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Below is a short bulleted list of what used to be and is rapidly being destroyed:
· Our Constitution – adherence to the integrity of its original intent as a federalist system of a limited federal government with sufficient protections and safeguards to avoid government abuse.
· Without imposing a state religion, maintaining a basic respect for Judeo/Christian values, which provided the generally accepted moral standard for society.
· Melting Pot – multi-cultures are expected to embrace American values and assimilate into the common culture.
· To be a land of opportunity with minimal laws as necessary to avoid anarchy and reasonable protection of the public and natural resources, while providing the opportunity for religious, educational opportunity, use of private property, free enterprise, and freedom to flourish.
· A sense of national integrity, self-respect for American values with a healthy sense of national pride and unity.
· A basic respect for the rule of law and practices that maintain the fairness of the law.
· A healthy realization and caution that other nations and peoples do not necessarily respect or share similar values to those that allowed for the freedom and opportunity available in the United States of America—thus we must exercise caution on our foreign involvements and with those we allow access into our nation.
Fixing the federal government:
America must decide whether it wants a government where We the People have self-government, as envisioned by our founders when they framed the U.S. Constitution, or whether they want the corrupted version as we have now, where with minor exceptions, big money and special interests govern in ways that are contrary to the general welfare and contrary to the will of the people.
Most of what needs to be done can be fixed by a clarification of the original intent of portions of the Constitution and a strict adherence to original intent. Fixing the Congress is a biggee, and one which will require two Constitutional Amendments, one to repeal the 17th Amendment (which destroyed the Senate's ability to enforce the 10th Amendment or represent the people) and the passage of an Amendment similar to Article the First, which was the first of the 12 amendments approved by Congress in 1789 (10 of which comprise what we refer to as the Bill of Rights). All 12 were sent to the states for ratification. Article the First was meant to bracket the size of a congressional district such that for every 50,000 people in the nation we would have one representative—possibly because it was so critical to the concept of self-government by We the People, it was sabotaged and did not get ratified.
50,000 (as approved by the House) or 60,000 (as approved in the Senate version) represents a practical maximum for a congressional district population if we want to provide reasonable assurance that the local citizens can adequately select and elect representatives known to them and which represent the local community interests—and not be fooled by the propaganda of special interests.
If such reasonably sized districts are enforced at the federal and state level, and the 17th Amendment repealed, then the legislatures at each statehouse will be accountable to the people and thus tempered in their selection of a Senator, and House members will be accountable to their local district. Of course big money and cunning will still be in the loop, but the people will be able to protect themselves much better from such influence.
Graph showing how the population size of House Districts have grown over the years. The sudden change upswing since 1911 is the result of Congress freezing the size of the House membership to the current 435 members.
If we do not shrink the population of congressional districts back to a manageable size, then we cannot be a self-governed people, as large districts make it impractical for the public to actually know the candidates—or even select them—other than to vote from a list of what is submitted to them by the powerful interests that have the capability to control big government operations.
Everything suggested below as possible fixes could be accomplished in a single election cycle if the general public bought into it, we selected and elected representatives committed to its implementation. Some clarification (restoration of original intent) to the Constitution is required as with the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the passage of a new amendment to replace the original amendment (Article the First) approved by Congress in 1789, but not properly ratified by the states due to a clerical or intentional error.
Additionally, we need to educate public to the following aspects and create appropriate law to enforce it:
· Promote the idea that all representative districts, not just federal, but also state and local should be of small enough size that the forces of big money or special interests cannot unduly influence the public in selecting representatives known to them and who share similar values—thus the idea that a number like 50,000 to 60,000 population being a max size for a representative district should be promoted as a necessary ingredient for a society where We the People maintain a self-governing capability.
This is simply a draft of some ideas on what I believe needs to be done to fix this nation. Please offer me your thoughts and ideas—including your disagreements.