Friday, April 9, 2010

Best idea of the new century

Call a Constitutional Convention. See


How to Sober Up Washington

By Mark McKinnon and Lawrence Lessig

Washington is hopelessly broken. There’s only one way to fix it. Mark McKinnon and Lawrence Lessig on why right and left alike should call for a constitutional convention.

Washington is hopelessly addicted to money and thus to the status quo; drunk with power and incapable of getting sober and fixing itself. It’s time for an intervention—by the states.

Politically, we two disagree on just about everything. But the one thing we do agree on is that the institutions of government in Washington have become corrupt, held hostage by well-funded special interests. It’s no wonder that only 17 percent of the American public in a recent Gallup survey said they had a favorable opinion of Congress. American voters believe, and rightly so, that corporations, labor unions and moneyed special interests have a chokehold on politicians. Voters are disillusioned and discouraged because they don’t believe Washington represents the will of the people. And the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C.—which permits unlimited independent corporate campaign expenditures—will only make this worse.

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1 comment:

  1. The main reason for a constitutional convention is to change to a parliamentary system of government. Because it appears the present state of hyper-partisanship will be with us for some time we need a legislature capable of dealing with numerous well disciplined factions. Parliamentary governments have shown they can operate under conditions of hyper-partisanship. Our present system of congressional government is reduced to permanent stalemate.