Part 7: The Proposed 28th Amendment
Below you will find the proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This proposal is disarmingly simple on its surface: uncomplicated but having wide-ranging effects, revolutionary in its impact but accessible to all, and almost common sensical while giving a permanent structure to what we already believe to be true — that ruling power belongs to the people.
The initial sentence is fixed, because it embodies an inalienable right.
While the rest is a draft proposal and not the final product, it's a strong start in the right direction and includes unchangeable elements: 1) Nominations must be solicited from the voters. Whether to suggest someone as a candidate is entirely each voter's choice; 2) if the voter chooses to do so, then a simple legal document must be signed, attesting that no party or organized group has solicited this nomination; it is entirely of the voter's initiative, and based on the voter's own experience and knowledge, etc.
Any proposed amendment should remain clear, simple, and airtight in its meaning to ward off those who would misuse it.s
We all readily admit that politics is corrupt. We also admit that we want our nation to be better. The only question is whether we are willing to do anything about it. Improving our nation begins with us, the regular folk. So I invite you to help improve America. Become fluent in the issue of nomination: buy the book, understand the history of parties versus people, discuss the idea with friends and family, and then do something about it. Share your thoughts on social media, figure out how to get non-party nominations into your local governance, and then support the amendment itself. Whatever you decide to do, take those steps seriously and often.
Adopting the proposed amendment won't be immediate; it may take several years or even decades, but that's not the point. What matters is you — that your voice is heard, that your vote matters, that power is restored to you rather than wielded only by the connected elite and wealthy few.
PROPOSED: THE 28th AMENDMENT
XXVIII The Right to Nominate candidates for elective offices belongs to the people.
The [U.S. or State] government shall protect and defend this right, and shall provide such means as are necessary for its orderly exercise, including funds sufficient to promote the candidacies of resulting public nominees, based on the cost of past elections. But no local, state or federal government shall pay expenses incurred by any private group or individual in the course of that group or individual seeking to promote its own candidates.
SUPPORTIVE CLAUSES & ENABLING LEGISLATION
A. The States shall have power to determine who will be eligible for public nomination within their jurisdictions, and power to regulate the procedures of nominating bodies (hereafter referred to as “Jury/Conventions”), provided that said regulations include and comply with the following:
1. Sufficiently prior to each election, registered voters shall be solicited for nominations to the offices to be elected.
2. Those names which are returned, along with supporting comments and reasons given, shall be turned over to a Jury/Convention of citizens drawn by random selection from the full registry of that state's voters who shall have been given and shall have accepted a solemn duty to seek out candidates for office who, in their best judgment, would well represent and serve the people of [X districts] in [Y offices].
3. After hearing from possible candidates invited to address them and to hold discussions with them, the Jury/Convention shall, by majority vote, nominate final candidate(s) of their choice. The names of those so nominated shall then appear on the ballot of the general election with all other lawfully nominated candidates.
4. The [State legislature] shall establish an Independent Bureau of Service with the means and personnel to conduct background investigations of potential nominees. This Bureau of Service shall introduce and explain to each new Jury/Convention the previous history and required procedures of the Jury/Convention, according to a format set forth by law.
5. When final nominees are chosen, this Bureau of Service will provide them with needed preparation for an election campaign, including balanced and expert testimony about issues currently facing the government, and shall at once supply them with all campaign funds appropriated by [the legislature].
6. The Bureau of Service’s meetings, decisions, and actions shall be open to public view during this period of preparing nominees.
The function of this Bureau shall be to serve the Jury/Convention in whatever manner is required to fulfill its duty. The Bureau shall help prepare final nominees for their election campaigns; but beginning at the campaign’s starting date, which shall be prescribed by law, the Bureau may give no further help to nominees.