How America May Become a Truly Good Example to the World
(Last revised: 1-31-2013)
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness; that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." -- Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, 1776
“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men. Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require.” -- John Adams
That is as true now as it was in 1776, and we, the people, should take it to heart because our government has steadily become destructive regarding our civil liberties and rights while enabling an "upper" class of incredibly wealthy people to profit far beyond what is reasonable or fair, at our expense, at the expense of our nation, and at the expense of our earth environment.
Therefore, it is our right and duty to alter and reform our government, and this article is to suggest an evolutionary idea that suggests how we can actually do that and establish government that will actually be of, by and for the people and serves our interests, rather than just the wealthiest few.
That of course speaks to Americans, but this message is applicable to all nations and the idea behind it is based on the United Nations International Bill of Rights, which most nations including America simply ignore. That's why this message targets America, because it is materially the strongest and most influential nation, and it can be a leading example to the world.
See, as growing numbers of the American people are finally realizing, America is not a united Democratic Republic. It is ruled by a bitterly divided Plutocracy and Oligarchy consisting to two main ruling factions (partisan political parties) which compete for power in a winner-take-all system. And the only real winners are the office holders and the wealthiest few who provided most of the funding for their campaigns (or for the commercial television ads waging misleading attacks against their opponents).
That has produced the unfair, inequitable political economic system we have, and it's why the great majority of us keep getting worse off financially as the rich keep getting richer and richer.
The fact that one party appears to be more sympathetic to the plight of the majority does not mitigate the fact that even that party is obliged to serve the interests of the wealthiest few and is willing or is virtually forced to go along with the status quo, even while their rhetoric is designed to lead us to believe they are trying to serve "all the people."
In fact, both parties make that claim, but in reality neither does as they should. One may be the "lesser of two evils," but both are "evil" in the sense that they have both been guilty of creating or enabling a ruling Plutocracy at our expense.
So, The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, which you may read below, declares that government should exist not merely by the consent of the governed, but also by our own initiative, free choice and equal opportunity to determine who represents us at the highest levels of government. For after all, as it is, we the people really do not have free choice and equal opportunity to choose who represents us. We are presented with choices from which we must choose.
The write-in ballot has been rendered useless, so the basic choices we have are limited to candidates from the organized partisan political parties that divide us. We have no choice but to take sides, be pitted against each other, and buy into the divisive, polarizing battle for the throne of power.
Regardless of which partisan warrior wins the throne, the wealthiest few win and the vast majority loses -- as we've learned even since January 2009 when the sore losers began raising such a stink that it weakened the government, prevented it from enacting any effective or meaningful reforms, and rendered it unable to progress or improve our situation. We've also learned it from many other elections, especially since 1982, because as the most fair-minded and reasonable economists are saying, America’s current economic and financial woes were 30 years in the making.
That is why Americans should remember or learn that from 1932 to 1945 America and its middle class became great, but gradually that kind of greatness was jeopardized and nearly negated to the point where the Real American Dream has been put aside and replaced by a greedy and self-centered dream of individual fame and fortune. That false dream was sold as an ostensible "meritocracy," but it inevitably infected America with the attitude that you're on you own and it's every man for himself in a "dog-eat-dog" world.
But, the Real American Dream is of having a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people --- government that promotes the general welfare by using the common wealth for the common good, and ensures domestic tranquility, liberty, freedom, and equal rights, equal opportunities, and justice for all the people.
That American Dream is not yet fulfilled, because the American people have been duped into believing in a sham and a hoax.
However, we the people can fulfill the real one, at long last. And Americans are fortunate because the Founding Fathers not only made it crystal clear that the people have the right and duty to alter and reform their government when it no longer represents them or serves their interests. The Founders also foresaw that we may have the need to do that, and they provided the tools to do it in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
Now, more than ever before, Americans need to do that, because the States of America are not united, and Jefferson's Tree of Liberty is dying, suffering from a drought from a shameful lack of honesty, ethics and virtue in the public and private sectors, and from a lack of proper, informed citizen involvement because the general public has become disillusioned and discouraged.
