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We can't cure corruption or error.

But we can restore
the public's political tools to the
public's hands permanently.



The amendment and resolution are drafted anonymously. A preliminary version was submitted to Congress in January, 2015. After a period of public comment it was withdrawn for correction. Thank you for participating! This, the final version, was submitted to all members of the 114th Congress on June 12, 2015, voiding the prior Congressional submission and any public support conveyed to Congress. It is for all intents and purposes a new amendment. The amendment & resolution were submitted to the 115th Congess on January 5, 2017.

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First Steps: the Basics​​ 



​​Repair, Restore & Safeguard - Why & How?









​​​For many Americans,

Citizens' United was

the wake-up call. 



Campaigns financed by a handful of the most wealthy. Absence of accountability and corporate encroachment on government increasing income inequality, and globalization that only benefits corporations.

For others, the wake-up call was extrajudicial killings. Black lives disregarded. Or a general weakening of the rule of law. Terrorism and mass killings with no clear way to address them. The 2016 election did it for some, the continuing problem of corruption and helplessness for others. 


Gerrymandering, lobbying abuses and private campaign finance are too blatant to hide but even some historians ignore the legislation and caselaw that enabled them, treating these as mysterious "government" functions, supported by the Constitution they violate and untouchable by the people.

Congress, the President, the courts, state and local governments, the media? Partisanship seems to be running amok, and corruption seems to affect all of them.


Most disturbingly, there seem to be no rules constraining power anymore. 


Wherever you are on the political spectrum we share this problem, and this proposal takes no position on non-procedural issues. While traditional organizing was focusing on issues or candidates, people in power were changing the political process to reduce the public's effectiveness.


There's no mystery about it. This site discusses when and how our political processes have weakened, and what to do about it. Nothing is more important if we want a government that functions like one. 


Here's the truth: in a democratic republic, you are the government.


  • We didn't design representative government to rule over us, but to harness our power and resources in a system to help us achieve our goals and meet our needs together. 


  • If something's wrong with the system, only the people can correct it. If corruption has undermined the public's political rights and powers, it's our problem. Not government officers'. They just work there. Even the President is just an employee.


  • The Constitution is the people's instrument for defining government structure and function, and law. Statutes and caselaw have repeatedly violated it to reduce our political powers. 


  • A strategy starting with handful of key bills and court cases and concluding with one well-designed amendment can correct all of the damage.


  • The bills can stand alone. Each one targets one problem and covers it completely.


By regarding the public’s political functions as a system,                we can make the smallest additions and least-disruptive changes that will restore the integrity of the process. 

Don't panic! This country was designed to weather storms of corruption. Our Constitution is too hard to amend to destroy the public's rights and powers easily. Corruption has been going around it - violating, damaging, eroding, ignoring, or just lying about the clauses that guarantee the public's ability to correct government error and corruption.


If we don't address this, we'll be fighting the process every time we need to use it.


We don't have to do it the hard way. The political-process clauses are still there. We can take back a remarkable amount of power in the political process - the amount we reserved for the people in the first place.


We'll have to fight to pass the legislation presented here, but it will work as a complete program to restore our power.


You have all the power you need right now. Use it.



Two obstacles have made a real solution appear impossible:

 

  • organizing what needs to be done into a realistic program, 
  • and passing it through Congress and the state legislatures. 

Private campaign finance & lobbying, hyperpartisanship, damaged enforcement, and executive and judicial overreach, the very processes that need reform, make reform difficult. But even while we keep reducing their impact by repeatedly turning over legislative and executive seats, and by investigation and prosecution whenever corruption becomes so blatant it violates even the most relaxed laws, we still have reform tools immediately available to us to use while we repair the others. This strategy repairs and restores the public's political tools, and safeguards them for future generations, by treating them as a system for the first time.


It breaks the problem down into


  • what we can do by statute or court case alone                                             (for example, How to End Corporate Personhood by Statute),
  • what we can only do in the Constitution, with an amendment 
  • and what we don’t yet agree on enough to legislate. 


This strategy includes several pieces of stand-alone legislation and one amendment to the Constitution. You can support any of it. None of it requires the others.

It probably won't all pass. The public will decide. 


But it’s time to take a deep breath and fix the whole problem. Today’s technology makes it easier to reach the overwhelming majority of Americans who will support it, judging by polls, by public opinion expressed in the media, and by our repeated attempts to address this issue.

This proposal doesn’t fit into a sound bite. It doesn’t fit onto a protest sign. But unlike a shortsighted reaction to one law, ruling, or policy, we can use it to stabilize government and keep it stable when the unexpected happens. We won’t just be crossing our fingers against bad governmental phases. 

Self-governance is the first American value: we fought a revolution for this. 


The time is now. Will you take a stand?