The campaigns of our future Presidential and Congressional candidates telling Americans they have all the answers, yet offering no real substantial or definitive courses of action to make our country the great nation it once was.
I believe the solutions to the many challenges our country is facing are simple, and certainly not rocket science. I believe the means and methods necessary to fix our broken and corrupted Congress, stalled economy, high unemployment, and skyrocketing budget deficit are not that complicated.
I question whether Congress and the Presidency really know the proper strides to correct all of these unfortunate circumstances.
Within the following pages of this book appropriately entitled, "If I was President...", I intend to outline what I believe, hopefully with most all Americans in agreement, are the paths to recovery and road to prosperity "We The People" of the United States of America would like to see, which is... "My Blueprint for America".
I now leave you with my final thoughts:
"Nothing changes until everything changes." ~Marty Piatt, Architect
"And unity within our country begins with equal rights for all men and women. Not until this great divide is bridged, this wound healed, can we as a nation move forward to pursue and achieve true happiness and prosperity." ~Marty Piatt, Architect
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"If I was President ... My Blueprint for America"
By Marty Piatt
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Chapter OneUNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
Early in the American Revolution, The First Continental Congress was convened with representatives from twelve of the original thirteen British Colonies that met on September 5, 1774, at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was convened in response to the passage of the Coercive Acts by the British Parliament. Also known as Intolerable Acts by the Colonial Americans, the Intolerable Acts had punished Bostonians for the Boston Tea Party. The First Continental Congress also created the Continental Association to establish a coordinated protest of the Coercive Acts.
The Congress was attended by fifty-six members appointed by the legislatures of twelve of the thirteen Colonies. The Colony of Georgia, which did not send any delegates, was considered a convict state at that time and was not taken into consideration in the Colonies.
The Congress met briefly to consider options, including an economic boycott of British trade, publishing a list of rights and grievances, and petitioning King George III for redress of their grievances.
The first President of First Continental Congress was Peyton Randolph, who was elected by Congress on September 5, 1774. The Presidents of Congress are among the lesser-known leaders of the American Revolution because of the limited role they played in the office. The President was a member of Congress elected by the other delegates to serve as an impartial moderator during meetings of Congress, and was the presiding officer of the Continental Congress.
Fearful of concentrating political power in one individual, the position had little authority by design, largely a ceremonial position without much influence. The last President of Congress, Cyrus Griffin, resigned in November 1788.
The First Congress provided that the Second Continental Congress would reconvene to plan further responses if the British government had not repealed or modified the Coercive Acts, or that the petition to the British Crown would be unsuccessful in halting enforcement of the Intolerable Acts.
When petitioning to the British Crown ultimately failed, the Second Continental Congress was convened the following year meeting on May 11, 1775 to organize the defense of the Colonies at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.
Many of the same Delegates attending the First Congress also attended the Second Congress. Delegates had also urged each Colony to establish and train its own militia. Georgia who had not participated in the First Continental Congress did not initially send delegates to the Second Continental Congress.
Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any of the other Colonies.
On July 4, 1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted our Declaration of Independence, referring to our new nation as the "United States of America". John Hancock, the best-known President of Congress, was remembered for his bold and distinctive signature on the Declaration of Independence when it was adopted and signed during his presidency.
After the signing of the Declaration, The Articles of Confederation, officially known the "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union", became an agreement among the thirteen founding British Colonies that formally established the United States of America as a Confederation of Sovereign States and served as our first U.S. Constitution. Following independence from Great Britain, The Second Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Articles of Confederation in June 1776 and sent the draft to the states for ratification in November 1777. Consisting of a Preamble, Articles I through XIII, and a Conclusion, the Articles of Confederation were agreed to by Congress on November 15, 1777.
The Articles were later signed by all thirteen sovereign States on July 9, 1778, during the third year of Independence from England.
The Articles were formally ratified by all thirteen of the Colony States with the last ratification by the State of Maryland on March 1, 1781; and thereafter the Articles were enacted into use.
Article I created the Confederacy of the "United States of America";
Article II stated that each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by the confederation expressly delegated to the United States.
Article III, bearing an uncanny and similar resemblance to the Preamble our current Constitution states: "The said States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever."
Articles IV through XII gave greater detail to the organization of the new government much in the same manner as does Article I of our current Constitution.
Article IX, the most extensive and detailed of all the Articles of Confederacy, in part, organized what would the rudimentary basis for the Executive and Judiciary branches of the Confederate government, without clearly defining those portions as they are defined in our current Constitution.
