Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I Election 2020: I Do Have An Idea, Though

The most likely scenario, I think, is that the problems with conducting anything resembling a normal American political process for the rest of this year – 2020 – will create the opportunity for the republican senate to execute a coup d'├ętat, leaving trump as president.

And, given the now deeply documented stupidity of a fairly large group of americans known as “The Base”  (also known as Cretins Anonymous) it will be politically almost impossible to fend off the republican dismantling of the Republic (irony acknowledged).

If all of that weren’t true I would have a suggestion.

A Constitutional Amendment is required.

It should be concise and simple.

It should say that the apparatus that it authorizes is in force for two years.

It should say that after two years to remain in force it requires an internet plebiscite, and that that plebiscite would only occur if the a national shelter in place order and various and sundry business closures and civil liberty attenuations were still in effect. Lacking those conditions the amendment will be repealed automatically.  In the event of the plebiscite, if the people vote no to its continuation, the amendment is repealed automatically and a general election will occur on 2 November 2022.

It should say that as of election day 2020 donnie the dildo ceases to be president, subject to the defined inaugural day and date specified in the Constitution.

It should say that on inaugural day 2021 a Joint Executive consisting of the then in office Speaker of the House and the then in office Senate Majority Leader should be inaugurated for a term of two years.

It should say that their Constitutional responsibility is to agree upon policy to recommend to the legislative branch and to execute as if one person the responsibilities of the President as out lined in Article Two of the Constitution of the United States of America.

It should say that if either or both of these officials were to die or be impeached or resign they would be replaced by an internet plebiscite with a 90 day lead time, candidates for which would come from the citizenry of the United States of America.

It should say that the Congress remains as elected in 2018 and that vacancies will be filled as they were filled in 2018.

It should say that  on 2 November 2022 a general election will take place.

It should say that the results of that election will be treated according to the Constitution of The United States of America as it was promulgated and interpreted prior to the adoption of the amendment of which this statement is a part.

I have probably forgotten something but these are the best thoughts that I can offer for a country that I love so deeply.

I wish I had power such that my ideas could at least fall into the hopper of ideas that are going to be necessary to keep us afloat as if we were still the country that we used to have before donnie and the republicans.

It is worth remembering when, discussing the republicans, this quote:

This is from The Age of Jackson by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

"... since this is a capitalistic society, the class most interested in its security and prosperity is the capitalist class, which thus should have the most power. The theory has survived every test but experience. It simply has not worked. Since the Federalist party the American business community appears to have lost its political capacity; it has not been, in the strict sense, a ruling class. In placid days power naturally gravitates to it as the strongest group in the state; but through American history it has been unable to use that power very long for national purposes. Moved typically by personal and class, rarely by public, considerations, the business community has invariably brought national affairs to a state of crisis and exasperated the rest of society into dissatisfaction bordering on revolt. "

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