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Great thinkpiece! I have long advocated a major Constitutional revision of the Executive branch. Some of the framers, I have read, wanted a "plural executive", rather than the "single executive" we have had for well over two centuries. I think such would negate the ill effects of "Imperial Presidency". My plan would involve the following: 1. Every six years, the Electoral College (EC) would convene in each state in December, as is currently done. 2. Each member of the EC would select, not a President and Vice President, as is now the case, but rather a Federal Executive Council (FEC), consisting of 15 citizens, having the qualifications for President, and each must be from a different State of the Union. Each EC member may, if so desiring, elect not more than one FEC candidate from the same State as themselves, and may not select more than 15 candidates for the FEC. 3. The State EC then tallies the votes until only the 15 candidates with the most votes are calculated and listed, If any two, or more, FEC candidates receive the same number of votes, putting them among the top 15 FEC candidates, the EC members shall vote from that number, until the State EC has listed only the 15 candidates with the greatest number of votes. 4. Each State EC will then forward the results of their balloting to the Congress of the United States, and each packet of State EC's will be opened and counted, in the Senate chamber, in the presence of the a. President of the Senate b. the Senate Majority Leader c. the Senate Minority Leader d. The Speaker of the House e. the House Majority Leader f. the House Minority Leader g. the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, or some Associate Justice selected by him, and h. not less than twenty members of each house of Congress. 5. The counting of ballots shall be conducted in Congress in like manner as in each State's EC, until the Congress shall have the names of 15 persons having the greatest number of total votes. 6. The resulting 15 persons shall constitute and be known as the Federal Executive Council (FEC), and shall be sworn in, and take the Oath of Office, and then assemble together with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, or some Associate Justice selected by him, and select one of their number to be Deputy Vice President, one to be Vice President, and one to be President. These shall be constitute and be known as the Presidium, and shall be sworn in, and take the Oath of Office of their respective offices. 7. Two years thereafterward, the President shall then become the new Deputy Vice President, the Vice President shall become the new President, and the Deputy Vice President shall become the new Vice President, and be given the Oath of Office of their respective new offices. 8. Fours years thereafterward, the President shall then become the new Deputy Vice President, the Vice President shall become the new President, and the Deputy Vice President shall become the new Vice President, and be given the Oath of Office of their respective new offices. Thus, each member of the Presidium shall, after six years, hold each of the three offices by rotation, for two years. 9. Six years thereafterward, another Electoral College shall convene in each State, and repeat the process of electing another Federal Electoral Council for six years. Members of the FEC may be elected to not more than two terms in succession, and each shall not be eligible again for another six years. 10. The President shall serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Head of State and Chief Executive Officer of the United States. The Vice President shall assist the President, and serve as President of the Senate. The Deputy Vice President shall assist the President, and be the Chair of the Federal Executive Council. 11. The remaining twelve members of the Federal Executive Council shall advise and assist the President, and they shall vote on the matter of the raising of taxes and revenue, either by new taxes, or by increases in existing taxes. The twelve FEC members shall vote, and if evenly divided, the Deputy Vice President shall cast the deciding vote.
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