As our region has entered a new era in not only governance, but of many other things as well, we in the European Liberal Party are committed to the ideals of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and an acknowledgement to the fact that there is something profound in our existence that bonds us all together in a brotherhood of man. It is with this ratification of a new European Constitution that we in the European Union demand new leadership, and it is why this political party offers upon the region New Liberalism. With a renewed spirit, we shall campaign for seats in the corridors of power with a new sense of purpose and self. And with that renewed spirit, we lay before all who wish to know more of our party and our principles what it means to be a New Liberal.
The European Liberal Party, although perceived as the party of big government, taxes, quotas, tariffs, the welfare state, and socialism, should henceforth be no longer regarded as such. It has become increasingly true as time passes that there is no longer left and right in matters of economics and governing, there is right and wrong. What we stand for today as New Liberals is a marketplace economy that ensures universal prosperity, as well as social programs which aid the development and education of the next generation. We do not believe in handouts, but we do believe in a hand up to those who seek to better themselves and those around them. We endorse wholeheartedly the reduction of trade barriers between members of our European Union in order to foster better relations, but also the previously mentioned economic prosperity. The free movement of goods, capital, persons, and labor in the region will create an economy that works for all of us.
The New Liberals also commit themselves to the permanent cooling of tensions between the East and the West. We gain nothing through aggression towards one another, but instead create fear where there should be friendship. Through diplomatic means we endorse the limitation of strategic armaments in both power blocs, as well as renewed partnerships in such areas as regional peacekeeping, foreign aid, and perhaps even space exploration. We also believe that this renewed friendship will be one of our region?s strongest assets against a new threat: terrorism. We indeed face a crisis in the current conflict in Alikhstan, but we commit ourselves to three specific goals: keeping the peace, securing individual freedom, and reducing the threat of terrorism. Through common sense measures such as increased funding for security measures in public transportation, border security, infrastructure retrofitting, and the securing of loose weapons of destruction, we reduce the likelihood of attack as well as the damage a potential attack could cause. We must also be weary of the restriction of individual liberty in these perilous times. A wise man once said that the man who forsakes his liberty for his security deserves neither. With that maxim in mind, we are committed to aggressively defending the rights of all Europeans. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights should be followed by every letter, and no right in it should be abridged for the sake of national security.
The New Liberals will enact measures to ensure government, at all levels, is three things: honest, open, and efficient. We shall indeed charge forth with measures to reduce the unnecessary bureaucracy of our government and ensure that a progressive tax structure shall ensure that the burden does not fall on those who require assistance the most. We stand for strong legislation on ethics and code of conduct amongst government officials, so that it is made abundantly clear that illicit acts such as bribery or extortion are simply unthinkable. Every appropriate meeting of legislators should be made open to the public, and government officials should release transcripts of their meetings so long as it does not jeopardize the safety of persons or places in our region. Just as people live within their means, so should our governments. We stand for fiscal responsibility, and promise to balance our budgets barring any unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Public debt is not something people should have to live with, and we promise here and now to act sensibly in matters of budget.
With these things said, we, the New Liberals of the European Union, hope that we can serve the public trust to the best of our ability. We wish well to all those who seek to be a part of this new movement, as well as those who seek to conscientiously observe, and we hope to one day soon govern this esteemed Union with the best interests of all Europeans at heart.
Governor of the Principality of Gorzowa in Belarum
Member of the European Liberal Party
Today, after nearly 3 months of Deliberation. The Imperial Congress has finally passed the Communist Registration Act. This Act requires that all Communist living within the Empire's Borders, must register themselves at the Headquaters of their local Government. Failure to do so would first result, in a fining and if still not registered immediate deportation.
Cesare Anthony Constantine, when asked about the reason behind such an act released this statement:
This Act, will hopefully be used, to keep control of The Infectious disease known as Communism. For many years Communism and it's dreaded leaders have tried to change the way of Kyrilanga and it's people, but not any more. This Act will hopefully be the start of the end of Communism
Candidate: James Howard Stanton
Nation of Origin: Belarum
Governor of the principality of Gorzowa, 1998-2006.
Belarian Senator, 1994-1996.
CEO of Blue Star Telecommunications, 1992-1994.
