Peter A. Thalheim
An author who imagines post-racial America. What is “structural racism-structural statism?” Have we lost a constitutional balance between the state and the citizen? Who works for whom? On China, how much pressure must the Communist Party of China apply to the Chinese citizen to remain in power with no free election since 1949? What is environmental equity and how does it relate to climate change? Who is a Tesla Carbon Pig? Who denies school choice to high needs black, Hispanic, white, Asian and other students?
“American” as the first category for your race, creed, color and ethnicity, The first day of post-racial America!
What color is an American? There is no color but we are a people, whether we were born here or immigrated here. The passage of the legislation proposed by this book will be the first day of post-racial America!
The experiences and observations of serving as a reserve officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and as an immigrant contributed to the ideas behind the book Check “American” and the 2020 Census.
The School-to-Prison Pipeline: How the Public School Monopoly and the Teachers’ Unions Deny School Choice to High-Needs Black, Hispanic, White, Asian, and Other Students
Some of the best performing public K-12 schools in New York and Connecticut are public charter schools peopled by high economic needs black, Hispanic, white, Asian and other students but the public school monopoly and the teachers unions work adamantly to prevent their expansion, working instead to limit the. The public school monopoly and teachers unions also work diligently against vouchers and education savings accounts for high-needs students. Adults against children is never fair. Our children should be first and not third.
China, once the world’s leading civilization, slips beneath the totalitarian sea of the Communist Party of China.
While China has grown prodigiously after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the Communist Party of China crushed the liberal democratic movement in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and has steadily expanded its control over the Chinese people and economy. Supreme leader Xi Jinping and the CPC now face the eleven principles of history and economics against their continued hegemony over China and the Chinese.
100 Questions after the Killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor: with Policy Recommendations and The Chicago Tragedy: Our Silence on the Daily Violent Death of Young Black Men, Boys and Bystanders Nationwide
What is “systemic racism?” What is “structural racism?” It is important that you write down what you think it is. Many mounted their soap boxes after the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and other in 2020 and said they would fight structural racism and demand accountability. Yet nothing happened and structural racism/statism has been redoubled by these self-same people. Read about the hurdles, burdens and barriers put in the way of the citizenry by the state to get an education, get a job, start a business, run a business, put a roof over your head, put food on the plate of your children and to pursue happiness as you see fit. Blacks in America have one-eighth the net worth or whites which makes every hurdle higher, every burden heavier and every barrier thicker. Then there is the daily violent death of our young black, men, boys and bystanders that our nation ignores: The Chicago Tragedy.
Connecticut’s Constitution was a model for the U.S. Constitution, but Connecticut has since lost its constitutional footing.
All free governments are instituted for the benefit of the citizen. Article 1, section 2 of the Connecticut Constitution. Connecticut, however, has among the worst pubic finance and debt of all 50 states, due to the state being run for the state and not the citizen, thanks to its politicians and judges. Can she regain her constitutional balance to serve the citizen or will she continue to underperform the rest of the nation economically and lose citizens and capital to other states and continue to make life more difficult for the poor with rising costs and structural statism/racism so carefully crafted by her leading political class?
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Peter Thalheim book to be released in 2023:
Tesla Carbon Pigs, Climate Change, Environmental Equity and Liberal Democracy: Why we should do whatever we can for the environment provided it doesn’t raise the cost of living for the poor or undermine liberal democracy.
Climate change is a compelling issue, but how is it balanced with environmental equity to our poor? We all love the environment and should do whatever we can to help it provided it doesn’t raise the cost of living for the poor. The present climate debate is about enabling the continued consumption habits of the well-to-do regardless of the deleterious impact on the cost of living of the poor and their ability to pursue a better future. Tesla automobile drivers are generally affluent as such consume far more carbon than the average citizen, ergo they are Tesla carbon pigs. Few are willing to take the vow of poverty to address climate change. We all, including the author, could do better and consume less carbon, but we chose not to. Read about concepts such as “carbon neutral,” “zero carbon,” “net carbon zero 2050” and “Tesla carbon pigs.” Learn about promising technologies such as solar, wind, nuclear fusion, e-fuels, hydrogen and fuel cells.
Should Rule of Law countries, such as the United States of America put themselves at a competitive disadvantage to totalitarian, single party dictatorships such as China, North Korea and Cuba and authoritarian countries such as Russia? Why do we undermine the stability of democratic nations and put the supply chain of necessary elements through the Communist Party of China? A green economy is six times more resource intensive in copper, aluminum, cobalt, lithium, rare earths, manganese, etc. than a carbon based economy but we won’t grant permits for more strip mines and refining facilities here. Is that a dangerous policy for democracies? Is that fair to the poor in the United States and outside of the United States who would also like to pursue their happiness and live a better life?
