So my post on Obama, Geithner, Basso, etc, set off a bit of a firestorm and it was probably the closest to a Rorshcach that I’ve ever come to with a post. Over at Elsa Elsa, a woman named, “La Tanya Summers” came down hard on me for not giving Obama enough time, somehow linking Bush, Cheney, et al to my position and not liking the president. I think almost blamed for Global Warming, but stopped just short. Over on my site, “Susan from California” left me a comment that seemed to imply that I wasn’t going hard enough on Obama. Twilight chimed in with her usual support for the prez, while not being all that thrilled about what Susan wrote. Well, I have thought fairly long and somewhat hard in regards to this subject and came to the conclusion that it’s easy to complain but much harder to come up with solutions. So I am going to lay out my mandate for “If I Was President.”
First off, I’m not really qualified on a practical, but I think my chart gives me a fighting chance and some cosmic cred. So before I drop the mandate, a little about me and my chart.
You’ll see that the majority of my chart is in the upper half, from house 8 to 11. This makes my chart mostly transpersonal and I am here to serve the collective, so why not as president? With Pluto in Virgo, near my mid-heaven, it seems as though I have been tasked to either be a religious zealot or put my force and focus into social reform. With my natal Sun in Virgo, in the 10th house, I’m here to be in the world, but with the Virgo Sun, not of it. The natural modesty on Virgo helps in this regard and mellows out my boisterous Jupiter in Sag (house one) trining Uranus in Leo (house 8). With my stellium on planets in Libra, I am diplomatic and perhaps to a fault, but they all dwell in my eleventh house, gives me a decidedly Aquarian air, valuing fairness above almost all things. Neptune in Scorpio just crossing into house 12 gives me a window to the world of inspiration, as long as I can stay away from drugs and insane monks. The aforementioned Jupiter in Sag? Freedom baby, freedom. Then there’s planet goat in it’s own sign in house two. Yes, I can appeal to a certain conservative faction and I’ll get better as I get older. Mars in Cancer in house 8 makes me fiercely protective, yet sensitive and nurturing. I might be a peacemaker, but I’m not pushover.
Ok, enough about the chart and onto the mandate, but before we get there, I just want to say that I was born in France, to American parents and have a birth certificate that I can produce and if the vetting process goes any further, I will admit to every sordid detail and indiscretion that could be used against me. Here we go with “The Phoenix Presidential Mandate.”
I) TRANSFORM TRANSPORTATION
I have a good friend by the name of Phil Fisher who has been working on an incredibly sophisticated mag-lev train system for well over two decades. His designs have been rated 5-10 years ahead of the Germans and Japanese, considered leaders in the mag-lev world, by a University Professor of Engineering at University of Washington. But Fisher’s designs don’t just stop at ridiculously efficient and fast trains, they also include the seeds for an entirely new infrastructure using bamboo fro everything from the tressels to the buildings that would serve as stations. Phil Fisher has developed an affordable and ecologically safe way to process bamboo and turn it into building blocks that incredibly versatile. The auto industry doesn’t have to be scared as Phil has even designed his tracks to move cars at high speeds as well. Imagine sitting in your Toyota hybrid, hurtling down a track at 130 miles per hour, safely and quietly, getting off 200 miles down the track with your car, ready to drive locally. This transportation system has the potential to drive an entirely new paradigm and it would be my number one priority to get this done.
II) LEGALIZE HEMP AND MARIJUANA
By legalizing hemp, for domestic production, we would unlock a miracle material that has been demonized ever sine the “Tax Stamp Act.” Hemp can be eaten, worn, tied, written on and even turned into a hard substance that can be used to create everything from furniture to car bodies. The money from hemp production in this country would be off the charts and as a result would automatically make us competitive once again in the global marketplace. It would bring scores of new jobs and if done right, could be integrated into the existing lumber industry. Legalizing the personal use of marijuana would take a load off the prison system (we’d save money) and probably release a whole of stress. leave the window open for domestic production and taxation (more revenue).
