by Ron Bartels
Our Politicians Are Not Paying Attention
November 9, 2008 – It is our responsibility to light a fire under the rear ends of our politicians and if we don’t step up to the plate now, we will live to regret our inaction. This is why we are proposing the Fair Access Amendment.
No politician who does not support it should get another vote. We ask for the support of our like minded friends who care about what is happening to our nation. If our politicians fail to support and pass the Fair Access Amendment then the people will have no choice but to secede one State at a time and form a nation of Free States.
Fair Access Constitutional Amendment
Section One: All members of the Senate shall serve from an office within the State they were elected to. The number of Senators will change from 2 per State to 9 per State as follows. There will be three slates of three Senators. Each slate of Senators will serve for the Constitutionally authorized 6 years as they do now. Each slate shall be comprised of the 3 highest vote getters, regardless of political party affiliation or lack thereof. Each voter can choose their 3 favorite candidates so that voters can impact the Senate every two years.
There shall not be term limits as the voters have the right to decide who comes and who goes. It will be easy for voters to meet at the State level with their Senators. It will be difficult for Lobbyists to cover the 150 Senate Slates in all 50 States so the balance of influence will transfer from the lobbyists to the people.
Section Two: All members of the House of Representatives shall continue to serve the same two-year periods they now serve. However, they shall serve in slates of 3 and the number of slates shall be one slate per 300,000 in population or portion thereof. Example, if a States has 300,001 in population, then the State shall have 2 slates. Population shall be composed of lawful residents.
The Congress shall define lawful resident. A lawful resident and a lawful voter are different statues. A lawful resident is counted for purposes of population and census. A lawful voter shall be able to vote without registration but by presentation of State Issued tamper-resistant proof of voting rights. The definition applies equally in all States. Each State shall have to power to issue valid, tamper-proof authentication of lawful residence so long as the voter meets the Federal definition lawful resident.
No State may charge any fee whatsoever for this authentication.
No voter shall be required to register to vote but can vote merely by presentation of State Issued Validation with a right to vote.
There shall not be term limits as the voters have the right to decide who comes and who goes. It will be easy for voters to meet at the State level with their Congressional Representatives. It will be difficult for Lobbyists to cover the Congressional Representative Slates in all 50 States so the balance of influence will transfer from the lobbyists to the people.
Each slate shall be comprised of the 3 highest vote getters, in each Congressional District, regardless of political party affiliation or lack thereof. This will increase the diversity. Each voter can choose their 3 favorite candidates so that voters can impact the Congressional Representation of their district every two years.
Section Three: Senators and Representatives shall have no secret meetings with lobbyists. All meetings with Lobbyists shall be video recorded and posted as soon as possible and/or live streamed. The people must be permitted to observe all actions of the lawfully elected agents.
Section Four: All meetings and debates shall take place via live media methodology from the official offices of the Congressional and Senatorial delegation.
Section Five: All legislation shall be posted for electronic viewing at all times. Neither Senator nor Representative may cast a vote unless the Senator or Representative has certified that they have completely read the bill in question.
Section Six: All funds, received by politicians shall be from lawful voters within their own State, in the Case of Senators, and within their own Congressional District if a Congressional Representative. Person making such donation shall be fully disclosed. Size of contribution shall be fully disclosed regardless of size.
Donations above $5000.00* per person or $10,000* per family shall require a financial disclosure statement. There should be a minimum fine of 5 times the amount donated for deceptive financial disclosure statements. We will need to organize a group to propose such an agreement as a model. While putting a cap on contributions seems on the surface to be a good idea, lobbyists have always found ways to seek additional legislation that enables them to purchase influence. *These can different but are just suggested to get the ball rolling.
Since we need to preserve freedom of speech, but eliminate the influence of campaign cash, let us state that there will be no limit on campaign donation of individuals. Entities cannot make contributions to political candidates or parties under this constitutional amendment.
No entity other than a lawful resident or lawful voter may make a campaign contribution. The will be no limit to size of donation. The power of disclosure will reveal what voters want to know.
Entities may support defined issues but not link to any political candidate. All contributions shall be fully disclosed, by the wording in this constitutional amendment.
Section Seven: Pork-Barrel Funding – Each Pork Barrel Project (or ear-mark) must be contained in a separate bill, by the wording in this constitutional amendment.
Section Eight: Reduce the dirt in politics. Put a fast acting Truth-in-Advertising venue in politics. Create a penalty system for politicians who lie about their credentials with extra penalties for those who lie about their opponents. If you lie about yourself or make a false claim about yourself or an organization you support. You are fined a minimum of x and if you do it about your opponent, then a minimum of x plus five times x shall be awarded to your opponent, plus attorney’s fees. Loser always pays all the attorney fees and the filing fees, by the wording in this constitutional amendment.
Each election venue shall appoint a judicial panel of 7 unbiased, non-partisan lawyers to immediately hear cases as they are brought forth. Any candidate, who attacks their opponent within 7 days of an election, except in an answer to a complaint in the election court, shall suffer disqualification, if validated by the election court. Candidates, who have been found guilty of a previous gross violation of attacking an opponent, shall have to post a $500,000 cash bond in escrow before being eligible for any future Federal Election, by the wording in this constitutional amendment.
Editors Note: Remember that our Congressmen don’t actually right their own legislation. That is primarily done by lobbyists. Our Congressional Representatives seldom read the reads they vote upon. Therefore we also support an additional organization that focuses on getting Congressional Representatives to Read the bills they vote on and keep each bill to one subject.
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