Monday, June 24, 2013

The Dysfunctional US Constitution

I have concluded that after 225 years since the ratification of the Constitution of the United States it has become dysfunctional in it's current state.  While the founding fathers envisioned the need to tweak the supreme law of the land from time to time with the establishment of the ability to amend the document through Article 5, no such modification sufficient to cure the current situation appears to be a viable option.

Technology has now allowed us to consider a more direct form of democracy, instead of the more practical form of representative democracy that has been the law of the land since inception.

I have decided herein to propose an Amendment to the US Constitution which could solve many of these problems.

1.  Establishment of a national ID.  Each individual that is a current citizen or resident should be issued a unique identification number, and then when new persons are born or immigrate to the US they should be issued such an identification number.  This number must be implemented in such a way as to distinguish between citizens and residents, including age and zip code of residency.  There should be an official mechanism developed to allow for the modification of the information associated with these ID numbers for when the factual information changes.  Further, the ID should be developed in such a way that it may be used as a certain identifier on computer systems such that we will have certainty that an individual's communications are identified and verified.

2. Reduction in the powers of the legislative branch of the United States.  Subsequent to the implementation of the national ID, the legislative branch of the United States, including both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be changed in the following manner:
a. While Senators and Congressmen will continue to be elected in the manner they were elected in the past, they will not have the authority to enact legislation unless two thirds of each body ratifies the proposed legislation.
b. Legislatures may propose legislation so long as 40% of a given house is in accordance.  The filibuster rule will be abolished.
c. If both houses of Congress pass a proposed bill for legislation, then the matter will go before the public for an electronic vote immediately.  If, after two weeks, more than 50% of the respondents vote in favor of the legislation, then that legislation will then pass to the president of the United States for ratification or veto.
d.  If the President vetoes a legislative act that has been passed by the public, then they may override that veto if two thirds of the public vote for such an override.
e. A public petition to put forth legislation will permitted if 100,000 citizens approve of the petition.  In this case the the matter will be handled as though both houses of Congress had proposed the matter and will go before the public for ratification in the usual manner.

Comments, criticism, modifications would be greatly appreciated.

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