III) FORM THE DEPARTMENT OF INNOVATION AND NOVELTY
One of my favorite consultants, theorists and motivational speakers is Will Marre. Will is the author of “The Next American Revolution” and he is one of the fairest, clearest and most compassionate voices and thinkers in the modern American landscape. Will champions values like integrity, character and innovation. Will trusts the American people to have the power to solve their own problems and realizes that we have a history of rising to the occasion, to build a better mouse trap, find a smarter solution. You get the picture. I would name Will to oversee this department and use money to partner with individual inventors, designers and builders. This is the type of partnership that I truly believe the current president should be championing–a bottom up approach–not top down. I’m sure that after a short period of time, with the right funding, guided by Will, we’d see some amazing things come of this effort. As a result, we could create and build products that are made in America, vigorously protect the patents and make China and other countries purchase goods from us, thus naturally offsetting trade imbalances without tarrifs. We make such cool shit, that other countries can’t live without it.
Somehow, somewhere, between the billions we send to Israel, Egypt, UAE, Sudan, etc, the military budget and just plain old pork, I would whack it for at least one year and budget $10,000 for every adult in this country and $5,000 for every child under 18. This would be a one time pay out and a blanket, reparation for all people, so that we could accomplish two things: 1) give people money to pay debts or put it back into the economy and 2) come to some sort of psychic resolution for all Americans who have felt wronged or unjustly treated. There would be no negotiating and it would be a one time payment. Imagine 300 million people running around with that kind of spending money.
V) REPEAL ALL EXECUTIVE ORDERS
I wouldn’t need them.
VI) DISASSEMBLE HOMELAND SECURITY
Instead of Homeland Security, I would form “The Department Of Personal Autonomy” and help people work through issues in their lives, from their earning power to their eating habits, health etc. This would be a department deeply dedicated to helping individuals achieve a level of wholeness.
VII) CREATE A NEW REALITY SHOW
This reality show would be a version of Big Brother, but we would call it “Little Brother” instead, but the concept would be roughly the same. The household wold consist of Anne Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and MIchael Savage, with Al Franken, Bill Maher, Warren Beatty, Susan Sarandon and Irshad Manji. I’d make them sing love songs, play all kinds of team building games and since pot would be legal, have lots of the greatest grass around for them to loosen up. Nobody would leave until the end of the show.
VIII) GIVE THE BUSH CABINET A VACATION IN THE CONGO
Why The Congo you say? Because the alternative would be prison. All they would have to do, is simply experience the Iboga ritual with the Bwiti Tribe and meet God.
IX) BRING THE TROOPS HOME.
Don’t know what I need to add to this.
X) RETURN TO THE GOLD STANDARD
First of all, I think that this is a healthy thing to do with the economy, but it also exists on a symbolic level as well, as the gold standard is what everyone should aspire to in their own lives. Returning to the gold standard would instill a new sense of pride in the country.
XI) REPEAL THE FEDERAL RESERVE ACT
Time to revamp the whole economic system. By leading the world in hemp productions and products, we could generate more dollars from a new tax base and over time, through less spending and the creation of new jobs, we could scale back government to the point where we could revise the tax laws entirely.
XII) ENACT NATIONAL HONESTY DAY
I remember an episode from the old Gene Rodenberry version Star Trek and they went to a planet that was a lot like the old west, and was extremely civil and nice, except that at noon each day, the town would erupt into a frenzy of violence and carnal rage. Then when the hour was over, they’d go back to their civilized lives. While it was completely over the top, I could see the merit in having one day out of the year, where personal honesty was encouraged and everyone could get something off their chests. I think that this would be incredibly healthy for the collective psyche at large. Companies would have their books looked at for public inspection. This wold be done as a lottery.
XIV) REVEAL ALL SECRETS
Whether it’s who shot JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm, to UFO’s, to 9/11, if there are secrets that we need to get over, they come out. I might even force Coke to reveal their recipe.
XV) MAKE MONSANTO ACCOUNTABLE
Just like Obama is doing with the auto industry, I would do the same with Monsanto and force them to either become a leader in high yield, organic and sustainable farming, or lose their coporate status.
XVI) MAKE ALL CHURCHES PAY AN ANNUAL HOMELESS TITHING
I would not tax churches, because the little churches need the tax breaks for their peeps, but I would have a sliding scale for each church to tithe to the national homeless fund, where the money could be used in conjunction with “The Department Of Personal Autonomy” and help reclaim the lost and wasted lives now living on the streets.
XVII) REPEAL NAFTA AND GATT
I’d get out of NAFTA and GATT as soon as possible, then I would track down my old neighbor Arturo, who lost his farm in Chihuahua when NAFTA passed and priced him out of land ownership in Mexico and I would offer to buy his and any other families land back if they could prove ownership.
XVIII) MAKE MYSELF AS QUICKLY IRRELEVANT AS POSSIBLE