockets of people all speaking their own native tongues is divisive, and creates more problems than it solves vis-a-vis education, cultural tolerance, etc.<<<
Why don't you move to Latvia - they fine people for speaking language other than Latvian. The world and even the United States is too diverse to make everyone speak a common language. You were probably one of those people who told hispanic dudes in class "Speak English, you're in America now." I've heard that all before. When I came here, I did not speak a word of English, and I did not ask people in JFK airport to speak Russian, just because I don't understand English.
>>>English comprehension on a measurable 8th grade or higher level is mandatory for legal admission into the States. If you want to speak your native tongue among your family, fine. But anywhere else, your language is the official one: English.<<<
Again, move to f***in Latvia. Anywhere else meaning on the streets? What if I want to speak my Russian language on the street? Will I get fined for not doing that?
>>>Any person or persons attmpting to illegally enter the United States is subject to DNA collection, incapacitation, or death from the Border Patrol. Persons aiding and abetting in illegally bringing persons into the United States are subject to lifetime imprisonment and/or Capital Punishment.<<<
Sounds Nazi. US should help other nations to get out of their poverty. That way immigration will be curbed by itself.
>>>Prisoners shall perform necessary public service such as litter collection, graffitti cleanup, bridge repair, etc so as to earn a return on the costs of their incarceration.<<<
Hmm, this is something I can agree on.
>>>No signage, advertising, road signs, or Government forms will be permitted to be printed in any language other than English.<<<
Pretty close-minded. If you go to another country, you'll find signs in English everywhere. Except maybe Latvia
>>>If you are going to emmigrate here, you are no longer a person of whatever land you came from, be it Mexico, France, Canada, China, Korea, or Jupiter. There will be NO ethnic categorizing. Either you are an American, or you are not. If you want to be Peruvian, fine. Then you belong in Peru.<<<
That sounds like "you're either Aryan or a lower race." I will always be Russian, even when I get my citizenship to vote against that redneck Supreme Court put into the office. This comment is nothing but racist.
>>>The loser in any lawsuit will be required to pay the winners legal costs as well as their own. Failure to do so will result in seizure of assets and/or imprisonment commensurate with the length of the trial and what the legal bills final total is.<<<
Sounds ok except seizing of property. That sounds like Stalin's days - people were put in prison or shot and their property was seized.
>>>Literary tests mandatory for voting. If you do not posess basic cognitive skills, and have the requisite skills for decision making and following directions, you have no business participating in the leadership/initiative process.<<<
Literary tests should be mandatory for people who are running for President too.
>>>If a spouse is found guilty of infidelity/adultery in any established marriage, that spouse automatically loses 100% of their assetts regardless of when obtained to the other spouse.<<<
Family problems are just that - family problems, and government should not get involved.
>>>Abortion is only legal is medically verifiable instances where the fetus and/or mothers life is clearly in jeopardy if the pregnancy is allowed to proceed. Cases involving rape and incest will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and will require provable evidence.<<<
Abortion will happen anyway, whether you want it or not.
>>>The complete and total abolition of Social Security, Welfare, HUD, WIC, Medicare, and any and all other taxpayer funded Public Benefits, with the exception of Unemploymnt Insurance. No exceptions. The phaseout of Social Security will occur over a 10 year period. the amount that you will pay (and be eligible for in benefits) will be determined by your age and how much you have paid into it. If on January 1, 2001, you were 25 years of age, or younger, you will be exempted from paying any further SS taxes. You also will not be eligible for ny benefits upon your retirement. No refunds will be given so as to ensure that current obligations are paid. No person shall be allowed into the United States without proof of literacy and self sufficiency.
No US citizen will be eligible for any kind<<<
Another republican elitist bunch of bullshit. You'd rather spend that money on religion and military.
>>>Marriage (and all marriage related benefits-from tax breaks to health benefits) is recognized by the State as between a man and a woman only.<<<
Abolish marriage, it's unnecessary.
>>>All corporations, businesses, government agencies,and groups are free to determine who thry hire, except, and who they do not at their sole discretion, and predetermined qualifications. There is no forced inclusion or Affirmative Action. If a group of Blacks want to start a "Black Only" business, they are free to do so without reprimand. Same goes for any other segment of society. If the Boy Scouts want to exclude Gays from their ranks, they are free to do so without fear of retribution.<<<
Sounds very bigoted, Matt. I think you should think about your values for a moment.
>>>Persons determined to be 51% or more at fault for any motor vehicle collision shall lose their license for 30 days and pay fines to the State in amounts to be determined. These fines double with each violation, until the 4th incident, at which time the offender will lose their license for life. If they are caught driving without a license, that is automatically 5 years jail time. <<<
That I can kinda agree with. But public transportation is shitty in this country.
>>>All drivers must pass not only written and visual tests, but also hearing and reflex tests as well. Those that cannot pass will not be issued a license.<<<
That I can agree with.
>>>Legal age for alcohol purchase and consumption lowered to age 18. However a DUI conviction is punishable up to and including lifetime incarceration.<<<
I think that's a bit too harsh, but I do agree with lowering the drinking age.
>>>Complete freedom of religion or freedom from religion as you desire. Government will take no part in any religious dispute. If a judge or teacher hangs The 10 Commandments on their wall, that is their right. If you are offended by it, you may attend a different school. No protests ordering their removal will be honored.<<<
Two statements here contradict themselves. Freedom of/from religion means that nobody can push any religion on you, and putting 10 commandments will do just that.
>>>Establish different curriculums in school that pertain to different religious persuasions, or a lack thereof. All will be equal in terms of requisite graduation. As an example, schools will be free to teach any subject from any religious, or atheist perspective. Students (or parents) will be free to choose whichever program they desire. An "A" earned in athesistic secular Biology will be equal to an "A" earned from a Christian (or any other religious) perspective.<<<
Oh, how about teaching people that earth is flat? It sure would be nice to have some astronomers who think that earth is flat...
Wake up and look around, Matt...
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