AGGRESSION

               
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."

                                                        Benjamin Harrison  (1883-1901) 23rd President


"We have come out of the time when obedience, the acceptance of discipline, intelligent courage and resolution were most important, into that more difficult time when it is a man's duty to understand his world rather than simply fight for it. No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one. You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself."

                                                                           Ernest Hemingway 


LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE
America MUST lead by example. Let other nations come to know us, the people. Not as pawns to our past government talking heads or policies, but as people of goodwill and intentions. Not as a Roman Empire conquering the world, one regime at a time, but rather how we are a united & prosperous people determined in our spirit to break free from our own repressive government and distance ourselves from decades-long aggression(s).

America is the leader of the world but we are losing our footing. We are the country others want to emulate or arrive at with only their dreams. Leading by example is the most prudent path. It is the intelligent choice of an enlightened society.

Never again shall we wage another undeclared war on nations. Not one more boot on the ground of another's civil war. (Not to be misunderstood, if our homeland is attacked, we will protect her with all our will, lives & might.) 

Never again will we buy democracies with America's blood or sorrow. 

Those warring nations have their own heritages, laws, religions, traditions and yes, civil discourse.

        -- Let them find their own way to empowerment and enlightenment

Atrocities can never be condoned; but fighting other nations' battles on their soil, at this level, is no longer acceptable.

It will break the back of this nation.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in Baghdad as the war comes to an end, that the cost of the war was "worth" it, because the United States has set Iraq on the path to democracy. 

(This is the doublespeak that robs every soul and ever smile. Baghdad is not on a path to democracy.

Not then, not now, not in a thousand years...make book on it.)

[The Kodel Party does not believe it is the responsibility of the United States to set any country on the path to democracy. Its own people must decide if democracy is right for them. Are they willing to sacrifice for it, die for it? If those nations can't recognize for themselves, all that democracy has to offer, as well as its shortcomings, then we've not done a very good job, leading by example. Shame on U. S.]

LEON PANETTA:  "IT WAS WORTH IT"  RATIONAL STATISTICS
WAR COSTS: 4,500 Americans "DEAD" ($100 Million in Death Benefits)
WAR COSTS: 32,000 Americans "Wounded" ($10 Billion in rehab)
WAR COSTS: 100,000 Iraqi  "DEAD"
U.S. Tax Dollar Costs:  $800 BILLION (Operations)

These were our sons, our daughters, moms and dads. Is this really who we want to be?  It's who we are because its all we know. It's 2012... (Now, 2016) it's still time to evolve.

"Every life lost in battle is a generation of lost souls and smiles...

War is not the answer.  If  it were, it would have long-ago resolved the question." 
                                                   
Captain Steve William Laible, USAF (Retired)
                                                 Kodel Party Presidential Candidate (K-OR) 2012



Dennis Roler, Grants Pass Daily Courier Editor, writes this in a February 26, 2003 editorial opinion column, just three weeks before the U.S. "invaded" Iraq,

"...While money shortages in the United States close schools early and cut off medical aid to the poor, the Bush administration bribes countries with billions to help it wage an expensive, unnecessary war..." 

"...This sharp contrast between the domestic and international was brought home the past week.  Saturday, a Turkish official said his country had agreed to let the United States deploy troops there for a war against Iraq in exchange for $5 billion in grants and $10 billion in loans..."
 
[President Bush and other federal officials met with the nation's governors to tell them they'd like to help them with their severe budget problems, but there is a recession and the nation is at war.]

"...Among the doubters is Merrill "Tony" McPeak, the four-star general who headed the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm. In an interview, McPeak, a Grants Pass native [Grants Pass High School Graduate] said Bush botched building a needed international coalition against Iraq, and he voiced the feelings of many that Iraq has no connection to al Qaida, the terrorist group behind 9/11..."

"...the bureaucracies involved are so large and different in priorities..."

"...leveling a nation that has yet to be shown a clear and present danger to the United States. So far the most damning thing found by U.N. inspectors is an Iraqi missile that can travel 93 miles..."

