How to save the States and the People from an all powerful Federal Government.
Where to start is a daunting thought, should I start with the Central Power of the Executive Branch or the Judicial Legislators behind the benches in our courtrooms? I could start with the House of Representatives or even the Senate. But for now we are going to start where the real power should lay, with the people and how we can regain the power over our government.
Most county or parish governments are actually closer to the people than any other type of government we currently have. Each person who actually votes (only 60% of people are registered to vote and only 54% of those actually vote) gets to decide who the leaders of their community will be. Even at the state level its one man, one vote and this decides who is in the state house and state senate. This system also works to elect a governor, so why can we not decide who gets to be President. If you were to ask any American what type of Government we live under they will proudly tell you, “A Democracy.” They couldn’t be more wrong, we actually live under a Constitutional Republic. This may sound like it’s the same thing, but semantics aside there is a huge difference between the two types of Government.
Most people believe that the succession of 1860 was the first Constitutional Crises and they are completely wrong. In 1787 several states succeeded from the union as they would not or could not ratify the Articles of the Confederation (which was the first attempt to form a government). This failed miserably as the economy went to hell. That is when they decided to have a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (also in 1787). The convention almost failed until Benjamin Franklin suggested that they take a recess and during the recess they were to converse with the representative they disagreed with the most. This saved the new Constitution and led to the Great Compromise which gave the larger states equal representation according to population in the House of Representatives and gave the smaller states power by limiting the Senate to two members from each state.
If you were to ask the average American what year the Constitution went into effect, they will likely say, “1776” instead of the real date of 1789.The Constitutional Convention also led to the Bill of Rights (which is the first ten amendments to the Constitution). 1789 also brought with it the first Presidential Election. This election was as close to control of government that the people would ever get. Under the Articles of the Confederation there was no central figure who guided the government. The government was controlled by the Confederation Congress who had a leader but his position was mostly ceremonial. The Confederation had no way to raise funds other than request them from the states who basically ignored the requests. They had no way to enforce treaties, they had all the responsibility without authority.
After the Constitution was Ratified the Central Government gained the power which had been denied it by the states in the original Confederation. When George Washington ran unopposed he received all of the electoral votes. Each elector had two votes, one for the President and one for the Vice-President.. Those secondary votes ended up being split between eleven different candidates. This system would eventually evolve into the system we have today. On a side note, the greatest thing that George Washington did in his entire career was to leave the Presidency once his second term was completed. Back to the Electoral College.
The Electoral College actually controls the votes for President. Each member traditionally votes for the candidate which received the most votes in the general election in his state, however any member can vote however he wants. In theory a candidate could win the popular vote in every state and still lose the election. Some states have passed laws along with fines to prevent an elector from changing the will of the people. However these fines wouldn’t hold up to a Constitutional Challenge. Three times a President has lost the popular vote and still won the election. When our forefathers set up this system, they did it because there was little communication between states and communities. It also took a long time to count votes and communicate the results back to the President of the Senate (the Vice President) who opens the ballets and counts them in view of the Congress. (This typically happens on January the Sixth, however in 2008 it was done on the Eighth of January)
Today there are 538 citizens (who are rarely known to the public) who actually decide who will be President. If I were to run for President I would merely bribe the electors and save my campaign funds for other uses. I am sure that this has happened at some point in America’s History.
What I am getting at is that the election for President should be decided by the people and not the Electoral College.The College really is a way to keep the power of the Government in the hands of the rich. Our entire system is designed to keep power out of the hands of the people. This leads me to the States where the power of the people should reside.
Originally the State Legislators choose their Senators to send to Washington.On April the Eighth of the year 1913 the Seventeenth Amendment went into effect. The Seventeenth Amendment took the power of the Senate away from the States and put it into the hands of the popular vote. This effectively took the power of the State and gave it to special interests. No one gets elected to the Senate unless he has a huge war chest of cash. The only way to raise that kind of cash is to cuddle up to special interests. This is another change we need to make, repeal the Seventeenth Amendment and give the Senate’s Power back to the State Legislators. Imagine how that money could be used for more important things rather than rotting road signs and bull dog commercials.
Now on to the true POISON that leaches into our government, special interests represented by lobbyists. We should not only outlaw lobbyists, we should hang anyone who approaches a representative for any corporation or special interest group. In Washington D.C there are about 12,500 lobbyists, with a total of 535 representatives in both houses, means there are 23 lobbyists for each representative. Another source of rot in D.C are the 25,000 people hired as support staff for those 535 men and women. So, to recap, we need to make lobbyists an extinct species and clean K street of its filth. We also need to limit the budget of our reps along with the amount of staff that they can hire. We need a Lee Iacocca to oversee these guys, if the Congress was a corporation, it would have went broke in 1860 to never recover.
Now for the House of Representatives, we have touched on a few things we need to change in the House. However, the house was diluted by the Reappointment Act of 1929 which fixed the amount of seats in the House to 435. The effect of this Act has increased the amount of people that each Representative represents. In 1790 (due to the ONE argument insisted on by George Washington during the Constitutional Convention) each member only represented 30,000 people. Since the Reappointment Act the representation of the people has been diluted to the point that each member represents 750,000 on average. No house member can possibly be accountable to his constituents. Once again this puts the power of the house in the hands of the rich and the lobbyists on K street.
