July 28, 2014
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Section 1: The Preamble
Section 2: 26 Changes That the Third Constitution Will Make
Section 3: When and How the Third Constitution Will Be Implemented
Section 4: How to Amend and How to Abolish the Third Constitution
Section 1: The Preamble
This Third Constitution of the United States created after the Articles of Confederation and the (second) Constitution of the United States--will maximize democracy, promote world peace, and restore ecological wisdom.
Section 2: 26 Changes that the Third Constitution Will Make
1. The United States will take leadership to dismantle all nuclear weapons and nuclear energy-power plants, simultaneously and voluntarily, the world over as soon as possible.
2. The U.S. will bring home all military personnel and close down the government's 700 military bases around the world. Even with such a drawdown, our nation will retain more than enough capacity to defend its own borders. The money previously spent on the military will be used to create jobs and rebuild our nation's infrastructure: "[A]nd they shall turn their swords into ploughshares." (Isaiah 2:4) Many of our existing military ships, submarines, and planes will be used for low-budget travel and tourism to promote goodwill among nations.
3. Private financial contributors and corporate lobbyists will no longer have the influence on members of Congress that they have had in the past. Instead, the Library of Congress will create a website that will become an online forum and clearinghouse for all public-policy proposals. All positions and arguments will be publicized. Everyone will know who is lobbying for what and why. Also, the same amount of finances will be publicly provided to the political campaigns of the 7 largest national political parties, and all 7 parties will get equal public exposure.
4. The U.S. House of Representatives will be elected through a system of proportional representation, and the U.S. Senate will be abolished. Currently it is unfair that California and Wyoming have the same number of Senators when California's population is about 70 times greater. Representatives will serve 2-year terms. Since all money will have been taken out of politics, Representatives, like the President, may serve an unlimited number of terms. This measure will provide some continuity of government.
The 7 largest national political parties will be empowered in a single-chambered, national legislature. Here is how Proportional Representation can be explained: the National Green Party, for example, may get 15 percent of the vote, or 65 members, in the 435-membered House of Representatives, and Indiana's population currently allows it to have 10 members in the House of Representatives. But it may be that of the 7 largest national political parties, the Indiana Republican Party will get to select and send 5 of Indiana's 10 Representatives to the House of Representatives (which alone will be the new Congress) because Indiana is largely a Republican state.
5. The Electoral College system for electing a President will no longer be legal. A President must now win with a majority of individual votes (not just a plurality of votes). Using the method of Instant-Runoff Voting, each American voter will rank 7 slated candidates (one from each of the 7 largest national political parties) from most favorite to least favorite. And it may take two or more rounds of voting to eliminate the candidate who gets the least amount of votes, until eventually one of the remaining candidates captures at least 51 percent of the vote. Presidents will serve office for 4-year terms, but they will be allowed to serve an unlimited number of terms.
The President will not be allowed to veto the decisions of the unicameral national legislature, and he or she will not be allowed to sign any Executive Orders, as previous presidents have done. All previous presidential executive orders will be evaluated by the new unicameral Congress, and the existing executive orders can then be kept the same, modified, or eliminated by the new Congress.