My Presidential Platform, the real #1: Restoring Elections and the Electorate
Although I gave my chicken plank a #1, it will clearly end up more like 178,
I pledge to my supporters that I shall do what I can to restore the vision of political order that inspired the drafters of the Constitution.
The cautious language is an honest admission that in my two terms as President of the United States, there is relatively little either I or any President could do to restore the Constitutional Order before it was undermined by John Marshall and destroyed by Lincoln. What I could do, however, by using the so-called Bully Pulpit in a way that has never been used before, is to communicate the sound principles that animated the establishment of the United States in 1776 and 1787.
The enemies of what little Constitutional liberty we have left would, in the name of direct democracy, destroy the Electoral College. That is exactly the opposite of what needs to be done. The various forms of Indirect Election—the Electoral College, the appointment of senators by state legislatures, the equal apportionment of senators among large and small states, and the 10th Amendment—were an attempt to prevent the very demagoguery that has destroyed the republic. A comprehensive program of indirect elections that take the sense of the real communities that are the constituents of the American Federation should be outlined, explained, and justified.
Much of my campaign will be based on one simple principle: Democracy, as practiced by the Democratic Party, is not mob rule but the rule of a tinier elite than once ruled the USSR. This elite controls the media, the universities, public and private and schools, publishing—in other words, all the organs and institutions that form the character of children and adolescents and determine the opinions of the electorate. The power monopoly of that elite can only be broken by stripping it of its legitimacy and exposing its leaders for what they are: criminal degenerates.
Since the current complexion of the American electorate would not tolerate any move away from the demagoguery of mass democracy toward the institutions of a free republic, the first measure to be put on the table will be a restriction of full citizenship privileges to those who make a positive contribution to American society. This means restricting eligibility for office, service on juries, and voting will be reserved for people who are not dependent upon government for their income. This restriction excludes those dependent on welfare checks or government salaries, e.g., bureaucrats, social workers, school teachers, and careerists in the military. This measure will require some fine-tuning. For example, an exemption might be made for people receiving welfare for less than X number of months in a year or Y number of months in a lifetime. We might also exempt men—note the gender—serving one a specified number of years in the armed forces. I would also exempt those who have served in combat during a declared war. (There will be no more undeclared wars.)
Here is the principle reduced to a slogan: Representation Without Taxation is Tyranny.