government by the richest people :
a country that is ruled by the richest people :
a group of very rich people who have a lot of power
The Supreme Court’s latest terrible decision in McCutcheon v. FEC took away the spending limits individuals can influence/bribe politicians with. We officially have a government of the crooks, by the crooks, for the highest bidders. Half of these crooks don’t want to see anyone cast another bothersome vote. You are serfs, that pray you don’t get thrown from the land call home after working for a pittance and degrading yourself in a food service economy. We are ruled by the nobility, warped by the clergy, and you are now in a class of idiots to be oppressed for profit. Step 1: We need to put progress back in progressive. So let’s talk about how to get out of this mess. The first step is admit this system is obsolete. Say it with me, “I declare this government is obsolete.” We can no longer do anything other than raise debt and get in to wars. Most of us don’t drive a car that is more than 12 years old. Why do we depend on a system of government that is older than any other technology we would use today? We need to amend it, … a lot. I know people love the Constitution, but which part? Is it the preamble? That doesn't count. Can we consider abolishing the electoral college? The Constitution is no more than an instruction book for our system of government. Everyone is sick of Congress these days, limit the terms, create more members of Congress to decentralize the power. We need to regain our representation as constituents. So let’s consider some ideas outside the box, but how do we take action on them … ? Well it just so happens the founding fathers knew this would happen. Inside the Constitution in Article V, there is this handy tool, “a convention to propose amendments”. Hallelujah!!
Congratulations, you have made it to step 2. Ok, you know you need amendments and you want a convention to propose them.
How do we trigger it? It takes 34 states to request one.
How many states have applied for this convention? All of them
So how many are left? None
Why hasn’t a convention been called? Please refer to step 1 above.
Congressman Duncan D. Hunter from California just asked Speaker Boehner how many states have applied for a convention to consider a balanced budget amendment? No one knows for sure, because no one ever counted before. I know this for a fact because I made a similar request of both houses of Congress in April last year and this is the one year anniversary of Congress’ attempt to count to 34. Those requests are still stuck in the Judiciary Committees of both Houses of Congress, it is long story. I also turned in 42 states that appear to have legal standing applications for such a convention and they haven’t told me any of them don’t count anymore.
These requests were entered in the Congressional record for both houses and remain unanswered. However the more people who know about this obstruction by Congress, the harder it will be for them to ignore the calls from state legislatures.
Congressional Record Entries:
[Page: S6204] POM-120. A communication from citizens of the State of Hawaii petitioning for verification and tabulation of State applications for an Article V Convention; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Under clause 3 of rule XII, 55. The SPEAKER presented a petition of Dan Marks, Hilo, HI, relative to a letter regarding methods for proposing amendments; which was referred to the committee on the Judiciary.
Somehow last week the State of Michigan determined they were now the 34th state to apply for a convention. However, Congress isn’t counting. The official count is still zero. So what do you do? Say it with me, “We demand our convention, NOW.” That is great, keep saying that. That is what you need to do, and soon they will hear all of you. It is a power of legislatures as much as it is “the right of the people to alter or to abolish”. We act through our legislatures to apply for a convention. Inform politicians it is your desire to have a convention and you need them to apply on your behalf. This is not your case to make for a legislator to make a judgment, there is a slightly different dynamic here. You are not lobbying for legislation. It might seem over simplistic to think of it from that perspective but you are exercising a right that already exists, not asking them to see it your way.
"Reviewing the history of the Article V Convention alternative, the record of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 clearly demonstrated the founders’ original intent. During the convention, they agreed that a second mode of amendment was needed to balance the grant of amendatory power to Congress. This method, clearly identified in Article V as co-equal to congressional proposal of amendments, empowered the people, acting through their state legislatures, to summon a convention that would have equal authority to propose an amendment or amendments, which would then be presented to the states for ratification."
The Article V Convention for Proposing Constitutional Amendments: Historical Perspectives for Congress
Thomas H. Neale
Now you might think you have this thing figured out but stay engaged and keep talking to people about what proposals are appealing or a bad ideas. The urgency of the issues of the day will be the discussion of the conventions. Stop thinking in terms of ideological agendas and find out where we agree with those on the right. Do we agree our government spends too much? So it is a matter of how we regulate that spending. I have a long list of things that I would love to see the US stop spending so much money on too. Let’s find out where we agree.
"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. I can not be ignorant of the fact that many worthy and patriotic citizens are desirous of having the National Constitution amended. While I make no recommendation of amendments, I fully recognize the rightful authority of the people over the whole subject, to be exercised in either of the modes prescribed in the instrument itself; and I should, under existing circumstances, favor rather than oppose a fair opportunity being afforded the people to act upon it. I will venture to add that to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves, instead of only permitting them to take or reject propositions originated by others, not especially chosen for the purpose, and which might not be precisely such as they would wish to either accept or refuse."
The Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln
Delivered March 4, 1861
The time to act is now, we are ready to push this through as Americans. Stand up or the opinions of future generations of Americans will mean nothing more than those of cattle.
Documentary on the Michigan Constitutional Convention of 1961-1962.http://vimeo.com/2563977
#1 Arizona 1996
#2 Arkansas 1952.
#3 California 1931
#4 Colorado 1910
#5 Illinois 1910
#6 Indiana 1907
#7 Iowa 1908
#8 Kansas 1907
#9 Louisiana 1908
#10 Connecticut 1949
#11 Kentucky 1861
#12 Massachusetts 1931
#13 Maine 1911
#14 Georgia 1832
#15 Michigan 1941
#16 Missouri 1905
#17 Montana 1911
#18 Alabama 1833
#19 Alaska 1982
#20 Florida 2010
#21 Nebraska 1949
#22 North Carolina 1907
#23 Nevada 1907
#24 North Dakota 2012
#25 Delaware 1978
#26 New Jersey 1907
#27 New Hampshire 1969
#28 New York 1789
#29 Oklahoma 1910
#30 Oregon 1909
#31 Pennsylvania 1943
#32 South Carolina 1833
#33 South Dakota 1989
#34 Wisconsin 1929
#35 Tennessee 1978
#36 Texas 1899
#37 Virginia 1789
#38 Washington 1911
#39 West Virginia 1971
#40 Wyoming 1910
#41 Utah 1987
#42 Rhode Island 1977
David Cobb of the Move To Amend (MTA) coalition here. I represent over 270,000 folks, several thousand endorsing/partnering organziations and over 150 local affilaites of the MTA coaliton. (NOTE: We were only formed in 2010, and every one of these categories is growing)....
We at MTA have not formally endorsed calling for a national Article V Convention, but we are very eager to engage in the discourse and discussion about whether we should, and what it would look like if we did so.
Much thanks to folks providing us all with this space for dialogue, and for those involved in the conversation.
Ever onward to the world we deserve,