Utopia According to Lightner Pt. 5

by Jason Lightner May 10th, 2013 | Independent Ideas
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ballotAs Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times would say, “Good morning, afternoon, or evening. Please delete as appropriate.”

I’d hoped to be able to put a ribbon on this series with part five, however,  I made a slight miscalculation with regards to the span of topics. You see, I came to the sudden realization that I’d completely left out one of the more important parts of a free society — voting. We’re going to discuss not only voting this week, but also term limits, and the necessary separation of Government, church, and company.

For your convenience:

Part One — Laying the Foundation
Part Two — Public Service
Part Three — Personal Responsibility
Part Four — Making Progress

Shall we?

Part Five — Acceptable Representation

Speaking strictly as a citizen of the United States, for some strange reason, it seems as though the procedures of checks-and-balances we’ve put in place haven’t been working out so well for us in the past century or so. Government is exceeding its boundaries, the judicial, executive, and legislative branches are apparently in lock-step, religion has way more influence in policy making than it should, and corporate money is all that matters in the world of contemporary American politics. We have career politicians whose voting records benefit not what is good for the people, but what is good for their campaign. If ever there was a need for new regulation, this would be it.

Article XII: Voting

At the age of 18, a citizen is able to vote. Voting rights should never be taken away — ever. Voting for Senate, House, and local Governmental spots should occur yearly on a national holiday on which non-essential businesses will be closed. Essential businesses can run, but shifts will be limited to four hours. The same business limitations will be in place for Presidential voting, which will occur every four years. Polling stations would be open from 5 A.M. to 10 P.M. local time. Photo I.D. will be required to vote, however, the votes cast will not be traceable. A citizen may ask for a printed receipt for any votes cast. Absentee ballots should be allowed, but those submitted either by mail or electronically would then be subject to additional verification. Electronic voting machines are banned from in-person polling places indefinitely.

This is all in an effort to give every citizen a fair opportunity to have their voice heard, and to serve as a deterrent for real vote fraud, which comes much less from people voting multiple times than it does from systematic disposal of votes or electronic voting machine hackery.

Article XIII: Money in Government

A representative in Government should have the people’s best interests in mind, regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or recreational activities. Companies and churches should not be allowed to grant political donations, but are allowed to have a political stance. As such, all churches will be taxed accordingly. Any figure in Government accepting political donations from a company or church will be held in contempt of the people, and will be subject to imprisonment.

The point is that Government works for the people, and so only the people themselves should be able to donate to a candidate’s campaign. This will hopefully prevent corporations from purchasing champion politicians, and get rid of political crusades, jihads, and the like.

Article XIV: Fair Representation

Political leaders should put every effort into the wellbeing and betterment of society. Rules regarding the amount and types of spending by the State, unemployment ratings, approval ratings, and other factors would make representatives ineligible for re-elction in some instances. During Presidential campaign periods, equal time and exposure will be given to all candidates during official debates and candidates’ answers should be fact-checked in real time by a panel of judges.

No person in any position of Government should be granted immunity from prosecution for any reason, ever. In addition, any person in law enforcement who violates a person’s rights while performing their duties or acts in bad faith (i.e. illegal search, falsifying evidence, etc.) will be stripped of their position and held to harsh penalties.

I hope this is as eye opening to you as it has been for me — there truly is a massive amount of involvement in crafting a workable and just form of Government. Regulation is absolutely necessary in certain respects, while at the same time, freedom must also be maintained. Regardless of any topics not covered, next week we will have our conclusion to the Utopia series.

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