Chain letters bug me. They hold some mystic power over some people, which annoys me because these are good people ,who are being duped. This is my response to one such email. I hope it helps. Please, people, don’t get mad. I just don’t want to give print space to this particular email chain letter, but if you want to find it, you can. It’s out there in cyberspace, waiting…
There is no “Congressional Reform Act of 2011”. It’s just an idea that someone put on the internet. This email is a “chain letter”, which is full of errors and misstatements. A brief search showed me there are several different proposed “Amendment 28 of the U.S. Constitution”, but that none of them are “real”.
The Constitution (Article V) requires that either 2/3 of both houses of Congress or 2/3 of the State legislatures call a convention for proposing amendments to the Constitution. Once the wording of the proposed amendment is agreed to by the convention, it must be ratified by 3/4 of the States.
If you want to amend the Constitution, you must get your legislators or congressmen to sponsor the idea, because they’re the ones who have to get it done. That is a first amendment right: “to petition the government for a redress of grievances”. But forwarding emails does nothing. It’s no more effective than a screaming mob.
Instead of sending emails to your friends, send signed petitions to your representatives. Find political action committees (PACs) who agree with you and give them financial support. PACs are in the business of “lobbying” lawmakers to determine what bills are introduced. Even grass roots movements need leadership and expertise in political influence.
That is one of the reasons it’s so important to vote in representatives who respond to you, the American Citizen, first. But most of them do what the party bosses tell them to do. Democrats AND Republicans have sold us down the river. (Vote Constitution Party and be free!)
But whatever you do, be informed. Examine everything (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated out of ignorance. Nourish your passion with facts. Here are a few:
The 26th amendment rode the wave of the youth movement. Congress got caught up in the “new idealism”. Progressive legislators, wanting to garner more votes for their liberal cause, pointed to student political activism of the 1960s to convince the public that young people can make a difference and should not be denied the vote. But in the years since, the Only difference the “youth vote” has made was to help elect Obama. Other than that, voter turn-out numbers and involvement in the political process has basically remained low. The truth is, as Rush Limbaugh has said, they are “young skulls full of mush”. I don’t think they should ever have been given the vote.
Members of Congress have been required to participate in Social Security since 1984.
Members of Congress are required to contribute to their pensions and health care the same as other federal employees.
Congressmen are not exempt from any laws, though they sometimes abuse their “influence”. (We need to elect moral, principled representatives.)
Item 7. of this email chain letter says, “All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12” This statement reflects a total ignorance of contract law. The contract is one of the most basic, fundamental principles of law in existence. To abrogate all contracts of any group of people would create total chaos and essentially denies legal protection guaranteed under the Constitution.
Finally, the conclusion, “THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS” is completely ignorant. The way you “fix” Congress, is vote the bastards out. The vote is the most powerful weapon we have in the fight for freedom. What needs to be “fixed” is people’s attitudes who don’t vote. If you don’t vote, you’re killing this country. If you aren’t talking to people about how important it is for them to vote, you’re just letting our freedom die. The worst thing about forwarding these chain letters is that you feel like you’ve done something, when in fact, you’ve done nothing.