Broken System

Preface

At one point in time, there was talk about how the possibility of Obama serving a third term would actually come to fruition. While I am in favor of keeping term limits in place, there is one way Obama could still serve a little bit more time and serve the country as well. It is no secret people are dissatisfied with our election choices (even though their inactivity during the primary season is a direct cause of the current situation). So, here is what could happen. There is no precedent specifically for this, but there is precedent that can be applied.

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Obama has made no qualms about using the power of Executive Order. Those who complain about his use of Executive Orders, while unable to verbalize this specific, do so because he has targeted many of these orders at domestic issues and not so much at foreign issues. Obama could release an Executive Order in conjunction with a special session declaration for the lame duck congressional session. In this joint release, Obama could declare a state of emergency in the country and suspend elections for this year. He would stay on board as President only as long as it takes to legally reform the political system in the United States. Congress would be called to return to Washington to complete the process of legislation that creates this reformation.

While a legal stretch, I believe the arguments could be made in favor of upholding this action in court. Since this would go before the Supreme Court, there is a safety valve to keep this in place. Since the death of Justice Scalia, we have seen the court vote on cases that end up in a 4-4 tie. If a case ends up in a 4-4 tie, there is no action that can be brought against someone. It is the same effect as a hung jury. Obama’s executive order can stand if the court voted on “party lines”. (That is another argument for another day.)

Political Parties

main_animalsThe first thing that would need to be done is to abolish political parties as they exist. They are nothing but legal versions of organized crime. They take money. They use it as they see fit. Then they never seem to represent the values and wishes of the people they took the money from. Not cool.

Political parties should have no ability to raise funds beyond what is needed to maintain an administrative staff and cover expenses of a candidate for national office. They should be policy and logistic organizations only. (This does not cover state and local politics, just those who are in Washington.)

Any political party that goes through the prescribed registration process and is on the rolls of the Federal Election Commission should be allowed to stand a candidate.

Political Action Committee

The fundraisers should be political action committees based in each state. Each PAC can only exist for an election cycle. They must be disbanded after the election is over. That way the citizens involved in the PAC don’t feel trapped if they start to lean in a different direction when the next election comes up. Each PAC can also only exist for 365 days. There should be no political campaigning of any kind prior to that point.

PACs would declare an association for a particular political party for that state and only that state. They can declare to a national party, state party, or local party. Only one PAC can exist for each registered political party.

When a PAC is organized, the party they are associated with will have earned access to that state’s ballot. This represents the will of the people.

PACs are the organization that can actually raise funds. There is a cap on this fundraising, as well as how the funds can be used. If any funds are left after an election, they must be proportionally returned to the registered donors.political_pizza_party

Office of Vice President

I hate to say it, but the modern era Vice President is just the President’s lackey.

We should have one set of votes for an entire pool of people. First place is the President. Second place is the Vice President. Are these people ideologically different? At some level, yes they are. But if we are to have a second-in-command, that person should be able to work well with the Commander-in-Chief. Not because they are a lackey, but because they are an adult who understands what it means to be grown up and work well with others.

Congress

First and foremost, Congress should have term limits. Period. Second, we do not provide anything that appears to be a pension to former members of Congress.

 

PACs will put up a slate of volunteers who wish to go in to public service for a short time. The amount each PAC can put up is determined by proportion of state population.

The PAC in each state whose party gets the most votes will have the right to fill empty seats in the Senate first. Those who serve in the Senate will not be allowed to serve back-to-back terms.

Finally, all business before Congress must be completed prior to a new election. A new Congress should have no new business in front of them on the first day of their session.

The Cabinet

Members of the cabinet are often political operators. So the cabinet needs to be chosen from the sitting House of Representatives. Once again, this has the people running or helping to run this country being chose by the will of the people. Whomever is the President needs to be prepared to replace the cabinet members whenever an election cycle completes, because they may have been voted out, hit their term limits, or lost favor of those in their state to not even make the ballot.

