In 1859 Lincoln said at a speech, "the people are the rightful masters of the congress and the courts,". It can only be Article V of the Constitution he referred to because nothing else has those potentials. He can only be referring to the controlling factor over amendment, Constitutional intent.
Those references would be independent of the fact that states delegates would be participating in the convention which produced the authority over the "congress and the courts" by amending their operating parameters, the Constitution.
If a Lincoln was president and saying those things, then the people that elected him were far closer to being able to define Constitutional intent to their state legislators through state petitions and delegates needed interface with legislators at Article V.
Meaning America needs to prepare. Consider, ALL important political events have long periods of preparation. The most important longer than a year. Article V is more important to this nation than all the events history holds. It is reasonable to consider it could take 5 years for the nation to be able to state, with agreement internally, that it knows what Constitutional intent is.
Five years of the current informational environment of media and internet will NOT suffice. Current campaign finance practices continuing into Article V would certainly work against proper determination of constitutional intent. Our vote is not secured. Voting practices in some states and the diebold technical issue is NOT resolved.
Therefore. logically and rightfully it is proposed that Americans form a new political movement which is a simple concept. Preparation for Article V must occur in the most robust constitutional environment possible. Elements that are obvious constitutional attributes of national society need to be re developed to empower the people to define Constitutional intent.
The new movement is all about Article V in the above way, preparing for it. It does not involve with partisan politics at all. It will however vote for politicians which support Article V and preparatory Amendment. It will also hope to be voting for the lessor of two evils perhaps, until its influence has effect. The movement focuses on principles mostly, because that is what Constitutional intent is comprised of.
The movement uses those principles to show how all of the hot political issues are addressed constitutionally, basic rehearsals for state voting on ratifications. They make no apology for the fact they are defining ideals. They only point out the ideal cannot be abandoned because it is the law of the land. The movement demands Article V, and because it is 100 years late, in violation of 5 generations of Americans rights, it needs the most robust Constitutional environment for democracy that can be created.
The Article V movement logically demands three preparatory Amendments before a general convention convenes. Amendment that;
1)Ends the abridging of free speech
2)Reforms campaign finance
3)Secures the vote.
These are the very least that we can see done in preparation for a general convention IF ideals are to be recognized and all three preparations are absolutely Constitutional. All this preparation does is take the nation effectively closer to its original appreciation of what the Constitution is and how it secures our rights and freedoms by assuring our unity and ability to conduct democratic processes in protecting them.
Christopher A. Brown
May 7, 2013
NOTE ON SITE FUNCTION:
After examining poll and vote options, I decline both for this because poll ratings have no accountability aspect and voting, even with shades of gray lacks the needed performance.
An poll opinion that has dynamics which can be supported by text in a related hierarchy of comment is what is needed. Such a software is conceived of here.
Some conceptual development is complete and a portion of the needed algorhythm is defined. I seek programmers and others to develop this concept further as a tool for rapid and effective opinion forming and agreement.