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.
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.)
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Also published on Medium.