Sovereignty :  The Reign of Black Sovereign


A Black Sovereign Journal Entry

 

What if I ruled the world?

…Or even just the most powerful nation on this planet?

For this scenario, I will pretend that I have just been elected Supreme Leader of the United States of America.  Not president… Supreme Leader.  Unlike a presidency, this position only expires once my time on this planet ends, I become mentally and physically incapacitated (due to old age) or I willingly succeed it to my personally selected (or democratically elected), Prime Minister.  Remember that this is a scenario so all of the intricate under-the-hood details will not be covered.  Just the main points.  You may ask for those details in the comments, if you are curious as to how I would approach them.  If it’s a question that isn’t already self-explanatory then I may respond.  I always welcome questions and curiosity as it is how we all learn and grow as individuals.  I only wish the world as a whole would hurry up and  learn that lesson so humanity can move forward.

 

Day One:  Inauguration

After winning a successful campaign to become the western hemisphere’s first democratically elected Black Supreme Leader, I move into the White House.  I thank the millions of submissives and fellow Black Superiors who saw my vision and put their faith in my ability to make the changes necessary to put this country and the world on a path of economic and social excellence.  My first agenda… an immediate reworking of the American Governmental system since I am now the Government.  I will allow things to continue on as they were with the same elected officials and staff appointed by the very last American president.  I want the transition to be as smooth as possible so no interruptions in the current setup until I issue an official decree for change of staff.  Mainly, a new Prime Minister who is essentially like a Vice President but will have powers similar to a President.  I am briefed on all current affairs and give consent to allow the temporary continuation of any implemented plans involving military, diplomatic and domestic/economic affairs.  The world may worry what I will do.  What will happen.  World powers are nervous as I have yet to return any calls of congratulations.  That will all have to wait.

This country needs medical attention first.  And I’m the doctor about to administer a much needed enema.

 

Day Two:  The Birth of America 2.0

It’s a new day.  And my campaign promise of a new political system is going to take shape today.  America 2.0 is a concept where all organized interest groups and political parties are given an equal voice… but have to earn it through active verifiable membership.  The old system of lobbying is reworked.  Since there is no longer a high elected office heavily influenced by Party affiliation such as the Presidency, there is no longer a path for one particular group to crowd out, ignore or otherwise shutout the other.  Everyone will have a place at the table… who deserves to be there.  Every qualified lobby and special interest group will be required to work together on common issues to find a fair compromise.  America 2.0 is about working together to move this country, and by example, the world forward.

 

America 2.0 : Legislative Power

The U.S. Congress : The Upper Chamber :  Senate

After taking power,  I decree to add representation of all U.S. Territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, etc. in the form of two additional popularly elected Senators.  Although, the Territories are not being added as “States of the Union”, they will now have a more powerful voice.  This will bring the total of U.S. Senators to 102.

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The composition and powers of the Senate are established by Article One of the United States Constitution. The Senate is composed of senators, each of whom represents a single state in its entirety, with each state being equally represented by two senators, regardless of their population, serving staggered terms of six years; with fifty states presently in the Union, there are 100 U.S. Senators. From 1789 until 1913, Senators were appointed by legislatures of the states they represented; following the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, they are now popularly elected.

As the upper house, the Senate has several powers of advice and consent which are unique to it; these include the ratification of treaties and the confirmation of Cabinet secretariesSupreme Court justicesfederal judgesother federal executive officialsflag officers, regulatory officials, ambassadors, and other federal uniformed officers. In addition to these, in cases wherein no candidate receives a majority of electors for Prime Minister, the duty befalls upon the Senate to elect one of the top two recipients of electors for that office. The Supreme Leader can ultimately decide to accept the suggestions of the Senate or select his own.  The Senate further has the responsibility of conducting trials of those impeached by the House.  Note that the Supreme Leader cannot be impeached.  The Senate is widely considered both a more deliberative and more prestigious body than the House of Representatives due to its longer terms, smaller size, and statewide constituencies, which historically led to a more collegial and less partisan atmosphere.  The presiding officer of the Senate is the Prime Minister of the United States

 

The U.S. Congress : The Lower Chamber :  House of Representatives

After taking power, I task the House with including representation for the U.S. Territories by voluntary reorganization of some districts from one of the largest delegations.  This will keep the number of voting representatives to 435 without changing the law.  Similar to low population states like Alaska, the Territories will have a single directly elected representative.  I give consent for the House to make further changes, as they become necessary.

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The composition and powers of the House are established by Article One of the United States Constitution. The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. Since its inception in 1789, all Representatives have been directly elected. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at 435. As of the 2010 Census, the largest delegation is that of California, with fifty-three representatives. Seven states have the smallest delegation possible, a single representative: AlaskaDelawareMontanaNorth DakotaSouth DakotaVermont, and Wyoming.

