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That would work if we lived in fantasy land, but there is no way that amendment would ever get ratified in the real world.
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I read your post and applauded. Then I read it again.
I completely agree that the problem stems from too much government power. The reason corporations and government have corrupted each other is because the government has the power to do so many favors for business that it is a wise investment for a business to try to get those favors, through whatever means.
Actually, the same thing applies to votes. The government has the power to grant money and favors to particular groups, thereby buying it's votes.
The only aspect I'm not entirely clear on is starting at the bottom and working up. In my fantasy land the vast majority of governmental power would be at the state level and below. By reducing the power of cities and counties would we be proportionately strengthening the federal government?
I think I may have missed your point, but if we can't weaken the federal government would a possible solution be to strengthen the states until they can overrule the Feds?
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Thank you and please accept my salute.
One other thing which I had forgotten, and which strengthens your point, is the promotion of representatives. By that I mean, that presidents were often governors, or federal representatives. Those individuals were often state office holders, or local congressmen. So by electing those at lower levels who support liberty, the pipeline fills with suitable candidates for higher office.
It will take time, but as you say, it is a possible solution. I hope we have enough time, but if there isn't that will mean that the country will have fallen and we'll be rebuilding from ashes anyway.
Good proposal. Thank you.
I'd add that when you enter public office all you and your immediate family's holdings are liquidated into cash except enough to provide shelter for them and at the end of your term(s) you get back the value of your "investment" so its in your interest to make sure the economy always improves or you'll be living in a cardboard box at the end of your term as if the economy tanks so does your "investment".....nothing motivates a person like their own personal money being at stake
Thank you for the great additions to this thread.
I have a question on the bottom up approach.
If we were going to initiate this system, what is the first step?
Ok, I got the idea from a petition sent to Congress. But I have some additions.
1. Congress shall exempt themselves from no law.
2. Congress must remove twenty laws for each new law.
3. No elected member of Government shall serve more than two terms.
4. All elected officials will be unpaid for their service.
5. Immediate removal of Electoral College and the two party system.
6. America will pay it's bills.
7. No agency will be funded to spy on Citizens.
These are my suggestions. I would love to hear yours.
Or you could tell me why my Amendments will not work.