The traditional two-party system in America has become gridlocked with tribalism, and politicians seem to care more for ideologies than their constituents.
With rampant economic hardship exacerbated by Covid-19 and widespread protests, the country seems ready to challenge the status quo. The 2020 election brings the opportunity for transformational change in America, but many believe that in order to do so, we must burn down the two-party system. A new and exciting super PAC believes that from the ashes, a better America can rise like a phoenix.
The Phoenix Congress 2020 super PAC has a strategy to sidestep Washington gridlock with a new political coalition ready to elect both Republican and Democrats who will embrace a new social contract. Their proposal is a legislative package, the Blueprint for a Better America, which was constructed to be an acceptable compromise for citizens across the political spectrum frustrated with the political system and its absence of solutions. Politicians from across the aisles will be given the chance to adopt the legislative package and support its objectives.
According to the Phoenix Congress 2020 super PAC, “This crowd-sourced legislative package was developed over the last three years, and addresses Martin Luther King’s triple evils of poverty, racism, and militarism. The Blueprint for a Better America will end poverty with universal basic income, end mass incarceration and reform the criminal justice system, and end the endless wars by reducing our global military boot print.”
Under the proposal, all Americans would get an American Union Job, a no-strings-attached $300 per week for adults and $100 per week for children, as a regular reminder of Americans’ constitutional duties to each other, as laid out in the preamble. American Union Jobs would also include the opportunity to purchase health insurance – a public option – and provide 18 weeks of paid maternity leave.
Following in the footsteps of Gandhi, the Phoenix Congress 2020 super PAC also will conduct a national day of fasting on October 15, 2020. To them, fasting shows a willingness to give something up, a required component in compromise. Gene Sharp, a Gandhian scholar who enumerated 198 nonviolent actions, described this tactic as “fasts of moral pressure.” It is also a rejection of the constant consumption in our cultural conditioning, which has been poisonous in American society.
This moral pressure is intended to generate the political will to address mass incarceration through sentencing reviews and reforms, and end programs that supply military equipment to police departments, a common demand from the George Floyd protests. The legislative proposal also includes a reduction in the number of US military bases around the world, and an end to America’s economic sanctions against civilian populations.
The Phoenix Congress 2020 super PAC intends to elect candidates from both sides of the aisle that will enact the Blueprint for a Better America legislative package. The PAC will give all incumbents of both parties the right of first refusal, including President Donald Trump, if he signs the legislative package into law by the 30th of October this year. The proposition is also available to Joe Biden if Trump declines, and will be offered simultaneously to each candidate for federal office in the 35 US senate races and in the 435 congressional districts.
When 3% of Americans unite as a block of swing votes behind this compromise, the Phoenix Congress 2020 super PAC projects it will be able to decide the balance of power in Washington D.C. and achieve its goals of bringing our troops home, removing the moral stain of mass incarceration from our nation, and creating 300 million American Union Jobs, with benefits.
Universal basic income was popularized in recent years by Andew Yang, a former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination who drew in non-traditional supporters, including Republicans, independents, and non-voters. According to Phoenix Congress 2020’s website, Yang is credited as one of the organizers who inspired this effort.