Citizens who like this Third Constitution might ask--how can this constitution be accepted and ratified according to the Article V specifications of our current Constitution? It can't. That is the problem. Article V of our current Constitution only tells how amendments can be added to the current Constitution. Our founding fathers did not put in writing any orderly way to abolish the Constitution, even though Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration of Independence that we have a right to abolish our current form of government.
If Article V can be rewritten, expanded, and drastically changed, according to the procedures outlined above in my proposed revision of Article V, then we could have a Constitutional Convention. But a new government and a new Constitution created by a new Constitutional Convention would probably not resemble what I have advocated in my Third Constitution. But it will truly represent the collective will and current thinking of the American people.
Without a safe, orderly, and fair way in place to have a Constitutional Convention, there could be widespread, violent insurrection in the streets, if and when masses of American people stop tolerating a government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. If that ever happens, the government will simply implement martial law, and that could be the beginning of a new world order, not by democratic consent. It would be a New World Order built from the top-down, not from the bottom-up.
Except for states like Ohio and Florida, many states are pretty much entrenched as being either Republican or Democrat, which is why presidential candidates often do not need to campaign much in those states. Overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010 would certainly improve things. But the most effective approach of all for maximizing democracy is to pass an amendment that totally rewrites Article V in the way I have prescribed above. That would then make it easier to amend the Constitution and also easier to abolish it.
There are other entirely different reform efforts going on right now as well: According to Article V of our current constitution, the 50 state legislatures could have an Amendment Convention to pass new amendments, a method that bypasses the US Congress altogether. Unfortunately, the US Congress has not allowed it to happen, even though the Supreme Court has ordered it to do so about four times. For more information about these efforts, see the website Friends of an Article V Convention at www.foavc.org .
In the history of our nation, this method of adding amendments to the constitution has never been tried or allowed. I support this method of amending the constitution because the state legislatures could bypass the United States Congress and pass new amendments, possibly even my Twenty-Eighth Amendment proposal. However, if my Twenty-eighth Amendment proposal to rewrite Article V is passed, this Article V Amendment Convention method for passing amendments would no longer be viable or legal because it is an ineffective and difficult way to get amendments passed, in my opinion. The Friends of an Article V Amendment Convention have no interest whatsoever in having a Constitutional Convention. That is considered too radical.
Constructive criticism of the "Third Constitution of the United States" is welcomed by this writer since it is being constantly revised.
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