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Amendments can also be added to the constitution if 2/3 of the state legislatures approve them at a national convention that has one representative from each state.    

How to Abolish the 226-Year-Old Constitution

The Constitution is the supreme civil 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.  A new constitution would not need to throw out the best of the old.  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 document will be considered by the American people at every presidential election. 

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 Constitutional Convention delegates approve any new document, the new government will be implemented 4 months later.  This orderly process will take 23 months.   

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Here is how Proportional Representation can work in the selection of  constitutional convention delegates: American voters 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 for this purpose only.   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. 

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 to use paper ballots to prevent corruption.   The National Elections Committee will also be responsible for counting and verifying the membership of national political parties.    

The 23-Month Timeline for Creating the New Constitution and Implementing the New Government

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If at presidential election time, the American people decide they want a Constitutional Convention, then they will have almost 5 months, from November through April, to officially register with a national political party for this purpose only. Websites such as www.politics1.com describe all the known national political parties.  Then during the month of May, no switches can be made as the official count is reported by the National Elections Committee.  

Any national political party that represents at least 1% or more of the nation's eligible voters will participate in national public speeches and debates, held from June through August.  The political parties will also share their party platforms and their own proposed constitutions in writing. 

Then from September through December, the representative political parties will be narrowed down to the top 7 political parties only, as determined 4 months earlier in May, and these 7 parties will share their party platforms and proposed constitutions in writing, and they will engage in public speeches and debates. 

Then during the second week of January, voters will choose just one of the top 7 national political parties to identify with, if they want their vote to count.  

Let us pretend for pedagogical purposes that the 100 delegates from the top 7 national political parties will be comprised of the following numbers at the Constitutional Convention:  Republican Party, 20; Democratic Party, 20; Libertarian Party, 15; Green Party, 15; Constitution Party, 15; Socialist Party, 10; and Communist Party, 5.

On March 1, the Constitutional Convention delegates will meet at the Capitol building in Washington D.C.  The delegates will work from March through May to create a new constitution that 51% or more of the delegates approve. Each party will choose one of its delegates to be the potential chairman.  The 100 delegates as a group will then choose one delegate to be the chairman of the Convention using Instant Runoff Voting with 7 candidates (one from each party) on the slate. 

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If the delegates agree on a new constitution with a 51% majority before the 3 months elapse, they must use the remaining days to hear dissenting voices in the constant effort to revise their document through consensus decision-making in order to get an even higher percentage of approval. If only 50% or less of the delegates approves the new constitution after working on it for 3 months, then the proposed document becomes void, and the current constitution remains official. 

However, if the new constitution is approved with a 51% majority or higher by the end of May, then the Constitutional Convention delegates will determine the specifics as to when and how the new government, based on the new constitution, will be implemented in a safe, orderly, and smooth way on October 1.

Summary of 23-Month Timeline for Creating the new Constitution and Implementing the New Government

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