So, lets reduce the amount of people per representative to 500,000 people to each seat. Then we need to institute a law in which the Federal Government would fund every election with each television station and radio station obliged to give equal amounts of free time to each contestant in order to keep their FCC license. Time of day of the ads to be equal according to the seat and amount of time dependant on the importance of the seat. Candidates would be chosen from voter registration at random without any party affiliations, much like the way jurors are chosen. We should also ban the super-rich from all offices. (This system would represent the true demographics of Americans) This system would be used to choose all candidates for every office. Super-rich people would be exempted by the IRS, which wouldn’t be the same IRS that we are all familiar with, once we are done with it!
Voting…This is the true key to returning the power of Government back to the people. Let’s say that I don’t trust the modern voting machine. We will revise these machines to give two receipts reflecting your vote. One receipt would be placed in a ballot box while the other could be sent to the (NEW) IRS for a significant deduction of your taxes. I guarantee you that if we gave Americans an immediate incentive to vote, they would. The true strength of the vote would be one man, one vote.To keep Americans informed about the issues and who they are voting for, they would be required to take a simple test and pass it in order to vote. I once asked a man at work (who will remain nameless) who he was going to vote for, for our Senator for Congress, he told me that as soon as he (the Senator) got in he would try to pass a state income tax. He didn’t have a clue about the candidates. I would rather he had not voted.
Not long ago I was watching a Sunday morning show about politics, I am not sure which show or what Senator was on there. Anyway, this Senator said, “Allowing one man one vote on the issues is equivalent to mob rule!” This was one of the truest examples of contempt for the American people as I have ever seen. Oh, so we Americans who have been voting for almost 250 years are not capable of making informed decisions. While not as many people follow politics as well as I wish they did, they tend to vote the way that their friends and neighbors vote. At least they don’t vote because “XYZ Corporation” is going to donate a hundred thousand dollars to their campaign fund! Oddly enough those neighbors and friends who influence them are watching the issues. That is why local governments are usually well run.
Bribes, lets make this really simple, if you are caught accepting a bribe or a favor from a corporation or even a single person or entity, you will be SHOT in front of a live television audience. No repeals, no excuses, nothing other than the true punishment for treason. That is the only thing you can call what all our representatives are doing today. Isn’t that a bit harsh? NO, NO, NO…. The only way the people can have the government that you thought we had is to be ruthless in protecting OUR freedoms.
We have now gotten to our courts. When corporations took over the penal system, their main incentive was to make money. What better way to increase profit than to have a revolving door policy. It is better for the corporations for you to not be reformed. Why else would it be so easy for prisoners to maintain their addictions inside. Often prisoners come out of jail a better criminal than before, in fact one Harvard professor declared prison a doctoral program for crime. Prison has become a recruiting center for the gangs that plague our country. Here is how we deal with this situation and save billions of dollars in the process. I could care less if CCA’s stock is worth nothing. Change the drug laws, legalize it all and tax the crap out of it. Our jails are filled to the brim with non-violent drug offenders who could contribute to our economy instead of draining it. Use the taxes from the drugs to fund rehabilitation, education and job placement and training services for those who need it. These people represent 29% of the prison population. At 21,000 dollars per inmate the cost to house and feed these “criminals” in 2008 (the only year I could find statistics for) comes to an astounding 9.5 BILLION dollars. Oh, and one other thing about prisons, turn them over to the mental health professionals. Most prisoners are in prison due to mental instability or addiction. Why then are the prisons run like kennels instead of the rehabilitation centers that they should be?
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2008 there were 7.3 million people on probation or in jail or prison or on parole. This is equal to 3.2% of all adults in the U.S. or 1 in 31 people. You have to know that the people in America are not that bad. I am not saying that we need to do away with the prison system because there are some really bad people out there. However we could address this issue by hanging murders, rapists, pedophiles and anyone else deemed a real danger to our society. PERIOD…Yes I think life is precious, but I think those who prey on us should pay the ultimate price.
NOTE: I know I said that I consider life as precious, do NOT read anything into that as I refuse to take sides on issues which are out of the bounds of this essay. I also refuse to address religion in this essay other than to say that our country WAS NOT FOUNDED ON RELIGION. If you take issue with that statement, read the Treaty of Tripoli, Article Eleven. I could explain further, but I digress, this isn’t the time for fueling controversy. I am trying to establish an outline for change that all Americans can support regardless of political affiliation.
Another way we can control the judiciary is to have local attorneys to put up two local attorneys to fill judges seats with the public voting to put them on the bench. They would be re-elected every four years if the local attorneys agree by a majority to allow them to run again. In the interest of justice the attorneys would also nominate another qualified contender to run against him or her. All judges would be required to debate their opposing candidate for at least one hour and then both candidates would each have to withstand an hour of questions from the audience and then a half hour each of questions from their opponent. So that all debates would have a minimum time limit of four hours, our current debates of one hour or less just doesn’t allow the people to form an intelligent opinion of the candidate. This would be standard for each and every candidate running for any office from the President down to Mayor. No candidate would ever run opposed as the juror system of selection would always produce a viable candidate.
