The resounding answer is yes, amend it! New amendments are necessary to rein in the runaway federal government and to reestablish the original balance of power between the states and their federal government by regaining previously designated spheres of control. If you fear that a far left faction will seek to provide the federal government absolute power and take away our rights, fear not. The delegates will come from the states and each and every proposed amendment must be ratified by each of thirty-eight states’ legislatures or states’ conventions. This daunting number of thirty-eight out of fifty, alone will serve to ensure that only truly needed and purposeful amendments will be ratified. If thirteen states decline to ratify an amendment for fear of giving up their current power, the proposed amendment is dead.
A Convention of States for Proposing Amendments is working its way to fruition. When convened, what should be proposed? The following are proposed amendments by the attendees to a simulation convention conducted by the Convention of States. In addition, I have listed additional amendments and restated some that are necessary to return the balance of power between the states and the federal government and restore spheres of power between the states and the federal government.
The Convention of States website lists some proposed amendments to be considered at a Convention for Proposing Amendments
The Simulated Convention passed amendment proposals on the following six ideas:
1. The public debt shall not be increased except upon a recorded vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress.
2. Term limits on Congress
3. Limiting federal overreach by returning the Commerce Clause to its original meaning
4. Limiting the power of federal regulations by giving an easy congressional override
5. Require a super majority for federal taxes and repeal the 16th Amendment
6. Give the states (by a 3/5ths vote) the power to abrogate any federal law, regulation or executive order.
I have expounded on some listed above and added additional proposed amendments that I believe are necessary to bring back that balance and the designated spheres of power. These are not in order of priority.
Recall of U.S. Senators by State Legislatures
Upon completion of six months of a U.S. Senator’s elected term, the elected Senator is subject to recall and removal from office, for the remainder of the Senator’s term in office by a majority vote of the Senator’s respective state legislature. A replacement Senator shall be selected in the manner prescribed in Article XVII (Seventeen) of this Constitution. The recalled Senator is not eligible for the Senate until the recalled Senator’s original term has expired.
Contributions to Congressional Candidates
Money or contributions of a value of any kind may only be contributed by registered voters of the Congressional candidate’s serving jurisdiction (congressional district). For Senator the state he or she will represent and for House of Representative candidates, the district they will represent. Failure of the candidate to police the contributions, if elected, will result in forfeiture of the election and removal of office.
Political action committees, fund-raising committees, individuals, or groups banded together to provide advertising support for a candidate of any kind, by providing independent political election support in the form of public relations or advertising for any Congressional candidate, House or Senate, shall not occur, is prohibited, within ninety days of the first ballot being cast in a primary or general election. This includes coordinated or not coordinated campaigns, with any candidate. Candidates directly campaigning or directly promoting or advertising their candidacy are not prohibited from this effort.
Candidates directly campaigning or directly promoting or advertising their candidacy are not covered by this amendment.
Congress and Congressional Staff bound by laws
All House Representatives, Senators, and congressional staff shall be equally bound to all congressionally enacted legislation in the same manner as the general population of the United States. No exemptions may be provided for former or present members of Congress and former or present congressional staff members.
The U.S. Budget
The House of Representatives shall prepare a budget for the United States for each United States fiscal year. It may be unbalanced to stimulate economic growth, or to fund an act of war by Congress. It shall be retroactively balanced by future budgets over a five-year forward period – this is a rolling five year budget period. The Senate shall approve or reject the House approved budget by a majority vote. If there is a failure to have a budget in place approved by both Houses of Congress for the upcoming fiscal year thirty days prior to the start of the new fiscal year, all members of Congress shall forfeit triple their congressional compensation, until a budget is passed and signed into law. There is no recovery of lost compensation. A practice that is commonly known as a “Continuing Resolution” is not be considered a budget substitute.
Special Prosecutor – Department of Justice
The States’ Attorneys General shall be empowered to assemble a “Special Prosecutor Committee” of seven States’ Attorneys General to appoint a prosecutor for the sole purpose of investigating suspected malfeasance, and to prosecute any malfeasance found, within the Department of Justice and its subordinate entities. The States’ Attorneys General shall have sole power to investigate and prosecute malfeasance in the Department of Justice.
Term Limits – Congress and the Judiciary
Commencing with the first general election following ratification of this amendment no person shall be elected to the office of Congressional Representative more than three times and no person shall be elected to the office of United States Senator more than twice. Prior service in Congress before the ratification of this amendment shall not be considered.
Commencing with the ratification of this amendment, Justices of the United States Supreme Court and all other federal judges, will serve no more than twenty years or until the age of seventy-five, whichever comes first.