The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the Supreme Leader for consideration. In addition to this basic power, the House has certain exclusive powers which include the power to initiate all bills related to revenue, the impeachment of federal officers (except the Supreme Leader), who are sent to trial in the Senate, and in cases wherein no candidate receives a majority of electors for Prime Minister, the duty falls upon the House to elect one of the top three recipients of electors for that office, with one vote given to each state for that purpose.

 

America 2.0 : Judicial Power

The U.S. Supreme Court

As Supreme Leader, I now have the authority to change the Constitution but any change would be heavily debated so that all sides are able to express opinions and concerns before a final decision would be made.  Supreme Court justice appointment will still remain a lifelong position, however… a justice is now impeachable by the Supreme Leader based on unanimous voting from all branches of government and from the Prime Minister.

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The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest federal court of the United States. Established pursuant to Article Three of the United States Constitution in 1789, it has ultimate (and largely discretionaryappellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and state court cases involving issues of federal law plus original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. In the legal system of the United States, the Supreme Court is generally the final interpreter of federal law including the United States Constitution, but it may act only within the context of a case in which it has jurisdiction. The Court may decide cases having political overtones but does not have power to decide non-justiciable political questions, and its enforcement arm is in the executive rather than judicial branch of government.

 

America 2.0 : Executive Power

The Supreme Leader (formerly known as the President)

With my appointment as the Supreme Leader of the United States, the separation of powers dynamic changes since I now have ultimate authority.  Some balance of power constructs remain except they now apply to the Prime Minister who is equivalent to the former role of Vice President.  I can act without House, Senate or Supreme Court consent.  However, my Prime Minister will act as my liaison for all Legislative concerns.  This will give the illusion of a continued separation of power since the Prime Minister is my executive representation.  However, an executive order from the Supreme Leader is absolute.

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The executive is the organ exercising authority in and holding responsibility for the governance of a state. The executive executes and enforces law.

In political systems based on the principle of separation of powersauthority is distributed among several branches (executive, legislativejudicial) — an attempt to prevent the concentration of power in the hands of a small group of people. In such a system, the executive does not pass laws (the role of the legislature) or interpret them (the role of the judiciary). Instead, the executive enforces the law as written by the legislature and interpreted by the judiciary. The executive can be the source of certain types of law, such as a decree or executive order. Executive bureaucracies are commonly the source of regulations.

 

America 2.0 : Lobbying Power

The U.S. Secular Interests Committee

All national interest groups must elect a single representative in order to join this board.  Lobbying Washington-based congressmen outside of this committee is now forbidden.  Each interest group must have verifiable membership numbers of at least 250,000 or work with other similar groups to act as a collective.  This committee will be granted an audience with the House of Representatives concerning social and legislative proposals that may affect current and future bills.  The Prime Minister can be requested to attend for issues that require mediation.  Religion-based interest groups who have revoked their tax-exemption status may participate in this committee.

 

Day Three:  Executive Order : The Separation of Church and State Mandate

With this order, I clarify the interpretation of church and state to quell the debate of the extent of proper separation between government and religious right in the United States.  This country was founded by people who escaped their home countries in order to have the freedom to practice the religion of their choice.  But what is religious freedom?  Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the right of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes the freedom to change one’s religion or belief.  This has and always will be a human right that should never been regulated or enforced however, one’s religious preferences will and always shall remain defined as a personal choice.

Not an absolute.

In return for the freedom to practice your faith of choice without prejudice, all individuals or organizations (church) will not participate in political campaigns with the goal of changing laws to suit their particular religious preferences.  Establishment of a separate court of religious law is prohibited.  Participating in government affairs as an organization is prohibited, as a non-profit.  Those organizations who wish to use their religious influence for matters concerning how a law is interpreted must be a tax paying organization, in order for their views to be recognized in the House of Secular Interests.  Violation of this mandate may result in back tax penalties up to and including the dissolution of that organization.   Religious belief as it applies to business and government shall be separate.  In return for this separation,  accommodations will be allowed for individuals who struggle to balance their work obligations with faith obligations.  Discrimination based on religion or personal life choice is a federal hate crime.

Discrimination and bias due to religious beliefs will be considered a hate crime.  No one should attempt to exclude another based on their religious preferences or vice versa.  Having this freedom of religion protection does not constitute a right to discriminate against others who don’t follow the same beliefs.

Religious tolerance goes both ways.