One of the greatest weaknesses of our political system is the disruption of the business of government by elections every two years for federal offices. Let’s change that, for the House of Representatives we will give them four years in office with a eight year limit of service. We will stagger these elections so that we still have an election somewhere every two years. For the Senate we will allow them to stay in power for the same six years they have now, with the scary stipulation that they are limited to ONE term. For the President we will allow him a term of six years with a single term allowed. This frees the President from having to bow to special interests. We could even consider a single term of eight years.
Now here is the stickler, any bill or law that comes before the House or Senate would have to be put before the public for a vote. Each Representative in the House would be bound to vote with his constituents. Each Senator would be required to vote however his state legislature directed him to. Each member of the Congress could vote contrary to the wishes of the people of his state, however, he could be Impeached or Recalled depending on if he can justify why he voted against the will of the people. Another stipulation of office is that it cannot be refused, if your chosen by the system to run for a office, you will be required to run unless your health or other proven circumstance prohibits you from fulfilling your duty. Another requirement of all legislation would be that it is presented to the Congress along with a thorough summary along with all possible repercussions of the legislation. I can already hear the argument against this, the people would be doing nothing but voting. My counter-argument, we spend enough time each day at leisure to cast a thousand votes.
Back to the judiciary, I got sidelined by terms etc. The main purpose of these changes is to put the power back in the hands of the people and the state. So with that in mind let’s get to states rights. Suppose for instance that one state legalizes gay marriage while another state prohibits it. Well the first state may not impose its laws on another state, the second state doesn’t have to recognize the first states laws. The only way that it could effect the second state for instance, let’s say that an insurance company located in state number two and they sold a policy in the first state. The insurance company could not hide behind the laws of it’s home state because if a company is going to do business in a state it should be required to follow the laws of the state it is doing business in. However if a couple married in the first state and moved to the second state, the second state would not have to recognize their marriage.
This is only fair to the people of each state. Take California’s marijuana laws for example, if you cross the line into Nevada with a legal prescription from your home state, Nevada isn’t bound to honor California law. This also goes back to Federal law, how can one group of people set rules for all of the people. The Federal Government should be pushed back to it’s Constitutional Limits. The feds recently sued Arizona for passing a law which was an exact copy of the federal law. The feds are NOT enforcing its own mandate as directed explicitly by the Constitution. It is time we built an impassable wall between Mexico and the U.S. I can hear it already, the comparison between it and the Berlin Wall, the point here is that there is a difference, the Berlin Wall was made to keep their people IN, not OUT. Second point on that note, we give every illegal a date at which time if they are not OUTSIDE of our borders the will be incarcerated as laborers for no less than fifty years. If they have “anchor” children, then take them back to wherever you are from. Regardless. There will also be a five thousand dollar bounty on every illegal. I could go on, but I digress.
This tirade, if you want to call it that has nothing to do with racism, or radicalism. It is about rebuilding our economy. The illegals in the U.S. have pushed wages down by a minimum of 25% over the last ten years. This is fact. I don’t care if you’rehere illegally from Canada, Mexico or Russia. Think we don’t have illegals from Russia? Then you have no idea what is going on in Alaska. Illegal Canadian? The Pacific Northwest…I digress. If you want the fruits of our country, then you may have them after fifty years of hard labor. Or you could just come here LEGALLY. What an option.
A few minutes ago we were discussing the Media. How do we deal with the conglomeration of the Media? We break it up, return to the days when no one could own more than a couple of television stations and a couple of radio stations. It is time that the Federal Regulatory Agencies started actually regulating the industries they were founded to regulate. No more BP, Fanny May, Federal Reserve debacles. The F.C.C. has been pandering to the Networks and special interests for too long. Newspapers should be preserved as well, first by requiring readership by Seniors in High Schools along with small subsidies. Few people realize that newspapers are the backbone of freedom. You cannot expose a local business or politician when their story must compete in a large pool where there are so many events that “little” stories just won’t be exposed. Lack of knowledge allows corruption to spread.
Oh, if you have read my book. And I seriously doubt that you have, then you know that ultimately I would like to see all of the “Nation States” of the world disbanded and replaced with a one world government. This essay is merely an exercise in thought. If you think that this would change our world for the better, then you are on the right path. If you’re opposed to this action, then I would love to know why. How can you justify opposition to this exercise in “freedom”? I have a question for all of you out there, what is FREEDOM? Please tell me, I really want to know what people “think” freedom is……One more thing, this is a DARE, I dare you to do nothing about our world! Its circling the drain. We have five years or less to turn the world around before the food chain fails, what will you eat then? I want you to think about one little thing, EVERYTHING YOU EAT HAS BEEN ALIVE AT ONE POINT. We do eat non-living chemicals that have been added to your food, but that food was alive at one point. You cannot eat rocks, maybe your neighbor will be kind enough to crawl into your pot……idiots!