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CHAPTER SEVEN

Some Proposed Amendments

To

The U.S. Constitution

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[This chapter is excerpted from a book draft, "1776: The Birth of Two Moralities," in which I discuss America's current pending economic collapse, the history of struggle between what I call the Children of Jefferson and the Children of Adam Smith, and what the American people may choose legally to do to preserve our democracy.

These amendments are reasonable, though billions of dollars in opposition would be spent to stop them, because they demand transparency overseen by the U.S. Department of Justice, and other intelligence agencies.

An earlier chapter discusses how the Prologue to the U.S. Constitution contains the core premises of what our highest law's goals and ends are to be.  I encourage readers to re-read that Prologue.  It usually has been considered more a poetic prelude than legal principles.  I rebuke that idea.  The entire history of the United States would be different, if the Prologue had controlled domestic and foreign policies.   JDW]


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In no previous Constitutional amendments have corporations been singled out for attention under our highest law.   However, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are persons warranting the protection of the First Amendment.   This ruling contravened anything the Founders had in mind for We the People, which phrase opens our U.S. Constitution.

Therefore, since corporations for a long time have had undue influence both in elections, incumbents in every level of federal office, including Presidents and their Cabinets, the proposing and writing of legislation affecting all real people, the opposing and discrediting of legislation adversely affecting corporations, appointments and policy enforcements of heads of all federal agencies and departments, and the appointments and rulings of our federal judiciary, it is most natural that they be addressed and included in the amendments below.

The amendments need no further prelude, for their purposes and impacts are self-evident.   The American reader should realize in advance the great opposition, mockery, discrediting, and attacks upon what follows.   There is an old rule.   Follow the money.   The greatest enemies of these amendments will be those with the most to lose, in terms of their self-interest and profiteering.  So it would be well to note who cries or rages the loudest, and all the reasons they give to oppose the completely democratic principles which penetrate these proposed amendments.

Reform of the U.S. Constitution is the only, minimal effective means to change some of the basic problems of self-interest and profiteering in American government.   Why?   We have seen that the existing Constitution has been reformed Twenty-Seven times when sufficient conditions called for amendments.   From those amendments certain real and effective changes came.

No amendments ever have addressed or stopped abuses of self-interest and profiteering, either by federal officials or U.S. corporations.

Given our current crises, the American people must take matters into their hands, according to the powers given them by the U.S. Constitution, to put a chain on self-interest and profiteering in and through that Constitution.   The links in that chain must be strong, clear, and immune from being twisted or explained away by the U.S. Supreme Court, or any lower federal court.   Once in place, that chain can choke at least some of the greed and profiteering it forbids.

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One might wish that a score of proposed Amendments could address all the major issues that need change and reform.   However, even a single powerful Amendment will bring down billions of dollars to discredit, create doubt, and attempt to stop it from being passed into law.   Just for the sake of giving Americans a few ideas of Amendments that are, on their face, democratic and reasonable and needed, more than one Amendment is offered below.

Would that, by the power of that same Creator God in whom Jefferson believed and to whom Jefferson referred in the Declaration of Independence, even one single powerful Amendment could be passed and added to the U.S. Constitution which would be cursed and damned by the worst in our government and corporations.   Yet even one Amendment requires faith in each other, single-minded vision, cooperation and unity, diligence and courage to remain firm against the assured attack by persons with commitments to themselves and not our democracy.   This would be a legal, non-bloody Second American Revolution.

So we begin with a few suggested Amendments.   These are the best this American can do on his own, without consultation from legal scholars.   No organization exists to promote any of these, or any variation of these, which includes all Americans regardless of political party or affiliation.   If any reader believes there is enough merit to begin the work and improve on it, the time is now to begin.

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John Willis is an ethicist and historian (PhD, University of Chicago); has been following the unraveling of the American social contract since 1985; and, engages in publication and teaching on leadership ethics; conflict dynamics, prevention, (more...)
 

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