Which amendments would I like to see made to our Constitution?
After discussing Schwarzenegger’s pledge to run for President a few days ago, I began thinking of them. Here then is my list, in order of preference.
Abolish the Electoral College and replace it with popular vote. This will get rid of “red” and “blue” states, allow for every vote to count, and prevent someone the majority of Americans don’t want from becoming President.
Abolish the requirement that you have to be a natural born citizen to be President. Keep the requirement for citizenship, of course, but there is no reason why someone who became a citizen should not run.
Establish an independent commission to redraw congressional districts every ten years. In order to prevent gerrymandering, we need to take district drawing out of the hands of politicians. Ideally, they should do this for the states too, under the idea of Equal Protection.
Limit Senators to two six-year terms and Congress members to six two-year terms. Come on, it’s not like there aren’t other qualified people out there. Serve your terms and go home. Treat this like a public service instead of a career.
Abolish Washington DC and make Washington part of Maryland. It’s ridiculous that these people do not get a representative in Congress. While there are enough people living there to make DC a state (more people live in DC than in Wyoming), the easiest solution is to just merge it with Maryland.
Define the death penalty as “cruel and unusual punishment” and thus prohibited. It’s time we recognized that the death penalty is prone to mistakes, applied in a discriminatory manner, and doesn’t belong in a modern civilized society.
Then there are some that are needed to overturn Supreme Court decisions, but honestly, a few more votes on the Court would prevent that. Back in the 70s we fought for an Equal Rights Amendment to prohibit discrimination against women. Since that time, the Courts have held that women are, indeed, “people” under the 14th amendment and as such are entitled to protection against discrimination. However, a different court could come along and go back the other way. Therefore, the following amendments would be nice:
Amend the 14th amendment to prohibit discrimination against women, gays, and non-English speaking people. I’m including transgender people and such in this.
Define “people” to exclude corporations. A person has morals and eventually dies. Conservatives who cite the Founding Fathers for anything to support their views are oddly silent on this one.
Define “speech” to exclude money. These last two are needed to overturn the Citizen’s United case.