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    I do not have to live under the US constitution, so my ideas of what is wrong with the design of the existing constitution may be more objective.

    It seems to me that the executive branch has too much power concentrated in a single officer. The legislative branch has power spread too thinly, with too many choke points restricting the processes of government.

    I suggest that you have a collective executive, on the Swiss model, with say 5 or 7 members of a Council sharing the executive power. They could then take turns at one year terms as the ceremonial President.

    Congress should be a unicameral body, apportioned according to population. The Connecticut compromise made sense in the 18th century, but much less nowadays.

    I would suggest a system of proportional representation, with the executive council being elected by the whole citizenry (and possibly the Supreme Court as well), with the Congressional delegation for each state, DC and the insular territories being elected from each of the 56 jurisdictions. I would do away with the evil of gerrymandering by treating the whole of each state as an undivided district.

    The sort of proportional representation that I think would be manageable, for a national election and the vote in the larger states, would be an unordered party list system. The voter would cast one vote for the candidate they most preferred, which would both be a vote for the list as a whole and to determine the order in which individual candidates are placed in each list. This system would also make primary elections unnecessary.

    The changes I suggest, which do not touch on what should be in the bill of rights and the relative powers of the federal and state governments, would go a long way to simplifying the structure of US government and produce a more responsive democracy.

    There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

    by Gary J on Tue Oct 04, 2011 at 04:28:33 AM PDT

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