There comes a time in the life of a nation when it is time to make choices, how are we going to institute effective change and reform our badly broken government. We now have a Legislative Branch filled with spoiled schoolyard children, who would prefer to see the country slip past the point of no-return, where they would prefer their citizens to be destitute and desperate in order to gain more and more power.
We certainly cannot rely on our legislative branch to put aside their ideological differences in order to do something for the country. They refuse; we’ve seen them, over and over and over again. We could never get them to reform the gerrymandering of congressional districts; we will never get them to put money into the country, hell that money that they throw around in Iraq and Afghanistan and they give away to oil companies, is our money, why can’t we use it to stimulate our economy here, at home. And why do those bozos constantly get away with enriching billionaires and corporations even more, as if they don’t have enough, which has been to the detriment of the entire nation! What the hell, it is outrageous! They don’t even care, they flaunt it, they laugh in our faces and say cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations but and they say on the floor of the US Senate, the poor simply don’t pay enough. What????? What civilized nation has representatives like this? Oh, I don’t think they do. In a civilized nation those people would be laughed out of public office, not here though, they win another term in congress.
Well protestors nationwide, we have an opportunity to effect change ourselves, it is time we used the very document these folks go on and on about every day, we must make our state legislature call for a Constitutional Convention and we will amend our constitution without them, we have an opportunity, you’ve started something, let’s direct it toward fundamental change in our government.
The second method prescribed is for a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the legislatures of the States, and for that Convention to propose one or more amendments. These amendments are then sent to the states to be approved by three-fourths of the legislatures or conventions. This route has never been taken, and there is discussion in political science circles about just how such a convention would be convened, and what kind of changes it would bring about.
Suggestions for Amendments:
1. Amendment 28: The Public funding of elections, 30 days to campaign, advertising can only be through the public funding, no outside groups can run advertisements for or against candidates, you see what I am getting at, no outside money, nothing, zero zip. Oh so yeah, add somewhere in this Amendment this is explicitly to repeal the citizen united ruling as well. So they can’t find some way around the amendment.
2. Term Limits for Legislators: 3 terms for H.o.R. 2 terms for Senators. They don’t need any more time than that.
3. Can we throw in the outlawing of the filibuster too? Cause these folks have simply abused the privilege to use this parliamentary tactic of obstruction.
4. We need to consider term limits for members of the Supreme Court. 20 years. No more. No one is grandfathered out.
Crossposted at DAGBlog
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I see a huge potential problem with a Constitutional Convention: There is no way to limit the scope of such a proceeding.
Can you imagine what sorts of things Scott Walker or John Kasich might be proposing? Or Mitch McConnell? There is literally no way to forestall such things under our current setup.
Work like hell to win the legislatures first, and then – and only then – make that sort of call. We have to be practical about this, and the current makeup of state legislatures might well set about reinstituting slavery, opening concentration camps for dissidents, and returning suffrage to white male property owners only. (Since I am one, I won’t see a change, but you would!)
The OWS folks are well-meaning, though in that they are opposed to getting voter registration drives under way they are also dangerously naive. A friend even complained that “…we voted and we got Obama!” as though under a President McCain we wouldn’t be mired in a depression and likely at war with Canada to boot.
In fact, I’m going to back up even a bit more, and say that we need, desperately, to educate potential voters before anything. And that, more than anything, won’t be easy.
Maybe if the Democrats changed their name to “The American Idol Party”?