Two Linchpins of the Republic: The rule of law and protected elections are critical

Two reforms are key to fixing the government, and should be recognized as linchpins of the republic: they are enforcing the rule of law against government officials and ensuring that voters enjoy federal elections free of outside interference. These reforms are critical to the survival of a working, functional republic that recognizes the sovereignty of the people.

If enacted, they will enable us to advance toward our two primary goals of

achieving an effective government and an informed electorate.

As we studied the rule of law problem, we considered several possible solutions: Changes within the Department of Justice, electing the Attorney General rather than appointing him, moving the responsibility to another federal branch, or, finally, moving it to the states. We concluded that the best alternative (and the only truly viable solution) was to move the responsibility to the states. And after reaching that conclusion, we were delighted to realize that we would be creating a suitable home for the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Election Commission, and other units with sensitive missions. By isolating them, we will solve the problem of aggressive officials applying pressure on these units to undertake illegal actions against private citizens and groups.

A potential solution to the election campaign problem could be providing for limitations on campaign contributions to prevent outside interests from interfering in the conduct of a federal election. This reform would codify and protect the right of voters to quiet enjoyment of their elections, free from outside interference.

These two reforms should be implemented as constitutional amendments for ratification by the states. Statutory changes will not generally do the job, as they are subject to possible reversal with every change in administrations.

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