hy and How I am a Committed Radical (8th in Series): Vetoes and Complications for the Congress
by Frank Wynerth Summers III on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 10:24am ·
This Note will be about the Section Two of Article Two in my Model Constitution. For those who want to see the Model Constitution I propose as a whole you can go to the following linK:
For someone reading this Note today, the most relatively shcoking thing compared to almost all other political discourse and opinion they may be reading in this country will be the role of the Emperor and Empress in the functioning of Congress. This includes writing exspecially for Americans and those sympathizing or dealing with Americans which describe an exaggerated amount of limitation and weakness in the roles and positions of some of the world’s other royal monarchies. Most Americans have insanely and unjustly and sloppily been taught all their lives that democracy and legitimacy are synonymous. Democracy has no valid claim to absolute power in this regime, this society or these lands. Later in the Model Constitution we will discuss the nature, status and role of the Emperor in more detail as it is empowered and authorized. The first and Founding Emperor will have already been elected Basileus and cannot stand for another ordinary election but the process of ratifying this constitution will be a due election as Emperor in itself. Then in future elections during the interregni, the three signioficant toitles will be elected in a unity conclave and process.
At no time during my memory has there been anything that amounts to a widespread popular demand for an Emperor in the United States. Although in Part One of this post I listed royalist elements of the culture which may be said to have expressed a sort of pent-up demand for a royalizing revolution that is different from suggesting that there has been a popular demand in any focused political sense. But it is possible to discuss what such a figure would be like .
The Federal American Empire of the United States will send Fifty-One Electors from the States, Fifteen Electors from the Territories, Sixteen Electors from the Possessions and Thirteen from the Compacts as well as Forty Peer-Electors and a random selection of 72 Citizen Subjects to the Conclave and Electing Delegate from Each of the Three Chambers of the Direct Imperial Government Legislature to Elect the Emperor. These 210 voters will be joined by 210 voters from whatever may constitute the Kingdom of Louisiana. But 840 Electors in the Conclave will come from the Ethnos Arkadios alone. however all three interests and titles must be united in one man. So whom will they choose? Their will also be a few Heir’s Electors because each Heir begins the Merit phase of Trials and Ordeals with a certain number of passes. when an Heir fails to prevail in a trial or ordeal he must use a pass or be eliminated from candidacy. He will then himself become an Elector for that Conclave. Then those who complete the Trials and Ordeals are allowed to appoint two electors for every pass they have left. However, there will not be agreat number of such Electors earned with passes nor can the majority of Heirs become candidates in the actual conclave, although the number will vary. The Empress has certain powers and privileges in this political system. However, whole she is not elected directly her election is through the Emperor in that whose who elect him understand that they are electing a man whose wife, mother or sister is possibly going to exercise significant executive power at various times.
The Heirs consist of the Top Twenty in the Ordinary Line of Succession plus as many as six and no fewer than five more. Thus there are at any time Twenty-Five or Twenty-Six Heirs. The five outside the Ordinary Line are Peer-Electors themselves. Later in this Constitution the function, titles and nature of the Peer- Electors will be revisted several times. Nonetheless, the Emperor while hereditary will also be elected every single time and not only in times of crisis as in some monarchies. Also there is support for Royalism in American society and culture.
I wish to outline the subject of monarchy and royalism in the United States of America. It has to be a significant part of the total discussion of the changes I am advocating in this long series of posts advocating an American Revolution. This time returning to mixed government from something which is tyrannical derivation of republican democracy whereas before we returned to mixed government from a corrupt royalist monarchy. In both cases seeking an equilibrium of the three forms of good governance which are monarchy, aristocracy and democracy. However, in this case moving from a republican to a royalist context. In a world where very long but entirely simplistic analysis is common we would need a bit of concise but complex analysis.In these brief posts I have tried to provide some of that. We had a republican mixed government at the federal level with the President as the republican Monarch, the Senate and the Supreme Court represent the republican Aristocracy and the House of Representatives comprising the Democracy. That is the ideal government of many old forms of government. The President was elected by electors variously chosen, the Senators were elected by the States legislatures. We now live in a dictatorship of the masses which is tyranny modified and complicated but still a majority tyranny at heart. The mixed government equilibrium is lost. I have proposed restoring mixed government this time Revolving into a royalist system.
This is not an easy thing to discuss and in fact is an entirely enticing thing to flee from discussing as rapidly as one possibly can and never look at again. Yet I feel that I should discuss these issues here. I am afraid some of my dreadful lists may be coming up soon in an effort to address these matters. The changing of a from of government is always difficult and a bit traumatic under any circumstances but is even more difficult if on ie trying to establish a royalist regime like this one in this country. That is because the specifics of this case are altogether very challenging. It is important to make clear that this is not being proposed in abject blindness and disregard as concerns the strong factors related to the frustration of these plans.
We do have some royalist cultural elements so lets list some of them in no particular order:
1. Many of the Mardi Gras traditions of the Gulf Coast
2.The Kingdom of Hawaii and the role of Royal Hawaiian culture
3.The little known and appreciated but not inconsequential Acadian royal tradition.
4. The many ties with the Bourbon monarchy and aristocracy in the Revolution and Louisiana.
5. The heritage of the Napoleonic Empire and its aristocrats with Louisiana, the Louisiana Purchase and the Confederacy.
6. The British ,French, Spanish, Dutch and Russian colonial heritage of many and varied regions of the USA.
7. Mexico’s failed European based empire launched under Napoleon and ending in the execution of Emperor Maximilian is tied to our history.