The Vote

If a PAC has formed and provided access to a state’s ballot for a certain political party, they will be on that state’s ballot for the national election. The only listing will be for the party. Congressional seats will be filled by proportion of vote in each state. President and Vice President will be by the first a second place votes on the national level. If the first place party does not obtain at least a simple majority, then the top three will go to a run-off where is is odd man out.

Conclusion

Is this a reach? Yes. Of course. Things in the United States are so established at this point that saying “This is the way things have always been” is going to be a way of life until, God forbid, we go down in flames as a country.

However, that being said, this is a doable structure here. It is an Americanized, federalized, State’s Rights version of what practically the rest of the world operates under. It removes a lot of the mob-like under-pining of our existing political system and places many results in the hands of and at the will of the people. Some countries who run like this crash and burn. Others thrive. It is all about the resiliency of those who support their government “By The People, and For The People”.

The Final Word

Introduction

c9aFor those that I have spoken with at length on this topic, it is no surprise to say that I am discontented with our political process. It is a broken machine that no one is willing to admit to, instead paying it lip service just to say “It has always been this way”. In the business world, that phrase is said to be a death knell for any company who uses that as their battle cry. So why is it acceptable for our country’s infrastructure to operate under the same premise? Or even better, why is it acceptable for that to be our battle cry when, for a quick look at the books, you find that it hasn’t always been this way?

Birth Of A Country

When the United States came in to existence, there were no political parties. George Washington was not elected as the first president because he offered to build a wall between Canada and the United States. He was not elected president because of his extensive experience. He was elected president because he was a hero. He won the election out of a crowded field of 12 candidates (though some would say he was unopposed). He had led this group of people who were not happy with the governing practices under which they suffered to a successful rebellion. The British were gone, and everyone was now Americans.

Political Parties

So everyone was now Americans. That was a sentiment that didn’t last for long. Without a big, bad enemy to oppose, Americans started opposing each other. One person said the country should be run this way. Another person said the country should be run that way. POOF! Now we have political parties. This happened during George’s first term. He even joined with one of the parties. They were the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.

If you look at different source, you will see that there have been numerous political parties. Some will say elections were between two people when they were really between six. There is a lot of truth out there, and truth according to revisionist rose-colored glasses.

The Life & Death of Political Parties

One fact is that political parties have been living, breathing organisms. Several parties have come and gone. The parties we have around now are not the parties we started with. Values among people of the nation ebb and flow. Change is inevitable. How many ways can I say it before you stand up and tell me to cut out the corny statements?

  • Federalist
  • Anti-Federalist
  • Republican
  • Democratic-Republican
  • National Republican
  • Whig
  • Free Soil
  • National Union
  • Libertarian
  • Green
  • Reform
  • Constitution
  • Taxpayers
  • Populist
  • New Alliance
  • Citizens
  • American
  • American-Independent
  • State’s Rights
  • Prohibition
  • Union Labor
  • etc……..you get the idea?

Success of “Third Party” Candidates

There have been numerous elections where you have 3 or more candidates running for president. Anyone not from the major parties are referred to as Third Party candidates for the fact that in the modern political era, there has never been more than a third serious contender to challenge for the White House.

Any guesses on who was the most successful third party candidate?

Strom Thurmond.

Strom was from South Carolina. Most who would know him, know him as the now second longest serving U.S. Senator in history. He served 48 years, leaving office at the age of 100. Earlier in his career, he had been a state senator in South Carolina, as well as the governor of South Carolina.

After one year in the governor’s mansion, Thurmond ran in the 1948 presidential race representing the State’s Rights party. His campaign earned nearly 40 electoral votes.

As a side note, Thurmond entered the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. However, he changed his affiliation to Republican mid-career.

Why Only Two Parties?

In the beginning, the prevalence of two major parties in the presidential race was a statistical issue. Two candidates would have talking points that covered more than 90% of the population’s opinions. Why vote for a fringe candidate? However, two parties didn’t always mean the same two parties. Ideologies shifted, followed by loyalties shifting. Sometimes people jumped ship, supporting a new party. Other times, as in the case of the Whig Party, support just died on the vine. They tried to make things business as usual longer than they feasibly could.