But remember, America has done great things and is still great in many ways. Most of its people are good and many are great, and most of the public servants in government may mean well. However, America has been put in increasingly grave jeopardy during the last 30 years because a misleading ideology enabled rampant greed and corruption in the political and corporate culture. Thus the power of money rules and the wealthiest few have most of it, and all three branches of the U.S. Government have increasingly served the interests of the wealthy few and betrayed the majority of the people.
They have also betrayed the Constitution and the intent of the Founders, not only regarding freedom from rule by an Oligarchy and Plutocracy of the wealthiest few, but also regarding theocratic imposition of the dominant religion into politics and the operations of government, and an effort to create a Theocracy. That violates not only the intent of the Founders. It specifically violates Article 6 and the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
Consequently, during the last 30 years many proud and militant political activists supported by the wealthiest few have gained power by claiming to be religious and patriotic. They surely believe they are virtuous and moral because they believe in the Reaganite "Gospel of Prosperity," which they still use to justify themselves (even though it actually turned Christianity up-side-down by claiming the rich are blessed and the poor deserve their lot).
The problem is that Reaganism revived the old 1800 Hamiltonian Federalist idea of "Christian Meritocracy," which is still used by Reaganites to justify themselves and claim religious and patriotic prerogative. In 1982 they even established a modern Federalist Society to take over the political and legal system, and they have steadfastly claimed and acted as if their "religion" and their great wealth entitled them to rule.
Reaganism and Reaganomics gave them free rein and license. And even though the greed and corruption of their giant corporations, banks and lending institutions inevitably caused another economic crisis which became horribly evident in 2008 (which was very reminiscent of the 1929 economic crash), they've still not been held accountable. In fact, even with "Democrats" in the White House, they've been able to come out of it enjoying record profits and record incomes while everyone else has become worse and worse off, and increasing numbers of the rest of us suffer.
The declaration of human rights in the second sentence of the original U.S. Declaration of Independence written in 1776 was inspired by the writings of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. And in that Declaration the majority of the Founders pledged their lives and fortunes, and they risked their lives by signing it.
Their distaste for Royal Monarchy and State Theocracy and their desire for fairness and social justice was summed up in the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and even of John Adams, who wrote: “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men."
Even though most of the Founders were men of faith in the Deity or "Nature's God," as they put it, they realized there can be no freedom of religion unless government respects all religions. They purposely used generic terms for the Creator in official documents and avoided using religious names or terms specific to any particular religion.
Some of them were Christians, but most of them were highly educated "Enlightenment" thinkers who agreed with Deist thought. That is, they believed in the Deity and the Creator, but they realized how and why official church canon, doctrines, dogma, superstitions, myths and creeds had caused so much trouble, suffering and bloodshed in the name of Christianity during the preceding 14 centuries. And in their letters and writings they expressed that very clearly.
They wanted government to honor universal spiritual values. But, unfortunately, Jefferson's and Madison’s dream of a Democratic Republic and a "Tree of Liberty" has not grown to maturity. In fact, it suffers from a drought of truth, honesty and integrity, because even though those who benefit from the present political-economic system steadfastly claim they want democracy and liberty for all, they are driven by greed and self-interest, or are beholden to those driven by it.
Many have been at fault along the way. But it has especially been the Reaganites who simply ignored the lessons of history, and they ignored the Golden Rule. And now in proudly and militantly fighting to gain and maintain political power they simply ignore that the wise Solomon said pride and arrogance go before a fall. They ignore that Jesus of Nazareth said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, that the rich put themselves in spiritual jeopardy, that the poor are blessed, and that the humble and meek shall inherit the earth.
We cannot fix the problems unless all Americans realize what the roots of the problems are.
America has been pushed far backward and our national spiritual growth has been severely stunted because the American "democratic process" (partisan politics) became tainted by greed and lust for money, and the corruption that it causes. It has enabled deceptive people driven by greed and self-interest to gain the power of government (or manipulate it by deceptive, obstructionist tactics) by claiming, as Ronald Reagan did, that government is the problem and not the solution, even though they actually make government the problem rather than a solution.
