Many people know that the last few days a draft copy very similar to this petition has circulated with overwhelming enthusiasm among people of all levels of American Society. I believe that now it is time to work toward creating and implementing these goals for a truly more nearly democratic government in these United States. Acting now, with all reasonable and methodical speed and mutual cooperation of all people involved, becomes more vital daily. Any doubters might well begin now by counting the places of violent or threatening political unrest, and then noting the increase in their numbers. Every community in the world needs to be re-evaluating and revising the relationships among their rulers and those ruled. We can see by the violent conflicts in so many locations that much of the world needs to acknowledge, consider and readjust conditions accordingly in peaceful study, communication, and co-operation before situations of violent protest develop.
NOTE: I contributed little to the ideas and their wording in the following DRAFT. Rather, I understand it to be a compilation of ideas circulating informally among many people in many places for many years. I thought it time for individuals to endorse it publicly and especially to present it to the only people who can create, unselfishly, the situations mentioned herein in the spirit and manners of peace.
ADDITIONAL COMMENT from previously circulated letter.
*I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around. *If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Please sign and forward the link, post to social sites, get widget from Change.org, talk to people it is time! Spread the word any personal way you can think of -- being careful to avoid spam!
“This land is YOUR land; this land is MY land!…”
DRAFT OF PETITION LETTER:
To the President, Vice President, and Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives.
*The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven
(7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure! And no Internet!
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
2.. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
*3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
*4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
*5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
*6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
*7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. ****The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.”