I think many people would be surprised by the results of our December 4-5, 2013 workshop on strengthening the American political process.
First, the workshop was underwritten by the Sedona Tea Party and held in Sedona, Arizona. The sponsors understood it would be most valuable to have a balance of participants from across the political spectrum and they went to great lengths to invite and include those that typically lean left or middle politically.
Second, while the vast majority of participants were over the age of 55, and 75% of the 50 participants identified themselves as typically leaning right politically, the participants supported proposed amendments to the constitution that are usually supported by those that typically lean left and middle politically including:
- Public financing of political campaigns
- Term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme Court
- Enhanced ethical standards for public policymakers, and
- A requirement that the media be objective and truthful
Third, the participants that leaned right politically agreed they would not approve a specific proposed amendment to the constitution without the support of at least half of those that typically lean left or middle politically, or a minimum total of 90%.
The participants also designed specific proposed amendments to the constitution addressing:
- A balanced federal budget.
- A requirement that federal legislation be short, intelligible and limited to a single issue.
- A restriction on the government’s ability to force a person to purchase a product or service.
- Making the office of the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice non-partisan and requiring the separate election of the U.S. Attorney General.
Each approved proposal was accomplished in less than thirty (30) minutes. Sixty-four percent (64%) of the participants agreed to create their own teams to work on some aspect of strengthening the American political process and one hundred percent (100%) of the participants asked to stay in the loop.
A copy of the final report can be found here.
Local workshops are made available by The People’s Convention LLC and a national convention is being scheduled for next summer – July 2014.
Blair Henry, Executive Director