One thought on “ThinkwingRadio: July 16, 2014, 10-11PM, @KPFT-FM 90.1 (Houston). GUESTS: Mike Badzioch , Ben Ball, Madeleine Crozat-Williams. TOPIC: MOVE TO AMEND and the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution [AUDIO]

  1. . . . Call-in KPFT subscriber and GP-TX member Alán Alán Apurim described the concept that, since money is believed to strongly support campaigns, monetary contributions are, in effect, equivalent to votes for a candidate, and unequal contributions means some “voters” get to vote more times than others, and prior to the official election. He supports the concept of a tax-supported equally shared pool of money made available to qualified registered candidates, as the only legal source of campaign contributions, as not only PACS, lobbyists, “special interests,” corporations, and any other collective source of money or “in-kind” contributions would be illegal, but personal contributions or use of direct funding by individuals (including the candidates and their families) as well. All campaign contributions would be shared equally by all campaigns.
    . . . The antiquated “Electoral College” should be totally abolished; direct national popular vote should be the sole determinant of Presidential selections. But reform of the corrupted system should go much further.
    . . . First, we should make the USA a Democracy. I know, we’ve been lied to since birth to believe “America is the greatest democracy.” It is no such thing, it is a Republic. Look to Switzerland for an example of democracy: http://www.admin.ch/ch/e/rs/1/101.en.pdf The site provides an English translation of a truly democratic country that has existed for hundreds of years longer than the USA (compare the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation of 18 April 1999 to our own constitution to see how much more comprehensive and modern it is; although neither directly addresses the problem of inequality in campaign financing). Study the downloadable PDF from The above link — note Article 6, Article 73, and those under Title 4 beginning with Article 136, as unique examples.
    . . . American electoral campaigns should be publicly funded through taxation and general-purpose contributions, and registered eligible candidates would equally share a portion of their electoral competition’s pool of money, their campaigns thereafter would decide how to spend it. Licensed print and broadcast media would be required (as a public service) to make free time available equally to all candidates, but the lost campaign-ad revenue would more than be made up by advertisements bought by the corporations and special interests trying to persuade the public to approve; no more secret “backroom deals” would be allowed and all arguments would be out in the open (transparency and accountability). For more study http://PhoenixProjectFoundation.US for real solutions to employment, ecology, energy, and needed 21st-Century U.S. Constitutional amendments. 

    The simply worded DEMOCRACY AMENDMENT:
    . . . “We the People hereby empower the majority of American Citizens
    to approve all Federal legislation, Presidential executive orders,
    and any Judicial decisions that impact the majority of citizens.” 
    . . . Consider the power of the above 28-word 28th “Democracy Amendment”: The elected legislators would merely be civil servants to design and write proposed legislation, but would NOT vote on it … the bills would be posted on the Web and using a double-blind encrypted verification, certified voters would be enabled to vote on the legislation, and would receive a printable verification of their vote (the vote-counting program would verify the vote was received one-time from the voter, without naming who it was to those on the counting end of the process). Even if one half of one percent voted on any one bill, that would still be thousands more eyes reading and considering its merits than presently do in Congress. There would be a time limit for each bill to be voted on (I suggest two months for most legislation, but a week for emergency measures such as funding disaster relief) as bills are posted throughout the year while Congress is in session. Voting for candidates to elective office, typically an annual late-year event, would be entirely different than voting on legislation and referendums, which would go on throughout the year as described above.
    . . . See website https://DemocracyAmendmentUSA.net  and its top-of-page link to an easily printed PDF of a petition to the state government for a Constitutional Convention.
    . . . To those who say ordinary citizens are not educated or experienced enough to make decisions on national and state legislation, consider that our country was founded escape the rule of kings, and evolved, to eliminate the elitism (of male-only land-owners, and through unions and women’s suffrage, the end of poll-taxes, etc.) to include all adults (even felons who have “done their time” are now getting the right-to-vote restored). So, have educational debates, but trust the voters, not a privileged elite, to approve legislation.
    . . . The system is broken. Let’s construct a new arena. As R. Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

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