Now, two parties are about money, power, and control.

The Tea Party

Ok, personally, I think the Tea Party people are just whacked in the head. They want to invoke imagery of the Boston Tea Party. They want their followers to see them as revolutionaries. They talk a good game. Once they got voted in, everyone looked at them like they had two heads.

The Tea Party was created as a faction of the Republican Party. Why? Money.

Ted Cruz (R) gets enough money to get elected. Ted Cruz (T) is a footnote in history. Some people wish they could just see it listed as Ted Cruz (TP) and get it over with, but I digress.

The Political Mob

Republicans and Democrats are basically the mob. They have a stranglehold on the political scene. If you don’t want to call them a mob, then call them a monopoly. However you term it, we have federal laws and regulations that prohibit both.

Lemmings

So this political mob has been in existence long enough that we as a nation have known no else. Our grandparents hammered in the notion of being a good Democrat or Republican in to our parents, and they in turn have hammered that in to us. But now, we as a country blindly follow a political party in name only. What do candidates bring to the table? Will they be a good leader? Do they have their own interest in mind, or do they have your interest in mind?

So many people running for secondary office already know this. They do register with one of the major political parties, but then they don’t advertise who they are with unless they have to. They make it about the issues. People are starting to listen to them more.

Sitting politicians are also starting to break ranks and look at what is best for the country. Bastions of political ideologies are breaking ranks as well. Why do We The People not break those same ranks?

Fund a new political party.

Call To Action

I’m not writing all this to tell anyone who to support. I just ask that you not be a lemming. Don’t blindly follow a candidate without doing your own homework. Decide for yourself what is important, then find the person espousing those things and support them. We have five people running for president this year. Statistically, the two top vote-getters will be the two representing the donkey and the elephant.

Those Who Do Not Learn From History…

The year was 1824. There was only one political party in existence. So, political in-fighting among top leaders of the single party was not sorted out prior to the national election. Instead, it was the national election. Four people were still in the race come election day. No one received a plurality of electoral votes. No one even won a majority of the popular vote. So, per the provisions of the 12th amendment, the election was thrown to the House of Representatives among the top three vote-getters. John Quincy Adams, who had come in second place in the national election, was selected by a majority of the House.

In the election of 2016, there does not exist a candidate outside of the two majors parties with a statistical chance of winning the national election. However, if a third party candidate can disrupt the election just enough to invoke the provisions of the 12th amendment, the top leaders of both major parties can perhaps take a closer look and see if that third person is more level headed and competent than the top two are now. Different sentiments, but the same situation as 1824 is possible.

Why Is This The Final Word?

I do not plan on engaging in any further discussion of a political nature this year. If this causes you to rethink your approach at how you will use your vote, then I have accomplished something monumental. Statistics show that this will lead to nowhere, leaving this just what it started as, a diatribe.

“Separation of Church & State”

Just so everyone knows that may come across this blog and wonder why I don’t just post any of these things on the main blog, I only do this to make sure it is clear this is entirely from my own head. These are my thoughts, my opinions, and not anyone else’s. These are not stories about life in the Brewer family. This is just when I feel like issuing a diatribe on something. This is done because I know I’m a little odd on things, and that what I have to say may not ring true with most, if any.

Smart Kid

So I have been spending some time with J-Mac lately. He has this toy that plays several different songs, including “If You’re Happy And You Know It”. The other day, I didn’t teach him any words to it, I just did clapping, stopping, and shouting “Hooray”. So just now, I hear him around the corner, playing that song off that toy, and replicating the clapping, stomping, and shouting.

The other week when we were last present for Tara’s latest home football game, I made him clap along to the fight song one time. He immediately did it every time after (which was a lot, since they shut down and shout out the opponents by halftime with the mercy rule).

J-Mac is one smart cookie.