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Plan for the Restoration of the United States of America, a Representative Republic
n/a | 2/21/2009 | J Alfieri

Posted on 02/21/2009 5:26:02 PM PST by JoeA

 


Plan for the Restoration
of the
United States of America,
a
Representative Republic

 

 

1.                  Term limits at the Federal Level. The Founders never intended for the country to be ruled by a permanent political class, but rather by citizens of the republic who were engaged in the daily life of the country in ways other than as professional politicians. Their life as businessmen, farmers, merchants, and husbands and wives, would enlighten them and inform their actions and decisions during their public service.

a.                   One term in the Senate. Six years is more than enough time to get something done.

b.                  Three terms in the House. See above.

c.                   Two terms in the White House. Eight years in the White House is plenty of time.

2.                  Proposed legislation shall be limited to one issue, and bills may not be bundled with other bills. The purposes here are several:

a.                    Prevent the sausage-making that is the usual process in creating legislation, where large numbers of bills are packaged together to garner the largest number of votes. As we have seen all too often, representatives often vote on bills that they have not even read. Bills should stand on their own, and be passed or denied on a clear up and down vote, with direct accountability of our representatives.

b.                  By forcing each measure to be processed separately, we will reduce the amount of legislation produced. Hopefully, this will force Congress to work on what’s essential to the country.

c.                    

3.                  Repeal the 17th Amendment, and restore the election of Senators by the individual state legislatures. The purpose of each state appointing its Senators was to ensure that the separate autonomous state governments were represented in the national legislature. This essential part of federalism was killed when direct election of Senators was created via the 17th Amendment in 1913. Now Senators represent not the interest of the governments of their respective states, but of the population that turns out to elect them. They are nothing more than Congressman with a larger constituency.

4.                  Repeal the 16th Amendment, and replace it with a flat tax or other revenue generating system. The tax system in this country is a disaster, and used as a means of class warfare and as largesse to bestow on a voting block. As Alexis de Tocqueville observed: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”  We have long since passed that point.

5.                  Require that all bills cite the specific clause of the constitution that empowers the proposed legislation. To maintain a limited government of laws, we must remain true to the principals of the constitution. The national government may do only what is authorized, and nothing else, unless the constitution is revised to empower the government to take that action.

6.                  Require that all bills have a sunset clause, a date on which they expire. This will go a long way toward ending programs which have long since outlived their usefulness, and force the periodic re-evaluation of the government’s actions.

7.                  All candidates for offices at the Federal level must prove they meet the requirements set forth in the United States Constitution. Candidates will be required to submit Birth Certificates and other documents to prove their eligibility for office. Just like you and I do when we register our kids for school.

8.                  Change the immigration laws so that citizenship accrues only to the children of American citizens, natural or otherwise. If immigrants want their children to be American citizens, they should first become American citizens.  No more anchor babies.

 

 


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: america; constitution; government; republic
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My thoughts on what needs to be done to save this country. I guess I should call this a Partial Plan, as I welcome all suggestions and comments.
1 posted on 02/21/2009 5:26:03 PM PST by JoeA
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To: JoeA

#0: Repeal Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.


2 posted on 02/21/2009 5:27:01 PM PST by dr_who
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To: dr_who

I like it!


3 posted on 02/21/2009 5:27:52 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: JoeA
I'd like to see the President with one 6 year term
4 posted on 02/21/2009 5:28:22 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama - the ethical exception asterisk administration)
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To: JoeA

I agree with everything I see, but I would suggest changing the 17th Amendment as follows: Elect one Senator statewide, let the other be chosen by the State legislature.

Would probably be difficult to do . . .


5 posted on 02/21/2009 5:30:06 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: JoeA

I haven’t been much for term limits but I have changed my mind on that issue.

I agree with it, nice!


6 posted on 02/21/2009 5:30:43 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: stylin19a

I can hear the Left scream “THEY ARE TRYING TO REVIVE THE CONFEDERACY!” on this one.


7 posted on 02/21/2009 5:31:28 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: arealconservativeforachange

I felt the same way. But term limits is less evil than what we have now, a permanent ruling political class.


8 posted on 02/21/2009 5:33:45 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: JoeA
Good work, especially #3 and #4. ;)

I am concerned about #2. A single issue rule could easily be abused by the federal courts.

9 posted on 02/21/2009 5:34:30 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: JoeA

#10 Require 2/3 vote for budget bill (all the time)

#11 Call for a three month session anually for Congress (unless called into an emergency session by the president not to last longer than 1 month after called)

#12 Require bills to be read and understood by all reps and senators when voted on.


10 posted on 02/21/2009 5:34:36 PM PST by JSDude1 (R(epublicans) In Name Only SUCK; D(emocrats) In Name Only are worth their weight..)
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To: dr_who
#0: Repeal Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.

Ummm... I like but... bill of attainder?

11 posted on 02/21/2009 5:34:48 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | REAL Stimulus: Apply paddles, shout "CLEAR!")
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To: stylin19a

He might be less accountable, which may or may not be a good thing. Being elected a second time at least allows him (or her) to go back to the people for affirmation of policies.


