Whereas the Federal Government has over time exceeded the authority originally granted to it by the Constitution of the United States of America, the Citizens hereby wish to amend the Constitution to restore unalienable rights and achieve happiness and freedom from debt
Section 1 – The Federal Government of the United States of America shall be financially administered by the Treasury Department and operationally organized and managed to accomplish the following responsibilities:
a) The Defense of our Nation (Defense)
b) The Security of our Nation (Homeland Security)
c) Managing affairs between our Nation and other Nations (State)
d) Managing affairs between our several States (Interior)
e) Protecting the life and liberty and property of Citizens (Justice)
The Federal Government shall not assume responsibility for any other matters, as all other matters shall remain the responsibility the Citizens or the responsibilities of the Several States. Any Federal program which is outside of the above listed responsibilities shall be wound down and terminated at the earliest possible time, and never again be reinitiated.
Section 2 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America being onerous on the rights of Citizens is hereby repealed.
Section 3 – The Federal Government of the United States of America shall be authorized by the Citizens and the Several States to fund its responsibilities by the assessment of following types of taxation:
A) Duty Tax on Goods Imported into our Nation,
B) Sales Tax on the Retail Price of Products Sold in our Nation,
C) Usage Fees for the purpose of maintaining Federal landholdings
D) Excise Tax on Fuel/Energy/Communications for the purpose of maintaining interstate infrastructure
E) Excise Tax on the appraised value of natural resources taken from any location within the borders of our nation.
Furthermore, the Federal Government shall not assess any other type of taxation upon Corporations or Citizens or Business Entities established by Citizens; specifically prohibited shall be any income tax, any property tax, any payroll tax, or any estate tax.
Section 4 – The Federal Government of the United States of America shall not have any ownership share in any Corporation nor shall the Federal Government lend/grant any money to any Corporation. The Federal Government shall not lend/grant any money to any of the several States, nor shall the Federal Government engage any State to perform any extraordinary services or projects on behalf of the Federal Government without fully funding such services or projects. The Federal Government shall not lend/grant any money to any individual Citizen or any Business Entity established by Citizens. The Federal Government shall not lend/grant any money to any Foreign Alien, or any Foreign Corporation or Business Entity, or any Foreign Nation.
Section 5 – The Federal Government of the United States of America shall not differentiate nor categorize Citizens in any way for any purpose; this so that every Citizen can be assured that the Federal Government will treat each Citizen equally and without discrimination. Persons become Citizens naturally or by naturalization: Upon reaching the age of 18 a person born of a mother who was herself a Citizen, naturally becomes a Citizen; or upon reaching the age of 18 a person who is a citizen of another nation, can apply to become a Citizen of the United States of America and upon approval becomes at the same time a Citizen of the United States of America and abandons all other national citizenships.
Section 6 – The Federal Government of the United States shall disburse to each Citizen in good standing an annual Good Citizen Dividend equal to $10,000 payable, monthly and starting immediately upon ratification of this Amendment, and adjusted for inflation each year thereafter. No other payment of any kind shall be given by the Federal Government to any Citizen. Citizens who have been convicted of a Federal Crime shall be considered not-in-good-standing and for them the Good Citizen Distributions shall cease until good standing is restored.
Section 7 – In order to restore the representation of States in the Federal Government, the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United Stated of America is hereby repealed. Furthermore, to assure improved governance, the following changes are made regarding Federal Government Leadership.
a. Federal Senators shall have experience serving as a Legislator in a State Government; shall be appointed by their respective State Legislatures instead of being elected by the Citizens (as originally intended by the Framers); shall attest to a good understanding of the Federal Constitution and shall be in agreement with it and shall promise to uphold it; shall serve at the pleasure of the State Legislature no more than two (2) six year terms; and shall be compensated for their service, half by the Federal Government and half by respective State Government, and such compensation shall not include any benefits in addition to ordinary wage for service. Furthermore, whenever it is the pleasure of the State Legislature to recall either of its Federal Senators, upon such recall the State Legislature shall immediately appoint a replacement Federal Senator.
