By F. Swemson
Taylor Rose’s recent article “Lawmaker: Tweak Constitution to affirm gun rights” in WND really got me thinking, but not so much about gun rights, which I think are made pretty clear in the Constitution as originally written.
The idea of tweaking the Constitution in other areas, however, has been something that’s been needed for quite some time now. That magnificent document has lasted far longer than many thought it would, and after 230-plus years, I don’t think the Founding Fathers would be at all insulted to see us subject it to a bit of a tune-up – especially if they could see where we are right now, with a gang of Marxist thugs running our government like a Chicago organized crime family.
Perhaps Obama himself is the best example of the need to “tweak” some of the more obvious constitutional ambiguities. The meaning of Article II, Section 1, and the definition of the term “natural born citizen” comes immediately to mind in that respect. Anyone familiar with the origins of the Constitution, knows that their intent for this requirement for a presidential candidate means that he (or she) must be “born here to citizen parents.”
The real issue that needs to be addressed however, and our country’s primary single biggest problem, is the fact that our politicians have figured out how to use public funds (our tax dollars) to buy the votes needed to give them virtually unlimited power over us. Our Founding Fathers, above all, were attempting to prevent us from winding up with a permanent ruling class, and that’s what we virtually have right now. If America is to survive as a free country, this must be corrected, and soon. The first thing we must do to eliminate this problem is adopt strict term limits for all of our elected officials. Hence the first new amendment that we need:
“THE CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS & COMPENSATION AMENDMENT”
“There is no distinctly American criminal class, except Congress.” [Mark Twain]
This amendment would define specific term limits for all elected federal officials. Its primary goal would be to get rid of politicians who feel that they’re entitled to run our lives for us and to insure that we select honest leaders. Most liars and thieves with political aspirations would be far less interested in running for office if our Constitution put powerful controls and penalties in place that would restrict how much they could steal.
Note: Before passing this amendment we must first consider repealing the 17th Amendment and returning the selection of each state’s senators to the individual state legislatures as originally specified in the Constitution. The Founding Fathers set the system up the way they did to prevent the federal government from usurping the powers left to the individual states. They knew what they were doing.
1: Members of the House should be limited to one four-year term, and senators should be limited to one six-year term. The presidency should be limited to one eight-year term. While they’re in office, all of our legislators’ perks and expense accounts would remain at reasonable levels. Never again would the American taxpayers have to foot an annual bill of over $10 million just to fly the speaker of the House home on weekends as we did with Madame Pelosi during the first two years of the Obama administration.
2: Our lawmakers should receive no pensions or benefits after their term expires.
3: Additionally, this amendment would create a simplified process through which the constituents of any lawmaker can recall said lawmaker from office if they do not do what they promised the voters they would do, or if they act in any manner clearly at odds with the principles of the platform upon which they got elected.
This amendment would also require the removal from office and criminal prosecution of any lawmaker who uses his or her influence to create any new rules or regulations, or to influence the awarding of any governmental contracts they personally would benefit from financially. One way to achieve this goal would be to require that elected officials agree to waive attorney-client privileges in the event that they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Without that to hide behind, and without the possibility of being pardoned by their successors, we just may be able to scare some of these criminals back into the private sector. It could also clean up our election process by creating a mandatory nationwide photo-ID requirement for voting, along with stiff mandatory penalties for anyone attempting any kind of vote fraud. After taking out the crooks, we have to eliminate most of the money from the game, hence the second new amendment that we need:
“THE AMERICAN FAIRNESS IN TAXATION AMENDMENT”
This amendment would simply place rational limitations on what our lawmakers can raise taxes for and would effectively prevent the politicians from using or promising to use our tax dollars to buy votes.
The amendment would augment the constitutional language regarding the federal government’s enumerated powers by specifically prohibiting politicians from using tax revenues for any form of income redistribution, or any form of social-engineering programs. It would also prohibit the federal government from using tax revenues to regulate things for which it has no constitutional mandate. This would shut down the EPA, the Department of Energy and the Department of Education.
It would prohibit any payments from either Social Security or Medicare to individuals who haven’t paid into the system, and it would insure that when tax refunds or reductions are made, they must be returned to or accrue to the benefit of the taxpayers in the same proportion to the amount that said taxpayers paid in the first place. Perhaps most important for our ailing economy, it would also eliminate all corporate income taxes, which will get our economy back on track in a heartbeat.
Justice Roberts, by gutting the “commerce clause” in his much lamented decision on Obamacare, took a major step forward in preventing the progressives from using it as constitutional justification for their abuse of power through the never-ending expansion of the federal government.
If we can follow that up by adopting these two new amendments, we can eliminate the vast majority of the complaints that hard working and honest American’s have about our government, and renew and reinforce the basic freedoms and liberties our Founding Fathers had in mind when they created our country.
F. Swemson, an admirer of Ayn Rand, was a U.S. Marine Corps combat photographer in the 1960s and is now a boating technology writer.