As an “Action Plan” the thinking here is to develop an oath that a person running for Congress or an incumbent running for reelection would sign. A list of those signing the oath would be made public here as would a list of those who didn’t or won’t sign it. There is a pledge currently that is signed by 238 Congressmen and 41 Senators called the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
The Congressman’s Oath Pledge would work in the same way and the idea here is to help establish an even better government and that beginning with better representation. To that end the thought is to engage ourselves to present an oath to those running for Congress and ask them to sign it.
Additionally moderators of debates could ask those running for Congress and thus debating if they have signed “The Congressman’s Oath.”
The oath is considered here as a work-in-progress thus far and we ask for your participation to help further develop it. Over the next sixty days we will present a first draft and look to have voting then to determine a final draft.
What we are initially considering is some of the following;
If elected I promise to:
- Always vote according to my conscience and not necessarily my party
- Not run or seek such office after serving three/four terms
- Not accept campaign contributions that make me necessarily beholden to any PAC
- Not advantageously leverage my position to later become well paid by any lobbying or lobbying related entity
- During my term or terms of office not to accept any travel offers of any kind from any special interest or special interests entity whatsoever, including any non-profit, not-for-profit charitable or non-charitable entity.
- Not use my position as a Congressman advantageously for personal financial gain based on information made available to me because of my position, which is not made public
- Actively and significantly support the bringing of H.R 1148: Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act to the floor of the House of Representatives for vote and to then vote for passage of this Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.
- Actively and significantly support the including, and absolute consideration of, in any and all Foreign Policy matters, the component of World Peace.
- Actively and significantly support the bringing of H.R. 808 – Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act to the floor of the House of Representatives for vote.
The oath is considered here as a work-in-progress thus far,
and we ask for your participation to help further develop it.
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