Creating a movement to change the US Constitution

Are you tired of members of Congress and the Senate receiving benefits greater than yours? If so, read on.

I just finished watching this TED video where Seth Godin is discussing TRIBES and how to lead a change, create a new product or even lead a revolution. 

What Seth says is that we have to find something worth changing and create a tribe- that doesn't have to be millions of people, it might only be a thousand - align them and then walla, you have a movement that can change the world.

What is a Tribe? Basically it is a group of people that are connected in thought, values, beliefs or a passion (my words, not his) who feel disconnected from the status quo, whatever form that might be. Then, Seth suggests you align them with a purpose, and use technology.

So all you need is a purpose (the cause), a group of similarly disconnected or disenfranchized (deprieved, upset) collection of heretics (non believers) who see the status quo and decide which aspect of it they want to bust wide open, then go for it.

So that got me thinking - always a dangerous thing - I have all those things. I am completely unhappy with the US Congress creating laws that make them special.  Many citizens have no idea that members of Congress can retire with the same pay after only one term; that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Health care Reform... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem right or just. We do not have an elite that is above the law, they are supposed to be our servants. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

So here is my purpose: the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution. Here is a draft proposal:

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the United States Senators and Congressional Representatives. Neither the Congress nor the Senate shall make any law that applies uniquely to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."

The poll to vote on the 28th Amendment is beneath the video and comments.

Watch the TED video clip with Seth Godin

If you care to join my revolution, please subscribe to my website on the home page and tell all your friendly heretics that change has arrived.

Let's see how close Seth is to the necessary ingredients for a revolution as it relates to changing the US Constitution.

While I agree

with the proposed 28th Amendment, I imagine it was instituted in the first place to attract people to public service in the House and Senate. I would like Representatives and Senators to have to pay and abide by the same tax structure I do and be under the same health care benefits that average American citizens are under. But, if these 'perks' are taken away, what will be the incentive to run for this public office? Who will be attracted to these public service positions? Thank you for answering my question -- it will encourage me to explain the rationale of the 28th amendment to others and SPREAD THE WORD for change!

Great Point

You raise an excellent point and those are two of the main reasons I posted this poll - the disparities on pensions, taxes, and health plans. I totally agree that we need good people running for public office. I question whether we have that today with these benefits. I lived in Singapore for 8 years and saw that they had very talented people in public office. They also paid them double or triple what we pay. If we expect the best and most talented people to represent us, I think they need enough income to afford their double homes (so they don't have to live in their offices), double cars and the rest of one's living expenses. I also think that being a public representative should NOT be a career. I believe all elected officials should be limited to one six (or possibly eight) year term in office and that is it. For those 6-8 years they should receive a commensurate pension, that might be a few thousand dollars a month after age 68 (Notice I just moved the retirement age up!). What do you think?

JD

Related Poll

28th Amendment: Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply to them.