"...The United States can't afford to be the world's policeman--or, as others could well see it, the world's bully. It needs to choose its battles wisely or risk the fate of other once great countries, such as Britain and France, that over-reached and became second-rate powers..."
                                                                            DENNIS ROLER

[Nice to be able to take a look back and wonder if the nation which is actually being "leveled" is ours!] 

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"Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary." -- Oscar Wilde

 NOT all Muslims are bad. Promise. NOT all Americans or Cops or black guys or Mexicans are bad either. 

Every race and culture has radicals, racists, extremist and yes, criminals. Don't paint (stereotype) with broad strokes. It only reveals intolerance/ignorance. Think Before you Act. Think Before you Speak. Think Before you Post/Share/Pin/Tweet. So much is to be learned, enjoyed, savored, from sharing cultures. 


"Together, with a little grace, we can make this world a better place." --  Steve William Laible

Good people exist all around you!  

Become the good American you want to be.

Do it for Lady Liberty!

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Drunken airline pilots, drug traffickers/addicts, speeding & dangerous road rage drivers, texting or 'smart' phone users  while driving (teens & adults),  burglars, thieves, extortionists, morally bankrupt and criminally corrupt cannot and do not set the agenda. Transients who endanger citizens & property, set fires,  leave trash, commit crimes, Do Not set the agenda. We as a society must have the will do take action.  This is exactly why we must rebuild our mental health system with grace from the ground up. We must care for those who can't care for themselves. That's leadership!!! 

 













It's also time, once and or all, to stop putting good people in prison or those who really aren't a threat to society. We will never arrest our way out of this bad behavior. On the other hand, those who suffer from mental illness or make the life changing choices to commit crimes must be removed from a civilized society.  This must be done as humanely as possible. It's not about locking people up and throwing away the key.  Mental illness/wellness care  treatments and management of these destabilizing and debilitating diseases must become a thriving priority in our society. As a loving and compassionate nation, we must care for  our broken  souls. It's really that simple.  Good cops are great! Bad cops must be weeded out and reallocated to a better vocation. (Prison being one option.)

Not US Air Power but you gotta love the contrails.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS


Sometimes a picture is worth a Trillion ($$$) dollars.

Our foreign affairs policy will be completely reformatted.


We will end aggression upon other nations.


We will engage in dialogue with other nations but in an entirely different language.


The middle-class is now running the country.


We will present the true essence of the American people to the world.  

This will be the new face of America: 

People to People

Citizen to Citizen

not Nation to Nation. 

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​​​​The stresses of their jobs, however, should leave no one sitting in judgment. Until you are spit upon, punched, disrespected, shot or otherwise infuriated by those individuals who would not be welcomed at your dinner table, let's begin to look at these men and women in uniform as the true American heroes they are. 

Granted, law enforcement has some thinking they are judge, jury and sadly executioner. We must provide better training of our officers. Their job descriptions must be reinforced and dealt with before another life is lost. 

I personally believe it boils down to R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Maybe not a simple solution but it's a step in the right direction. Even gangs know this. Respect must go both ways! Cops are NOT better than those they stop & question. Their sole job is to protect and serve. To resolve, defuse, deescalate, assess ... wait for it ... apprehend! 

There is NEVER a valid reason for shooting & killing a man in the back who is fleeing. 

Maybe cops need to hook boxing gloves (without thumbs) call them leather mittens if you will, to their utility belts. This will prevent an overt action by the 'suspect' grabbing and firing a gun. Or perhaps a net to shroud & tangle the 'suspect' especially those 14 year old girls who are slammed to the ground in a ill-conceived, macho take-down in a classroom or pavement as we've all seen on television. These actions must NEVER be condoned! But prosecuted.

It's ridiculous for anyone being questioned by police to start arguing or debating their point or challenging officers to a wrestling match. A take-down can and does have deadly results of innocent "dead right" victims. Maybe it's a cultural thing. Talking back to a theater screen is funny but talking back to authority is disrespectful & unwise.  

