New Year’s resolutions that I wish my country would take

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It’s the season

Many of us make resolutions this time of year. These are some of the New Year’s resolutions that I would love to see my country adopt.

  1. The United States resolves to engage with all nations to reduce or eliminate the real threats of climate change, pandemic and nuclear war that we face as a global community.
  2. The United States resolves to work with all nations to create meaningful and verifiable cybersecurity treaties to eliminate the threats posed by cyber warfare to the peoples of the world.
  3. The United States resolves to work tirelessly for justice and to defend human rights.
  4. The United States decides to end all arms races … conventional weapons, nuclear weapons, space weapons, and chemical and biological weapons. Convert arms sales and military aid to other countries into humanitarian aid where it is needed most.
  5. The United States decides to end all unilateral economic sanctions, blockades and embargoes on other nations. These are all forms of economic warfare.
  6. The United States decides to honor the sovereignty of all nations and the international justice system.
  7. The United States resolves to sign and ratify international treaties that promote peace, reduce human suffering, and promote human rights and pledge to abide by the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. man.
  8. The United States resolves to work tirelessly for peace and to continue international dialogue and diplomacy with all nations in order to avoid the use of militarism.
  9. The United States resolves to work to democratize international institutions, including the United Nations, IMF, World Bank and others, so that the interests of all countries are equitably represented.
  10. The United States resolves to end its active support for all nations that commit systemic violence, oppression or human rights violations.
  11. The United States decides to end the demonization of others.
  12. The United States decides to focus on the needs of humans and ecosystems necessary for life by:
    • Work so that every citizen has access to drinking water.
    • Work to ensure that every citizen has knowledge of and access to nutritious food.
    • To work to fight drug, alcohol and sugar addictions in this country in a compassionate and constructive way.
    • Work to eliminate for-profit prisons.
    • Work to ensure that every child has access to high quality education (including higher education) regardless of zip code or income level.
    • Work to eradicate poverty with real plans and goals.
    • Work to end homelessness with real plans and goals.
    • Work to ensure living wages, sick leave and benefits for all workers.
    • Make sure that no citizen who has worked all his life and who has done everything necessary does not need to work beyond the age of 65 to survive financially.
    • Provide universal physical and mental health care to all of its citizens.
    • Work to restore confidence in its government by embracing the democratic ideals promised in its founding documents and by carrying out systemic reforms to achieve them.
    • Work to reduce wealth and income inequalities with real plans and goals.
    • Work to advance its culture by putting an end to racism, sectarianism, misogyny in all its forms.
    • Work to understand and reduce the root causes of violence in all its forms.
    • Work to gradually eliminate the brutality of industrial agriculture.
    • Work to create a sustainable economy; one that does not demand endless consumerism and endless growth on a finite planet.
    • Work to create a model of sustainable agriculture.
    • Work to convert the military and fossil fuel industries into sustainable and vital industries and protect all affected employees from economic damage using all means possible, including federal wages and benefits during the transition.

John Miksad of Wilton is a volunteer section coordinator for World Beyond War.


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