b. Federal Representatives shall have the experience of serving as a Chief Executive Officer of an Entity; shall be elected by the Citizens of the State; shall attest to a good understanding of the Federal Constitution and shall be in agreement with it and shall promise to uphold it; shall serve at the pleasure of the Citizens for no more than two (2) two year terms; and shall be compensated for their service, entirely by the Federal Government and such compensation shall not include any benefits in addition to ordinary wage for service. Whenever it is the pleasure of the Citizens to recall a Federal Representative by a majority vote referendum, upon such recall the House of Representatives of the State shall immediately appoint a replacement Federal Representative to fill the remainder of the term until the next regular election cycle.
c. Federal Judges shall be experienced lawyers trained in the specialty of Constitutional Law; shall attest to a good understanding of the Federal Constitution and shall be in agreement with it and shall promise to uphold it; shall be appointed by the Federal President with confirmation by a simple majority of Federal Senators without undue delay; shall be compensated for their service, entirely by the Federal Government and such compensation shall not include any benefits in addition to ordinary wage for service; and each shall serve until retirement at the pleasure of the President. Furthermore, if ever it becomes the pleasure of the President to recall a Federal Judge it shall be done with confirmation of the Senate, again with a simple majority and without undue delay, and upon such recall the President shall immediately appoint for Senate confirmation a replacement Judge.
d. The President of the Federal Government of the United States of America shall have the experience of serving at least one full term as a State Governor or as the Chief Executive Officer of a Public Corporation. Furthermore the Vice President shall have the same qualifications as the President. The President and Vice President shall be compensated for their service, entirely by the Federal Government and such compensation shall not include any benefits in addition to ordinary wage for service.
Section 8 – The Federal Government shall report financial condition to the Citizens annually each January and this financial report shall include: 1) a simple one page standard format Revenue Report showing the prior year actual income by source (see section 3) and upcoming year budget by responsibility (see section 1), and budget amounts when totaled must equal the sum of total prior year income plus any prior year surplus or minus any prior year deficit that may have been carried forward; 2) a simple one page standard format Balance Report showing current financial assets and liabilities by category and dollar amounts. Furthermore, whenever liabilities exceed assets on the Balance Report, then a third one page report shall also be provided to the Citizens called the Recovery Plan and it shall indicate how the debt (liabilities less assets) is to be paid off within a reasonable period of time.
Section 9 – The Citizens hereby reserve the right of Initiative and Referendum and Recall by Petition to a Citizens Assembly; Initiative so as to be enable direct action by the Citizens on matters ignored by the Federal Government Leadership; Referendum so as to enable direct action by the Citizens to reverse an action taken by the Federal Government Leadership which is not approved of by the Citizens; and Recall so as to enable the direct action by the Citizens to remove a Federal Government Leader from duty for acting contrary to the Constitution of the United States of America or for any other reason deemed sufficiently important to the Citizenry. The Citizens Assembly shall be the screening body for petitions made by Citizens and it shall be responsible for selecting those petitions which are sufficiently meritorious to be placed on the ballot during each election. The Citizens Assembly shall number ten randomly selected Citizens from each State and it shall convene once every two years for a week at a State Capitol selected on a rotational basis to accomplish its petition screening purpose. Citizens who are randomly selected for this duty must serve (much like jury duty) and shall be reasonably compensated for their service and travel/subsistence expenses by the Federal Government. Initiatives/Referenda/Recalls that are put on the ballot by the Citizens Assembly either pass or fail by majority vote, and if passed the measure shall be implemented unless found to be unconstitutional by the Federal Supreme Court.
Section 10 – Being that only Citizens have the right to vote in elections and on other measures brought before them for consensus, it shall be that only Citizens and Independent Political Action Committees made up of Citizens shall be permitted to contribute money to political candidates and campaigns; specifically prohibited shall be contributions from entities created by Citizens including corporations, associations, unions.
ENACTMENT OF THIS AMENDMENT WILL REQUIRE…
Affirmative vote of 67 of 100 Federal Senators, and Affirmative vote of 290 of 435 Federal Representatives, and Affirmative Ratification of 38 of 50 States (the President does not have the power to veto a Constitutional Amendment).
It wont be easy, but it can be done if we Mobilize Patriotic Americans for the job.