From my perspective, the Trump presidency is an aberration and could be the catalyst for a wave of constitutional reform and political involvement of ordinary citizens. I want to express some ideas as to where you might place your post-Trump political energy.
The American form of democracy needs constitutional reform. I will not belabor the need to remove private money from public elections–which results in laws largely benefiting corporate interests and the investor class. The need to abolish the anti-democratic Electoral College–which contradicts the principle of one person, one vote—has never been greater. The Senate filibuster is another entrenched obstruction to simple majority democracy and must be ended. The presidential veto is a residual of Rome and should be prohibited. Corporate personhood is a legal fiction and should be negated by a constitutional amendment that re-establishes that human rights are limited to humans. These are just some of several reasons why Americans need an Article Five Constitutional Convention (called by Congress after two thirds of the state legislatures ask for one) to shore up their democracy and to incorporate other fundamental rights into the Constitution. (In my book, Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers, I propose more than thirty constitutional amendments.)
I think we Americans need to work together to bring about an open Article Five Convention. Our motivation for this objective need not be to have a better country. It can be that we want for ourselves, and for those who follow us, to have better and more fulfilling lives. Having a better country will be the natural consequence of helping one another improve our lives.
Why, then, is an Article Five Convention an important step towards improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people? If we were to amend the Constitution to add just the five amendments mentioned above, there would likely be many positive consequences: We would have greater variety in the kinds of people running for federal office. Special interests and wealthy political donors would have less influence on representatives. Accompanying a diminution of special-interest influence would be a fairer and more diversified allocation of governmental resources. Citizen interest in politics would increase if each vote were equal to all others; no longer undervalued because of the Electoral College.
These could be some of the reforms manifested if we were to amend the Constitution to reinforce democracy. But these reforms, alone, would be insufficient to give to the people that which I believe they are entitled: their full entitlement of human rights. That achievement which would eventually result in a peaceful, societal transformation. The rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence must become a part of the Constitution so that our society can achieve government’s purpose as stated in the Declaration: to secure the rights of the people.
In Part 2 of From Resistance to Reform to Societal Transformation, I will explore the amazing potential of a government whose purpose is to secure the people’s rights.
For those of you interested in what society would look like if education, business, and government were based on the rights of students, workers, and citizens, please read my book, Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers. It provides a blueprint for societal transformation. The E book (at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu) is priced at an affordable $1.99; not much to pay for a revolution Purchase here