Schmidt and Jared,
I thank you for your kind comments, and I understand your concerns. They are similar to what I have heard from many others on other sites, especially Democratic Underground and OpEdNews.
I think such concerns are based on the assumption that our present partisan political climate with the “red and blue” states will continue and persist. And granted, it is indeed very possible that this climate will persist for a while, perhaps even for a good while. Human nature being what it is, people resist making changes, even when they know they should make changes for the better. They usually procrastinate and wait until problems reach a crisis point.
Nevertheless, negative and unproductive human nature can be overcome by a good idea whose time has come, and I believe it is but a matter of time before the political climate will change because of that.
Of course a reality we must face is this: “Article 5 of the Constitution stipulates that new amendments may be proposed either by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, or by a national convention assembled at the request of the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the states. The amendments must then be ratified either by approval of the legislatures of three-fourths of the states, or by ratifying conventions held in three-fourths of the states. And Congress has discretion as to which method of ratification should be used.
“Critics claim we could never do that, considering how many politicians in Congress and in state legislatures would initially object. Regardless of which side of the political isle they are on, they still enjoy the benefits of political office, the financial support, the favors, gifts and bribes from lobbyists, the great income, and the great retirement income and benefits. Therefore, they would be against any amendments to the Constitution that would comprehensively reform and alter the U.S. Government.
“However, politicians do what is politically expedient to get re-elected, and if it became clearly evident that a majority of Americans clearly wanted a Constitutional Convention -- and even wanted the specific things outlined in The 21st Century Declaration of Independence -- do you think legislators would ignore the people’s desire? Would they not fear being tossed out of office if they did not comply with the people's wishes?
“Ultimately the power is with the people, even though most of the people have successfully been duped and fooled into thinking that they are powerless and helpless, and that they need to follow and support a conquering political hero who will fight for them. That’s what keeps the whole partisan political system and the contest for the throne going.
“Here’s the truth: Even though our political system is deeply flawed and needs reform, our government still operates with the consent of the governed, and if enough people demand something, politicians will do what the people want. Politicians act out of political expediency. So our task is to show them what would be politically expedient: obeying the will of the people.
“Therefore, what we need to do is form a grass roots populist movement to rally around this idea and plan and make it clearly known what our demands are -- and that is up to you [the people]. You must act to alter and reform our government and make it a true Democracy of, by and for the people.”
I put quotes on those six paragraphs because they are from a section titled Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution: Our Way To Liberation and Empowerment, which is part of the article on The 21st Century Declaration of Independence.
Now the tempting thing to do would be for me to step into the political arena and the public eye to draw people’s attention to the idea, but the very idea is based on a new paradigm that renders partisan politics and the contest for the throne obsolete! Therefore, the movement to build a coalition for Reformation must be a populist, grass roots movement, of, by, and for the people.
I have faith that when that movement happens it will sweep the nation. Even the corporate commercial television networks will have to cover all the growing political activism by people assembling in public parks and using the social media to discuss the idea.
As John Lennon sang, “You may call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us. Then the world will be as one.” I believe that, and it’s not merely because I’m an old hippie. It’s because my insights and studies have led me to learn more and more about the subjects I am concerned with – religion and government – and the more I learn the more I am convinced that the original premise and vision expressed in the message I promote was correct all along.
I should add that intellectual scholars who have spoken of “the masses” and drawn conclusions regarding the nature of political power have done so based on past and current political realities. They do not consider a comprehensive paradigm change, nor do they understand something very important.
The Spirit of truth is within us – each and every one of us. We are all created equal in the “sight of God,” as it were, and the ideas that some people are superior because of their wealth or religion or nationality or race or culture will, in due time, become obsolete and outmoded. There will be a paradigm change, and a new Reformation of both religion and government. And the world is ripe for it.
We are fortunate today that we live in an electronic information era. Because of that, politicians who hold offices in government should fear the power that we now have, but so far they don’t because the people have not realized their own power. And the people have so far not realized that they must now adopt a new way to speak to power, and a new way to voice their demands, in a legal, peaceful way, without malice or offense.
In my view, the “Enlightenment” that took place due to the insights and realizations of good thinkers from Spinoza to Jefferson was not really an Enlightenment. It was merely the beginnings of an awakening, and it didn’t last for long. The theocratic "religious right" has made sure of that. But there will be a new awakening and a real Enlightenment that will bring comprehensive Reformation.
Will we live to see it? God only knows.