They not only ignore the lessons of history, they even deny it and try to sell a revisionist idea of history. They deny that good government should promote the general welfare; ensure justice for all the people; maintain the infrastructure; provide sufficient regulation and oversight of companies, banks, lending institutions and corporations; protect the environment, and provide proper quality public education, safety, security and protection for all the people. They deny it all.
Why? Because their focus is instead on having free rein to operate without government regulation and oversight; on lowering their own tax liability and providing themselves and their businesses and corporations with tax breaks, tax loopholes, subsidies, and other “welfare for the rich.” Thus they cause government to shirk its responsibilities, operate with insufficient revenue and face huge deficits, simply because their main goal is to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.
Even though they can well afford to pay their fair share of taxes, those who are driven by greed and self-interest claim they and their big businesses, corporations, banks and financial institutions “cannot afford to pay more” (even though they don’t pay nearly enough). Instead, they fight for even more tax cuts along with more cuts in humanitarian services.
The cruel irony is that many of them claim to be Christians, and they insist that our leaders must be Christians (as they define the term). However, many of their words and deeds reveal that they are the opposite of true Christians.
They ignore that Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution ensures that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States," and the First Amendment prohibits any law regarding the establishment of religion, ensuring that no particular religion or sect could rule or legislate to further a particular religious agenda, and that no particular religion could be sanctioned by government.
The Founders wanted no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, "thus building a wall of separation between church and state," as Thomas Jefferson so clearly stated on behalf of his fellow Founders. And that was not only to establish freedom of religion, but also to establish freedom from "religious" bigotry and theocratic imposition, because to have real religious freedom we must have mutual respect between religions, equality of religions, and religious pluralism.
Even the U.S. Supreme Court later acknowledged that, citing Jefferson’s words and declaring that "The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach."
But that wall has been breached since 1982. The forces of greed and self-interest have ignored the Constitution and even the core teachings of Jesus. They have simply thumped their bible as they waved the flag to gain political power, and since 1982 they have managed to gain political power in local school boards, city government, state legislatures, and Congress. They have even pushed the U.S. Supreme Court to favor and entitle the wealthiest few at our expense, and they want to destroy the wall of separation between church and state, twisting the words of the Constitution, and ignoring and distorting the intent of the Founders.
They have accomplished all that partly by making many Americans forget or ignore what once made America great, and what once made its "middle class" large and great -- Roosevelt's New Deal. Reaganism has practically ruined that, and even many Democrats bought into it.
That is not to say that there is anything wrong with being wealthy, because many of the wealthy are good people and deserving of their wealth. However, some are not, and we should prevent the greedy, selfish, corrupt ones from being able to rake in so much more money than they need at our expense. They claim it's fair, and they fight dirty when anyone says it's not. That’s why they hate and slander their opponents today, just as their counterparts hated and slandered the great President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s and ‘40s for the same reasons.
Today, Reaganite Republicans still fight against all that which is democratically ideal, fair and equitable, and they fight for all that which benefits the wealthiest few. And, to do that they have no choice but to be misleading and deceptive. They cannot be honest or they wouldn't be elected. They must play dirty, which is why their shills have used "push-button" words like "socialism" and "government takeover" to mislead, incite and rouse gullible people against Democrats. And it's why even today they claim "regulators" are bad, and label Democrats as "tax and spend liberals."
Granted, Democrats have become nearly as bad. But Republicans and Libertarians and "Tea Party" members are far worse, and they use the same tactics that were used back in the 1950s with "McCarthyism" or "Red-Baiting," marked by right-wing demagoguery, slander and deception to appeal to people’s emotions, prejudices, and fears.
