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The Second of Three Foundational Proposals: Equality

Today I’ve posted the second of three proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution which I’m convinced would establish the foundation necessary to restore trust and confidence in the American democratic process. See Proposal 2. I’d appreciate your thoughts and comments. You may recall the first proposal serves as the foundation for the second proposal by requiring honesty—and eliminating deception—in the exploration of future proposals. The cornerstone of the second proposal is equalit

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The Link to Proposal 1 – Honesty in Public Policy

BE29-June 27, 2012 by Blair Henry J.D. Here’s your direct link to Proposal 1 – Honesty in Public Policy. Your comments, suggestions and vote are encouraged! To print a copy, use the version in the Library section. Thank you!! Blair C. Henry JD, Executive Director Blair@ThePeoplesConvention.org www.ThePeoplesConvention.org Join the Mailing List See the FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

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The First of Three Foundational Proposals

Hi Everyone! Based on the extensive research and comments to date, I’m submitting the first of three proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution to establish the foundation necessary to restore trust and confidence in the American democratic process. There are two caveats: • None of the proposals are cast in stone—and I’d appreciate your suggestions in having them be shorter, simpler, more effective and more attractive. • These first three proposals do not represent all of the valuabl

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The Fundamental American Value of HONESTY

No American should assume their government will honor or respect any fundamental American value or principle unless it is specifically included in the Constitution. That’s just the way it is. And it’s hard to imagine a more fundamental American value than honesty. For the most:  Every American parent teaches their child to be honest.  Every religion promotes honesty—and 4 out of 5 Americans say they’re religious (83%).  The entire judicial branch of government always requires honesty.

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YOUR Constitution YOUR Values

With this much discontent in the American political process, you can bet there’s a conflict with one or more one fundamental American values or principles. But where is that official list of fundamental American values and principles? Well, in fact, there actually is one official place where the American people are entitled to specifically state their fundamental values and principles—and then expect their government to honor and respect them—and that’s the U.S. Constitution. So what fu

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Update on The Journey to Date

Thanks for all the encouraging support following the recent blog entry entitled “The Journey to Date – And a Request for Help.” Here’s a reply to some of the follow-up questions. 1. Is The People’s Convention a partisan effort with a hidden agenda? No. The People’s Convention is very specifically an impartial, non-partisan process. The only agenda is to provide every American with an equal and fair opportunity to step forward and be heard on proposals to upgrade and strengthen the Am

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The Journey to Date – And a Request for Help

As most of you know . . . The vast majority of Americans is concerned about the future of their democracy—and is unsure of how to organize a respectful, honest and fact-based national discussion that results in some valuable upgrades over a short period of time. While Article V of the U.S. Constitution does provide an avenue, it’s never been used because of various concerns. So as a semi-retired corporate and trial attorney, university professor and mediator, I assigned to myself the role of

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The Role of the Conference Facilitator

The purpose of The People’s Convention is to • Give every American an equal and fair opportunity to be heard in an open, honest and dignified forum • Exploring proposals to upgrade and strengthen the American democracy, and • Having valuable proposals ratified quickly by 75% of the state legislatures. While every American already has the constitutional right to bypass Congress and do this themselves, the right has never been used because most Americans don’t know about it—until now.

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If YOU Could Change ONE THING to Upgrade and Strengthen the American Democracy, What Do YOU Think Would Make the BIGGEST Difference?

Just the idea of upgrading and amending the Constitution can some people the creeps. So it’s preferable, and certainly more efficient, to propose as few elegant upgrades—and have them address as many of the fundamental concerns as possible. So the question is: If YOU could only propose one thing to upgrade the American democracy, what do YOU think would make the BIGGEST difference?– Some people can pop out an idea pretty quickly. Most people need to think about it a while—and that’

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Isn’t It Hard to Amend the Constitution?

Not necessarily. It’s proven that it can be done in just a few months—and this is the perfect year to accomplish it when you have all the candidates on the hot seat. Here are some of the key facts you should be aware of. 1. The Power of Amendments – Almost all of the rights people associate with a modern democracy are contained in the Amendments to the Constitution—not in the original Constitution itself. 2. Typical Time Between Amendments – The U.S. Constitution has been amend

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