Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A constitutional convention? Really?

My father's sent me a whole bunch of variants on this stuff.  I may as well address it now:

The Time Has Indeed Come!
Governors of 35 states have already filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them.  It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
A constitutional convention?  Yeah!  We need one of those!  We're tired of all those pesky things that get in the way of our agenda!  Like separation of Church and State.  Or giving voting rights to people who disagree with us.  Or giving free speech rights and due process to folks who don't help our agenda!

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on. 
Counting.  30 seconds to go...
An idea whose time has come!

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.
Spoken by someone who won't get their fat butt off of the couch to do anything more than watch Fox News and forward viral emails.  Hint: Why not try going to a library to learn about American History?
Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term
I didn't.  Because it's not true.
, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.
Also not true.
The latest was to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform ... in all of its forms.
Still not true.
Somehow, that doesn't seem logical.
Most conclusions based on 100% false premises are.
We do not have an elite that is above the law.
I agree.  Oh, wait, that's not what they meant to say.

I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.
Because it's not like, oh, say, a majority of their constituents could go to the ballot box, and vote them out of office.  Right?  Oh, majority rule only works when the majority agrees with you.  Gotcha.

A Constitutional Convention - this is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.  And, with the advent of modern communication, the process can be moved along with incredible speed.
Because, when it takes over a year to negotiate a health-care law that can pass congress, and can still be changed with a new law, you're not giving anyone enough time for anyone to consider the ramifications.  But if you're writing a constitutional ammendment that can't be changed with a simple law?  We need to hurry up, and get it done now!
There is talk out there that the "government" doesn't care what the people think.  That is irrelevant.  It is incumbent on the population to address elected officials to the wrongs afflicted against the and me. 
You mean -  they can't be voted out of office anymore?  My G-d, they have changed the laws!
Think about this...

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
Wait - I thought you said that the government wasn't responsive to the people.  Doesn't that prove the opposite point?

I'm asking each addressee to forward this Email to a minimum of twenty people on their Address list
... Because it's time for you to publicly admit your ignorance.
; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that  really should be passed around.
Believe me.  It has been.  I've seen it a million times.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."

Laws like... oh, yeah.  They couldn't name any.
You are one of my 20+. 
Keep it going.
I want my (well over) 30 seconds back.