8.Mexico’s Aborignal American Empire of the Aztecs and the Mayan kingdoms (much less so) have ties towards our land’s populations and history.
9. The Bible and many of our religions which are influential have a strong royalist component and affect people’s thoughts and lives.
This is not nearly an exhaustive list. Also if (and that is nearly inevitable) there are some of these models that you particularly despise and reject for some reason remember that Hitler’s Third Reich, the French Reign of Terror andmore than half the failed states you ever heard of were republican systems. Yet surely we do not believe that everyone who founds a republic is going to end up where they were in those republics. Our examples given would be the sort of supermarket from which we could shop for precedents and patterns with the greatest legitimacy. This Model Constitution has proposed a very specific and definite royalist scheme. Some elements may be controversial but very little is vague and left to chance.
Besides the “Royalist Shock to Republican Sensibilities” which is a theme in this series there is also a kind of line item veto for the First Executive Vice President. The Congress will be made aware also of all the complexity of the new regime. The Congress in the loose sense includes Tribunes who exercise many restraints upon Senatorial privilege. The Censors have an even looser tie to the Congress only by having a few in the Grand Senatorial Council. But they also can exercise real restraints upon Congress. However, in the next Note we will discuss texts which show the privileges and benefits of being a Member of Congress and the exalted stature of Congress itself.
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Section Three: Vetoes and Other Executive and Special Interventions
Subsection One: The First Executive Vice President
The First Executive Vice President shall Have the Authority to veto any bill of Congress and it shall require two-thirds majority in both houses to defeat that veto,. He shall also be allowed a single line item veto each year on the Central Budget Bill that shall be submitted to him by the Congress. In all matters of protocol and procedure the Congress shall be led byt House of Representatives Leadership in the matter of the Central Budget Bill and all Apropriations Bills. The Congress must pass an override of his entire list of budgetary excision by sixty percent of the votes in each House in order to restore these items. However, those items vetoed may be reintroduced individually without prejudice as stand alone bills.
Subsection Two: The Emperor
The Emperor may require that a bill be read to the Grand Senatorial Council or to the DIG Government or both for official comment prior to being presented to the First Executive Vice President setting aside a six month schedule for such a purpose. The Emperor may adjourn Congress for a week at his whim and for a minimum of two weeks longer if petitioned by the First Executive Vice President or up to a month longer if authorized by the laws enacted under this Constitution and by the Congress authorized in this Seond Article thereof . The Emperor may deliver a rebuke to Congress or a House thereof with a Bill of Abuses duly published and burden the Capitol’s operations with inconveniences from the Government of the District until the Abuses are properly Addressed.
Subsection Three: Others
The Empress shall have the authority to summon two Members of Congress to her Court by Subpoena under criminal penalty for one day of Public Scruitiny in each Session. The Senior Tribunes alone can veto six Senate Bills each at their whim and require that the Senate Pass them by sixty percent vote in each session however such bills simply become dormant and are automaticaly considered to have defeated their veto in the next Session of the Congress. The Senior Tribunes may with their Junior Tribunes agree on one bill that shall require a three fourths majority to override in each Session these bills shall require two thirds to override the veto in the next session and sixty percent in the one following that and still require a simple majority in the Session thereafter. All the Tribunes, plus or minus one, agreeing can veto any one or two Senate Bills and it shall require a two-thirds majority to override without automatic rehabilitation. The Tribunes can also attend any Committe meeting depending on the Security issues involved they may be limited to one Tribune and some level of secrecy but this must not be general. The Tribunes shall also be entitled to take into their treasury one tenth of the salary each year of the two Senators deemed least Cooperative with their offices in the previous Session. The Censors can summon any Member of Congress for Public hearing for two days in calendar year under Lictorian penalties of fines and holding cells. The Censors may confiscate a day’s pay from any mamber of Congress for every infraction on which they convict him or her and submit their further complaints to the Courts with standing if they choose.
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So if you have the energy to discuss this with friends that would be great. But the basic point here in this Article Two: “Congress” Section Three: “Vetoes and Other Executive and Special Interventions ” is that for our system to work tin the new context proposed there must be means for the Congress to be brought yo attention and account by the various players who are not authorized to directly vote in the legislature of the Union. Because this is complex system in type there must be varied measures which can be taken. This is a listing of vetoes and of other operations and protocols various actors and players in the system to use to impede or stop or punish the actions and operations of the Congress. Under this Model Constitution the society has evolved into one in which rank and position are expected to be borne and worn in a way seen by this writer and some others as more honest and useful in keeping people aware of who is in charge and while facilitating democracy also envling people to use the opportunities of civilization to fully tend to their own responsibilities. This strengthens the role of the ordinary executive power wielder with a budget power and a limited and well-defined line item veto. There is a list of immunities and related privileges of Congress which is suitable to the position of the main legislature in an Empire and Union with great and global interests acknowledged state responsibilities uniting various kinds of polities and with a royal monarchy in an Imperial framework. These negative and adversarial operations under this new system allow for the Congress to be held in Checks and Balances as is the American and also Acadian tradition while it still
holds an Imperial dignity and is able to be an effective legislature.
I have tagged a few FB friends and I will in some or all my notes. Any kind of political radicalism at any time is a risk for those associated with it and so I am keeping the tagging to a minimum and while a great deal of endorsement will be needed to effect these changes there is no indication that someone tagged in a note in this series is actually endorsing the note. As always I am willing to respond to posted comments, chat and private messages.