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I wanted to run this by you guys. This is a preliminary essay on how to improve government in the United States.
Please let me know you thoughts.
New governmental structure - a proposal to improve American governance
Considering the dysfunctional nature of the American government in the early 21st century, this proposal outlines a new structure for representative government in the United States of America.
In brief, this new government will consist of a tripartite Congress: Oversight, Domestic, and Foreign affairs; a President who serves as head of state in a ceremonial role, and an independent Judiciary.
Part I. Tripartite Congress
In the new American government, Congress will consist of three (3) chambers: Oversight, Domestic Governance, and Foreign Affairs. Members of any chamber may serve for a maximum of two (2) six (6)-year terms with no accrued benefits following them after they leave office. Once the maximum time has been served in office, the official may not run for office in either of the other chambers.
The Oversight chamber will be charged with maintaining and enforcing ethical and lawful standards among elected officials at all levels of the Federal government and Judicial officials and personnel. No one elected to this chamber may have ever had a felony conviction at any time for any crime.
The Domestic Governance chamber will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the government previous run by cabinet members under the old Executive branch of government. This chamber will also be required to produce an annual budget in a timely manner before a new fiscal year begins.
The Foreign Affairs chamber is responsible for diplomatic relations with other nations and foreign territories, similar to what the responsibilities of the old State Department were. This chamber may also issue declarations of war subject to approval by the other chambers.
Leaders of each chamber must always act in a nonpartisan manner and not abridge the rights or responsibilities of the other chambers.
Part II. President
The new government shall have a head of state known as the President of the United States of America. This person will be directly elected by the people of the United States. A person seeking this office must be born in the United States or one of its directly-controlled territories, including military and diplomatic sites wherever they exist. Furthermore, candidates for this office must disclose a minimum of 10 years’ worth of complete tax returns within 90 days of announcing their candidacies. Failure to do so will automatically remove the offending person from all state ballots. The person may not be selected as a “write-in” candidate either. Such votes will be null and void at the time of voting tabulation.
The President will be able to nominate judges for any and all Federal Courts and the Domestic Governance chamber must hold hearing on the nominee within 30 days of being named or the person will assume the role for which he or she was nominated.
There will not be a “Vice President” in this government. If a President dies or is permanently incapacitated, Congress must agree on a replacement and approve that person within 30 days of the Presidency being vacated. The relevant domestic and foreign duties of the President shall be conducted by the Domestic Governance and Foreign Affairs chambers as applicable in the interim.
Part III. Judiciary
The Judiciary will be an independent branch of government, conducting its own affairs but subject to Congressional oversight. As mentioned above, the President may nominate judges for any Federal court and the Domestic Governance chamber of Congress will confirm or not the nominees.
The Judiciary will be able to impose taxes or fees as the result of a court case, but not for the purpose of submitting a case unless deemed fraudulent as defined by professional judicial bodies separate from the Judiciary.
The Judiciary shall consist of a Supreme Court headed by a Chief Justice and 11 Associate Justices. All Supreme Court justices must have at least 10 years’ experience as a judge in the Federal judicial system before being eligible to serve on the Supreme Court.
All justices in the Judiciary are also required to follow law and precedent while allowing for current social conditions to ensure justice is delivered as a result of court actions. Any hint of partisan influence in decision-making will void the decision.