DP! Let's do this! Amend the Constitution! Simple Plan!Submitted by Tman2000 on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 13:28
Most of us know about Mark Levin's new book "The Liberty Amendments" and have been talking about it. Some of us are still very skeptical of an Article V convention to propose amendments to the constitution.
Still, many of us see how this is one of many tools we could actually use. Some of these amendments could actually give liberty just a bit more traction in electoral politics.
Electoral politics? You know, that thing that so many people registered as Republican for to try and vote for Dr. Paul. It's a lost cause, I think, but this is one way to reverse it.
We don't have to abandon our other efforts like the 10th amendment and so forth.
I really believe that with the attention to the concept from Levin's book, state politicians will pay attention and be ready to act if we push them.
Here's the plan:
1)Make a website - it will be a forum like Daily Paul, and function almost the same way. Call it LibertyAmendmentForum.com or something.
2)The website will be split into proposed amendments. We can propose anything. If your amendment is popular, it will get upvoted and noticed more. If your amendment is similar to another, it can get tagged under a more popular amendment. It doesn't have to be regular folks like us proposing amendments, we can post language from Levin's book, libertyamendment.com, or even that one professor... Randy Barnett?? from Georgetown who proposed a few amendments a few years ago.
3)The website technological set up, and community participation, will produce final language for any number of amendments. The community tags amendments to relate them to similar amendments, the community up votes their favorite language. The community upvotes their favorite arguments for certain amendments or language. The tech side of it will work by associating community generated posts into buckets having to do with topics, like 'balanced budget', or 'term limits'. Everything else is done by up votes. To Review:
*Community tags posts to put them into buckets.
*Up votes and views make popular posts more visible
*Each 'bucket' is split into the larger pool of general posts and discussion, and a special, smaller, category for language. So, in each topic you can debate the amendment idea in question, or, you can debate specific language. Again, this split is accomplished by community tag.
*Language 'votes' can be changed. General topics will be more visible based on total popularity. Language topics will be dynamic so that when you change your vote, language topics rise and fall.
4)After a few really popular amendments emerge, with clear 'winners' in terms of most popular language, then a final, third category of topic in each bucket will be used. This will be organized by state, and have to do with efforts to push that amendment.
5)The final step is easiest. Write a letter to your state legislators and include the amendments you want passed. Using the forum, these legislators might receive hundreds or thousands of identically worded amendments from the community. Email AJ, Ron Paul, Drudge, local media - skip national news. Get them involved. Organize 'friendly' rallies on tax day.
The reason this will work is because of organization. Sure, a con con can propose any old amendments - how the heck can we get 3/4 of the states to adopt them? Well, if an amendment or two at a time we write letters, rally, are nationally organized through the forum, and the wording is identical, this can actually work!!!
I'm not a web guru, but I will participate in these forums, I will write letters and emails to media. I will write letters, by hand, to my representatives in the state.
So ANYONE OUT THERE WITH WEB SKILLS THAT CAN MAKE THIS FORUM?
Again, to review the structure of it:
1) Posts generated by the community.
2) Posts tagged by creator and community into 'buckets'.
3) Buckets split into three categories: general, language, activism.
4) General topic is just a discussion on that theme, like 'balanced budget'. Topics visible by popularity, views, newness (like DP).
5) Language topics based on vote by user which change over time (you get one vote, and can change it), and also newness.
6) Activism is organized by state, but also has a 'national' category. Popularity works normally.
7) We write state legislators, local and alternative medias, and engage in outreach and activism.
8) We need not achieve one big convention. We can do it amendment by amendment, ultimately.