Many American's say that Washington is broken, they never do what needs to be done. We have elections every 2 years, and we hear the same promises from politicians year after year. They spew the same old focus group tested speeches that get their base to vote for them. Those who raise the most money and get their name out generally will win the election. This is really because most people are politically ignorant and apathetic.
What have we learned? Nothing. I say nothing because its the same old story in Washington, no matter what side you are on, you get the usual speeches. They tell you what you want to hear, and they do what ever they want in the end. They have these knock down, drag out fights over ideology and then compromise their alleged principles. They grow government, take on more debt, and increase the bills to the taxpayers. They tell you they had to compromise in order to not default, or pay grandma, or whatever excuse they come up with. So they compromise on the very principles that got them elected. They will have a nice photo opportunity after the grand compromise all smiles and shaking hands and slapping backs. The masses will be happy because they don't have to listen to it anymore, and they can resume their ignorance.
How do you change it? Obviously it cannot be changed by elections. What other options are there? Let us look to the United States Constitution for answers. Article V of the Constitution.
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
Yes, the state legislatures can call for a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution. North Dakota and Louisiana have taken leadership and proposed a convention. 34 staes must apply for the convention in order for it to happen though. We need to start focusing on our state legislatures and get the ball rolling on this.
The proposed amendments I would like to see.
1. Term limits for congress. No more than 12 years. (2 Senate terms, 6 house terms)
2. Repeal the 17th Amendment
3. Balanced Budget Ammendment
4. Debt limit increase must be approved by 3/5 state legislatures.
I am sure there would be others proposed as well.
There are those who would argue that calling a constitutional convention would be a disaster. I argue that there is no other way to bring about the needed changes to get the country back on the right track.