Pledge to Insure a Fair, Respectful and Responsible Government

FOR ALL THE PEOPLE IN OUR DEMOCRATIC NATION

 

1)     WRITE LAWS THAT MAKE SENSE

Laws should have a clear and defined benefit to our society.  Passage of any law must require

  • a clear statement of the purpose of the law,
  • the benefit of the law to our society and
  • the full costs of implementing, administering and costs of compliance.

The benefit must outweigh the cost.

Laws should have an expiration date of no more than 20 years from its passage.  At the end of the expiration date a formal in depth review to show whether the purpose of the law was achieved, and the benefit and costs identified.  The actual benefits and cost must then be compared to the originally projected benefit and cost.  If the law has met its intended purpose (the benefits to costs analysis was favorable)  it will be renewed for up to another 20 year period.  This review process must include public hearings where all information is made available.

The law should be clearly written stating the intended purpose.  It must  prescribe what exactly is required to comply and what the cost is to comply.

In criminal laws the definition of guilt should be consistent across all statutes and must show intent or intentional disregard of the law (mens rea).  No ambiguity should be allowed.

 

2)     ENFORCE LAWS FAIRLY

Any enforcement action requires a clear formal statement on how the enforcement action is consistent with the intent of the law, the benefit of enforcement action to society and f document the full costs of the specific enforcement effort to the expected conclusion.

If enforcement actions are selective meaning not all wrong doers are pursued, then formal documentation showing that the selected party(s) is the most appropriate choice is required.  This must be submitted and approved prior to commencing the enforcement action.  The submittal must demonstrate that the sole purpose of the enforcement is to best accomplish the purpose of the law in the most effective way without any bias on the part of any decision makers involved.  This study and statement must be made public no later than 30 days after the enforcement is concluded.

All enforcement actions should have clear published rules of conduct.  These rules must include the conduct during investigations that prevent the use of intimidation, force, seizure and other violent and injurious actions before guilt is established in a judicial venue – unless there is clear danger to the enforcement officers or a clear need to protect evidence.  These exceptions must be supported by a written affidavit with all decision making parties’ signatures.  This affidavit must be made public no later than 30 days after the enforcement is concluded.

There must be a remedy in an impartial venue for people injured where the above rules were not properly executed.

3)     TRANSPARENCY IN WHO MAKES GOVERNMENT DECISIONS AND WHY

All decisions by government officials regarding government actions that harm citizens must be documented with a clear statement on how the decision is consistent with the intent of the law, the benefit of the action to society and the full costs of the effort to the expected conclusion per the format in the first principle.

The statement should show all decision makers with signatures evidencing their approval.  Any dissenters from this action must also be shown and signatures showing their dissent.

This must be done for all government actions.  In cases where secrecy is necessary such cases of national security, the statement must still be written prior to the action being conducted with the additional provision that the information will not be released until 5 years after the conclusion of matter in question, and in no circumstance will this be later than 40 years after the decision is made.  All decisions and the rationale for the decision and the decisions must be made public and transparent per the above.