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What All Third Parties Can Agree On

October 9, 2012

By Roger Copple

The non-electoral methods of the Occupy Wall Street movement are energizing millions who have been alienated for a long time from the two-party system of sham that the 1% controls.  

Some reformers, most likely in support of the Occupy movement, are proposing an amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that empowers corporations to unfairly influence political campaigns with large financial donations.  

But even if Citizens United was overturned, how many years would it take to make it happen, and would it make that much difference, considering all the other major democratic reforms needed?   I say no.  

All third parties already agree that the ballot access laws in each state should make it easier for third parties to get on the ballot.   Attempts to reform such laws have not been successful.   But even if ballot access laws were dramatically and miraculously improved, third parties, under the current system, would still not get as many votes as the Republicans and Democrats.

Fighting state-by-state battles for easier ballot access for third parties should still continue, but is there a long-term, national strategy that could fully empower third parties? Yes.   Third parties need to agree and widely publicize that they support a Twenty-Eighth Amendment proposal that revises Article V in our current constitution.   Such a proposal, as stated below, would make it easier to amend and also easier to abolish the current constitution.  

The amendment proposal below shows how a system of proportional representation can be used to elect Constitutional Convention delegates, who will then create a new constitution.   The new supreme document will truly reflect the collective will and current worldview of all Americans, not just the will of the far Right or the far Left.     Here is how the proposal could read:

Proposal for a Twenty-Eighth Amendment to Revise Article V: A Proposal That Shows How to Amend and How to Abolish the Constitution More Easily

The United States government can be changed through amendments added to the constitution.   It can also be modified when Congress passes new federal laws or statutes.   But to change the federal government completely by abolishing the constitution, there has to be a Constitutional Convention to rewrite a new constitution.   

How to Add Amendments to the Current Constitution

To change or modify the federal government by merely adding amendments to the Constitution, the United States Congress (including both the House and the Senate) must pass any proposed amendment to the Constitution with at least a 67% majority in both Houses.   Ratification by - of the state legislatures is no longer required.     

How to Abolish the 225-Year Old Constitution

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land.   A radically new constitution and government can be formed through a Constitutional Convention.   It can be achieved in a fair, orderly, and nonviolent way.  The American people have a right to choose whether they want a new constitution.   Through their chosen representatives, an entirely new constitution can be made.   For now on, the decision to create a new supreme civil document will be considered by the American people at every presidential election.   Congress, under these new guidelines, will not be allowed to pass any amendment that cancels this method for abolishing the constitution.  

Every 4 years when Americans vote for a president, they can vote for or against having a Constitutional Convention.   If 51% or more of the voters say yes, then 100 delegates, chosen through proportional representation, will be sent to the Constitutional Convention to create a new constitution.   Then if 51% or more of the Convention delegates approve any document, the new government will be implemented 4 months later.   The orderly process will take approximately 23 months.   

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Roger Copple is 64 years old. He retired in May 2010 from teaching general elementary, mostly third grade, for half of his teaching career and middle and high school special education for the other half in the public schools of Indianapolis. He (more...)
 

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Revising Article V to make it easier to amend and ... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:20:59 AM
To change or modify the federal government by mere... by B. Ross Ashley on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:43:25 AM
Yes, I am advocating this in a new amendment propo... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:37:45 PM
let's face it, America - you're completely screwed... by mijj mijj on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:06:09 PM
Dear Mijj Mijj (Paradise Lost),   I underst... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 1:52:04 PM
Written like a true Progressive enemy of the exist... by Techknowledgie on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:08:45 PM
Dear Progressive Enemy,   As I tried to mak... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:56:35 PM
I am not a U.S. citizen and I have always wondered... by Phil Linehan on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:28:30 PM
Have you ever read it, Phil? There's not really a... by prsmith on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:22:20 PM
The special interest groups would have a field day... by Tommy Wright on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 8:40:49 PM
Dear Swamper Tom,   I do not deny that our ... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:48:23 PM
Saying (or doing) the same thing over and over and... by Tommy Wright on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 11:53:41 AM
Dear Swamper Tom,   You say our 2-party sys... by Roger Copple on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 2:05:18 PM
Dear Swamper Tom,   The various commentator... by Roger Copple on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 6:22:43 AM
Dear Phil Linehan, It is like repairing an old ca... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:29:34 PM
When I look at the political leaders of this natio... by Jerry Wesner on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:03:24 PM
The drafters of out Constitution were educated, hu... by Don Caldarazzo on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:16:28 PM
Dear Jerry Wesner, If we had a new Constitutional... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:51:19 PM
. . .if we were to eliminate the Constitution and ... by prsmith on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 3:29:46 PM
Dear PRSmith, Anarchists usually do not form p... by Roger Copple on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 4:02:49 PM
The whole notion, and almost every thought it incl... by Walter J Smith on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:54:09 AM
Tell us again, Mr Copple, what is it you think all... by Walter J Smith on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 1:56:10 AM
Dear Walter J. Smith,   You raise the thoug... by Roger Copple on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 6:06:26 AM
Dear Walter J. Smith,   You say the whole n... by Roger Copple on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 5:35:32 AM
You forgot the 24/7 media which would make it impo... by landshark on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:39:01 AM
Dear Landshark,   Unlike the first Contsti... by Roger Copple on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:38:56 PM
The author, Roger Copple, argues that revising Art... by Roger Copple on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 5:08:23 AM