I am totally open for discussion and change. What I am not open to is unpeaceful fellowship. Comment with love and the good of others in mind, and do so as ladies or gentlemen, or refrain from participation.
Here is the congressional reform I suggest "we the People" demand immediately. My plan, upon receive counsel from wise friends is to indeed create a petition, beg for its reproduction among friends, seek signatures (my personal goal will be 5,000 eligible voters) and indeed send said petition to all parties who represent my Congressional District and the State of North Carolina (House Representative Howard Coble and Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr, in my case).
A Peaceful Petition Demanding Change
Sirs and madams, with all due respect to you as a person and with all due regard to your elected office, we the people, the citizens, your constituency, the people of this area, and of this nation, demand you work with other like agents and effect immediate, fruitful, peaceful change to the benefits and terms of the entire legislative branch of these United States.
Our own Declaration of Independence wisely warns us that “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes…” Sirs and madams, your offenses, which have become so commonplace that you call them rights as servants, have become an encumbrance to the American People and demand, with all prudence, immediate and effective change. These Legislative offenses are surely no “light and transient” causes, for the lot of you bear upon the American People hardship with your current service.
Further, as our Declaration of Independence wisely states, it has become the “Right of the People to alter” the course upon which you are woefully operating.
It is our understanding that our American patriarchs desired a government of citizen statesmen, not career politicians. It is time to restore that intention, and to hold it in higher regard than its current establishment apparently does.
We the People, the citizens of these United States, in peaceful cohort demand the immediate adoption of The Congressional Reform Act of 2013, which should include, in our fair judgment, nothing less than the following.
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressperson collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 2%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people, and altar the Constitution (Article I, Section 6) to allow for any Congressperson to be arrested for just cause, even misdemeanor form, equitable to every American Citizen.
7. No Congressperson is allowed to serve more than two terms in the House or the Senate, whether consecutive or not. Should congresspersons serve two terms in one House, they are then allowed two terms in another. No congressperson shall ever be allowed to represent more terms by representing a different district or state.
8. No former Congressperson may be allowed to serve in any capacity as a lobbyist once leaving public office, neither in their own district or state or in another district or state, especially including the national capital, Washington, D.C.
9. No Congressional candidate can receive campaign funds from outside of said candidate’s constituency’s area, save from immediate family. A candidate for the House of Representatives, whether incumbent or not, can only receive campaign funds from persons with legal, abiding residence, which shall be defined as 10 months of the year, within their district. A candidate for the US Senate, whether incumbent or not, can only receive campaign funds from persons with legal, abiding, which shall be defined as 10 months of the year, within their state.
10. All contracts with past and present Congresspersons are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congresspersons.
We the undersigned do peacefully demand immediate, effective reform of Congress, that that body may once again become a servant to the American People, rather than a belligerent, mostly useless, ineffective band of privileged politicians.