"4th Party" - A theoretical political party with a limited but targeted agenda focusing on amending the methods of representation of the United States of America at the federal level.
I understand it was the desires of some if not all the "Founding Fathers" to create a democratically elected representative government that was free of political parties and relied on the individual to have a direct say through representation on the stewardship of our collective pursuits. If this was the goal, it has egregiously failed, now that two parties dominate the federal (and state) government and work at maintaining their control, as much as working on issues of the people. Members of the 4th Party believe that while the two party system is detrimental to democracy, a no party system is unrealistic. It is the goal of 4th party to reform the mechanisms of the federal government to ensure there are always 4 distinct parties participating at the federal level (no less and possibly no more). 4th Party also limits its goal to this issue in order to be accessible to individuals of divergent opinions who agree on the need for reform. The 4th party platform is limited to the following three platform items:
1) An individual elected to a federal office may be re-elected to the same office only once consecutively. I.e., the individual can return for election to the same office after not participating in at least one election cycle of said office.
2) The President will be elected by popular national vote. The individual receiving the highest vote will become President. The second individual will become President of the Senate and a Senator-at-Large. The third and fourth place individuals will become Senators-at-Large. All three Senators-at-Large will have full Senatorial powers for four year terms. The President will designate his Vice-President who will also take on the role of Secretary of State.
3) The House of Representatives will be divided into four different groups by a method of voting. A minimum of four Representatives will volunteer their names for position of Speaker of the House or, if the list is greater than four, the House will vote until the top four most popular Representatives are explicit. The House will vote for one of the four to become Speaker of the House. The remaining three will join a Representative chosen by the Speaker to take the "four corners" of the House. The remaining Representatives will designate the corner of their choice to join. The voting power of each corner is determined by the number of its members. Each corner will have the power to produce legislation for the entire House to vote on.
4) Really should be four, for composition...