The Way Forward

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by Harley Schlanger, LaRouche PAC:

This week, LaRouche PAC is beginning to organize a nationwide drive to change the terms of the present national political debate based on the following statement: The Way Forward. If the anarchy and preening for position by Democrats and ideologically blinded Republicans in the Congress continues, in its present form, we will have proven ourselves incapable of government across the partisan divides which feed the political parties’ money machines. This is not the fault of President Trump. But he has no one supporting him on the Hill who thinks and acts on the level of our Founders. That must change. We will be on the Hill, but we’re also asking you, the citizens who now must act, to call your Congressman or Senator and demand that “The Way Forward” form the basis of a new and urgent national debate and legislation, putting principle above parties.

As most know, we have stood most resolutely against the criminal coup against the President being run by the British through their extant networks here. It has damaged the nation as we stand horribly still, shouting, but not moving forward. The President’s very ability to govern is jeopardized by partisans, many of whom are thinking and acting like moral and intellectual midgets. This must stop. There is a whole world out there which is advancing, in which American greatness can flourish, but only if we embrace again the national mission outlined in “The Way Forward” statement. Please read this statement, send it to your friends and neighbors and tell them to call their Representative or Senator. It’s time now for the big and positive change for which our citizens repeatedly vote.

The Way Forward

A proposed basis for bipartisan agreement and action on domestic and international economic policy

After the mid-term election results, it should have become clear to all concerned, as indeed expressed by President Donald Trump in his press conference at that time, that with the Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate and the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, either the nation and thereby the world will suffer self-destructive inaction, as a result of an escalating attack on the Presidency, or bipartisan action will need to be taken “in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Only the latter course can serve the interests of the citizens of this nation of ours and the interest of humanity as a whole. Such bipartisan action, however, will not succeed if it is merely based on practical compromise and horse trading. It must be based on principle, the principle established in the U.S. Constitution and reflected in the economic principles of the American System of Economics espoused by Alexander Hamilton and implemented in the best moments of the history of both the Republican Party under Abraham Lincoln and the Democratic Party under Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Four New Laws to Save the Nation

As Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. has proposed, the U.S. Government must “institute four specific cardinal measures: measures which must be fully consistent with the specific intent of the original U.S. Federal Constitution, as had been specified by U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.”

(1) The immediate re-enactment of the Glass Steagall law instituted by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt without modification, as to principle of action.

The City of London and some Wall Street elements will oppose this as they have done in the past. However, this action was endorsed in both the 2016 Republican and Democratic Convention Platforms. Legislation has been introduced into both the House and the Senate in support of this measure. Furthermore, during his campaign, President Donald Trump explicitly endorsed such action.

2) A return to a system of top-down, and thoroughly defined, National Banking. The actually tested, successful model to be authorized is that which had been instituted, under the direction of the policies of national banking, which had been actually, successfully installed under President Abraham Lincoln’s superseding authority of a currency created by the Presidency of the United States (e.g., “Greenbacks”) as conducted as a national banking-and-credit-system placed under the supervision of the Office of the Treasury Secretary of the United States.

After the 2016 Presidential campaign, President Donald Trump made a number of extraordinary speeches in Michigan, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C. in which he called for a return to what had earlier in our history been known as the American System of economics as distinct from the British System of free trade. The Republican Party from Abraham Lincoln through William McKinley was committed to this policy, which goes back to Alexander Hamilton. Franklin D. Roosevelt was also committed to this policy. His great-great-grandfather, Isaac Roosevelt, worked with Alexander Hamilton, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s thesis at Harvard was on Alexander Hamilton.

Take the crying need for an infrastructure program today. How can this be funded? It should be funded by the extension of Federal credit for productive purposes. Hamilton did it through the National Bank. Abraham Lincoln did it with his Greenback policy. Franklin Roosevelt did it through the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. So why not return to the best practice of both parties in finding a principled way to fund desperately needed infrastructure?

(3) The purpose of the use of a Federal credit-system is to generate high-productivity trends in improvements of employment, with the accompanying intention, to increase the physical-economic productivity, and the standard of living of the persons and households of the United States.

As LaRouche further specifies, an increase in the physical-economic productivity of the population requires an increase of the effective energy-flux density per capita, and for the human population when considered as a whole. The ceaseless increase of the physical-productivity of employment, accompanied by its benefits for the general welfare, is a principle of Federal law, which must be a paramount standard of achievement of the nation and the individual.

Admittedly there are those today who advocate a Green New Deal in opposition to the conception of improving the human condition through higher, more efficient forms of technology which provide high energy flux density, such as nuclear fission and ultimately nuclear fusion. Such a “Green” conception, based on the Limits to Growth ideology propagated by Prince Phillip and the late Prince Bernhard of World Wildlife Fund fame, would actually result in a lowering of the standard of living in the U.S. and a massive reduction of the world’s population, otherwise called genocide. Such a policy is not anti-establishment as some would pretend. It is ultimately the racist, colonialist policy of the Anglo-Dutch liberal system.

This was not the policy of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched the Manhattan Project. Nor was it the policy of John F. Kennedy, who launched the Apollo Project.

If we are to meet the needs of our citizens, we will have to come to an agreement that Federal credit can only be extended not for low-energy flux density green technologies incapable of sustaining a growing industrial economy and accompanying higher standard of living, but rather only for technologies based upon the above scientifically grounded definition of productive.

(4) Adopt a Fusion-Driver “Crash Program.” The essential distinction of man from all lower forms of life, hence, in practice, is that it presents the means for the perfection of the specifically affirmative aims and needs of human individual and social life.

Today, remedies are required comparable to those of President Franklin Roosevelt. This meant the mustering of the power of nuclear power, then, and means thermonuclear fusion now.

President Franklin Roosevelt at the dedication of the Hoover Dam, 1936. Photo: FDR Library

A fusion-driver “crash program” also entails the revival of John F. Kennedy’s Apollo space program, since, among other things, one of the best sources for fueling fusion energy is helium-3, which is found on the moon.

In 1980, Congressman Mike McCormick (D-Wa.) introduced the “Fusion Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 1980” which called for an Apollo-style national fusion program to produce a demonstration commercial fusion reactor by the year 2000. The legislation passed the House of Representatives on August 25. It passed the Senate on September 23. It was signed into law by the President on Oct. 7, 1980. Unfortunately that legislation was never funded and thus allowed to die. That was 38 years ago!

The Legislation, which was enacted, specifically authorized the Secretary of Energy “in consultation with the Secretary of State shall actively seek to enter into or to strengthen existing international cooperative agreements in magnetic fusion research and development activities of mutual benefit to all parties.”

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