That is why Americans actually made the best choice they could in electing Mr. Obama, even though he has so far been unable or unwilling to get to the root of our problems. In fact, in far too many case Mr. Obama has allowed himself to be extorted by Republican deception and obstructionism, particularly with regard to so-called health care "reform," Social Security and Medicare. Obama has also continued many bad policies of his Republican predecessor (Bush), and he still caters to the wealthiest few and thus betrays the vast majority.
In 2009 it seemed like electing Obama was a step in the right direction. But, as it has turned out, it has been a very small step, because Mr. Obama has been reduced to doing what is politically expedient. He has not been able to address the root causes of our problems, using band aids rather than using needed medicine to cure the underlying infection. And he has even damaged the basic principle of a free press (that should keep government honest), and instead caused journalists to be afraid to report freely about the operations of government.
Mr. Obama has not yet learned how to deal with his malicious enemies, either foreign or domestic. He has surrendered to Republican intimidation and permitted cuts in needed human services while demanding little or no increased revenue to reduce the debt. He apparently doesn’t realize that he needs to give a speech like President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Inaugural Address in order to establish sufficient reforms, regulations and wage and price controls, and demand that corporations and the wealthiest few pay their fair share of taxes.
No partisan politician can or will fix the main problems, so Americans need to make a much greater choice — a choice that will bring much greater, lasting change, which will enable us to progress forward more united.
Divided we will continue to fall, and if we perpetuate this partisan political-economic system and its built-in conflict and division we will fall further because a people divided against themselves cannot work together in common purpose to achieve common goals for the common good, and a nation divided against itself cannot stand.
We, the people, are going to have to fix it, because even the Democrats who promised great change have not produced much, because they are not only beholden to the rich who support them, they are hindered and prevented from establishing meaningful reform by the very cunning, misleading, deceptive and aggressive forces. And even if Democrats were not hindered by obstructionists, part of the problem is that they too benefit from the status quo and live luxuriously, so it is simply naive to think they are very motivated to produce the changes, reforms and regulations we really need.
Therefore, the only way we can and will save our nation, be truly united, and establish government that is of, by, and for the people, is to utilize the tools the Founders gave us to reform, alter, and improve the whole political-economic system.
In order for the U.S.A. to become actually united and fulfill the real American Dream, its government must promote the general welfare and use the common wealth for the common good. Moreover, it must also give up its globalist military industrial imperial role. For as it is, the U.S. has become what the Founders wanted freedom from.
After all, while any nation has the right to defend itself, the U.S. is the only nation maintaining regional multi-service military commands in all parts of the world. It is a global religious military industrial empire. The U.S. Military accounts for 46.5 percent of the world’s total spending on military with a $680 Billion annual budget for war, and in 2011 the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex was involved in 3,019 contracts between the Pentagon and its military contractors, and those contracts amounted to more than $269.8 Billion.
Of course, Americans have been conditioned to regard their military role as totally beneficent and good, but while that is true in part, it is in part ostensible rationale. And Americans need to know why.
The U.S. position in the world (from which it is falling) was accomplished in a process initiated in the nineteenth century by the imperialist notion of "Manifest Destiny." It expanded significantly following World War II, expanded again under Reaganism, and then global dominance was carried to the extreme during the reign of George W. Bush which took Reaganism to the extreme with The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) calling for global religious military industrial domination. And it is all concocted to appear not only "patriotic." It is also disguised under a hypocritical cloak of religiosity, which is driven by misguided "Christian" Dominionism.
Unfortunately, President Obama has done little or nothing about that, perhaps fearing the clout of the "Christian Right" (which is neither Christian nor right). Consequently, America has been and still is falling is because it serves not God, but Mammon.
This is a "piece of Babylon," fueled by money accumulated by greed and self-interest, and ruled by the wealthiest few. That is why we must really reform our government so that it is actually of, by and for the people, so that it is truly representative, so that it will protect us from those who are essentially robbing us, so that it will prevent lawmakers and policy makers from being bribed by the wealthiest few and their large corporations and lobbyists, and so that it will protect us from theocratic hypocrites.
