Its time the people to straightened out congress. First the authority for calling such a convention.
Article Five of the United States Constitution provides for two methods to propose amendments to the Federal Constitution. The first is a vote by two-thirds of each house of Congress. The second method is a Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution, or simply an “Article V convention.” According to Article V, an amendment-proposing convention must be called, “on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States.” Once an Article V convention has proposed amendments, they must be ratified by three-fourths of the states in order for the amendments to become part of the Constitution. Congress has the power to choose between two methods of ratification: ratification by the state legislatures or ratification conventions called for that purpose.
The Amendment to the Constitution:
A. No Member of the U.S. Senate may serve more than two consecutive terms in office.
B. No Member of the U.S. House of Representatives may serve more than four consecutive terms in office.
C. Congress shall pass no laws with earmarks. Any bill with Earmarks, shall deem both be deemed voided
D. No member of congress shall receive compensation for his vote either personally or for the state he represents in order to secure his vote.
E. Congress shall pass no unfounded mandates.
F. The President nor Congress shall participate directly with the free enterprise system of the United States, which would include financial bailouts for companies. The President shall have the authority to take action to prevent a financial collapse, but no more. Congress shall pass no law to nationalize any industry.
Okay, that’s a good start.
The plan of Action
Just like the Contract with America, the Republican Party starts by creating a Call to Clean up Congress. In this action, we shoot for the legislation of the different states. So, since there are many more Red States than Blue, this should be possible. While in Congress (especially in the house), Large States dominate, in a Convention, each state is equal representation and there are no rules set forth.
Once, we have secured the two thirds of the state legislation, a Constitutional Convention must be called.
The call for the convention can be started any time, and can continue through the 2010 and 2012 elections. There are no time limits necessary to secure the two thirds of the states.