Reforms; or, If I (God Forbid!) Were King

Not that anybody asked.

Regular reminder: in any area other than the intricacies of equipment finance math, I’m an amateur, a poser, whatever other ways you want to say it. In a preposterous parallel with Socrates, my brag is merely that I’m more often not so much less an expert in other areas than the ones who claim to be so.

Second, I don’t claim these ideas are practical, merely that they are essential. Hopeless, but not desperate? You decide!

Thus hedged, we proceed:

1. Escape the Praetorian Guard

I wonder if those who deny the Deep State also deny the existence of the Praetorian Guard? Because the existence of the latter argues the inevitability of the former. After 3 centuries of Empire, Constantine moved the capital from Rome – and that’s what it took for the Emperor himself to finally get out from under the thumb of the men meant to protect him.

REFORM #1: Move the Capital to the Midwest. While it may be a terrible waste of fine cornfields, let Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri cede a total of 100 square miles at their common border for a New District of Columbia. Forbid any new development outside NDC for a 100 mile radius – nobody gets to live nearby. No new airport – fly into Omaha, 90+ minute shuttle ride to and from the seats of power. Existing DC formally becomes the grand museum/protest zone it is in practice anyway, at least, insofar as it is anything positive.

RESULTS: Love the amber wave of grain and all, but your typical professional reptile won’t. As unattractive as DC is – hot, damp and nasty much of the year – it is just too handy to New York and other East Coast cities. It needs to be physically separated from the Coasts. Make it so that it’s hard(er) to get to and get away from from other seats of power.

The location of our new Capital. Sorry about that, White Cloud, KS (pop: 176), it’s just business.

2. Election Week is a Biannual National Holiday

Either voting is the great honor and duty of all adults in a Republic, or it’s something you fit in on your lunch break.

REFORM #2: By Act of Congress, or, preferably, Constitutional Amendment, the First week of November is declared Election Week in any year with national elections. The first 5 days will be labeled The Great National Discussion, where voters are to meet among themselves and discuss issues and candidates. The last two days are Voting Days. The full weight of social disapproval is brought to bear on any who treat Election Week as a mere vacation – shirkers, traitors, freeloaders, all!

RESULTS: Elections become important. The importance of knowing the issues and candidates is reinforced. Even better, we get to know our fellow voters.

3. Voter Reform

The institutionalized fraud which marks our current elections must be rooted out.

REFORM #3: All voting is to be done in person, with the level of ID required equal to that needed to obtain a firearm. After the 5 days of National Discussion, there shall be one day of silence, where no campaigning is allowed. On the last day of Election Week, voting shall take place within each Century (see below). Absentee voting shall be discouraged, but, upon application, will be allowed, provided the same level of identification is presented and notarized. Voting age put back to 21. Paper ballots will be required. All voting is over at the end of Election Week – no extensions or delays allowed. Counting is performed/supervised by local volunteers

RESULTS: Something like clean elections, and the utter destruction of places such as Chicago and Boston, which haven’t seen an honest election in 150 years+

4. Jefferson Had a Few Good Ideas – Many Small Districts

A voting district should consist of a neighborhood or small town, such that the voters there can at least see each other over Election Week. We’ve reached the point where many individual cities are far larger than the nation the Constitution was designed to govern. Jefferson wanted what we would consider tiny districts, hundred in Virginia alone. Seems like a good idea.

REFORM #4: Voting districts reduced to “Centuries” – roughly, 100 households per district. These are the people who gather to get to know each other and discuss the issues and candidates over Election Week. At the end of Election Week, the properly identified voters in each Century vote. Each district elects a voting commissioner, who, in plain sight of all who care to watch, counts the paper ballots for his Century at the end of Elections Days. Each 100 Centuries elect one of their number – let’s call him a Decamiller? – to tabulate and present the results; decamillers gather and elect a state Voting Commissioner from among their numbers to perform and announce the final results.

