[python-committers] Transfer of power
tim.peters at gmail.com
Fri Jul 13 21:54:24 EDT 2018
> - However, once appointed, Elders are appointed is "for life". The
> only way to remove one would be for them to voluntarily step down--there
> would be no mechanism to remove one from office. (Perhaps this is too
> strong--perhaps one could be removed by a unanimous vote from all other
> Elders?) I want the Council to be immune to popular opinion, to be
> empowered to do what they think is right without fear of anything beyond
> negative public opinion.
> At the time the US"s founders drafted the Constitution, mean US life
expectancy was about 35 years A Federal judge only had to maintain "good
behavior" to keep their job, but I imagine they expected most judges would
die within a decade or two regardless.
I really don't think they'd be happy with how the Supreme Court turned out
- political ideologues wielding near-absolute power for decades on end.
So: term limits! Say, 12 years. If there are 3 Elders, replace one every
12/3 = 4 years. At the start we can use the `secrets` module to pick which
Elders get the first 4, 8, and 12-year terms ;-)
Fresh blood is a good thing in all areas.
> - I'm not sure how we'd replace Elders. Maybe they'd hold an
> internal-only election? ("Jo has decided to step down, and we have elected
> Sam as Jo's replacement.")
> Obviously, an Elder would be nominated by the President and confirmed with
the advice and consent of the Senate ;-)
Or, short of that, by an approval vote of the Fellows (whatever it is we
call for-real PSF members these days).
And I'd propose to let the Fellows remove an Elder by a 2/3rd supermajority
vote (akin to the bar for impeachment of a US President).
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