I received an email today which asked me to forward it to still another 20 people. I thought this might be more useful.
It’s time for another Amendment to the US Constitution. I do believe this. And I like everything in the proposal below. See what you think and you are more than welcome to copy and forward it to your friends and Congresscritters. It will take a huge amount of effort to get this passed because it is not in the best economic interests of the members of Congress. But it’s worth raising the possibility.
“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” —Theodore Roosevelt
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt
The rest of this post is the content of that email:
“The 26th Amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months and 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 US Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land… all because of public pressure.
“I’m asking you to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on your address list; 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 idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. Term Limits.
An elected Congressperson may serve a maximum of 12 years only, defined as one of the possible options below:
A. Two 6-year Senate terms
B. Six 2-year House terms
C. One 6-year Senate term and three 2-Year House terms
2. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressperson collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
3. Congress (past, present, and future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
“The American people did not make the current contract with members of Congress. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
“Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
“If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive this message.
“MUCH OF WHAT WE FACE IN TERMS OF PRIVILEGE AND SELFISHNESS IN THIS COUNTRY MIGHT BEST BE CHANGED STARTING FROM THE TOP DOWN.”
Me again. I poked around on the web and found the organization which is working to make this happen. Amendment to Reform Congress is on Facebook. And their website is here. In my humble opinion it’s time we got together and agreed on some, most, or all of these changes to our representative government. The current approach creates a divide between the governed and the government which is hurting our country. With this Amendment can can continue to be a government OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people.
It’s time to align the self-interest of Congress with that of the American people and not with that of lobbyists.