So...if I were to propose a Constitutional Amendment - ideas welcome.Submitted by crietmann on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 01:02
After getting about half way through Judge Nap's excellent "Theodore and Woodrow" I've been giving a ton of thought to the 17th Amendment, whereby electing senators by popular vote we removed the 3rd leg of the stool - the House is elected by the people, the Executive is the federal government and the states' power was neutered in not being able to select (through their legislatures) the Senate. I propose an Constitutional Amendment to repair this damage and fix a few other issues along the way.
The Judge gives a great example in Obamacare - with so many states opposed to the legislation if it weren't for the 17th Amendment would it have ever gone through the Senate? I suspect no, and the more I think of how much power this Amendment centralizes in Washington the more I'm convinced it must be repealed for our system of Federalism to work.
So, if I were to propose an Amendment what would I include? Below are my ideas and I'd love to hear yours. To me, these could all become popular and would have a shot at approval with the expanding Libertarian attitude.
1. Repeal the 16th Amendment. Loss of the income tax would curtail big government. Education would be necessary but I think support would be immense.
2. Repeal the 17th Amendment. With all the secession talk lately this would really put power over the federal government back to the states. I think most Americans realize that the more local a program is the better a chance it has of doing good.
3. Term limits for the House and Senate. We passed them for the President, and I think most voters support this strongly.
4. Under no circumstances can due process of law be bypassed for any person. This covers NDAA, Patriot Act, warrantless searches, etc. Allow justice to occur - I think most people would consider this a no brainer, though most have no idea how far it's been perverted.
5. US Currency must be tied to gold, silver or other precious metals, the abolition of the US central banks (Federal Reserve) and fractional reserve banking practices. Again, this takes more education but when talk of ending inflation and having money worth it's weight in gold - I think in today's economic climate this could suddenly become popular for the masses. Let the failed Keynesians defend their position while common sense rips it apart.
6. Require a balanced budget unless by supermajority vote in the House and Senate. Balanced Budget is something everyone can understand, and the supermajority allows for emergency debt in case of national crisis (and since the 17th Amendment would be abolished that means the People (House) and the States (Senate) would have to provide overwhelming support.
This is simply a thought exercise, but I'm eager to have it ripped apart and better suggestions proposed. Thoughts?