The Federal Government has ceased functioning as the founders intended. There has been disrespect for the separation of powers, and state's rights have been usurped by the federal government. Federal bureaucracies have grown out of control and, in a number of cases, have disregarded and/or stonewalled the oversight requests of Congress. Some agencies have abused their powers and grossly intimidated, and denied citizens their legal rights. Numerous attempts have been made to bypass or alter the rights guaranteed to the citizens in the Constitution.
Those candidates, who desire to attain the office of the President of the United States, should make a compact with the people to work diligently to return the government to them. In doing so, the following five areas are a few of the things that should be part of that compact:
1. Restructure the federal bureaucracies
— Review each department to determine if its existence complies with the Constitution, or if the department's function usurps the rights of the states, or if it has failed to meet the objectives for which it was established. If it is found that the department fails in those areas it should be eliminated.
— Strong consideration should be given to eliminating the Internal Revenue service, and its over 95,000 employees, replacing it with a consumption tax, a flat tax, or some other simple and fair tax measure.
— Eliminate collective bargaining for federal unions and enact the laws necessary to be able to terminate the employment of federal workers who have breached their trust or have abused the citizens they were supposed to serve.
— Transition federal workers to pension plans that are more like those in the private sector, where both the employee and the employer contribute to the plan, the employee is "vested" and has ownership that can be carried forward to other employment positions.
2. Eliminate the "professional" politicians
— Put forth a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms for House of Representative members. Either include limiting the terms of Senators in that amendment or consider repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment so as to return to the various state legislatures the responsibility to appoint their senators.
3. Propose and enact the laws necessary to have any "regulations" issued by a federal department, if they are to have the "force of law", to first be approved by the Congress and signed by the president.
4. Recognize that Congress has not issued a declaration of war since World War II, and it has therefore left the decision to make undeclared war up to the Executive Branch. Take the steps necessary to enact a law or institute a constitutional amendment so that the decisions to engage in "limited military confrontations" or full scale war are made by the Congress.
— Such law or Amendment shall require that the president, as commander in chief, at such times as the Congress makes a decision to initiate a confrontation or war, will direct the military to the successful completion of the confrontation or war as specified by the Congress.
— Such law shall give the Congress the power of review, requiring that the commander in chief, or his senior military commanders, shall provide the Congress with full and accurate briefings on the status of the confrontations or wars, and of the strategies and tactics yet to be employed.
— Such status reports to the Congress shall allow the commander in chief or his senior commanders to advise the Congress of their resource needs, and it shall be incumbent on the Congress to either provide for those needs, or to modify their confrontation or war decision.
— After thorough and thoughtful review, if the Congress determines that the duties of commander in chief are not being met in a satisfactory way, the amendment must have a provision allowing for a new commander in chief to be named by the Congress.
— If the Congress determines the president has otherwise not committed any impeachable offenses, the president shall remain in office and fulfill the other duties of the office, but shall not direct the military.
5. Restore the sovereignty of our country by controlling the entry of non-citizens at our borders.
— Implement an effective method of controlling the nation's borders.
— Implement an effective method of tracking those who enter the country on visas, so as to ensure that those who overstay their visa may be found and deported.
— Eliminate so called "sanctuary cities".
— Develop and implement an effective plan to monitor those companies that are most likely to employ undocumented laborers, and impose sufficient penalties to inhibit such employment.
— Develop and implement a guest worker program with sufficient controls to ensure those workers return to their home countries at the appropriate time.
(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)
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