12 posted on 02/21/2009 5:35:22 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: sionnsar

bttt


13 posted on 02/21/2009 5:36:16 PM PST by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: txnativegop

... and the problem is?... ;^]


14 posted on 02/21/2009 5:36:20 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: JoeA

Abolish all federal employee unions. Talk about a conflict of interest!!


15 posted on 02/21/2009 5:36:25 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: JoeA

Count me in.


16 posted on 02/21/2009 5:36:33 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Repeal 16-17

I’m not sure I follow you. If a bill says, for example, that the US may not sell shelled walnuts to Fiji, it’s pretty specific. How could the courts abuse that?


17 posted on 02/21/2009 5:38:21 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: JoeA

18 posted on 02/21/2009 5:40:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

We should rule out keeping the same Congressmen year after year, and this is why things can not be any better.


19 posted on 02/21/2009 5:40:09 PM PST by tessalu
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To: Islander7

Absolutely. How can you go on strike against your country? Oh wait, what am I thinking -— it’s not their country, it’s their sugar daddy.


20 posted on 02/21/2009 5:40:11 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: JoeA

We’ll have enough problems getting this through as is, lets not add problems we can reasonably avoid.


21 posted on 02/21/2009 5:40:14 PM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: tessalu

See my #1, term limits. Throw the rascals out!


22 posted on 02/21/2009 5:40:56 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: stylin19a
I'd like to see the President with one 6 year term

I disagree for two reasons:

(1)Too long for a Presidential term;

(2)A President would have no incentive to care about what he promised the voters. A second term President has at least proven his trustworthiness to the voters satisfaction.

23 posted on 02/21/2009 5:41:12 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Mersey beat!


24 posted on 02/21/2009 5:42:13 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: JoeA

BUMP!


25 posted on 02/21/2009 5:43:06 PM PST by lucyblue
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To: JoeA

26 posted on 02/21/2009 5:43:34 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeA

Eliminate Departments that have shown a net detriment to the Representative Reupblic form of government: i.e., Education, EPA.


27 posted on 02/21/2009 5:45:07 PM PST by redhead (Don't look at ME! I voted for SARAH!)
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To: JoeA

I like it. Many of the same things I’ve been suggesting in discussions with others. The only two things I would add are:
1. Requirement for super majority approval on spending bills, either 60% or two thirds.
2. Add line item veto for the President.


28 posted on 02/21/2009 5:45:33 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: JoeA

A good listing.

I would add something like this:

>> No legislative bill may be voted on until an independent 1-5-10 year impact study has been done, published at least 14 business days before the vote, and become a permanent attachment to said legislation.

>> Every Senator and Congress person must sign an affidavit attesting that they have, themselves, read any piece of legislation before they voted on it.

>> No person elected or appointed to an elective Federal position (House, Senate, Presidency) may be elected or appointed to another elective Federal position.

[That would keep them from holding one elective office just so they can use it as a stepping stone to another elective office.]

(Given time, I could probably add a dozen more.)


29 posted on 02/21/2009 5:46:44 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: JoeA
If a bill says, for example, that the US may not sell shelled walnuts to Fiji, it’s pretty specific. How could the courts abuse that?

You underestimate the imagination of the average federal judge. Imagine a law, which was passed as a single bill, says X, how to enforce X and how much money is appropriated for both. A federal judge who likes that law will interpret it to be one issue. On the other hand, a federal judge who dislikes that law will interpret it to be two or three issues.

30 posted on 02/21/2009 5:47:26 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: JoeA
All individuals for federal elected or appointed office must pass at the same stringent level as members of our Armed Forces, a Security Clearance Background check before they may run for election or be nominated for an appointed position. This check will be paid for upfront by the individual. If the individual passes the funds are refunded, if not the individual forfeits the funds.

Once elected/appointed the mishandling of classified information will without exception be immediately prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

31 posted on 02/21/2009 5:47:53 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat; JoeA

I agree.


32 posted on 02/21/2009 5:49:29 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: JoeA

“Repeal the 17th Amendment, and restore the election of Senators by the individual state legislatures”

yes, yes, and yes!!!


33 posted on 02/21/2009 5:50:16 PM PST by elpadre (nation)
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To: JoeA

¡Great Start!


34 posted on 02/21/2009 5:52:04 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: PubliusMM

My addition, repeal all federal laws that are overreaching into states rights. All gun control, abortion, tax, and any other of the over 56,000 federal laws on the books today that are not specifically designated as federal juristiction in the constitution

Oh yeah, judges should have to retire by 70 or so as well.


35 posted on 02/21/2009 5:52:59 PM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: JoeA; stylin19a
He might be less accountable, which may or may not be a good thing. Being elected a second time at least allows him (or her) to go back to the people for affirmation of policies.

I sort of favor the 6-year single presidential term.

I recall that, not long after GW was elected, he was spending allot of time on frequent fund-raising trips. It was almost as if he started campaigning for his 2nd term shortly after he got elected to his first.

