For many people around the world, the coming of the year 2000 seems to have little significance…nothing more than a change of numbers on the calendar
or a different set of digits on a computer screen or in a personal checkbook. But I view the approach of the new millennium quite differently. To me, it seems a most auspicious occasion, truly a time for a new beginning for humankind…a time when human hearts, minds and souls will be receptive to a new philosophy, a time when people around the world will long for and finally achieve a common mindset…leading to a collective attitude that, for the first time in human history, will usher in a long-lasting era of peace and prosperity for all citizens of planet earth.
Indeed, by the year 2000, many factors favoring an instant mindset change will already be in place…communicative, scientific, and technological advancements; improved worldwide economic conditions; settlement of geographic disputes; and growing political and religious tolerance. These factors will give citizens of planet earth cause to reflect, to adopt a new mindset one making it possible for those who have plenty to have even more and those who have not, to have plenty.
At the center of this new mindset are three fundamental principles: One, the world is now, more than ever before, an interdependent society, one where citizens of one country need the products and services of many others. Two, supplies of both people resources and natural resources already exist which are sufficient for supplying goods and services to satisfy the needs and desires of the entire world. Three, the United Nations can be restructured in the following ways: It should be empowered with authority to function as the world s police, with the ability for enforcing a new world order; it should have the right to hold leaders of any nation responsible for conflicts they might cause; and it should have powers of indictment for the purpose of bringing them to justice. The United Nations should dedicate itself to helping nations to work together to bring about practical solutions to common problems.
But how can we bring about a spirit of cooperation between government, business and the people? How can we unite public and private sectors in a working relationship such that the doors to individual opportunity will be flung wide open for all? How can we reshape our community so that all people will be able to find their way into society and reap fully the rewards of their labors? The answer, mixturism, a philosophy that blends the best features of public and private enterprise where pragmatism, not labels, rules.
History has shown that pure capitalism and pure socialism are deeply flawed. When one or the other system is practiced exclusively, problems are created, not solved. On the other hand, mixturism applies whichever approach seems most likely to solve a problem, regardless of whether it involves the private sector, the public sector, or joint private and public sectors working together. The philosophy of mixturism recognizes that there are five basic human needs which must be met: First, we must have a health care system that will provide the very best in medical care for everyone, from conception to death. Individual personal income should not determine eligibility. Second, we must develop a public and private system
of education that will provide the best possible academic and vocational training for all people. Third, we must establish a reserve-retraining work-force system, surrounded and supported by full-service child-care capabilities. With such a system in place, no one who wants a job will ever be without one. Fourth, we must make it possible for
every person to have a decent place to live, be it a house, an apartment or a condominium. To achieve this, we must be courageous enough to limit the number of people through sensible population control. Fifth, we must have a monetary system that will provide a balanced money supply at all times, one that is equivalent to the goods and services peoples handsand minds can produce.
Mixturism addresses all these basic human needs. But to maximize the effectiveness of this philosophy, individuals must assume responsibility for their own success in life, recognizing that the family is paramount and that concern for the well-being of others is crucial to maintaining a civilized order. Each nation must work toward becoming a democratic society and must guarantee its people an individual bill of rights. The United Nations must protect these rights. But we must also ensure that the U.S. military can reinforce the United Nations and be independently capable of halting any aggression on its own.
With the dawning of the new millennium, humankind has the opportunity to embrace a new mindset…one which sets aside ideology and selfishness in favor of pragmatic problem solving and cooperation. So, let us look forward to the 21st century. Let us view it as a new beginning as we strive to create a new era of lasting peace and prosperity.
Mr. President, don’t let the thieves of Wall Street and big business steal your stimulus package with a price marker. They stole the Bush rebates before they ever got to the people. THESE THIEVES HAVE NO SHAME. The Constitution does not give thieves the right to get whatever the traffic will bear.