Constitutional Resurrection of Representative Government

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The clarification  of the US Constitution as regards appropriate representation for the people:Amendment 28 to the US Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the free speech rights of the people or of the press; or abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What does this do?

If it looks familiar, that is because it is.  It is the same as the current First Amendment but for the fact that it is perfectly clear as to who and what are CONSTITUTIONALLY protected with regard to free speech. It is important to understand that the legislature can limit free speech with regard to entities OTHER THAN the named entities.

Amendment 29 to the US Constitution

Only citizens domiciled in the electoral arena of a particular candidate may contribute in any way to the election or re-election of a candidate for office in that particular electoral arena.

The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

What the hell does this say???
It says that I can’t contribute to the election of Elizibeth Warren and that other people residing outside the state of Massachusetts can’t contribute to the election of Scott Brown or Eleizibeth Warren.  It says that people residing in states other than Wisconsin cannot contribute to the recall efforts of the governor of that state nor can they contribute to his defense.  Such activity is limited to the people of Wisconsin.  More importantly it says that foreign nationals and multinational corporations and foreign governments cannot contribute to any political activity in the United States in any way.

It also says that we can’t contibute to the election campaign of Congressional representatives outside our own district and the person who will be elected to represent our district can’t take money from the national Democratic Party or the national Republican Party.  (S)he must raise the money (s)he needs to be elected from within the district, from citizens of that district.  And THAT boys and girls is representative democracy.  Bank of America be damned :)

It works the same way for state governors, mayors, and city council folks.

Amendment 30 to the US Constitution

Congressional districts will be draw by open source software computer programs that are consistent across all the states of the union.

The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

What the hell does this do???

There will be no more gerrymandering and no more isolating of minorities into “packed” cages by the map makers.  No more drawing of lines for the convenience of the TwoParty thus locking out other “parties”.

In states that have supposed non-partisan electoral map creators, the folks currently try to be bi-partisan.  That is not good enough.  The selection of an algoritm to draw the boundaries should probably be based solely on maintaining as square a shape as possible and segmenting the state based solely on population. We should not be selecting our representatives based on Red or Blue but on how well they represent us and our neighbors.  And given somewhat smaller districts (see Amendment 31)we can usually locate ourselves into a freindly locale with like interests.

Amendment 31 to the US Constitution

The House of Repreentatives shall be composed of not less than the number of members defined by the cube root of the total population of the United States nor more than one representative for every thirty thousand people, with the actual number of representatives and the distribution of the legslative seats awarded among the individual states using whatever method on which the Congress will agree.

The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

What the hell does this do????

It removes the current blockade that the TwoParty has on adequate representation by forcing an immediate increase in the representastion from 435 to 676 and then forcing future congresses to slowly increase the representation along with the increase in national population.  It does not prevent a greater  increase in representation (above the cube root), but the Congress cannot exceed the curent constitutional limit of one representative for every thirty thousand people (that would be more than ten thousand representatives).  If we actually want representative government we need SMALLER electoral districts.

The “cube root” method is presented here because of its simplicity.  A better amendment would be the HOUSE VERSION of the very first proposed amendment to the constitution as proposed by the very first congress.  See <a href=”” title=”Article the First”>.  That would provide a House of between 1600 and 1700 members triming disticts to about one forth their current size.

A much more direct democracy while not being a direct democracy.

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