Letter to President Obama Encouraging Important Priorities for 2016

Letter to President Obama Encouraging Important Priorities for 2016
Peter Bruce DuMont - Thu Jan 21, 2016 @ 01:40AM
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Editor's Note: The letter below is from an email to President Obama dated 2016 January 11 and transmitted just hours before the State of the Union Address. It is reproduced here with some edits for clarity and readability including one rearrangement in the order of paragraphs.  Transcripts of the author's public policy comments texted to NPR's The TakeAway and attached to the original email are now included here below the letter. 

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

Dear President Obama:

Thank you so very much for your courageous and heartfelt leadership to improve gun laws; for the great global agreement on Climate Change recently achieved in Paris; and for the many other ways you continue to serve and strengthen our nation and world.

In furtherance…to your important administrative and legislative agendas for 2016, I attach…three recent policy advisories sent to NPR's The Takeaway show in response to their stimulating new citizen-input program. I hope you will find these ideas, expressions, and [intellectual] resources useful for...the national agenda: particularly a proper emphasis on the first phrase of the Second Amendment which clearly stipulates: well-regulated.

Please note that the Declaration of Highest Civic Ideals posted at www.STARALLIANCE.org (under Good Will Documents Offered for All)...[will soon be offered to] several Bay Area city councils for initial official endorsements as a start on our global Campaign Good Will Vision.

The Rutgers Climatologist referred to in the texts is Alan Robock, PhD. The importance of Dr. Robock's work can hardly be exaggerated. He continues to warn of the Clear and Present Danger of a Nuclear Winter triggered by a relatively small number of actual explosions and the resulting uncontrollable fires that would burn until their is no more fuel. Our nation should vigorously promote the goal of a Zero Nuclear Weapons future for the safety of all nations and people.

We should also show dynamic leadership for three critical upgrades toward a more fully democratic United Nations.

1) The current General Assembly can rather easily, all things considered, be upgraded to a true Senate of Nations: where representatives are elected directly by their respective peoples. This is not an outlandish goal!  On the contrary, it is an idea whose time has come. It will be a very graceful way to start [or continue] transitioning to full [domestic and global democratic participation] for those countries, like Saudi Arabia, which are still under the rule of a king [or other unelected or otherwise less-than-democratic leaders.]  In this example, the king can stay a king and keep his pride and tradition while establishing an additional, do-able step of national and international elected representation. Somebody on the global stage has got to start suggesting this in a big way. Why not you, Sir? Why not now?

2) The laudable goal of establishing a population-based, representative house for the world [Texas attorney-visionary Benton Musselwhite has called it a Congress of the Earth] is now much more feasible thanks to the Internet. It is no longer necessary to have all those individual human bodies from every nation meeting regularly in one global location! Political leadership needs to catch up with our technological capacities, and you can distinguish yourself for all of history by promoting this great and newly more practical ideal.

3) Finally, there should be established a reasonable legislative override to the present, always-threatening Security Council veto. As you know, the current veto too often creates paralysis and discouragement. No large functioning democracy depends on 100% consensus. Why should the Security Council, of all bodies, remain dysfunctional at a time of ongoing global threats?

The leaders of the five historical veto-holding nations, including [the USA], must stop acting helpless in this regard, if you will forgive me for being so blunt. Because: the status quo is having the effect of discouraging the people everywhere as to the efficacy and possibility of true global democracy!

The five nations and national leaders who have the freedom and security of the grossly unequal historical power arrangement are precisely those nations, therefore: responsible [to all the people] to provide the corresponding leadership necessary to generate, in this case: consensus among the exclusive power club for a meaningful upgrade. These are the five who must work most creatively and courageously towards global democratic success. There is no time to lose.

As you know, Article 109 of the U.N. Charter provides for convening a Charter Review Conference of the Members of the United Nations. This is equivalent to a Global Constitutional Convention. It can be called at any time with a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly plus any nine members of the fifteen-member Security Council. Every ten years, the Conference may be convened with a simple majority of the GA plus any seven members of the Security Council. According to the Congressional Research Office publication written by Louisa Blanchfield, published 2009 December 15 (Page 21): A Charter review conference has never been held. It has now been 70 years.

[Undoubtedly, a feeling of futility — due to assuming that the five current veto holders would never approve a power shift in the direction of global fairness and equality — has killed hopes for a convention all these years. Yet it is precisely these five veto holders who, with such extra power and freedom, if you will, hold the extra responsibility for leadership: to overcome this dangerous state of global democratic depression and discouragement!]

