Let me say from the start that I am nothing more than an average person, with an average education that is perhaps better read than most, but nothing
Putting aside the political differences, the conspiracy theories, the vested interests. Leaving the accusations for another thread, is there a fix to
this mess, assuming it is fixable and that there is sufficient time to do so?
Let's also assume that it's systemic. That it undercuts political ideology, number of "parties" or whether or not parties should even exist.
Perhaps if one takes the view of what would the founding fathers would do if they somehow were consulted for their opinions??
I also assume that this must come from the people, grassroots via a party that openly uses them as a platform as part of their "promises", if
As these are initial thoughts, feel free to debunk, modify or add to them. I'm sure I'm naïve/idealistic to need correction.
I would support a Party/Presidential candidate who would:
1. Ban/heavily restrict Presidential pardons.
There's not much point in reinstating the Constitutions when the good old boys have automatic "get out of jail" cards passed around to each other,
their successors and anyone that comes to mind. fear of consequence is the fundamental of our system and without it NOTHING is safe from
2. Ban Party Whips.
This restricts the party elite from enforcing not mandated/hidden agenda/policies and allows member to vote based on belief and conscious. New ideas
are necessary in a changing environment and almost always meet with resistance initially.
3. Bans withholding of campaign financing to any member of their party and gvies them their monies/support, based on a pre-calculated ratio no matter
there political views/support.
This one is obvious. Just another elite tool to enforce conformity.
4. All political donations from any source corporate or private fully publicized with oversite, down to the penny.
Personally, I feel restricting monies is unconstitutional AND is selective leaving the remaining conduits (media etc.) even more powerful/dominant
than before...the lesser of two evils is full disclosure.
5. Violation of mandate penalty...( how? I don't have the foggiest) a recall option for senators/congressmen with the last opponent for the post
awarded to the "runner-up"?
6. A campaign promise to prosecute any in either party or gov't employee/elected official who violated law.
The mere threat of this would make future "violators" break into a cold sweat at the thought of being caught. Actual prosecution would straighten out
most elected officials/appointees post haste.
It's almost a given that our elected officials stray from or outright ignore the campaign promises that elected them. The last President based his
campaign on "change". A little vague, LOL. Those "changes" aren't in the least bit funny now.
I'm sure none of these are complete fixes and there's more that others can suggest, but these would sure make the good old boys more accountable and a
lot tougher to mess with the system.
Okay, tell me I'm wrong...LOL.
edit on 6-5-2014 by nwtrucker because: (no reason given)