Proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY FOR THE MODERN ERA



REDESIGN FOR CONTEMPORARY CONDITIONS

Keeping pace with dimensional changes in contemporary conditions demands substantial alteration of the structure and function of the Federal legislative and executive branches across the interrelated planes of representation, empowerment, accountability, and attraction of the most able statesmen. Generally these changes involve:

  • Dedication of one set of elected officials to manage international affairs and another to domestic affairs.
  • Direct appointment of popularly-elected officials to head executive departments.
  • Lengthening of electoral terms.
  • Alignment of electoral terms.
  • Elimination of electoral term limits.
  • Elimination of the Electoral College.

Coordinated application of the modifications to the structure and function of the executive and legislative branches, and the related electoral processes, synergistically enhances their overall beneficial impact. More specifically, these enhancements include:

Structure and Function

  • The President and the Senate have the responsibility to manage international affairs and to develop a long-term vision for the nation.
  • The Vice President and the House of Representatives have the responsibility to manage domestic affairs and the day-to-day functioning of government.
  • The President appoints popularly-elected Senators to head Federal agencies involved in international affairs, e.g., diplomacy, national security, and international trade.
  • The Vice President appoints popularly-elected Representatives to manage those agencies dealing with domestic issues, e.g., internal revenue, health, education, and welfare.
  • Only the annual Federal budget, formed by joint effort between the chambers, requires approval from both the Senate and the House.
  • Members of each house have the right, and on demand the duty, to take part in the debates of the other house.
  • The heads of executive agencies are subject to regular question periods by legislators from all parties.

Electoral Processes

  • The party holding the highest number of seats in each Congressional chamber rules that chamber.
  • The Presidential candidate nominated by the ruling party of the Senate becomes President and the Vice Presidential candidate nominated by the ruling party of the House becomes Vice President.
  • The President and the entire Senate stand for election concurrently every six years.
  • The Vice President and the entire House stand for election concurrently with the Senate, and again between two and four years afterwards, the exact time to be determined by the ruling party in the House and publicly announced at least two months prior to polling.
  • All elected officials serve at the will of the people or their party without term limits.

The inherent greatness of the U.S. Constitution is crowned by the inclusion of a process for adapting it to changing times. And the Founding Fathers strongly encouraged the application of this provision. This amendment process provides an accepted way to make limited adjustments to the Constitution without threatening tenets considered sacrosanct by most Americans, such as the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two- thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two- thirds of the State legislatures. A proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution as soon as it is ratified by three-fourths of the States.

"Should that which is now offered to the People of America, be found on experiment less perfect than it can be made, a Constitutional door is left open for its amelioration."
George Washington, 1788

© 2002 by Michael J. Farrand

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