Manifesto

It’s time for a revolution.

The current political system in the United States is broken. Consensus is the hallmark of a functioning democracy. However, our elected representatives no longer seek consensus. They are slaves to their respective political and economic ideologies and the corporate oligarchs that fund their campaigns. No longer interested in serving the common good, our representatives in Washington seem to care only about one thing: winning at all costs.

It is time to make the government work for the people and respond to our needs. It is time to make our leaders serve the common good. In order to emancipate Washington from the shackles of rabid ideologies and corporate interests, I propose the following changes to the Constitution of the United States:

  • The Members of the House of Representatives shall be elected by proportional representation, apportioned by state. That is, if a state is allotted 20 seats in the House of Representatives, each party receives a number of seats equal to the percentage of the popular vote it received in the election.
  • Elections to the House of Representatives shall be held every 4 years, or when the House passes a vote of no confidence.
  • Repeal the Amendment XVII. Senators, as representatives of sovereign states, should be appointed by the legislature of their states, as originally outlined in Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution.
  • Befitting the status of the indigenous peoples of the United States as sovereign nations, two additional Senators shall represent Indian Country. These Senators shall be chosen at large by the enrolled members of federally recognized tribes.
  • The President of the United States shall be elected by popular vote and will serve one 6-year term.
  • The Supreme Court shall no longer have the ability to declare laws passed by Congress as unconstitutional. The role of the Supreme Court shall be limited to the powers expressly given to it under Article III of the Constitution.
  • States shall have the right and responsibility to regulate the sale, and ownership of firearms within their borders.
  • Campaigns for national office shall be publicly funded. Media outlets shall be required to donate equal time and space to declared candidates.

This “Citizen’s Revolution” must be founded upon three basic principles:

  • It must be peaceful. Violence in any form–rhetorical or physical–must be repudiated. Real change cannot be forced.
  • It must be honest in serving the common good. We are all our brother’s and sister’s keepers; any changes must reflect the interests of the least of us.
  • It must be legal. These changes must be made using existing Constitutional mechanisms as specified in Article V.

Our country is in crisis, but this crisis is not one that cannot be resolved peacefully, civilly, and legally. Over the next few weeks, months, and years, I will expound upon the my vision of this revolution, its goals, and its founding principals. I hope you will join me in creating a shared vision of a revitalized America!

Peace and all goodness!

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