Passed along by a reader, in my feedback this morning:
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.
Have each person contact a minimum of Twenty people on their Address list, in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
So, here we go….
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”
I must say that I am sympathetic to that cause, here.
That said, the constitutional amendment process, as we have discovered, is specifically designed to avoid passing amendments on a whim. As such, any number of things can get in the way of its passage.
Then too, is the idea that if the last several months of congressional action has taught us anything, Congress, and the current White House occupant, really don’t give a damn what the people want, and they don’t particularly care to follow Constitutional law, either. Witness the number of things in the recent healthcare bill that run directly afoul of that Constitution.
So, I will pass this along, and let you guys kick it around a little. Will it ever come to pass? Will it achieve it’s objective if it does? Those remain open questions. It does seem to me, though, that the GOP would do very well indeed to incorporate this complaint into their campaigning , and into their thinking.