The author’s gratitude for the gift of being able to live in the United States as an immigrant is reflected in Thalheim’s books. To use the words of W.E.B. Du Bois, the United States of America is the world’s greatest experiment in democracy! Her democracy is valuable and worth defending and promoting. Serving as a Judge Advocate General attorney in the U.S. Army Reserve in his late twenties and early thirties was an honor. And with that came the responsibility of wearing the military uniform of the United States of America and representing those who had come before and would come after to answer the call for this young democracy. This experience lead to the conception of Check “American” complete with www.checkAmerican.com to lead the way forward to post-racial America and the subsequent book “Check ‘American’ and the 2020 Census.”
Travels by the author to various parts of the world have also underlined the importance of and fragility of the Rule of Law, which is popularly misconstrued as the mere enactment of and following of statutes. Dictators have long ago decreed “laws” and have used “courts” to enforce laws, which do not apply to the elite leadership itself. The Rule of Law, on the other hand, is a state run by and for the citizenry with the laws applicable to all with concepts of due process, freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion and the right to work to feed yourself. The United States is a Rule of Law nation because it is run by and for the citizenry under a working constitution. China is a Rule of Man dictatorship that wears the jewelry of democracy of “elections,” “courts,” “president,” “legislature,” and “laws,” to name a few elements of a democracy, but are no more than window dressing in a dictatorship which is the rule by the few over the many, namely in the case of China, the millionaires and billionaires of the Chinese Politburo. There has never been a free election there since 1949.
Traveling around the world has reinforced for the author the centrality and necessity for the United States in the maintenance and furtherance of the liberal democratic order. Though the author’s travels are limited in scope when compared to well-traveled citizens, he has traveled through Washington, D.C., New York, most of the fifty states, Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Venice, Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels for the rain, Warsaw, Munich, Zurich, Prag, East Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Xabarovsk, the latter seven during the Russian/Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe from 1945 until the fall of the Berlin wall in November, 1989. Further travels were to Beijing, Wuhan, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Sarawak, Sumatra, Rangoon, Mandalay, Sydney, Cairns, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canarvon, Hobart, Auckland, Queenstown, Christ Church, Milford Sound, Panama, Roadtown, B.V.I, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Dublin and points in between. America is unique like other immigrant countries, where a person can move here and in but a few years feel fully American.
The author’s study of European History at Middlebury College from 1979-1982 as well as being a first generation immigrant from West Germany and his travels through the East, West, the Soviet Union and China have factored into his analysis of the eleven principles of history and economics against the continuation of rule by the Communist Party of China over China and her citizens. The only way a dictatorship stays in power is by terrorizing her own citizens in order to avoid the call for fair and free elections and use terror so that the few may continue to rule over the many. Does the third generation of leaders in China have the same appetite to terrorize Chinese citizens as the two previous generations had shown themselves willing to do?
Domestically, the positive message of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, an African-American church in the heart of Stamford, Connecticut of life, love, liberty was so strong that it had encouraged the author to run for governor of the State of Connecticut in 2017-2018, for which he was woefully unprepared. www.SaveConnecticut.com Nonetheless the message of life that we should be grateful for every day that we have as no day has been promised us, is a positive message, which should be shared. The message of love that we are all brothers and sisters children of God should also be spread. For the non-religious, 99.6% of our DNA is identical. We can only see .4% of a person’s DNA. The focus should be on what people share which is so much greater than the little DNA that people do not share. Liberty in politics is the reference to the freedoms contained in our Bill of Right, the first Ten Amendments to the Constitution. That campaign led in part to the author’s subsequent election to the executive committee of the Stamford branch of the NAACP, a non-partisan political organization, which engendered two more books for 2022: “The School-to-Prison Pipeline: How the public school monopoly and the teachers unions deny school choice to high needs black, Hispanic, white, Asian and other students” and then “100 Questions after the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor with policy recommendations and The Chicago Tragedy.”
We all love the environment. An issue that the author had promoted during his gubernatorial campaign was “The Paris Minimum.” Basically, when pursuing the laudable climate change goals of the Paris Climate Accord, policy should not lose sight of how new rules make life more expensive for the poor and impede the upward mobility of the poor in the United States and abroad. This has been simplified to “environmental equity” where we should do whatever we can for the environment provided we don’t raise the cost of living for poor people.
Another book in draft is “The Case for the National Slavery Memorial on the Washington Mall.” The formation of the United States in 1776 and the subsequent drafting of our Constitution in 1787, after the Articles of Confederation proved unwieldly, was an imperfect start with the continuation of slavery. The Slave Power before and after the creation of the United States almost ruined this great experiment in democracy and brought on the Civil War in 1860. The United States can recognize the historic wrong of slavery with a slavery memorial on the Washington Mall, within view of the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials. Germany is the only major military or economic power with a monument to an historic wrong of that country in its nation’s capital. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin to commemorate the murder of six million Jews before and during World War II is mere steps from the nation’s parliament and to the symbolic center of Germany, the Brandenburg Gate. The United States can do no less with a National Slavery Memorial on the Washington Mall and still continue forward as a single united people.
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