To turn the tables on the hypocrites who claim to serve God and Country, other articles on this site show how they ignore the core teachings of Jesus as well as the intent of the Founders of America, and they reveal how ans why the former wall of separation between church and state has been so badly eroded since 1982, to the point where it was practically torn down in 2008 during the presidential campaigns when being a Christian became a de facto litmus test for becoming president.
In addition to betraying the intent of the Founding Fathers, such theocratic action betrays Jesus, who taught that we should render to government its due, and seek the spiritual treasure within and not be overly concerned or obsessed with money and material things.
Since 1981 the Reaganites have deceived you (and probably even themselves), because their ostensible, misleading, self-serving rationale has been used for the last 16 centuries by rich "Christian" emperors, kings, heads of state and their very wealthy loyalist supporters to gain personal power, wealth and domain at the expense of others.
For centuries people claiming to be Christians have lived by the sword, gun and bomb and killed many innocent peoples all over the world to gain and maintain such material power, wealth and domain, plunder natural resources and try to rule the world, while ostensibly claiming it was their"divine right and duty" and all in the name of "civilizing the heathen and saving souls." And even today it’s the same old story.
That is not to say that all Christians have been wrong and harmful. In fact, most Christians are good and conscientious. They understand and abide by the Golden Rule, like the good and conscientious people of other faiths who abide by the universal divine imperative, and thus they are the "sheep of the good shepherd." However, not all who claim to serve God actually do. As Jesus said, not all who say "Lord, Lord" know the Lord God, the Great Spirit-Parent in heaven.
Therefore, Americans should progress forward now, toward the day when ALL human beings, all nations, all religions, all races and all cultures are respected equally, and enjoy truly equal rights under the laws of our lands and our world. Otherwise, if we perpetuate this partisan political-economic system it would keep the partisan political pendulum swinging. It would perpetuate the partisan political conflict, division, polarization and instability, and it would perpetuate the corruption that it inevitably produces.
Peace, freedom and justice is now ours to achieve and establish peacefully, together. All we need is the wisdom to acknowledge the way to save and improve our world, and the courage and faith to make it so, in America, and by good example, in every other country.
Even though evil can masquerade as good in the public eye or be cowardly and sneaky in its murderous ways, and even though it has been and still is very powerful in its ability to denigrate or even kill those who would deny it power to rule over the people, we can overcome it.
We can ensure that people driven by greed, self-interest and self-righteousness are not able to gain power again, because there is a way that we can finally prevent the wrong people from dividing us and ruling over us ever again -- a way that will enable us to peacefully establish good, representative government that serves all the people.
These truths should be self-evident: that all human beings are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the rights to: life; liberty; equal rights; equal opportunity; justice; public safety; universal health care; complete public education from preschool-child care to post-graduate school; fair and adequate compensation for your labor; adequate social security income for those in need of it, so that no one suffers from hunger, poverty, or homelessness; freedom of religion, with freedom from theocratic imposition of religion into government by any particular religion or religious sect(s); and real freedom in the pursuit of happiness.
We do not have any of those rights or freedoms now. In fact, our rights and freedoms have been diminishing, and there is no politician in our country right now who will establish the rights we want and need.
Therefore, to establish and secure our God-given universal rights, even while ensuring that government is secular with a wall of separation between religion and government, the people should adopt a revised and updated Declaration of Independence to re-state and expand our rights, and then demand that we establish and adopt new constitutional amendments that will ensure those rights.
Consider that the U.S. Constitution and many of its amendments were written in the late 1700s when the idea that government should be by "the consent of the governed" was a revolutionary idea and a great leap forward. However, it did not lead us to where we are destined to be.
The precedents for progress, improvement and advancement are clear. The 13th Amendment written in 1865 officially outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude, and did so by repealing Article 4 of the Constitution (which Southern leaders had insisted upon in 1787, which required that slaves that escaped to another state be returned to the owner in the state from which they escaped).
