The purpose of this page is to propose a few random ideas for constitutional amendments.
I would bet that over 75% of regular Americans would be willing to seriously consider and develop these ideas. Per Article V, it only takes 2/3 (66%) of both houses of Congress to begin the amendment process.
We have not made a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution since 1971: nearly fifty years. I do not believe there are any bold, patriotic lawmakers who would champion any of these ideas in order to get the legislative branch of the federal government moving again… there certainly are no male senators with the balls to do so. Are there any female senators or congresswomen who might?
Why hasn’t Congress done anything useful for fifty years?! (Could our distracting second jobs with automobiles be a factor?)
8 Supreme Court Justices
The Supreme Court was never designed or intended to “break” ties or have the power it does today. I have the greatest respect for this branch of the federal government, because it is the best of the three led and influenced by facts, science, and truth. As such, and as the other two branches have weakened, the Supreme Court has “picked up the slack,” as you might say, and has become the branch that actually gets things done. But a constitutional amendment could shift power back where it belongs — in the hands of the people, through the legislative branch:
The Supreme Court shall, upon the death or resignation of its next member, be reduced to 8 members and shall remain an even number of justices. In the event of a tie, the Court may recommend new legislation to Congress, which shall have a maximum period of one year to formally propose legislation on the issue.
No one is ever going to be satisfied with a formal bill — or worse, direct constitutional law! — on an issue that has divided humanity since before the United States existed. As such, it is of the utmost importance that we amend the constitution with a majority vote regarding abortion. All sides will be disappointed, but this seems a reasonable proposal:
No state shall make a law prohibiting abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, or permitting abortion in the third trimester unless deemed medically necessary. [Optional for Context: State laws may prohibit, permit, or ignore second trimester abortions, but citizens of one state would be wise not to abridge the liberties or judge citizens of diverging states. Moreover, relevant males must be informed, and shall not be denied the right to voice their opinions to all involved parties, although pregnant mothers may make the final decision alone.]
Congressional Term Limits
This is the obvious: term limits for Congress, especially Senators. That most of us would support this is undeniable, the only debate is the number of terms/years we’d agree on limiting terms to:
No member of Congress may serve more than four total terms, or three subsequent terms in either chamber. Additionally, no current members of Congress are eligible for the Presidency, and former members of Congress must wait four years to be eligible.
No Presidential Families
Our “founding fathers” would be disappointed in career politicians and aghast at presidential families. A constitutional amendment could easily solve the latter problem. Here is an example:
Only one person per family shall ever serve as President. "Family" shall include parents, spouses, siblings, children, and other members as defined by the Congress and the Courts.
Number of States in the Union
Congress is not a decisive, useful body of lawmakers. It is a slow moving gaggle without direction or a system of prioritization, and it has lost a sense of compromise for the common good. Worse, Congress is too many people. Our federal vs. state governments should allow for individual state experimentation with law and policy, whereby the best ideas are the most effective, adopted by other states, and eventually, the federal government. Yet with such an excess (fifty) of states, this rarely happens. North American states should likely combine to between 10-20 states, and the extra number is a good “buffer” in case other nation-states on Earth wish to petition the United States to join the Union. This latter scenarios is likely to happen later this century, especially if we can restore our economic and leadership supremacy.
We must begin combining state governments into larger, more powerful states if we are to survive the century as a Union, and simultaneously relying on and emboldening local government more than these new, larger states.
The number of States in the Union shall not exceed twenty-five, nor senators fifty.
If we are to survive the century, we will eventually also either add a third house of Congress, or (the better idea, in my opinion) convert the House of Representatives to a system of full digital representation of citizens, rather than personal representation. For example, each million people might digitally “vote” on propositions and laws, using web- or mobile-based systems, and simple majority votes would form a single yes/no vote for that “House representative.” Human Senators would remain, and as fewer senators would represent fewer states, would have the individual power they now lack.
Shirtless Health Advice
Health care practitioners should have excellent health, as evidenced by their physical bodies. As such, upon the request of the patient, all such practitioners are required to remove their outer garment (lab coat or similar) and shirt in front of patients.
Better than hundreds or thousands of pages, right?
[July: 7th: Added abortion draft 1, supreme court draft 1.]
[16 June: Added shirtless doctor law idea.]
[4 Apr: Named section 1, edited.]