Is your grocery store clerk ready to step in front of a bullet for you? How about your accountant; banker; paperboy; mayor; trash collector; gas station attendant; doctor, dentist, house painter, plumber, veteran, etc.

The answer is yes, many would on instinct or impulse. But not on a daily, thoughtful basis. Every day a cop dons that uniform and even in plain clothes, they pledge their lives for total strangers as part of their job description. 

                               We must fight against stereotyping or stereotypical behaviors or attitudes.

Not all cops are bad. Not all African-Americans are bad. Not all Muslims are bad.
Not all Mexicans are bad. Not all White people are bad. Do you understand this?

The difference with our unsung heroes in law enforcement is, they have taken an oath to protect and serve. Citizens have not taken an oath to behave now have they?  We have to come to terms with this. It cracks me up when Donald J. Trump says how Mexico is 'sending' us their worst. I'm fairly certain the Mexican government isn't plotting or sending anyone. Criminals and immigrants come on their own for different reasons. 















Sanctuary cities cannot exist within our borders. It is simply not constructive to put 'anyone' above the law. 

As such, those charged with enforcing law and order, will receive a huge push from a Kodel Party White House in whatever positive direction is requested to ensure common sense & peace is maintained. We will tighten laws that make their initial efforts seem oftentimes worthless and counterproductive, which only leads to greater frustrations and sometimes reckless behavior. Catch and release ends under a Kodel Party administration. 

These agencies, whose sole purpose it is, to protect U. S. citizens and our Homeland from the "bad guys" will receive our total devotion.  The fraternity of officers is what keeps chaos from our lives. No matter how bad you think crime is now, imagine if we had no law enforcement. It's sort of stupid how we tolerant bad behavior.

The entire group of protective service agencies, from the Secret Service to firefighters and the Coast Guard, and all points within, yes, including the Internet Police, FBI, CIA, DIA, Police, SWAT, Sheriffs, Counter Terrorism, Homeland Security, etc., will all enjoy the favor of a Kodel Party Administration.

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PROTECTION SERVICES

Law Enforcement - Homeland Security - FBI CIA DIA NSA TSA - Armed Forces












​​LAW ENFORCEMENT

The ONLY thing we must decide & implement in an innovative, civilized society and world power is how to deal with "bad behavior." Only bad behavior, not fear, race, gender, religion, or any other contributing factors must get in the way. Only bad behavior endangers those of us who are otherwise law abiding and peaceful. 


America the Beautiful

Don't be a Rock!

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ARMED FORCES


The United States of America (will once and for all) end our aggressive posture... 

We will still fund, support and improve upon the brightest and best military in the entire world

-- But our mission will change. 

-- Protecting or Securing freedom for every nation on earth is no longer going to be our mission.

-- We will stop killing and maiming generation after generation of America's youth!


We will close military operations around the world bringing our troops back to their homeland and families. If the people of those nations want a military presence, let them speak to their leaders and conscript their own citizens. The protection of our borders is best served from having boots on our soil, ships in our seas, and jets in our space...    

We will defend our nation from within our nation, above our skies and throughout those strategic locations where our presence is welcomed.

-- We will not pay room and board however.
-- Hosting countries will finance our presence, salaries, and day-to-day training operations.

--Joint exercises will continue. 


Our military is designed to protect our nation from other "nations" who would attack us.

-- Not lone wolves, radical or terrorist groups or individuals.

-- Our military will train and prepare but will disrobe as the world's policing force. 
-- We will participate in destroying any dictatorship who dares draw a line in the sand!


We will devise a broader scope of responsibility to deal with insurgents and terrorists.
--A unit of a thousand score, specifically detailed to thwart and kill such threats, will be assembled.

Honorably discharged berets of all services, Special Forces, Seals, Rangers, etc., will take the point in leadership with our troubled, misguided youth and gangs. 


We will be a strictly volunteer force.


Diplomacy is not only essential, it is prudent. However, we must not spread our forces so thinly around the world any longer.  