Cofounder, Stanton-Wynne Venture Capital, 1985-1992.
Vice Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations.
Director of Government Studies, Calderon Institute.
On Foreign Affairs
One of the things that all nations of the EU can agree on across the board is that we must never close our borders from nations who seek to join our region. If elected, I will launch a concerted effort to advertise our region to both individual nations and across the Pacific regions and Lazarus in order to attract the best and brightest to the European Union. We must also recognize that friendship with regions that share our values will not only improve our standing in the world and attract new nations to our region, but it will be and end in itself to befriend active, democratic regions. One of the best things we can do is increase our activity on the world stage, in order to attract new nations and let the world know that the European Union is a force for positive change and human decency.
On Internal Affairs
Some may wonder what the priorities should be for the region?s internal affairs. I feel that they are very clear: the environment, energy policy, public transit, and human rights. We must make concerted efforts to protect and defend the environment, especially from pollution and the human footprint. The conservative?s efforts on climate change have been truly admirable, but more needs to be done. It is why I mention energy policy as well. If elected, I will launch great efforts to ensure that clean, eco-friendly technology is made available to all nations in our region through regional grants and loans, as well as cooperation between nations in order to power us well into the 21st century and beyond. I would also like to initiate steps to build a high-speed passenger rail service between nations in the European Union in order to foster free movement of persons throughout our region, as well as bind our nations closer together. Human rights should also be of tremendous concern to the internal workings of our region. We should monitor human rights and abuses at the regional level, and take action when necessary through diplomatic channels and incentives, and if necessary force as a last resort.
On the Economy
As a politician and businessman for the better parts of my life, I?ve come to understand the workings of the marketplace as well as in government. What I believe each nation should strive for is a dynamic market economy with social safety nets that make sense, like universal health coverage, education initiatives, and a system of social welfare which requires those who need assistance to earn it through working and not sitting at home waiting for a check. However, I do realize that there are nations who may feel differently about matters of economy, which is why all viewpoints should be respected at the regional level. One thing that we can all work together on, however, is trade. Trade is a fundamental component of economic success, and it is one that the regional government should spearhead. If elected, I will support and strive for the reduction and gradual elimination of tariffs and trade barriers between EU nations in order to bring prosperity to all.
_On Peace Keeping and Defence _
With a rise in tensions between the Eastern and Western power blocs and the new threat of international terrorism which knows no ideology but hate and destruction, it doesn?t take much more to realize that there needs to be a sensible dialogue between nations at the international level. There should be efforts at the regional level to bring cooperation between the East and West, most notably my home nation and the Soviet Union. If these two nations decided one day to work together, in my opinion there is no barrier which could stop them. I support arms limitation talks between East and West, as well as the development of an East-West contingency force to deal with the War in Alikhstan at a regional level. But there is also a new threat, and that threat is potentially more dangerous than the confrontation of East and West because it actively exploits the rifts in the European Union, and that threat is terrorism. I will wholeheartedly endorse and enact a policy of ?tough on terrorism, tough on causes of terrorism? if elected to the European Commission. By enacting measures domestically, such as increased security at public transit and the physical strengthening of infrastructure, we can reduce the damage a potential attack could cause. By securing loose weapons of mass destruction, our physical borders, freezing the finances of criminals and lenders to the corrupt causes of these extremists, and through the sharing of all terrorist-related intelligence between nations, we can reduce the likelihood of a potential attack. But we must not stop there, because terrorism does thrive where quality of life lags behind. We must increase foreign aid to trouble nations and ensure that all citizens of our region are guaranteed good education, healthcare, and a decent standard of living. It is through these means that we will defeat terrorism in the short and long run.
Indeed it is true Belarum. We need to organise ourselves into an active and strong party which has the ability to govern this Union by majority rule. We have some of the strongest and most active members in the entire Union and I hope we can build upon this to ensure we have a Party which can stand up to new challenges and achieve its full potential in any upcoming elections.
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union would like to inquire about the definition of "mixed economy advocacy" and "Keynesian Economics," considering we are considering a revision of our stance towards the Liberal Party, taking into account the fact we might bring forward an application. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, currently headed exclusively by elected CPSU candidates, advocates a mixed economy with a socialist and a cooperative sector, not allowing private enterprise.
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