- Posted October 4, 2013 by
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Shutdown over: What next?
One Bill, One Vote. Amend the Constitution
Typically, when an issues becomes so overwhelming that the federal government, the courts and virtually all other entities designed to run and operate the government, the social strata and the direction of the country fail, we've turned to Constitutional amendments.
From women's suffrage, to the abolition of slavery to repealing the prohibition of alcohol, we've solved these various types of issues with an amendment.
Amendments are unique. Law makers can't really change them, adjust them, manipulate them or destroy them without a mountain of popularity, social support and effort. The Supreme Court can't change it. They are allowed to interpret it, but if written well and specifically enough, even the that court can't change it.
Ironically, the last amendment passed was one that guarantees Congress can't have it's pay messed with, the 27th amendment. Really? Yep.
A problem that has been going on for the last 30 years is our political party system has become so manipulated, so grotesquely misleading, so outlandishly puppeteered and so self righteous that it has truly become unworkable.
Yep, it's broke. And, it's going to stay broke.
Ideological extremist have taken control of our government and they have friends helping them. What were once news channel and networks are little more than propaganda machines pumping out WWII style propaganda to manipulate the tiniest of thoughts of the not-so-sophisticated American public.
Yep, we're broke too. The American people. We'd many times rather be complacent and watch American Idol than dig through the Mount Everest of misinformation out there to garner the one grain of truth that may lay deep within. It take a virtual PhD to be able to decipher it all.
The system is broke. The social system. The government system. The check and balance system. All the systems.
Shutting down the government to hijack legislation and ideology has become common place. Extremist are yelling at every street corner and propaganda channel. Children are running around our streets wearing coats made out of Inuit toenail lint. OK, maybe not that, but you see what I'm getting at.
Our government can't function, we can't function and we need a solution, a long term solution. Here' where Constitutional amendments come in handy.
A big, huge, monstrous problem today is being played out as I write this. Hijacking of the government for party line ideology. And it's done in a rather tricky way too.
Our federal government representatives like to draft a piece of legislation (law) and then attached dozens, if not hundreds of others pieces of legislation to it.
For instance. They'll write a law that says children should receive school lunch programs. Sounds good on the surface. But then, they'll attached another law that says the military should be funded xyz amount of money. Then again attached another law that states Georgia needs 22 billion dollars to build a bridge into the swampland, where of course no one lives and one person owns. That one person just happens to be the son of the person sponsoring the law.
On the surface they call this piece of legislation the "Lunches for Children Law". Man, who's going to go against feeding children, right?
What the public tends not to know are the endless pieces of other laws that are never spoken of that are attached.
This process is also why we are in the trouble we are in today. Because they attached one piece of legislation to another. It's become unworkable. And, it let's lawmakers not have to work all that much either.
Let's change that.
Let's make the 28th amendment the "One Bill, One Vote" amendment. This is where we the people demand that all legislation must be presented and passed individually.
No more pork barrel projects hiding deep within the legislative pages. No more saying the bill is one thing, yet attached is another.
No more manipulating the process, and the people and the government along with it. "One Bill, One Vote." This will have far reaching consequences on Washington too.
For instance. Congress men and women will now have to actually work. Likely work 300-320 days a year. As much as the common man and woman to get through one piece of legislation at a time.
It will make it nearly impossible for people in office to go off for months or years campaigning for office and raising money. They won't be able to, they'll be working.
This will likely would result in placing limits on how long people can campaign, What a relief that would be.
Super Pac money by default would no longer really be useful in monopolistic amounts. If the candidate can only campaign for a few weeks at most, no need to spend all that money. It wouldn't make a difference.
Legislation that is passed would be carefully drafted, very carefully. And many times actually be worth the effort.
Every piece legislation and every vote for or against would now be directly related to the actual piece of legislation.
Want to shut down the government? Then they'd actually have to vote to directly shut down the government. There would be no more abstract finger pointing. He did it!, No she did! That would be over. We would know EXACTLY who did what.
These are only a few examples of what "One Bill, One Vote" would do. And I for one, think we should do it.