Democracies have existed since before 300 B.C. If a nation's people has the will, they will adopt it.​​



​​HOMELAND SECURITY

Securing our Homeland


This is a real concern and priority of every American citizen.  We no longer live in a world of innocence. "Leave it to Beaver" is dead.  
Until we turn the corner with our sister nations where people not governments run countries 
we must protect our population, way of life & property.


Strengthening our entire homeland will be a top priority of the Kodel Administration.  We have forces stretched the world over. We'll bring them home & stretch them here.   Making America strong from within gives the world a new direction and a new order. 


Switzerland doesn't protect the world. Nor does Italy. Nor does France. Nor does Mexico.

Other nations will have to step-up and become responsible to their own interests.


We will ask Americans to support our efforts as we seek to protect them with the best technologies, 
the best trained men and women, and the best intentions we have to offer.

Perception is reality. 

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A Trump Wall ?

INSIDE the Box  thinking: Build a wall. 
OUTSIDE the Box  thinking: Reverse Migration. 
Leadership is innovative! ​

A policy shift

--away from serving as the world's police--

will go a long way with creating a new atmosphere, a new world.  

We don't set the example by building a wall.

How we interact with our own citizens, on the world stage,

will improve perceptions and realities.

Those who would plunder other nations will be dealt with by a world body, not solely the U.S. 
 
Our ports, shores, airspace and yes, our borders will gain our full attention. 

We will serve and protect America First.

IMproving family life & lives BY RESTORING true AMERICAN core VALUES through genuine innovation, integrity & "leadership."

The Kodel Party

America the Beautiful

 

We will continue to innovate, equip, train and reward our forces as they put their lives on the line every single hour of every single shift. Think what that means for a moment. Men and women are willing to die for you! That's pretty incredible. Their loyalty, patriotism and duty shall be admired and rewarded. 

Hopefully and eventually, we can eliminate every law enforcement position on the planet. That is, once all the bad guys & dolls have been caught, given up or been reallocated to a space outside of our 'civilized' society.  Until then, we will help our law enforcement professionals close the gap on crime by listening to them and enacting laws that help them do their jobs better, safer, kinder. And the issue isn't about banning weapons from citizens. However, we can set in place incredibly important legislation with respect to firearms & responsibilities for each owner. (Note: those are not the bad guys.) The consequences of using a weapon in the commission of a crime, is the general premise of our philosophy. Consequences of actions carry the weight, not the mere possession of...a gun! 

The Kodel Party may put forth an Amendment that removes rights for citizens known to be a habitual detriment to society, law and order. We need a carrot and a stick to make this work. A provisional circumstance may restore said rights once rehabilitation and restitution are accomplished.
 
While our military forces are now held in the highest regard, with the gratitude of a grateful and free nation, so shall our domestic heroes. Until the day we no longer need police forces, or intelligence agencies, etc., we will support them with the highest priority this nation can offer.

Governors will undoubtedly show likewise support for their entire civil service legions of administrators, public works and unsung servants.

Chicago wants us to believe that Black Lives Matter. Why then do they lead the nation in gun violence? Over 90 shooting deaths this past weekend alone with nearly 500 victims in same ONE weekend! That's a crisis! And deserves our attention and ACTION! Of course black lives matter so who is this directed at? The police? Whites? That's pretty misguided. How about this: A national call to order that ALL LIVES MATTER. Stop with the divisive segregation and attack the nut of it. Humankind must stop killing one another and continue evolving using good sense & common sense not brooding hostilities, territorial turf, drug or gang wars to resolve disputes or paybacks. 

Education, enlightenment, ethics, opportunities must replace violence in our streets. We advance, improve, evolve as a species/society ONLY when more of us become engaged & enlightened through education-awareness-experience. 
A gun is no more responsible for killing than a pencil is for misspelling a word! 

                                       A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple. 

Baltimore be more productive! Show leadership! Mob mentality, Destruction, Social Disobedience has lasting, unintended, deadly, consequences. EVOLVE! Our children are watching. Looters, thugs & profiteers spit on the souls of the deceased and every child of color with your bad behavior! Redirect your frustration!


A Change of Heart Changes Everything!