With the several State legislatures having their own Judiciary Branch of government, the new Congress was given the authority and power as the last resort of Appeal in all disputes and differences subsisting or arising between two or more of the States, acting much in the same capacity as our Supreme Court does today.
Under the Articles, if the disputing State parties could not agree to "... appoint by joint consent, commissioners or judges to constitute a court for hearing and determining the matter in question", Congress would establish an alternate appellate court to hear the dispute.
Pursuant to Section 2 of Article IX:
"Congress shall name three persons out of each of the United States, and from the list of such persons each party shall alternately strike out one, the petitioners beginning, until the number shall be reduced to thirteen; and from that number not less than seven, nor more than nine names as Congress shall direct, shall in the presence of Congress be drawn out by lot, and the persons whose names shall be so drawn or any five of them, shall be commissioners or judges, to hear and finally determine the controversy, so always as a major part of the judges who shall hear the cause shall agree in the determination ..." thus becoming the United States first type of supreme appellate judiciary within the government.
The new Congress was also given authority to appoint an executive committee, to sit in the recess of Congress, known as "A Committee of the States" consisting of one delegate from each of the several States.
The Committee would appoint other committees and civil officers as would be necessary for managing the general affairs of the United States government under their direction; and would appoint one of their members to preside in the Office of President.
Formally the President of Congress, Samuel Huntington served from March 1, 1781 to July 9, 1781 as our first Executive Officer and United States President under the Articles of Confederation.
Article XIII, the last of the thirteen Articles states:
"Every State shall abide by the determination of the united States in congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the Articles of this confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a congress of the united States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every State."
This meant that one hundred percent (100%) of the several States required ratification of any change to the Articles of Confederation.
The Articles gave legitimacy to the Second Continental Congress to direct the American Revolutionary War, in addition to conducting diplomacy with Europe, dealing with territorial issues, and addressing Indian claims.
There were many debates on such issues as sovereignty, the precise powers to be given to the Confederate government, whether or not to create a Judiciary, and voting procedures. Under the thirteen Articles of Confederation, the several States retained sovereignty over all of the governmental functions not specifically relinquished to the Confederate government.
The Articles of Confederation created a single-house unicameral Congress having an equal representation among the several States in which each State had a veto power over most decisions.
At that time, the unicameral national government essentially became ineffective because it had no real and definitive Executive or Judicial branches of government. Having about fifty members, it was only the thirteen States that had actual voting privileges in the Congress.
Possessing little legitimacy, the unicameral Congress lacked the authority to lay and collect taxes, regulate commerce amongst the States, or enforce the laws it had attempted to enact. The Confederation type of national government was subsequently deemed bankrupt and impotent, and thereafter was replaced with a Federal Republican type of government.
Six years after the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention convened in 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address problems in governing the United States of America.
Although the convention was intended to revise the Articles of Confederation as proposed on February 21, 1787, the intention from the outset was really to create a new government rather than fix the existing government.
The delegates would elect George Washington to preside over the convention. He would later become our first President serving under our new United States Constitution.
The Committee of Detail was appointed to produce a first draft our Constitution, which would incorporate what had already been agreed upon. In preparing its draft of a Constitution, the Committee referred to the several State constitutions, the existing Articles of Confederation, and other plans and materials.
The Committee consisting of five members chaired by John Rutledge, including Edmund Randolph who wrote the preamble of the Committee's Report citing:
"In the draught of a fundamental constitution, two things deserve attention:
1. To insert essential principles only; lest the operations of government should be clogged by rendering those provisions permanent and unalterable, which ought to be accommodated to times and events: and,
2. To use simple and precise language, and general propositions, according to the example of the constitutions of the several states."
The Constitution, which was deliberately written broad and flexible accommodating future social or technological change, is often cited as the "genius" of the Constitutional framers having one of the timeless arguments for the framework of a living Constitution.
After another month of discussion and refinement, a second committee, the Committee of Style and Arrangement, produced the final version of our Constitution.
The final version of our United States Constitution would closely resemble the first draft was subsequently submitted to the several States for ratification, pursuant to its own Article VII.
On September 17, 1787 with the signing and later ratification of what is now known as our current United States Constitution, a Federal national government of the United States of America was established.
And on March 4, 1789, the United States government officially began operations.
Only twelve of the original thirteen colony States signed the Constitution. The State of Rhode Island did not sign the original Constitution document.
After a failed popular referendum on March 24, 1788, the State legislature of Rhode Island finally ratified the Constitution on May 29, 1790, the very last of the Colony States to do so.
