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Article I, Section 8:
"The Congress shall [...] make all Laws
which shall be necessary and proper
for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers,
and all other Powers vested by this Constitution
in the Government of the United States."
"An officer will be impeached for accepting or soliciting
any private money, present, benefit or promise.
A candidate or officer will forfeit the office for coercion or political fraud,
not excluding by speech or debate on the floor."
Congress is responsible for passing laws implementing Constitutional provisions, but the text is also the law itself
and must be enforced by every officer of the United States and every state. Officers vested by the Constitution,
including state officers, must support it when performing offices authorized by it. It
is not subject to any claim of discretion, privilege, immunity, deference, or sovereignty.
These clauses address government corruption and error.
They check and balance areas of common concern in plain language to protect officers’ rights, as well as the people’s,
but legislation will also be needed.
We will have to take care when enacting, enforcing and adjudicating this amendment
that the Constitutional rights of our government officers are not violated.
But when we authorize government officers to protect the constitutionality of any aspect of the political process
they have to use their power without abusing the public's trust. The law's highest standards must be applied.
The public interest in this should be given precedence in legislation: if delay, for example,
will either violate rights or prevent an expulsion proceeding due to time limit, Congress must drop other business to prevent delay.
To deter unnecessary proceedings, there should be a penalty for bringing them frivolously.