Needed laws and amendments

We have seen what needs to be fixed; this is the time to do it.

Make clear that a president may not pardon him or herself. Perhaps limit the power to pardon a former president to an elected president.

Make sure that a state legislature or individual electors can’t ignore the popular vote.

Make sure that the PO will deliver mailed ballots in time to be counted.

Restore the voting rights act to hinder election cheating.

Discourage the widespread use of interim appointments.

Strengthen protections for whistleblowers.

Disallow diversion of funds from an authorized program to another.

Ensure timely authorization of transition planning.

Strengthen auditing and regulation of campaign funds.

Strengthen enforcement of the “Emolument’s Clause.”

Discourage nepotism.

What else?

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6 Responses to Needed laws and amendments

  1. Anne says:

    A return to the Fairness Doctrine.

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  2. William Hungerford says:

    The Fairness Doctrine:
    The fairness doctrine of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the FCC’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced. — Wikipedia

    This may be more that the FCC can handle anymore, when semi-independent govt. news agencies — VOA, “Stars and Stripes,” — are politicized.

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  3. William Hungerford says:

    Should we have a law limiting what a president can do in the last days of the administration, or perhaps allowing such actions to be seamlessly rescinded by the next person to hold the office?

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  4. Arthur Ahrens says:

    More laws would simply mean more laws to be ignored by people who are not interested in the law, but in power.

    We are now almost completely a banana republic, and should complete the transition within the next four years.

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  5. William Hungerford says:

    Arthur, I disagree–subordinate officials are very much aware that ignoring laws has serious consequences. Officials in the current administration know that Dean, Mitchell, Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Colson, and others went to jail. Cohen and others disregarded this risk at their peril.

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  6. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Will, I disagree.
    ~20 years after Watergate..
    On December 24, 1992, President George H.W. Bush granted pardons to six defendants in the Iran-Contra Affairs. The defendants were Elliott Abrams, a former assistant secretary of state for Central America; former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane; former CIA officials Duane Clarridge, Alan Fiers, Jr., and Clair George; and former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.

    Already there is talk of letting Trump walk for any and all of his Federal Transgressions. And he’ll be handing pardons out like Halloween Candy before he leaves office.

    But that’s a very narrow view. There are many, many more signals that we are in the last days of the American experiment.

    Here’s an interesting piece:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/06/map-of-the-day-ex-kgb-analyst-predicts-balkanization-of-us/58945/

    I may or may not write more. I’ve enjoyed Cassandra’s curse for too much of my life, and I have gotten tired. I think it’s time to hang up the crystal ball for good.

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