With three very important and distinct branches of government established, they would share power with checks and balances to provide uniform and separate governance.
To protect against abuse of power, each branch of government had a separate sphere of interest and authority and could check the other branches according to what is now known as the "Separation of Powers" principle.
Now fast forward to the present. After more than two centuries, two hundred and twenty two years, our current Congress in control of our government has essentially become a corrupt gang of criminal racketeers.
Our national debt is roughly equal to our gross domestic product;
Our government has sold-out Main Street and bailed-out Wall Street;
Our current President offered America change; we got chump change.
The vast number of unemployed American citizens roughly equals the number of illegal foreign nationals unlawfully residing in our country. Our children are not receiving proper healthcare and education, while illegal aliens are receiving treasonous aid and comfort at the expense of taxpaying American citizens.
We have no real energy policy, relying on foreign oil from countries that despise America whose religious beliefs appear incompatible with Western ideological freedoms. We are at the mercy of greedy Oil Companies and their greedy Wall Street managers and speculative futures markets.
Our banking system has sucked the wealth and prosperity from the hard-working honest Americans while destroying our housing market and the home-ownership American dream.
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Table of Contents
ContentsUNITED STATES GOVERNMENT....................1
UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE ECONOMY....................29
PROHIBITION IN AMERICA....................53
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE....................103
AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ....................131
RELIGION IN AMERICA....................157
JANUARY 20, 2013....................201
THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS....................203
UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION....................207
Article I – Legislative Branch of Government....................212
Article II – Executive Branch of Government....................221
Article III – Judicial Branch of Government....................225
Article IV – The States....................227
Article V – Constitutional Amendments....................229
Article VI – Debts, Supremacy, Oaths....................229
Article VII – Constitutional Ratification....................230
Article VIII – Bill of Rights....................230
Article IX – Equal Rights....................233
Article X – Birthright and Citizenship....................233
MY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY....................235
Frame of Government for Pennsylvania:....................255
Declaration of Independence:....................272
The Articles of Confederation:....................277
United States Constitution:....................286
Amendments to the Constitution:....................300
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Our country needs more people like Mr. Piatt. I hope his book goes viral before the comming election! He has tremendous goals for our nation, and it appears "unity" within our country is at the top of his list.
Very interesting political commentary!
This book covers an impressive amount of American history and insight into our political system. The U.S. executive branch, Congress and Supreme Court are all examined, along with recommendations for improvement. For me, it was not a book that I could skim through quickly, since there is so much to learn - things we probably should have learned in school, but didn’t in any depth, or things we have long since forgotten. Today, most of us get our news by quickly scanning through online sources that we have “bookmarked” on our smart phones and laptops. With our busy lifestyles, short attention spans, and competition for our time, not to mention the often blatant bias of the media, I think many people are rather clueless about our history, the intent of the founding fathers who crafted our constitution, and how things have progressed, or perhaps more accurately, unraveled into the mess we have now. I plan to allocate more time to sit down each day and read some high quality, educational, non-fiction material like this. This book holds a valued place on my bookshelf and I plan to read it again. I went to high school with Mr. Piatt, and commend him for a job well done.
Marty writes from the heart. Great family history, Great political view.
Very good book I am working my way through it but so far I find it to be very informative and a great read. Lots of people in today's political world hold positions on both side without really having any knowledge or history of why the hold those beliefs. This book does a great job of getting into the history of various topics and also takes the time to explain why the author holds the political views that they do. I would definitely recommend to anyone, especially those whom are looking to further educate themselves on current political issues that are dividing the country.
This is a must read book for everyone that loves politics and even those that do not. This read has so much American history and political information that most don't have. Marty's insight into the political views will have you intrigued and amazed with each chapter. He is truly a modern day American Patriot!
Marty Piatt is a revolutionary and his book is exciting reading. America has never ceased to change since it’s beginning. Our constitution has been held sacred to principles both practical and spiritual in the sense of concepts such as freedom, loyalty, justice, amendments, and patriotism. This book is an example of American culture and builds on the creative process of one man and his life journey, experience, and observations. It is time to explore and create by using history and using present resources. One of the most insightful and motivating sparks as I read Marty's blueprint for America is precisely the vision and focus as to what is not working because bureaucrats are diminishing our power. It is up to us who love and know that America does change, but it does not change against its principles but within its principles and Marty has made a terrific outline with his views but making reference and observing the constitutional principles as he outlines his ideas. The reality check is that a big Federal Government is dangerous and conflicting as to the powers of the states. I highly recommend this book to each and every one of any way of life for it makes his objective clear if he were President. He deserves all credit due for such beautiful composition of an individual stand and projecting that voice so subtly to direct others to the fountain and drink fresh water. I hope all who read Marty's Blue Print enjoy it and love it as much as I have.
