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A constitutional amendment that
both conservatives and liberals can support, and that would do worlds of good,
might seem to good to be true, but Juan Enriquez has come up with a
winner. A proposed 28th
Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.
constitution bans grants of title and nobility to anyone. The reason was not
the title, but that nobility and aristocracy meant that some people were
privileged under the law and that the legal principles that applied to everyone
else did not apply to them. Those with more money or power have always sought these privileges, Congresscritters included.
gotten around the Constitutional ban on nobility by not giving themselves
titles, but making themselves a non-hereditary noblity. And as we see offices increasingly
handed down to their progeny, hereditary elements are creeping in as well.
Enriquez apparently first presented his proposal at a TED Conference last year. If you click here you can hear his talk. This amendment
would be a good start in reigning in the increasing distance between congressional
and corporate elites and the rest of us.
Pass it on!
With thanks to Anastasia for alerting me.