Now we the people need to repeal, revise or replace certain other articles and amendments, and/or establish new amendments, particularly to put an end to rule by the power of money and an end to the presidential form of monarchy. We need to do this because government can and should be of, by and for the people, and by the absolute free choice of the people, which we do not have now. We are faced with a choice between competitive candidates who seek power of the highest office and the "throne" of a presidential monarchy.
Now it is time to take advantage of the tools which the Founding Fathers created for us to advance and progress forward, instead of continuing to be pushed backward.
Our Way of Liberation and Empowerment
Article 5 of the Constitution of the United States stipulates that new amendments may be proposed either by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, or by a national convention assembled at the request of the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the states. The amendments must then be ratified either by approval of the legislatures of three-fourths of the states, or by ratifying conventions held in three-fourths of the states. Congress has discretion as to which method of ratification should be used.
However, ultimately the power is with the people. Our government is supposed to operate with the consent of the governed, and if enough people demand something, politicians will do what the people want. Politicians know that they have to abide by the will of the vast majority of the people or be elected out of office.
The write-in vote is one tool we can use, but it is but one of many. We can also take action either though a petition process to create citizen's initiatives and establish state ballot measures so that the people can officially register their demands. We can also voice our demands in peaceful public assembly in open parks and in other appropriate public spaces, obtaining permits if needed (and not wearing hoods or masks). And ultimately, whether it's using the citizen's initiative process or the write-in ballot or public demonstration or all of them, we the people can persist until our our numbers are so great that state and federal Legislators recognize and acknowledge our power and meet out demands so that we can finally establish the kind of government we want and need.
This has become a necessity, which is why in recent years a growing number of constitutional scholars have been calling for a Constitutional Convention. And there are several organizations working to establish new amendments to the U.S. Constitution utilizing Article 5 provisions. For example, Wolf-PAC has made some progress in producing interest in their new proposed 28th Amendment. However, it is focused solely on ending corporate “personhood” and establishing a publicly funded election process in order to end the massive influence money has on the present election process. But they hope they will be so successful that they will draw so much media attention that no state or federal Legislator would dare to oppose amendments that the vast majority of people want (which is a hope similar to ours).
Other organizations calling for Amendments to the Constitution are similarly focused on one or two issues, and some are good ideas. However, what we need is a comprehensive overhaul, reformation, updating, revision, and expansion of the U.S. Constitution.
That is the only way we can establish reformed government that is actually representative and of the people, by the people, and for the people -- a government that promotes the general welfare, ensures equal rights, opportunities and justice for all the people, and uses the common wealth for the common good -- favoring no one merely because of their wealth or religion or race or nationality.
Keep in mind that the Founding Fathers of the nation wrote Article 5 because they recognized the importance of providing this means by which we, the people, could initiate amendments to change and/or clarify and/or update the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land. Even in the earlier Declaration of Independence they declared that it is the right and duty of the people to alter and reform our government, or even institute new government.
That has become necessary because the Framers of the Constitution did not provide specific enough provisions to ensure the rights listed above. Being men of their times they it not occur to them to spell out how government should promote the general welfare. It wasn’t until Roosevelt's New Deal that government began to promote the general welfare as it should, but tragically the Reaganites have tried to destroy that mandate and have negated much of the New Deal reforms and progress.
That is why we need new amendments to the Constitution, to officially make it part of the supreme law of the land that we will be a conscientious, caring, charitable society that actually ensures the general welfare and guarantees fairness, equity, and justice for all, and ensures that no one suffers from abject poverty, hunger or homelessness.
Few if any modern politicians have advocated an Article 5 Constitutional Convention. Most politicians like the status quo whether they are Republicans or Democrats. And no Republican or Democrat has ever mentioned the need for Constitutional amendments to correct our situation and solve the root problems.
However, we the people can bring about the process to establish new amendments to the Constitution under Article 5, but it will take a vast majority of people demonstrating their demand for it. That may take a long time, or it could happen fairly quickly. God only knows, and it depends on us, the people. But it will happen, and when it does the forces of greed and self-interest will be faced with a difficult choice.