Marty Piatt is not a writer. He's an architect in federal service, but more importantly, he is an American. A THINKING American. An American who was fed up with mindless bureacracy and endless political bickering in Washington. Rather than simply hope things would get better, Marty put pen to paper and wrote down his ideas for a way out of the morass. That way forward is "IF I WAS PRESIDENT...MY BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA," and it is a very thought-provoking read. Piatt begins by providing history into the establishment of our government, noting what each branch and facet was intended to do, and what they are actually doing. He then builds on the foundation to delve into the issues America is facing (debt, war, immigration, space exploration, etc.) and addresses each by identifying the problem and saying what he would do to fix it if he were in the Oval Office. You won't like some of his ideas. Heck, you may not like any of them. Piatt's writing style can seem a bit amateurish at times, but that only adds to the authenticity; this book isn't written to sell, it's written by one American to fix America, and to make you THINK. Even if you disagree with each of his points, you WILL at least think about the issue, and that in itself makes it worth reading. If every American put the amount of thought into politics that Piatt has (me included) maybe things wouldn't be as clouded and convoluted as they are. I agree with many of the ideas. Some I don't. That doesn't matter. I applaud the effort, the exercising of his right to free speech, and his willingness to put himself out there and force people to think.
An exceptional account of our Political American History, with new ideas on how to arrive at solutions, based on historical reasoning. I've started reading it for a second time... That's how good it is!!!
Mr. Piatt organizes his political considerations in a clear and concise manner. He starts with the historical context that foreshadowed our current political issues. Once the context is established for the reader, he presents his solution to the specific issue that the context was addressing. This allows for a more objective viewpoint on these concerns. It demonstrates how his ideas are founded on historical reason and not just personal opinion. It gives more credibility to his argument. He is not really trying to be president. He wants people to see that there could be a reasonable solution to our country’s problems based on logic, experience, and past history. He wants people to see these potential solutions and utilize these ideas in comparison with those of our political nominees. The structure of the book was useful for supplying the argument, but it became somewhat stale after the first half of the book. I grew to expect the similar flow from past to current day affairs. It reads like a textbook and a political essay. However, it misses the punch of both by adapting both styles of writing. An easier blend of these styles would help aid the reader in following along with the information given in the text. Overall, I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the history and the contemporary issues that our country has and is facing. It brought a greater insight as to how to deal with our problems today.
This book is a most excellent and thought-provoking read. I enjoyed the blueprint literary structure and the historical context. Its methodology is pragmatic and often eye-opening. This book has challenged my thinking as well as my emotions with regards to the issues facing the USA today. Agree or disagree, this book is a great resource for discussion, analysis, and debate.
Great book. Great read. Well researched and written. Very insightful to today's economic and political uncertainty, as well as historic actions that created problems that we are dealing with today.
This is a very good book. Mr. Piatt takes you from the beginnings of our country's founding government to todays government offering solutions on how to fix the mess this country is in. While you might not agree with all his solutions, I'm certain you will agree with some of them. And you will learn something along the way to. For example, Mr. Piatt distains our current system of 9 Supreme Court justices wherey there is generally a 5-4 rulling meaning that one justice constantly is the deciding vote. Mr. Piatt propses 12 justices of 6 men and 6 women that for the most part is same as juries that decide the fate of ordinary Amerians. If a majorty among those 12 cannot agree then the law will stand as ruled by the lower court. I for one like that solution as do I like many of solutions to fix the mess our county is in. If thousands upon thousands of Americans read Mr. Piatt's book, be it Democrat, Repulbican, Independent, or otherwise, I suspect our nation just might begin to change in a favoralble direction for all.
I couldn't stop turning the pages of this book! Very easy and entertaining to read. Mr. Piatt has a clear grasp on his subject and it is obvious he put a lot of time and his own dedication into the writing. Marty is a skilled architect who has taken his attention to detail, mixed it with his compassion to help America get straightened out again, and produced a compelling and intuitive piece of work. It's all a reader can do to stop from starting a revolution- until we all have decided we've had enough and have the courage of the author to say what he believes in. After reading his views, I can say I agree almost completely with his ideals and goals for America. Very realistic and achievable, as so many american's remain oblivious to the scandalous acts in the government, at every level.
This new author has some refreshing ideas- it's about time we hear someone with solutions that make sense.