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“Separation of church and state” is paraphrased from Thomas Jefferson and used by others in expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The phrase “separation between church & state” is generally traced to a January 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper. Jefferson wrote, “ “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” ”  Jefferson was echoing the language of the founder of the first Baptist church in America, Roger Williams who had written in 1644, “ “[A] hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world.” ” Article Six of the United States Constitution also specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Jefferson’s metaphor of a wall of separation has been cited repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Reynolds v. United States (1879) the Court wrote that Jefferson’s comments “may be accepted almost as an authoritative declaration of the scope and effect of the [First] Amendment.” In Everson v. Board of Education (1947), Justice Hugo Black wrote: “In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and state.” In contrast to separationism, the Supreme Court of the United States in Zorach v. Clauson upheld accommodationism, holding that the nation’s “institutions presuppose a Supreme Being” and that government recognition of God does not constitute the establishment of a state church as the Constitution’s authors intended to prohibit.  As such, the Court has not always interpreted the constitutional principle as absolute, and the proper extent of separation between government and religion in the U.S. remains an ongoing subject of impassioned debate.

 

Day Four:  Executive Order : The New Federal Prison System

I establish an amendment concerning the removal of the exception to the prohibition of slavery and involuntary servitude when used as punishment for persons duly convicted of a serious crime.  Under this mandate, criminals convicted with terms less than 20 years become indentured servants for the duration of their sentence.  Those serving life sentences are given a choice.  The last choice they will ever be allowed to make… to be voluntarily euthanized or become Property of the State (Federal slaves).  People deemed too dangerous to be released back into society as free individuals will become government property since their human rights have become null and void.  However, the humane option of euthanasia will be available as an alternative unless overruled by the Court.  This mandate will tackle a long standing problem which created a strain on resources via unchecked overpopulation in America’s prisons and instead creates an effective crime deterrent.  Federal slaves (Feders) can be rented by corporations or private citizens.  Medical contributions via organ harvesting will also be allowed.  Convicted Criminals who opt to be euthanized would be evaluated for harvesting potential first.  But most will be used as free labor for various Federal projects such as the maintenance of the country’s infrastructure.  This eliminates the cost of labor so more tax dollars can be allocated elsewhere.  Maximum security prisons will be redesigned to include 5 new levels added underground and 5 levels above to increase space.  A large greenhouse will be integrated throughout the grounds where Feders will learn to grow their own food.  This will be constructed along with a farm adjacent to the prison.  These facilities will be nearly self-contained.  Prisoners will begin to be processed based on their sentences immediately.

States and Territories will be allowed to institute a similar system for their city and county level jail systems through ballot voting.

 

Day Five:  Executive Order : The U.S. Universal Health Care Tax System

The United States will finally move into the 21st century by introducing the integration of Social Security and Medicare into a new non-exemptable health care tax (UHC).  The new health care tax will bundle them into one with the inclusion of a new form of universal health insurance called Minimal Care Coverage (MCC).  This scraps the current social security system and incorporates it into the equivalent of a health savings account (HSA) which every employer will match contributions using the current standards.  The UHC system will act as a tax free retirement account while citizens can also actively use it to offset costs not covered by existing insurance options.  Employers have the obligation to offer supplemental healthcare insurance along with the existing Health Care Insurance industry.   This is not meant to replace comprehensive Health Care coverage options as it is intended to allow people to at least have minimal health care coverage, if other options are unavailable or unaffordable.  Just like a HSA, citizens can opt to invest a percentage of their contributions.

 

Day Six:  Executive Order : The U.S. Marriage and Domestic Partnership Act 

I establish a clear definition of what marriage will mean in the United States and its Territories.  Marriage will become a binding union between two people who wish to merge their lives into a permanent union of all assets, properties, offspring and rights.  A marriage between two individuals shall be based on love, not gender or sexual orientation.  A marriage is permanent and only dissolved in death.  Divorce is now only legal in situations that have no other recourse such as if one partner is convicted of a crime and sentenced under the new prison system mandate.

Domestic Partnership is an alternative to marriage in which two parties may join their lives for a period of 5 years.  They may choose to either renew the partnership or opt to upgrade to marriage when the period expires.  Domestic Partnership is considered a prelude to marriage.  Instead of divorce, you can simply opt not to renew the partnership and walk away with a complete separation of assets as established and agreed upon by the prenuptial clause.  This is binding and not eligible for repeal in court.

If children are produced during a Domestic Partnership, then the partnership automatically is upgraded to marriage at the end of the period unless the children are given up for adoption and accepted into a new family prior to the ending of the current partnership period.  If no adoption has been finalized, the partnership is upgraded into a marriage.  As part of an upcoming Education System Reform, mandatory Home Economic courses that will include coverage of Marriage and Domestic Partnership will be introduced in grades 9-12.

 

Day Seven:  Supreme Leader Day 

I rested.

 

This post was originally published in 2009

 


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