Sunday, November 09th, 2008 | Author:

Preamble

Inasmuch as the balance of power established by and intended by the Constitution of the United States of America has become unbalanced, and inasmuch as the executive branch throughout our history has continued to usurp powers more in keeping with the kings from whom we declared our independence than with our republic, We the People of the United States, in order to eliminate this imbalance, do hereby request that Congress adopt by joint resolution the following amendment to said Constitution. If Congress refuses, We the People do hereby request that the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States request that Congress call a convention for said purpose.

Proposed Amendment
to the
Constitution of the United States of America

Section 1. The positions of president and vice-president, as currently defined in Article Two, shall be eliminated.

Section 2. The powers and responsibilities assigned to those positions by Article Two, and/or by any subsequent legislation, shall be divided among members of the Senate for a four-year term, as each Senate shall determine and vote by a two-thirds majority. No one Senator shall be assigned more than one of the constitutionally-specified powers and/or responsibilities at any given time.

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  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Hi Jean. This is a very interesting amendment. Indeed, the words of the Declaration of Independence instantly came to mind as I read this:

    “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is in the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    But then I thought again. The whole reason that the American Revolution started was not to change the laws under which they were governed, per ce. The reason was to free themselves from an administration that had knowingly defied their own laws, and the legal compacts made in previous decades between the British Crown (the King, not the Parliament) and the American colonies. George III and the Parliament had defied the laws of their own land, and had given themselves power over the American colonies that did not belong to them.

    But then again, America wound up changing the laws under which they were governed, and created their own Constitution and federal government. What should we do here?

    I think you and I would agree that the problem we have faced is a blatant disregard for the Constitution of our land, and the earliest laws that were passed in keeping with this document. Which begs the question, “Even if the Executive Branch were abolished by a Constitutional amendment, would our government keep that? They contradict the First, Second, Third, Fourth, etc., and we seem, of late, to keep wanting to add and take away amendments — will it really do any good?”

    Looking over our recent history, I don’t think constitutional amendments, adding or removing, is a successful field in this campaign for liberty, or, at least, for restraining the tyrannical overtures of government.

    I also am not certain that removing the executive branch altogether will make things better, honestly. BUT your plan does have considerable merit in the principle behind it, now that you mention it. In the years after the Revolution, America was in danger of having too little stable and efficient government, and was therefore in danger of going down the drain of anarchy, just like other societies that had experienced such drastic upheavals. The executive branch, while not to be given absolute power, was to be given enough power to organize the messy affairs of the state. But now, in consistency with the course of human history, we have reached a point of having too much government, and the executive has not been the least of the three branches in hurrying America toward despotism.

    I would suggest (though I know this will not fix all of America’s problems — there no longer exits a single “fix-it quick” solution anymore) seriously limiting the executive powers. I would certainly say that executive orders, which have probably been the single biggest way in which the executive has usurped power, should be entirely outlawed, and a breach of that law should mean impeachment and total disqualification to hold any public office (save that of Official Emptier of Congressional Wastebaskets).

    Those are my ideas off-hand. I hope they make sense. Thanks for inviting my comment.

    Your sincere friend,
    Herky

    P.S. I know you don’t mind any short comments from me. I hope a long one is OK with you! :)

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Thanks for your thoughts, Herky. Your long comments are always appreciated, I just didn’t want to burden you.

    I’m still not sure what I actually think about this. It just popped into my head this afternoon, so I thought I would throw it out there.

    As you know, I’ve been meditating on ancient Israel’s rejection of God and their desire for an earthly king, instead. (1 Sam 8) Which, of course, leads to thoughts of America’s new “earthly king” and our collective rejection of God. There are parallels here that I continue to seek God’s wisdom about. But right now? This seeker has to go sleep on it. Maybe it will all make more sense in the morning. :)

    Thanks again for your wise words, my friend.