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    The Gold Party Point (Vote) System 

Stage 1

Objective: Build membership and accumulate money in treasury

(a) Each member receives one (1) vote for his membership with dues payment of $1.00.

(b) Each member has 1 vote to give to another member: Of this, .5 votes must go to the person who the member thinks is most responsible for recruiting him. This assignment cannot be changed during his term of membership. The other .5 votes can be assigned to another member upon renewal of membership each year.

(c) Extra votes are awarded for higher dues payment: 1 vote for $15 dues in a year, 2 votes for $50 dues in a year, 3 votes for $100 dues in a year, 4 votes for $200 in a year, 5 votes for $500 in a year, 6 votes for $1,000 in a year, 7 votes for $5,000 in a year. Dues-related votes expire each year.

(d) Higher dues payment by a member also benefits the people designated as beneficiaries in (b) in the same year: for $50 dues, multiply the votes by 1.2; for $100 dues, multiply the votes by 1.4; for $200 dues, multiply the votes by 1.8; for $500 dues, multiply the votes by 2; for $1,000 dues, multiply the votes by 2.5; for $5,000 dues, multiply the votes by 3.

(e) Attendance-related votes: A member receives extra .2 votes for attending each meeting of his or her local Gold Party chapter; and .1 extra votes for attending a meeting of another Gold Party chapter. These votes expire each year. However, the total annual accumulation, divided by ten and rounded up to the next .1 vote, becomes a permanent addition to a member’s vote total. Each year’s attendance-related votes are accumulated on a quarterly basis and the member’s vote total is recalculated for subsequent meetings.

(f) First-year bonus: Each new member gets an extra .5 votes for signing up that year.

(g) Hosting of meetings: A member receives 5 extra votes for hosting and chairing the local meetings during Phase 1.

(h) Veterans preference: Each member of U.S. armed forces or National Guard during years of war gets one extra vote; two extra votes if the member saw combat; three extra votes if the person was wounded.

(i) The above system of votes assumes that the Gold Party member is registered to vote in U.S. elections. Others, including alien residents, nonadults and felons, may participate in Gold Party activities but they forfeit half of the votes otherwise accumulated.

Stage 2

Objective: Form local chapters and regional organizations

(a) The chapter president receives ten (10) extra votes while in office. They expire after receiving office, however a residual of one extra vote per year as President would be permanent.

(b) The chapter vice president, who may also be he treasurer, gets five (5) extra votes, however a residual of .5 extra vote per year as vice president would be permanent.

(c) Membership secretary, responsible for calculating the votes, gets six (6) extra votes, however a residual of .6 extra vote per year as membership secretary would be permanent.

(d) The chapter president may award up to 25 votes annually to members of the chapter for services rendered. Such services would include speaking at a chapter meeting and organizing special events.

(e) A member receives 2 votes for providing the meeting place as approved by the president.

Stage 3

Objective: Get the Gold Party program passed into law and implemented

(a) Party members receive credit (determined by the candidate) for work on Gold Party campaigns.

(b) Party members receive credit for persuading elected officials to vote for the program.

(c) Elected officials receive credit for voting in favor of the Gold Party legislation. It would be difficult to determine the number of votes for activities in this phase.

(It would be difficult to determine the number of votes for activities in this phase.)

 

Some more recent thoughts

The hard part will be to get started. The Occupy Wall Street movement offers a way to do that because certain individuals, gathered in one place, have already demonstrated deep personal commitment to a cause. If some of them can embrace the Gold Party concept as a way to gain staying power and extend membership reach, the beginning will have been made.

We will need to distinguish between inalienable points, which stay with a member for the duration of membership, and those which change each year. It is understood, of course, that one’s own membership is a prerequisite for having any points (or ownership shares in Gold Party). Points are reevaluated annually.

I now favor giving each member two points when he or she joins Gold Party initially. It would remain at two points in future years if the membership continued from the preceding year. If a person quit for a time and rejoined, he or she would have only one point for the first year. It would back go up to two points in the following year. We might also give someone three membership points for continuously being a member for three years. We want to encourage continuous memberships.

Each member would also have one inalienable point to be given to another member. Normally it would be because the other person introduced him to Gold Party. However, the member could assign his or her point to another member for any reason whatsoever. The assignment would automatically continue from year to year although the assigning member could change it at annual intervals.

Gold Party would also give inalienable points to individuals who had conspicuously contributed to the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. The woman who was pepper-sprayed by the NYPD official would get five such points as would each individual in the group that pitched a tent in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Those 700 persons who were arrested for trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge should each receive two points. These would be inalienable points, permanently awarded and remaining in effect so long as the recipient remains a member.

Otherwise, I favor awarding one to three “occupation” points for anyone who participates in the occupation of a public space - whether it be Liberty Plaza in New York, Government Center plaza in Minneapolis, or a public meeting place in another city - based upon the degree of participation. Persons who camp out in the park and remain there more or less continuously should receive three points. Persons who show up for lesser periods of time would receive one or two points. Attendance would be taken daily. We need to determine the criteria for awarding points at various levels. The points are awarded just for being present at the occupation. Once given, they would remain with a member permanently.

We would also award extra points for financial contributions to Gold Party. Annual dues for regular membership might be $1.00. (If this is too much, make it $.01.) If a member pays $15 in annual dues, he or she might receive one extra point; if $50, two extra points, etc. These extra points would apply for the current year only. In the next year, there would be no credit for the previous year’s dues payment.

We would also have points awarded for a variety of services to Gold Party such as administration or managing media to amplify the message. I cannot say now what these rewardable functions might be or how many points would be given for them. However, such points would not be inalienable. They would be determined by a committee for a particular period of time.

An earlier formulation of the Point System

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