Re-purposing the existing institutions.
Engaged Democracy is designed to put control over all aspects of government into the hands of it's citizens. From tabling the agenda, to drafting the legislation, to voting, to implementation, citizens do it all. In return, individuals are compensated for their genuine contribution.
Therefore, the institutions of our current representative system will be altered significantly.
The goal of Engaged Democracy is to replace the process and put American citizens in control, not to eliminate government completely. Engaged Democracy is not an anarchist or dictatorial model.
House of Representatives
In the Engaged Democracy system, the House of Representatives is no longer a legislative group. Rather the elected members are the managers of the Engaged Democracy process. Elected members spend their time ensuring the quality of the efforts, providing over-sight to operations and ensuring the principles of Engaged Democracy are adhered to. The members of the House of Representatives are elected to office in an unique process which is discussed in the electoral reform section.
Elected members of the House of Representatives are constantly evaluated by citizens for the effectiveness of their contributions to the Engaged Democracy process.
All members serve as part of the same government. There are no parties so, therefore, no wasted talent, resources or payroll.
The Senate is to be an important functioning government body. The Senate will be the most successful and experienced contributors to the Engaged Democracy process and provide guidance, advice and leadership in all aspects of the process.
The Senate will also be the top communicators with American citizens. If there are issues to be addressed in the media, opinions to be generated, or an audit/investigation to be conducted, Senators will be responsible.
Members of the Senate, earn their seat by receiving a nomination from their colleagues in the House of Representatives. Only those who are deemed to be the most worthy receive nominations.
Citizens then vote on the nomination. Senate members will continue to represent the various regions and plurality of the USA, but in an equal manner, and there will be fewer of them (see electoral reform).
The President has only two roles, and both are in relation to the circumstance of that person being the Head of State in terms of International Relations.
The President does not function as the leader of government. Citizens will lead the Engaged Democracy process not an individual.
The primary role of the President is to represent the United States of America as the official Head of State. The President has the authority to enter into agreements and treaties per the direction of American citizens.
The second role for the the President will be to serve as the Commander-in-Chief of the American military. The President is charged with the responsibility of defending America's geographic territory and utilizing the American military in foreign affairs.
The President is consulted, but not responsible for the foreign service or the consular network.
There is no role for the President in America's domestic policy discussions.
The President cannot be affiliated with, or representative of any party or organization. The President is voted for and elected by the citizens of the United States of America.
The President will be the only elected official who is required to take up residence in Washington D.C. The President will continue to live at the White House.
The Capitol Building
There will be no need to utilize the United States Capitol Building for meetings and government procedures. All discussions and dialogue will happen within EDDIE. Further, there will be no requirement of elected Representatives and Senators to take up residence in Washington D.C.
The President will be the only elected official required to live in Washington D.C.
The Supreme Court Building will continue to house the Judiciary.