Public service is a service - not a career, and honor in service should never have a price tag

These were once core perspectives of our country. Our founding fathers weren't career politicians - they were farmers, inventors and philosophers. They believed service to their country was a service, and after it was complete they returned to their farms and opened their seat up for somebody new.

When the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951, the nation supported Presidential term limits for wise and self-evident reasons. This Amendment didn't include term limits on Congress, however, because at the time we didn't have the hyper partisanship and special interest money behind elections, nor did we have sitting members of Congress who kept their seats for decades. While some of these people may well have been honorable servants of the national interest, our circumstances today do not reflect that intention. They reflect, rather, an open bazaar of special interest peddling where our government is sold to the highest bidder.

The interests buying our government are doing so to ensure that our government cannot concentrate on our interests. And that is something the Alliance Party fundamentally seeks to change.

We intend to accomplish this goal through several measures within our platform. The most important among them are enacting term limits for members of Congress and getting private money out of politics, which we plan to extend further through measures of open and expanded voting.

Congressional Term Limits


Congressional Term Limits

The Alliance Party would seek to pass a Constitutional Amendment that limits terms in Congress to twelve years - eight two-year terms for Representatives of the House and two six-year terms for members of the Senate. Should highly successful former legislators seek to run again after their term limit was reached, they would have to wait another twelve years before running again.

We seek to add amendments to our Constitution that enact congressional term limits, prevent wealthy interests from corrupting public service, regain rights that were unjustly taken hold government accountable for its actions.

Taking Private Money out of Politics


Taking Private Money out of Politics

In addition to term limits for Congress, we would seek to pass additional Amendments to the Constitution that would see all national and statehouse-level elections funded by public revenue, furthermore barring candidates from accepting private money to run for office. Funding this effort on a nationwide scale is both prudent and practical - a 1% annual reduction of our present military spending for one year would be more than enough to fund the election years of 2008, 2012 or 2016 - and that's at the stratospherically high cost they are presently.

This is not a fact we can afford to deny any longer: if we're serious about making government honest in transparent service for all Americans, elections cannot be funded by wealthy interests because then our government only answers to wealthy interests. We will never be able to solve the pressing problems of our government, society and greater world if the power center of our nation is bought and paid for by entities inherently opposed to their solution. This system forsakes our democracy and turns it into an illusion obscuring an oligarchy. That must change and doing so is core to our mission.

The root of corruption is private money in politics. So long as wealthy interests can spend billions to promote their agendas, the best interests of the American people will continue to be a sideshow. We intend to stop to it.

Expanding Voting Nationwide


Expanding Voting Nationwide

In order to encourage the greatest possible participation in our elections, we propose expanding mail and early voting. We also promote making election day a federal holiday, with in-person polls remaining open for one week beforehand to encourage maximum turnout.

Our elections are only as open as they are accessible, and voting today is far too difficult for millions of Americans. We intend to expand voting, make election day a national holiday and encourage voting through tax incentives.

Official Election Exam


Official Election Exam

To help voters determine the competence and aptitude of candidates, we propose the creation of an Official Election Exam for election candidates. Nearly all of America has to take and pass tests for their jobs or degrees, and we believe the people seeking to run our government should as well. This test would be standardized with definitively true or false answers, and the results of this test would be public so that the media and voters can see just how knowledgeable candidates are on the functions of our society they will be governing.

Nearly every job in our nation requires applicants to pass a test. The same should be true of our elected and appointed representatives.

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