CAN CONGRESS BE REFORMED?

Anyone with a thimble-full of political sense can readily determine there is no way to fix America unless the influence of big money is eliminated from the political process.  Any other plan is mainly a big waste of everyone’s time, if we don’t as all-partisan citizens, regardless of religious, political or other persuasion, rise up and demand the complete elimination of bribery from sea to once shining sea.

Nothing illustrates this need better than the current crop of malfeasant Democrats, who since regaining control of Congress in 2007, haven’t done a single thing we the people obviously want.  Other than passing a minimum wage law that was over ten years too late and as many dollars too low, lack of health care, education costs, poverty, infrastructure decay, joblessness and homelessness have all dramatically increased.

Rather than helping average Americans, Congress has engaged in endless bend-over political charades, increased rather than reduced troop levels and war funding and signed away even more of our quickly disappearing rights.  And since 2008, they have sold our children’s future down a no-strings-attached, golden-platter river of unprecedented corporate bailout malfeasance.

Because the Supreme Court will always otherwise, declare any and all manner of corruption-eliminating reform “unconstitutional”,  the only way to get rid of big money influence is by constitutional amendment.  Attempts at other methods of reform have left a long historical trail of tears of utter frustration and defeat.

We need an amendment making it punishable by life in prison without parole, for any organization or group of people of any kind, for any reason, to contribute one penny or anything of higher value, to one small-town city council office seeker on up to president of the United States.  And we need to limit individual contributions to 1% of the median income per candidate per year, including candidates themselves; approximately $480 in 2008 dollars.

In order to be licensed for broadcasting on what are theoretically “the people’s” airwaves, we need to require all radio and television stations to grant free equal airtime to “qualified” candidates; qualification determined by obtaining enough signatures of registered voters, amount determined by office and number of people represented.  And, we need to eliminate the electoral college, elect everyone by popular vote, hold all party primaries on the same date and require a verifiable paper trail.

There is much tweaking necessary for the amendment proposed here, but this sketch outline is sufficient to grasp the basic idea.  No law will eliminate all corruption, but what is suggested here would eliminate well over 90% of the current problem and, would allow the majority of we the people to actually have a voice.

Will the bottom-feeding miscreant corporate-puppet juvenile delinquent treasonous reprobates of Congress ever be eliminated and put in federal prison where they belong?  You decide.

Link to footnotes and documentation for this article:
http://www.freedomtracks.com/500/congressionalreform.html

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4 Responses to “CAN CONGRESS BE REFORMED?”

  1. John F. Deethardt II Says:

    Well said! Your proposals would be mine, but with slightly different attacks.

    • richardaberdeen Says:

      Government “out of our lives to the maximum possible extent” isn’t a solution for anything. People only favor this until airplanes start crashing into each other because nobody is regulating air traffic, until bridges and dams and other large infrastructure start fail, which many already have and are in the process of doing in the United States. The direction Congress is leading us now, soon semi-trucks won’t be able to deliver goods to the supermarket and other markets and, we will all suffer, accordingly. Libertarianism is total bull. A large modern society cannot rationally function without taxation and wise regulation.

    • richardaberdeen Says:

      Already responded to same point. Large societies quite obviously cannot rationally function without taxation and wise regulation, that is, unless you want cities without stoplights and, a nation without a national highway system, dams, electrical grids and other obviously necessary infrastructure.

    • richardaberdeen Says:

      Thanks for the vote of confidence. Seeing the need for reform seems to be half the battle because of media propagandists like Fox Noise, Rush Limbaugh and Company. The other half is the more difficult part, which is actually “how” to fix the government, which is what my free online bookd, Fixing American in 500 Words or Less, tries to address at http://www.RichardAberdeen.com

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