A "Good Government" Platform
Looking for ideas of what you would want to see candidates for office promising - not in terms of the substance of their positions, but in terms of procedural safeguards meant to ensure that, when elected, they actually represent their constituents, not themselves. Here are mine:
1) An actual Contract with America - by which I mean legally binding campaign pledges. There's an easy way to do that, now; most candidates fund-raise online, and we've all had to deal with "clickwrap" contracts (you know, "by clicking 'I accept' you agree to the terms and conditions herein . . ."). Candidates should include such a contract with their "donate" links - legally binding themselves to certain campaign promises and allowing any donor to sue them if the promises are broken. (Tying it to donations makes it legally binding; the promise becomes the consideration for the donation).
2) A promise not to go into lobbying (as a profession) after leaving office. This is one that ought to be in that contract - lets end the revolving door between Washington and the industries it regulates.
3) A promise not to make investment decisions. Limit elected officials to mutual funds, so they can't make money off their inside information.
4) Support for modified term limits. What do I mean by modified? Beginning with the third run for office, any candidate who receives less than 66% of the vote will not be allowed to run for the same office again. That will limit most politicians to three terms while allowing the electorate to keep the politicians who are truly doing an exceptional job (at least in the eyes of their constituents).
I can probably think of more, but I'm beat and headed for bed. What would you add?