Founding Father’s Blunder

Proposal by Paul Kruger / www.JoeTheVoter.org

 

Our founding father’s biggest blunder, not stipulating that corruption shall be unconstitutional. That offering a thing of value in exchange for political favoritism shall be unconstitutional. That accepting such shall be unconstitutional.

Washington’s farewell address is read aloud each year in the U.S. Senate, the honor alternating between Democrats and Republicans, to serve as a reminder of the obligations Washington imposed on his inheritors. It appears to be mere formality now, carrying little weight as they rush to appease special interests at the public’s expense.

Through it all, President Washington attempted to establish“a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.” The implication is that in Washington’s time, the thought that our leaders could so debase their office by accepting a thing of value in exchange for preferential treatment was unthinkable.

Our system is broken and corrupt and has filled both Federal and State governments with hacks, crooks and outright corruption. Even those with the best of intentions must tread water in the same swamp to keep heads above the slime that is today’s politics. The wealthy few have, for the most part, purchased the cooperation and loyalty of our leaders, now bent to their selfish will. This has all been legalized by our Courts and policies and financial free for all that is our elections process.

While one cannot legislate morals one can make immoral behavior illegal. Taking or receiving money or anything of value in exchange for political favoritism and access should be illegal. This is the stuff of which today's corruption is made.

Goals of Campaign Finance Reform

Finance of campaigns is expensive but would be far less so if both sides had to obey some rules designed for the public good. Some of these would likely require a Constitutional Amendment.

 

  • Donations to a political campaign shall be made by only individual residents of the candidates district.

  • No lobby or special interest shall be permitted to donate, sponsor, endorse or otherwise promote any political candidate.

  • A Federal public fund shall be established to which qualified candidates (having won their primary) shall be permitted apply for funds on an equitable basis.

  • No lie or slander shall be permitted as a part of any political campaign add or speech. ( With this amendment, the First Amendment shall not apply with respect to deliberate falsehoods as part of any political campaign.)

  • Every candidate shall, within 10 days of declaring candidacy, disclose all financial records for the three years prior to seeking public office. Candidate for US President shall disclose for previous 5 years.

  • Campaigns shall not extend for more than 60 days and shall cease not less than 5 days prior to the first day of election.

  • Corporations are not people with regard to any aspect of elections, campaign finance or the pursuit of political influence.

  • Congress shall pass legislation providing criminal and financial penalties for violations of this amendment.

 

Goals of Election Reforms

 

  • Universal suffrage, granted at birth, for all US Citizens, effective at age of 18 with no provisions for disenfranchisement except for crimes specifically related to voting, treason and impeachment from public office.

  • No separate voter registration shall be required. ( Being a citizen is presumed right to vote )

  • There shall be no declaration of political affiliation required.

  • No special identification shall be required, the possession of any government issued ID or document shall be accepted as proof of the right to vote in any election.

  • It shall be acceptable for official documents to declare a person to NOT be a citizen.

  • All persons currently disenfranchised shall have full voting rights restored on ratification.

  • All political districts shall be as compact and uniform as possible and shall not be drawn in a manner favorable to any political party.

  • All primary elections shall be open to any voter without regard to political affiliation.

  • All natural citizens not registered as of passage shall be considered eligible to vote in any election.

  • All natural citizens shall be provided with assistance in obtaining a valid government ID or documentation.

  • States shall bear the burden of proof upon any claim that a person is not a citizen.

  • Voting shall be open for no less than two weeks prior to official election day in any jurisdiction. This may be available by US mail, electronic or other means as may be devised with no less than four days of open physical polling places.

  • The Electoral College shall be abolished in favor of direct election of the President.

  • All jurisdictions shall maintain both electronic and paper records of all votes cast in any election for public office. Said records shall be retained for a period of not less than 10 years and shall be public record.

  • There shall be term limits placed on all federally elected offices not to exceed three consecutive terms for any office and not more than two consecutive terms for the office of President.

  • Any former Federal office holder, including President, having been absent for not less than two consecutive terms for Congress or one term for President, shall be permitted to seek the same or another office.

  • In the unlikely event of a tie vote, the deciding vote shall be determined by a random, non-partisan method to be devised by Congress overseen by the US Senate.

  • All legislation written to implement this amendment shall expire on each 10th anniversary thereafter and re-written and/or reauthorized in order to facilitate new advancements in technology as may relate to implementation.

  • Congress shall pass legislation providing criminal and financial penalties for violations of this amendment.

 

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