RESULTS: Local involvement. Again, clean elections, but most important, LOCAL OWNERSHIP of the process and results of elections.

5. Constitutional Amendment to Neuter the Supreme Court

After decades of protesting that those who objected to the use of the Supreme Court to legislate where Congress lacked the desire or will were parinoid conspiracy theorists, the Left it pretty much owning up, in deed and in word, that that’s exactly the plan and always has been.

We need to put a stop to this, and reestablish the Supreme Court as the backstop to abuses of power, not the main instrument of exactly that abuse.

REFORM #5: no Supreme Court decision that overturns any state law or any longstanding interpretation of federal law goes into effect until confirmed by a 2/3 vote of the Senate.

RESULTS: The Supremes can keep trying to legislate from the bench, but, until the actual legislators legislate from the Legislature, it has no effect. All the crap rulings overturning the express will of the People (Prop 8, anyone?) and the actual laws passed by their representatives (Centuries of locally written and passed abortion laws?) and blatant social engineering (The very concept of ‘gender’?) are just fine and dandy – but have no effect until ELECTED officials WHOSE JOB IT IS TO MAKE LAWS confirm them.

And so on. I’ve got a bunch more, chief of which is removing partican politcs completely from the voting process – why are there taxpayer-supported primaries where we pay to have the parties choose their candidates? Screw the parties – choose whoever you want however you want on your own dime – and then pitch them to the Centuries. And so one.

Thoughts?

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

7 thoughts on “Reforms; or, If I (God Forbid!) Were King”

  1. I fully support the idea of a new capital in the heartland (I actually had that as part of the backstory of a science fiction series I started once: one of many, many works lying around to be finished ‘someday’)

  2. I like all but the last of your suggested reforms.

    Much as I agree with the frustrations surrounding the Supreme Court, the whole point of the institution is to say, “This law does not square with the Constitution, regardless of how many people think it should or how high the officeholder who says it does, and therefore it’s nullified.” Now either such a ruling means something or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, then the Constitution is as living as its enemies want it to be. If it does, then you’re going to get judgement calls that will piss off large stripes of the citizenry. But you can’t have it both ways.

    If the umpire’s calls are only suggestions that a majority of the players have to agree to before they’re enforced, you don’t have an umpire, you have a kibitzer, and you might as well get rid of him altogether — and you may as well resign yourself to the fact the rulebook just become a lot less useful as well. Now maybe the umpires have become so incomprehensibly, unfairly arbitrary in their rulings that the game actually would be better played without them . . . but looking at the behaviour of the actual teams on the field, is this really a bet anyone wants to make, even now?

  3. I thought it was great when DJT moved the BLM and USDA headquarters out west. That’s where they belonged all along! DC should be next! But I’d feel bad for the people already living in whatever area they pick. Who wants *that* in their neighborhood? It is long past time that we at least made election day a national holiday.

  4. Your description of Centuries reminds me a bit of the caucus system I experienced in WA state, once the state decided it was no longer financing primaries for the parties and we ceased to have both-caucus-and-election supposedly picking which candidate our state would support. In order to have any say in primary candidate picking, we had to come out to our local caucus and, well, caucus. And then vote for who to send to the next level. The first time, when all the complacent primary-voters were dumped willy-nilly into the caucus system AND they tried to cram a whole city worth of caucuses into a convention center, tables cheek-by-jowl, it was a little crazy but totally worth it. And the second time, when we met in a neighbor’s living room and really met our neighbors on our little local turf, and talked about our issues and why we should support each of the candidates, it was quite the experience. We met (and re-met, 4yrs later) people who were willing to stand with us and support the quixotic candidate, and we networked on related issues. The first time, I ended up going to the State Convention as an alternate and ultimately being seated, sleeping baby on back and all.

    I understand you are suggesting voting, rather than caucusing, but the local touch is the same. I have to admit, I am cynical about whether anything can actually defang the political machines….

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