Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 17, 2011, 2:09 a.m. EST by psconway
from Brooklyn, NY
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Since there has been a great amount of interest in the concepts of campaign finance/voting reform becoming one of the central themes of OWS, I suggest that we put some ideas down on paper in the way of specifics for a potential Constitutional Amendment. Why an Amendment and not just federal legislation, you say? Because legislation can be easily repealed and/or challenged in the courts (think National Healthcare under threat and Citizens United vs. FEC).
You can propose any idea you want, and you can list as many separate ideas as you can think of. Please try to keep each idea to no more than three sentences (one sentence is ideal). And please do not lump separate concepts together in the same post: what we're looking for here is a chance for all of us to look at a menu of individual items, add those items that we see as missing from the dialog and upvote those that we find most compelling.
If you wish to propose other ideas for different types of amendments, please feel free to start a parallel forum. If you are bilingual, please consider translating this into your other language and add a new forum post with the language bracketed in the title. Please communicate this as far and wide as possible so that we can get as much input as possible.
Also, keep in mind that amending the constitution is for forever and all time; when proposing draft language, you should try to think in general terms that cover all the possible bases rather than super-specific language that will run into problems in 100 years when things look a bit different than they do today (think 'clear and present danger' or 'cruel and unusual punishment'). Could be a good idea to read the Constitution as it is today before posting.
Thanks to jdragonlee for format inspiration, and to everyone adding positive vibes and voicing their concerns here in these forums, out in the streets and everywhere around the world. Beautiful to see!
(Also, be aware of the 99% Declaration Working Group: https://sites.google.com/site/the99percentdeclaration/home/please-join-this-working-group-and-let-your-voice-be-heard)