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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

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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.     


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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.   

Here is how Proportional Representation can work: Voters in the current 435 federal legislative districts will study and evaluate the platforms and constitutions of the 7 largest national political parties.   Each voter will choose one of 7 political parties that he or she most identifies with.    Let us pretend that based on the latest national election, the 100 Constitutional Convention delegates will have these numbers or percentages: 20% Republican, 20% Democratic, 15% Libertarian, 15% Constitution Party, 15% Green Party, 10% Socialist, and 5% Communist.  

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A National Elections Committee, whose executive directors will represent the 7 largest national political parties, will be established beforehand to guarantee impartial election officials.   Local election administrators will be professionalized.   The National Elections Committee may use a voter-verified, paper audit trail produced by standardized voting equipment, or it may decide on other methods that prevention corruption.    The National Elections Committee will also be responsible for counting and verifying the membership of national political parties.     


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I retired in 2010 from teaching general elementary and high school special education in Indianapolis. I am interested in studying political theory, world history, and foreign policy. Integrating the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism, (more...)

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