Spent some time working on a story where I tried got to play with the governmental structure where the characters live for a while today and it got me thinking that in this age and with everything going on, it is time for the opposition party to go big or go home. I may not know details, but that is what we pay our representatives $174k a year for. Right out of the gate the democrats should propose with a new Constitutional
As an author, I will make sure the system the Phoenixes are relying on is more or less balanced (It would be boring if there isn’t any friction), but this is the real world and it should be as peaceful as fair and equitable as possible. Perhaps, now is the time and someone can take note and make it happen for all of us in Real-Time.
Convention. Not to toss out what we have but to strengthen it, ensure that it includes everyone, and it is a document prepared for the rest of this century.
Why now? Well, some of the problems we are facing are because the original document didn't account for a multi-ethnic nation, technology being what it is today, and politicians being what they are today. Let's address that and prevent the situation we are currently in, from happening over and over again.
The goal of the convention should be BALANCE! No side will get everything they want, nor should they. This is about compromise. The way the government seemed to have done it back in the "good old days". Back then when the chips were down, it didn't matter if you were a democrat or a republican, black, white, Arab, or Native American, we were all Americans and we would ride or die for each other. Granted, I don't recall that happening often, but there were moments when it did happen.
We would need legal scholars to help draft the update. Notice I said, update! Anyone immediately opposed to the idea would say that someone is trying to rewrite the constitution, but that is not the case. That is a founding document! For all of its problems and things that it did not factor into consideration (IE: Blacks as human beings), it has gotten us this far. It just needs a few amendments to help ensure the countries continued growth and prosperity for the next several centuries.
In addition to the Legal Scholars, we should have The People represent us at this convention. Other than the next president (IE: #46) calling for a new convention, anyone currently serving in the federal government in the last twenty years should not be representatives for the convention. Instead, states should send a Democratic, Republican, and an Independent representative to the convention and allow the citizens to vote for their representatives. Other groups (IE: Libertarian and Green Party) can also attend on behalf of their citizens.
Those interested in being a rep should be allowed to run out of love and appreciation for our nation. A desire to prevent what we've experienced in the first six months of the year from happening again in the near future. A President, Congressman or woman, and Senator who agrees to this would be on par with the founding fathers but seeking to serve oneself should not be the driving force behind it.
As stated earlier, amendments should be the goal, not a rewrite of the document. A desire to make the founding document stronger. There are tons of things that need to be addressed but among them should be 1) Fair Elections, 2) Term limits for Congress, 3) Including more than a two-party system, 4) Judicial Reform, 5) Education, 6) Healthcare, 7) Ensure the proper checks and balances between our branches of governments, and 8) A fair and balanced tax system.
Additionally, the convention can address the electoral college and decide whether a system like that is even necessary in an age where a candidate’s message can get to any citizen by several different methods. Could there be a better way to leverage it? The way I see it, rather than the east coast deciding national elections one vote per person goes to the candidate. However, my friends disagree, I would think this is one where a compromise could be given.
We can lower the salaries of elected officials to $90K rather than $174k. I mean our elected officials tend to work 100 days out of the year anyway. As a country, we may as well, save money in the process. Bring the President of the United States down to $200K and save money.
While on the topic of saving money, let's stop agreeing to pay benefits indefinitely once someone leaves congress. If you have served five years or less in congress, then you don't get a parachute at the end of your term. More than five years, then you get some benefits, fifteen or more, then you get a little more, and if you serve twenty or more then you get it for life. My only exception to this would be a President and members of the supreme court, based on their level and length of service.
Also, using this time to get the tax code under control will not only help ensure that we can pay down our debts, and become self-sufficient, but that EVERYONE is doing their fair share.
I am sure other reforms can and could be made at a convention for the 21st century, but this would be a start. This would go a long way to bridging the divide between Americans and bringing us together which is something all politicians, especially those currently in power, claim to want to do but very few are brave enough to put their money where their mouths are.
As an author, I will make sure the system the Phoenixes are relying on is more or less balanced (It would be boring if there isn’t any friction), but this is the real world and it should be as peaceful as fair and equitable as possible. Perhaps, now is the time and someone can take note and make it happen for all of us in Real Time.