To strengthen the American democratic process, these appear to be the top five most popular upgrades supported by a vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum—and yet there currently continues to be little or no chance any of these will handled by Congress in the foreseeable future:

  • Campaign finance (81%) [1]
  • Term limits (78%) [2]
  • Balanced budget (74%) [3]
  • Climate change (74%) [4]
  • Ethical standards for public policymakers.[5]

In order for The American People to bypass Congress and address these issues themselves, The People must draft specific proposed amendments to the constitution that will be supported by 75% of the state legislatures.

To launch that process, sample proposals have been posted online for your review, comment, vote and suggestions. These are short, simple and sweet and are designed to:

  • Restore trust and confidence in the American democratic process 
  • Honor the KISS Principle—keep it simple, stu. . . 
  • Be acceptable to Americans across the political spectrum and 75% of the state legislatures.

You can even post your own proposal!

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[1] Poll conducted Poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research –  Jan 2012
http://www.democracycorps.com/strategy/2012/01/two-years-after-citizens-united-voters-fed-up-with-money-in-politics/
http://www.mainecleanelections.org/assets/files/Democracy%20Corps%20Poll%201%202012.pdf
http://www.mainecleanelections.org/assets/files/pressreleases/120201_MCCE_PressRelease_CallYourLegislator_Final.pdf

[2] Fox News Poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp. Sep 1 – 2, 2010. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/03/fox-news-poll-percent-favor-term-limits-congress/

[4] Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. July 25-Aug. 5, 2012. www.Pollingreport.com

[5] Ethical Standards
90% of American voters think they were subjected false or misleading campaign advertising.
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/brunitedstatescanadara/671.php

87% of Americans believe officials in Washington DC are heavily influenced by special interests.
PollingReport.com, http://www.pollingreport.com/institut.htm, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2010.

86% of Americans think elected officials in the nation’s capital are mostly influenced by the pressure they receive from campaign contributors. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, Jun 3-7, 2011.
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/09/cnn-poll-two-thirds-say-elections-are-usually-for-sale/

81% of Americans believe lobbyists bribe members of Congress.
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan 11, 2006. http://www.people-press.org/2006/01/11/americans-taking-abramoff-alito-and-domestic-spying-in-stride/

81% of Americans believe there is too much big money spent on political campaigns and there should be limits.
National survey of 1000 likely 2012 voters conducted Poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for Democracy Corps and Public Campaign Fund, Jan 2012.
http://www.democracycorps.com/strategy/2012/01/two-years-after-citizens-united-voters-fed-up-with-money-in-politics/
http://www.mainecleanelections.org/assets/files/Democracy%20Corps%20Poll%201%202012.pdf
http://www.mainecleanelections.org/assets/files/pressreleases/120201_MCCE_PressRelease_CallYourLegislator_Final.pdf

66% of all voters favor a bill prohibiting the President, Vice President, members of Congress, and other top-level appointed officials from lobbying for any foreign government or corporation for ten years after leaving government service.
National survey of 1000 likely 2012 voters conducted April 28-May 1, 2012 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for Democracy Corps and Public Campaign Action Fund.
http://www.democracycorps.com/strategy/2012/05/money-in-politics-is-a-ballot-box-issue/

65% of Americans believe they cannot trust members of Congress to tell the truth.
The Harris Poll. July 7-10, 2006. http://www.pollingreport.com/values.htm                                                                                          [end]

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