When enough people get the message, the ruling class will weigh their options and consider the possible consequences. They will consider what could happen if they continue the tactics they have been using, such as dirty partisan political attacks and slander, half-truths, misleading propaganda, and deception. And at that point they will also consider that the people are wise to them. They will consider how still using those tactics may backfire due to a more knowledgeable and informed public, and they will probably realize that it would be better to go along to get along.
After all, reasonable progressives are not saying there is anything wrong with having wealth. What we are saying is that there is something terribly wrong with greed and selfishness.
As Theodore Roosevelt said: “We are not attacking the corporations, but endeavoring to do away with any evil in them. We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth.”
The author of this work is not against banks or corporations or capitalism, but like Thomas Jefferson and Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt, he recognizes that they must be required to pay their fair share of taxes according to their ability to pay, and they must be properly and sufficiently regulated and kept honest with sufficient government oversight in order to prevent malfeasance and misconduct, and to protect and serve the public good.
Beyond all that, you should also know that many politicians in the past have favored a Constitutional Convention, including such notables as Republican Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1861, Lincoln said: "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." And Lincoln added that "to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves, instead of only permitting them to take or reject propositions originated by others..."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower also supported an Article 5 Convention saying: "Through their state legislatures and without regard to the federal government, the people can demand a convention to propose amendments that can and will reverse any trends they see as fatal to true representative government."
Therefore, in America we advocate a Constitutional Convention, and we advocate this New Declaration of Independence, which is an edited and revised update of Thomas Jefferson's work.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all human beings are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are the rights to: life; liberty; equal rights; equal opportunity; justice; safety; universal health care; complete public education from universal preschool-child care to post-graduate school; fair and adequate compensation for our labor; adequate social security income if and when needed, so that no one suffers from hunger, poverty, or homelessness; real freedom of religion, respecting all religions and preventing theocratic domination by one; and real freedom in the pursuit of happiness.
We declare that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among peoples, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes obstructive to or destructive of these ends, it is the right and duty of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new or reformed government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form as to protect the people, ensure that all the people enjoy those equal opportunities and equal rights, and ensure that the common wealth is used for the common good.
Now granted, governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. Therefore, the people have been more willing to suffer, while abuses and offenses seemed bearable, than to free themselves by abolishing the government to which they are accustomed. However, when a long series of deceptions, offenses, betrayals, and abuses of power, invariably pursuing the interests and the favor of the wealthiest few at the expense of the many, creates conditions which reduce the majority to subservient, dispensable subjects, it is the absolute right and duty of the people to throw off such government, to institute new or better government, and to provide new safeguards for their future security, equality, prosperity, and well being.
Such has been the patient sufferance of the majority of the people; and such is now the necessity to alter their system of government. The history of this government is a history of repeated deceptions, offenses, betrayals, injustices, failings, injuries, and abuses of power, resulting in the establishment and perpetuation of an unjust, corrupt, inequitable, divisive political-economic system and society in which a wealthy, privileged few disproportionately enjoy the fruits of the labor of the majority, while the lot of the majority diminishes and growing numbers of good, hard working people are reduced to conditions of poverty, to the extent that tens of millions of innocent children in this nation suffer from its devastating effects.
Furthermore, since this inequitable political-economic system of government functions by a money-driven, partisan political contest for sovereign presidential power and congressional dominance, the people are repeatedly divided and polarized by a foolish and juvenile partisan rivalry for the throne of political power. The wealthy and powerful from the right and the left fight amongst themselves to maintain and even gain more wealth and more power, soliciting support not only from their wealthy peers but from the average people who generate that wealth and power but cannot sufficiently benefit from it themselves. Thus the wealthy few keep the people divided and weak, unable to stand united because they are misled and pulled in opposite directions. A partisan monarch (president) sits on the throne, serving the interests of his winning party and supporters, while the majority of the people and the losing party suffer the consequences.
