Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 4, 2012, 2:15 p.m. EST by unimportant
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Ok, let's go with your leaking basement analogy.
Pump out the water, plug the leak...seems like a quick fix eh? But why did that leak occur in the first place? Must be another problem that needs to be addressed or the plug won't hold or a new leak will occur...
Identify the problem, ascertain the means for repair, locate proper materials or contractor to effect repair. Except we still need the 'board' (which could be us) to agree to hiring them.
In my mind the problems with our country are related to legislation and laws that are not beneficial to the Citizens of the country. The reason I see bad legislation being passed is a result of the direct and indirect influence and more importantly, interference of corporations and/or the created entities in our political processes; both the electoral and legislative processes.
The ability for these entities to be able to pump money into the political processes are the direct and indirect result of the Courts and their rulings that over the last 120 years starting with the 1886 case SANTA CLARA COUNTY v. SOUTHERN PAC. R. CO., 118 U.S. 394 (1886)
Culminating in the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) which granted unlimited influence to created entities in the political processes.
In my mind this is where I would start to fix the problem, or stem the flow of bad rulings. The question is how you stem the flow of bad rulings by Courts. I would remove their ability to misinterpret the Constitution by making the Constitution specific in who the Bill of Rights are reserved for.
My proposed Amendment or at least the relevant text:
Resolved by the CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and presented to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of two-thirds of the several States within twelve  months after the date of its submission for ratification:
“SECTION 1. We the people who ordain and establish the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States to be the rights of natural persons.
“SECTION 2. The words people, person, or citizen as used in this Constitution mean “natural persons” and do not include corporations, limited liability companies and other private entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state.
“SECTION 3. Such entities not identified as a “natural persons” in SECTION 2. of this Amendment, shall be prohibited from making contributions or expenditures to, for or against, any candidate for public office or to, for or against, publicly elected official or to, for or against, any legislation before the Congress, the Senate or the people.
“SECTION 4. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.”.
This precludes all except the individual from expenditure and contributing to all political processes. This gets rid of lobbiest, PACs and all other created entities from all influence of our government.
After this we can bail out the water by changing the laws to serve the public instead of the current laws that force the public to serve our government.