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Occupy for A Constitutional Convention

I, like most aware Americans, are quite taken with the Occupy Wall Street movement. But it is not lost on the billionaires that the movement is unorganized. “Give us jobs!” is like saying, “Give me money.” It means nothing, really. The movement needs to have one specific purpose.

I suggest calling for a Constitutional Convention.

I’m not a constitutional scholar, but I do know that the billionaires are not the problem, it’s the people who make the laws who are the problem.  We need to revamp that system.

The system by which we elect our officials is corrupt. Those with the money have the power. This is wrong. But as long as there are no term limits, the system will continue to become more and more corrupt. Do you think the current congress is going to make changes to the system and put themselves out of a job? Of course not. It’s up to us to do that.

We could get term limits if we hold a Constitutional Convention. It’s time to put career politicians out of business. We could get a balanced budget amendment. We could radically change the antiquated taxation system. Universal health care? We already have that, because whoever goes to the emergency room at the hospital has their bill paid by the rest of us. But it’s unorganized and inefficient. We could fix that with a Constitutional Convention. We could demand a decrease our dependency on imported oil. We could become energy-independent! (Other countries are.) We could mandate taxes on corporations who ship their jobs overseas. We could demand that we get something in return for all the foreign aid we send to other countries. If they can’t behave, they don’t get to cash our checks for billions of dollars.

So listen up, those of you who are demonstrating for all the right reasons: Demonstrate for something concrete. Demonstrate for one or two specific things that can be changed. We can all unite our voices and get many things changed if focus on one thing we can all agree on: the system must be changed.

It’s time for a Constitutional Convention.

Pass the word.

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Consider Congress

This holiday season when so many are traveling to visit loved ones and there is such a hue and cry about airport security, consider that many congressional members–who oversee the TSA–don’t have to be screened before getting on an airplane. These same congressional members don’t have to purchase their own health insurance through the same expensive, convoluted system they’ve set up for us to try to negotiate and afford. They also set their own salaries, determine their own raises, and their own (non)term limits. They don’t need to try to make ends meet on unemployment, because they can become lobbyists when they lose their jobs, which is why we don’t have laws against those deep-pocketed special interests, either. And they declare wars in which their children don’t fight and die.

Worst of all, every election season, they come to us, pleading with us to help them fix the system, when they are the system. They are the very ones who make the laws they so convincingly want us to fix.

I like our system. I like the three branches of government. I like the two-party system. But two hundred and thirty-four years into this experiment of democracy has pointed out a few bugs that need to be addressed, and they will not be addressed in any significant way by those who benefit from them.

There is a movement afoot to stage a new Constitutional Convention, but I also know there’s a book in the works about how that can go horribly wrong, too.

What’s the answer?

You tell me. I’m not a political person, but I will work tirelessly to fix these wrongs.

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