Therefore, in the name and by the authority of the good people of this nation, it is now solemnly declared that:
1) We the people shall bring about a comprehensive reformation of government so that it will finally be of the people, by the people, and for the people, so that we may share the power as equal joint heirs to our inheritance and birthright;
2) Recognizing that partisan politics and the winner-take-all competition for the throne merely perpetuates conflict and division and causes government to serve the interests of the wealthiest few to our detriment, we shall revise, alter and amend the Constitution utilizing Article 5 of the Constitution;
3) Taking advantage of the tools the Founders provided, we the people shall put an end the rule of money and an end the presidential form of monarchy, so that executive power shall no longer be held by a president or chief executive but by an executive council of equals, and so that the electoral process is turned over to a citizenry trusted to make good choices;
4) Given equal free choice and equal opportunity, we will freely choose, nominate and elect, by secret write-in ballot, an executive council of six men and six women to replace the chief executive and serve and represent us in administering the executive branch of our government;
5) The executive council shall have equal voice and equal decision-making power, but they may choose a facilitator and spokesperson if they choose. Their decisions shall be by consensus, or by two thirds majority vote when not unanimous. And all council members will be at all times available to hold meetings through electronic conferences wherever they may be in the world;
6) Political advocacy during the electoral process shall be confined to brief, positive, free public service messages through the print and broadcast media, and the official advocacy period utilizing such media services shall be no longer than the three months prior to elections;
7) There shall be no paid commercial political advertisements, and safeguards shall be put in place to prevent wealthy interests from being able to use money to influence either the political advocacy process or the electoral process;
8) Political endorsements may be made in non-commercial forums by advocates recommending candidates, but regardless of endorsements the people shall have free choice to nominate by write-in ballot whoever they want to represent them, and the six men and six women who receive the most votes and accept the call to serve shall be elected;
9) Lobbying and all other efforts to influence or bribe political leaders, legislators, law makers, policy makers or the judiciary shall be prohibited, and instead all political representatives of the people shall keep in touch with them by holding regular local "town hall" meetings and events in which constituents may ask questions and offer suggestions;
10) We the people shall ensure that our government protects our religious freedom, honors the universal human values common to all religions, builds a solid Jeffersonian wall of separation between government and religion, and ensures that government respects all the major religions and acknowledges the Creator and Nature's God, or the Spirit of Divinity by any other name;
11) Freedom of speech and freedom of the press shall be protected and censorship shall be prohibited, within reason, so that:
a) The information and news media shall print, publish and broadcast the essential, relevant truth and nothing but the truth when reporting the news, offer opinion only when identified as such, and lose the right to operate if it is proven that they commit slander or knowingly violate the public trust or cause harm or loss to others;
b) Journalists will fulfill their responsibilities and honor their ethical code, be truthful and unbiased, and dutifully investigate the operations of government, corporations, industry and all other institutions to keep them honest and ethical, and to expose them whey they are not; and
c) Every effort possible will be made to ensure that what is broadcast on the air or published on the Internet is truthful, so that when wrongdoing or falsehoods are alleged, reliable, independent fact-checkers contracted by the public sector will investigate and bring charges (if warranted), thus helping to prevent false, slanderous and harmful claims, fraudulent solicitations and content, and malfeasance.
It is also solemnly declared that the government thus produced shall have full power to levy taxes fairly and equitably according to ability to pay, without any loopholes or shelters and without any deductions for charitable contributions; provide for the common defense; keep the peace; contract alliances; regulate commerce and the economy to ensure equity, fairness and stability; promote the general welfare; provide for the health care and public education of all the people; use the common wealth to serve the common good; be good stewards of our environment; protect the environment, correct the mistakes and clean up the mess that greed, corruption and folly have created; and do all other acts and things which independent states have the right and the duty to do.
For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we the people mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
May God truly bless our nation. May it abide by the new covenant with God and finally become known in truth as the land of the free and the home of the brave, under God or the Spirit of Divinity only, and may all nations in the world follow suit and be liberated.
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Note: The above declaration is merely a suggestion. It is up to the people to adopt it, or revise it.
(For more suggestions, recommendations and proposals, see the article on Real Democracy Is Coming to the U.S.A.)