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The reasoning behind an oath of office is to deter elected officials from using the power of public office for personal gain. Due to various credible and verified news reports from multiple media sites we know that members of the legislative branches are now in full violation of their oaths. When the oath of office has become meaningless, that's when it's time to discuss government in general and in particular. The provision for that is a convention of state delegations as proscribed in Article V of the Constitution.

Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, a tireless advocate for transparency in government, has correctly identified the legislative branch of the US--members of Congress--as the first problem. Until we fix Congress, it doesn't matter who we elect President of the US.

I'm part of an e-mail exchange with a group of about 25 members, including state legislators:

Larry, I recently watched your segments on CSPAN. I suggest that the reason you enjoyed talking with groups of voters along the campaign trail is because they reinforced what we know to be true: American people, once given facts, reach sensible conclusions.

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You mention how you believe in law to bring justice, yet seem to favor ad hoc assemblies over a non-binding deliberative assembly. Get Michael Moore and make a movie? Make it funny/scary the way Moore does. Show how/why we need to go through the convention process as a society, and how/why 75% makes it mathematically impossible for something stupid to happen.

The convention mode is direct activation of representative government where partisan issues are moot and discussion is government itself amongst all citizens, equally. All we can hope is that the forces which are behind certain decisions will finally allow the call.

Aloha,

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John

Lessig Harvard Talk: 1) http://www.c-span.org/video/?401016-1/book-discussion-republic-lost

Lessig CSPAN: 2) http://www.c-span.org/video/?400247-3/washington-journal-lawrence-lessig-campaign-finance

Friends of the Article V Convention: www.foavc.org

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