The job is so big that a president does not need to be out campaigning for another term. And 8-years of a president seems to create allot of fatigue -- remember Clinton fatigue and Bush 2 fatigue.
36 posted on 02/21/2009 5:53:19 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: JoeA

There’s nothng in there that says I get to take liberals and b*tch-slap ‘em.


37 posted on 02/21/2009 5:53:54 PM PST by uglybiker (AAAAAAH!!! I'm covered in BEES!)
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To: JoeA

Yep. That sounds good. Throw in that any elected official is subject to the same entitlement BS that citizens are subject to, and we might see some sanity. No more cushy bennies and such.
I know.....
grumble....


38 posted on 02/21/2009 5:54:18 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Hey Al Gore! Get your fat carcass over here and shovel all this global warming off my driveway!)
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To: JoeA

The usual argument against term limits is that power would effectively be transferred to the Congress’ staff members. As if that weren’t true today. We tend think of these staff members as various Chandra Levys, Monica Blowthem groupies, but there are many there who have been at it for decades, professional suckups like David Gergen. Who do you think wrote Porkulus? Those lifers and the lobbyists who buy them lunches did, that’s who! What are we going to do about that?


39 posted on 02/21/2009 5:54:34 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeA

While we’re re-writing amendments, here are a couple of proposals:

First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, nor the free expression thereof on public propters; or abridging the freedom of speech, where speech shall be construed as written or spoken words. Congress shall make no law concerning the content of speech in whatever medium it shoud occur. Congress shall pass no law infringing on the rights of the press; or the rights of the people peaceably to assemble, or to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Second Amendment:

The right of self-defense being a fundamental right of all living creatures, Congress shall pass no law infringing the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Citizenship points:

No person who is not a citizen shall become a citizen of the United States who has broken any law of the United States or the several states.

Citizenship begins at conception.

While all persons should be treated with the dignity accorded to human beings, the above enumerated rights apply to and only to citizens of the United States.

Just a few off the top of my head.

Oh - and there should be total limits on the amount of taxation at the local, state and Federal level.

Limits to budget increased (to the level of inflation). Governments may not borrow money except in time of war, and such debt shall be paid off in a period which does not exceed the length of the war. (E.g. - if you have a 5 year war, you must pay off the debt within five years after the end of the war.)

Oh yeah, and another:

No citizen shall be allowed to vote who has not paid taxes since the previous election.


40 posted on 02/21/2009 5:55:24 PM PST by PhilosopherStones
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To: redhead

That’s the reasoning behind #5, citing the specific clause in the constitution that allows the government to do something. I don’t see any thing that says they can create a Dept. of Education, or an EPA or HHS.


41 posted on 02/21/2009 5:55:31 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: PhilosopherStones

I like your ideas no citizenship, and rights accruing only to citizens, while respecting the rights of all. Very good! Those first two are great.......


42 posted on 02/21/2009 5:58:42 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: Repeal 16-17
(2)A President would have no incentive to care about what he promised the voters. A second term President has at least proven his trustworthiness to the voters satisfaction.

I agree with the first part about accountability to the voters, except that it could more true of a 2nd-termer who knows he/she doesn't have to face the electorate again.

After being re-elected, a president could try to ram undesirables through. Dubai ports, Harriet Miers, Amnesty for Illegals-2006, Amnesty for Illegals 2007a, Amnesty for Illegals 2007b, come to mind.
43 posted on 02/21/2009 5:59:56 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Repeal 16-17

1 term for the House (2 Years)
1 term for the Senate (4 Years)
2 terms for administrations - President & Governor (4 x 2 = 8 Years)

Put an end to the corruption


44 posted on 02/21/2009 6:00:19 PM PST by NRA1776
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To: JoeA
Well done!

Pity that the GOP would fight this as hard as the socialists.

This platform needs to be the basis of the coming reform, a new party should be built around it.

Repealing ammendments is going to be tough but as HUSSEIN BARAKA and CHAVEZ have proved, laws mean nothing if there's no one to enforce them.

I mean who thought that the POTUS could set salaries at private corporations by decree?

45 posted on 02/21/2009 6:00:34 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: JoeA

You have a great list. I would add something about enforcing campaign finance laws so we don’t have foreign nations buying our presidency again.


46 posted on 02/21/2009 6:00:39 PM PST by Faith
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To: JoeA
Here's another one:

Two-thirds of the States may repeal any federal law, propose a Constitutional amendment or overrule a Supreme Court within a year of that decision.

47 posted on 02/21/2009 6:01:40 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Repeal 16-17

Yes: we must reign in the courts.


48 posted on 02/21/2009 6:03:20 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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To: NRA1776

Would those be lifetime term limits or consecutive term limits?


49 posted on 02/21/2009 6:04:09 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Faith

I think the laws are already on the books. Of course, the will to enforce them is lacking in the current administration for some odd reason.


50 posted on 02/21/2009 6:04:56 PM PST by JoeA (JoeA / welcome to third world politics.)
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