Your bold leadership to [help] convene such a Conference — to consider meaningful upgrades to the United Nations — would electrify the hopes of the masses, and particularly: of authentic democratic political activists throughout the world.

Your last year in office, President Obama, is a rare Golden Opportunity for our nation to show the evolutionary leadership required to do the right thing. 

Such leadership would also, happily, be a [shining jewel] in your legacy and also that of Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Representative Samantha Power, and others who participate. Should the conference even build momentum, much less succeed at first, your team will live forever among the Global Greats. It is your opportunity to be first among the five veto holders to take a stand and encourage the others. Will you let another of the current five take the lead? Please: don't be a global lame duck!...Soar like The Eagle you are!

Forgive me for my boldness, born of [longtime volunteer] service.  [As I think you realize, it is intended with warmth and good humor.]  Please accept our good-will greetings and encouragements, and also convey them to our First Lady.

I look forward to meeting one or both of you in person should mutual opportunity allow, perhaps later this year.

Most sincerely yours for practical unity, harmonious diversity, and all our declared STAR ALLIANCE

Highest Civic Ideals,

Peter Bruce DuMont

Founding President-in-Service

STAR ALLIANCE • Since 1985


Website: www.STARALLIANCE.org


[Question from The Takeaway]: This week, the President lays out his vision in the State of the Union.

What’s your vision for the country?

I think our country would improve a lot if everyone, starting with Congress and the candidates, were exposed to the Star Alliance Declaration of Highest Civic Ideals (www.staralliance.org~Jan. 1st [now Jan. 10th, at this update post] edition.)

From there I would enact a guarantee of civil [legal] representation, starting with all registered 501-c-3 public benefit nonprofit organizations.

I would also make Transcendental Meditation (based on a great body of research) available to all Medicare & Medicaid recipients, with interest-free instructional loans available to all low income working people.

These three areas of intervention would create a big burst of health, harmony, and creativity that would help all other areas at high, comprehensive, & lasting yields.

Sent 1:59PM Sun, 2016 Jan 10 by Peter B. DuMont


(Takeaway): President Obama is announcing new controls on gun ownership. What changes, if anything, would you make to the law?

Dear Takeaway: Thanks for asking re needed gun law changes.

I would lift restrictions that have hampered state & interstate law enforcement from computerizing gun ownership records & tracking!

If what I understand is true: that current laws require slow, laborious paper searches between states and agencies; it’s almost unbelievable — and surely a bad example and global scandal in an age of mass school shootings & terrorism.

Apart from that change, i like the idea of embedding ID & tracking chips in every new & registered gun.

If we can do it for our money in credit cards, we can certainly do it to help protect children & other innocents from un-“well-regulated militia(s),” crazies, & extremists who would inappropriately apply deadly force.

Again: please re-read for public understanding the Second Amendment: with proper emphasis on the phrase “well-regulated!”

Sent 10:50AM Mon, 2016 Jan 4, By Peter B. DuMont


(Takeaway): Why do you own a gun? If you don’t, would you?

I do not own a gun, and I prefer it that way if possible. But it is a deep question if I would. It all depends on the social environment.

What is the level of immediate mortal threat?

Is there an efficient , competent, friendly, & response-able police force available—preferably networked with registered, armed and un-armed security guards and registered gun owners in case of true major emergencies?

I do think I am valuable to my society, and it would be everyone’s loss to be literally wasted by some crazy and/or ignorant and hostile entity.

Along with local concerns, everyone should be more aware of the really big guns out there: nuclear weapons, which according to a Rutgers climatologist (Alan [Robock, PhD]) pose a “real & present danger” to the whole wide world.

Ultimately, genuine love for the essential human rights of all others is the best, most disarming defense.

And everyone is responsible for the interior, personal choice for resilient good will in preference to “cherishing” ill will in the face or memory of injury and offense.

We do not need to feel good in order to wish for good outcomes from any given situation.

This is a very powerful and empowering distinction which needs to be realized & popularized worldwide, asap, along with all the baseline, contextual civic values required for genuine, sustainable peace and love. These same values apply to any relationship, from the most intimate and personal to the universal. A beautiful expression of them can be found on our website as noted below.

Sent 2:56PM PST Thursday, Jan 7 by:

Peter Bruce DuMont

STAR ALLIANCE * FOUNDATION FOR ALL * Berkeley, CAResource: www.staralliance.org ref:“Good Will Documents Offered for All:” 2016-1-1st [now Jan. 10th, at this update post], summary edition.

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