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Thank you for visiting our site. If there is one thing on which all Americans seem to agree, it is that our government is broken. And with similar unanimity we agree on its causes: The use of private money to fund our election campaigns doesn't just create conflicts of interest, it is only one step removed from vote buying, and its very premise is wholly undemocratic. It is not only the root cause of our inability to govern, it creates many of the very problems we so urgently need effective governance to solve. The other major cause of our government's dysfunction, which no one would deny, is the undue influence of our two major parties, which amounts to institutionalized polarization and results in paralyzing gridlock.
"I agree, in fact we all know what's wrong, but I'm just one person. What can I do?"
Only you can fix your broken government.
The Framers feared there would come a time such as this; when amending the Constitution would become imperative and when Congress would be unable to act, so they stipulated a remedy in Article V.
There is a positive, simple and straightforward action you can take, petitioning your government as prescribed by your Constitution, to call for a new constitutional convention to propose an amendment that will not just fix your broken government but make it a source of great national pride and inspiration worldwide.
We even have an example when our great grandparents used this strategy (of calling for a constitutional convention) successfully to force their unwilling Senate to bend to the will of the people leading to our 17th amendment. But this time it will have an infinitely greater and more beneficial impact.
Using your First Amendment right and Article V of your Constitution, with your signed petition delivered to your two state legislature representatives, you can:
- Get money completely out of our elections once and for all
- Make political speech truly free in a fair, free and open election forum
- Institute non-partisan candidate selection with a series of one-on-one job interviews with citizens
- Adopt open (non-partisan) primaries and uniform campaign and election rules
- Set term limits
- End gerrymandering
- Close the revolving door
Sorry, you may not donate a dime, or " just click here" on anything. All you have to do is read on, and if you agree with what is set forth here, take powerful action, right now. (see our Petition page)
And by all means, spread the word.
Here is the proposed amendment in a nutshell:
ZERO is the amount any party can spend to advocate for or against any item on any ballot anywhere in the nation.
THE PEOPLE not the parties choose the candidates. You and I, could be randomly selected (like for jury duty) to interview applicants for the job to serve us in an elected office. We'd interview 5 applicants for a specific office, one-on-one, for one-half hour, in a 2 1/2 hour session (a maximum 25 interviews -- that you might be called on to conduct down at your local school -- per election cycle) and then rate the applicants. The size of the electorate for each office would determine the number of interviews (10 for town board, 50 for state legislature, 250 for governor etc.). The eight highest rated applicants for each office become the candidates on the ballot in the first of 2 open primaries. For the candidates and all citizens, instead of having to buy speech:
SPEECH IS FREE in a fair, free and open citizen led Election Forum that should be the pride of our nation and a new standard for democracy worldwide. Candidate participation in all Election Forum events, i.e. public meetings, debates, press conferences (all of which will be broadcast on our public airwaves) is required, as well as keeping an exclusive page in the candidate section of the Election Forum website, where every citizen is welcome and given a voice.
UNIFORM ELECTION RULES and schedules nationwide would bring cost saving efficiency and promote fairness.
A second open primary ( the 4 candidates on the ballot, who had received the most votes in the first primary) determines, a.) if the seat is open; the two candidates with the highest vote totals, who will appear on the general election ballot, or, b.) if an incumbent seeks re-election; the candidate receiving the most votes who will be placed on the ballot with the incumbent, who only begins participating in Election Forum events after the final primary.
The path to the presidency is more involved: 400 job interviews with regional rating sends 21 prospective candidates to a five day open, functioning convention where a slate of eight candidates for the first primary ballot will actually be chosen.
SET TERM LIMITS, SHUT THE REVOLVING DOOR AND ELIMINATE GERRYMANDERING
All offices are limited to 8 years of service. Upon leaving office, one may not engage in any lobbying for eight years.
You and I might also be selected (again, randomly as per Jury duty) to serve on an eleven member oversight board charged with: overseeing the Election Forum and its operation, hearing complaints and allegations of violations to recommend investigations (criminal prosecution may result) and maintaining fair and contiguous voting districts after each U.S. census. One board in each state and one national board would be responsible for this oversight. Each member would serve a single 2 year term.
Your consideration, comments, thoughts, ideas, observations, suggestions and especially collaboration, is what we seek; not donations (antithetical). Should you be moved to inspire others, resulting in your state legislature sending a resolution to Congress to call a constitutional convention to discuss amending the Constitution like what is proposed here; we'll be on our way...and so we are, since this writing the Vermont and California legislatures have done just that. Earlier, along with 14 other states, Vermont and California passed resolutions asking the Congress to send an amendment back to the states for ratification (which did not and will not happen). Now, by playing the "convention card" they are showing the Congress they mean business. Presumably the 14 other states will follow their lead delivering Congress a message that can't be ignored. That would leave just 18 more states to reach the 34 state threshold required by Article V. to initiate the convention. Will your state be the next?
We must be careful though, not to assume that a proposed amendment to merely overturn Citizens United and "restore" authority to the Congress to, "limit" or "regulate" election spending would actually get money out of politics. History has shown us that Congress has never been, nor is it now, by its very nature even remotely capable of any meaningful legislation on campaign finance reform. And so, we have to make sure in amending our Constitution that we get what we really need; to get money completely out of our elections once and for all, and to end the undue influence of the the two major parties.
Had a enough German citizens decided they could have fixed their broken Weimar Republic, think what a different world this would be.
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