Two Decades of Serious Reform Amendments to the Constitution

The FreedomReform Party's 'Freedomist Era' Reform Amendments to the U.S. Constitution - 10 Reform Amendments for the Decade of the 2020's, 10 for the Decade of the 2030's - the 2nd American Revolution by Including Political Parties in the Constitution.
 
1. HUMAN RIGHTS AMENDMENT: In the United States, law-abiding adult citizens are sovereign over their mind and body. The three levels of government are prohibited from funding or owning any domestic media, creating secret courts, issuing secret warrants, and from conducting physical or psychological torture. All regulations by unelected bureaucracy which criminalize the American people are void; only elected legislatures, by roll call vote, may enact penalties. Impartial justice is required of government: The three levels of government are prohibited from privileging or discriminating either for or against any law-abiding individual citizen, corporation, labor union, group, race, gender, religion, or civil society. The highest priority of the Judiciary in the United States is to protect Open Inquiry, to adjudicate the Rule of Law by the two principles of 'presumption of innocence' and 'presumption of liberty,' and to protect the law-abiding individual citizen's defensive Human Rights from infringement by religion, government, academia, media, by a bureaucracy, corporation, labor union, or by a political party. All candidates for political or judicial office, whether appointed or elected, and all instructors and administrators at universities, schools, and seminaries must first pass a rigorous civic test on the strengths and weaknesses of the human dignity, morality, rationality and epistemology of responsible freedom: humanity's defensive Human Rights.


To encourage new ideas, new thinking and pluralism in American politics, and to help prevent an unintended Tyranny of the Majority, Permanent Majority, or One-Party Dictatorship in the 17th Amendment.
2. OPEN DEMOCRACY ELECTIONS REFORM AMENDMENT:  A). Term Limits and Balanced Congress: Members and Senators are limited to 12 years of service in each chamber, but Members elected from gerrymandered super-majority districts (majority >53%) are limited to four years of service in the House and Senators from super-majority States are limited to one six-year term. The House shall consist of 501 Members who serve four-year terms, elected in non-presidential years. The Senate shall consist of three Senators from each State who serve six year terms. The Members shall be elected by majority vote of the voters within their districts, and Senators shall be elected by a majority of the counties in their State with each county's one vote decided by a majority of the voters within the county. In case of a tie among the counties, the Governor of the State shall cast the decisive vote. This amendment repeals the 17th Amendment for its unintended potential to create a Tyranny of the Majority, Permanent Majority, or One-Party Dictatorship. B). Competitive Districts: The States shall redistrict all political boundaries after a Census to minimize the number of federal districts with more than 53% voter registration in one political party. In those federal districts with 53% or more voter registration in one party, the top-two candidates of the super-majority party go on to the general election against all other minor parties' winning candidates. To achieve a majority vote, run-off elections between the two largest vote-getters  shall be held within 30 days of an indecisive general election. The States shall construct the federal districts so that they have a logical geographical cohesion before they are constructed to be approximately equal (within 15% variance) in population. C). Elections Reform: States shall offer a Modified Open Primary to all voters for 'non-partisan' candidates in any elections, with the plurality 'non-partisan' primary election winner going on to the general election. Partisan candidates may not run as 'non-partisan' or 'independent.' Forming new political parties and ballot access is encouraged for any political party supportive of the Constitution, and ballot access regulations concerning fees and signatures for candidates to partisan and non-partisan offices shall be minimalist (1% or less) in all States. Federal primary and general elections shall be held on Sundays; presidential elections shall be quadrennial on the first Sunday after the first Monday in November. Notarized voting by mail or email is permitted for law-abiding adult citizens after a notarized request for a ballot, and election safeguards shall include a rigorous 'chain of custody' that prevents ballot harvesting. There shall be prompt counting of mail-in ballots on Election Day and all in-person ballots shall be counted at the polls where the ballots were cast. Any ballots, whether mail-in or in-person, submitted or collected after midnight, Election Day, shall not be counted. Any political party or candidate accumulating votes from deceased voters, ghost-voters, double-voting, mail or email I.D. fraud, from the incarcerated, from non-citizens, or from unpurged voter rolls is a felony. If convicted, the candidate shall be removed permanently from public office and their political party and its successor shall be barred from the State ballot for two years.     


To help reduce vicious partisan politics by American political parties:
3. IMPARTIAL JUSTICE AMENDMENT: All presidential appointees to the Justice Department, to the Judiciary, to the Internal Revenue Service, to intelligence agencies and to the military General Staff shall be life-long nonpartisans or proven bipartisans.
 

To restrain partisan ideological extremism:
4. BIPARTISAN APPROVAL AMENDMENT: Federal legislation passed by majority vote in both houses of Congress but without at least 20% of the votes of an opposing political party in both houses shall expire on the fifth anniversary of its signing. Any law-abiding citizen may bring civil suit against a majority political party if the citizen has been harmed financially by majority party legislation without a bipartisan 20% vote of an opposing minority party. Impeachment of a President shall be for criminal behavior or violating the Oath of Office and must be bipartisan, requiring support by 10% of the President's party in the House.


To encourage the development of civility in civil society:
5. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AMENDMENT: Law-abiding citizens in the United States are free to join or quit at any time any organization in civil society loyal to the Constitution and the Rule of Law, and no civil society association may impose any financial fee, hardship or punishment against non-members who do not join, or against members who choose to leave the association. Any association of law-abiding citizens loyal to the Constitution may limit its membership. Joining the United States military service is voluntary for citizens; conscription is prohibited.


To permit the people and the States to reform the U.S. Constitution:
6. CITIZENS AND STATES REFORMING THE CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT: Three quarters of the State Legislatures may initiate an Amendment to the Constitution subject to approval by two thirds of both houses of Congress. The citizens of the United States may amend their Constitution by majority vote in three quarters of the States after securing the signatures of 2% of the electorate in two thirds of the States within two years.


To end the chronic legal corruption of political parties extorting their elected office-holders:
7. POLITICAL PARTIES ANTI-EXTORTION AMENDMENT: No elected Senator or Member of Congress shall be required to raise or contribute any funds to a political party or partisan political action committee in order to attain or maintain a Congressional or Senate committee or sub-committee membership. No Speaker of the House or Leader of the Senate shall be elected or re-elected if they require others or are required themselves to raise or contribute funds to a political party or partisan political action committee. No elected Member or Senator, or their staff or operatives, may interfere or adversely influence the fund-raising of any Member or Senator of the same political party. No Member or Senator may be intimidated, threatened, or punished by their leadership if the Member or Senator vote their conscience instead of party loyalty. Violation of this Amendment is a felony, and if convicted, the political party and its successor party shall be barred from the violator's State ballot for two years.
 

To end 'legal corruption' in eminent domain:
8. EMINENT DOMAIN ANTI-CORRUPTION AMENDMENT: No level of government in the United States may declare eminent domain over private property for the advantage of other private property. Legislatures may reduce taxes, but all three levels of government and agencies are forbidden to defer, reduce, or eliminate property taxes to privilege a private property.


To restrain Congressional and Presidential budgeting irresponsibility:
9. LINE-ITEM VETO AND EXECUTIVE ORDERS AMENDMENT: Subject to 2/3 over-ride by both houses of Congress, the President has a Line-Item Veto over the federal budget. If the President issues an Executive Order which circumvents law, the Supreme Court shall immediately review the Executive Order at the request of a majority vote in either house of Congress, or by a majority of State Governors.


To restore the national capital's central location:
10. CENTRIST CAPITAL AND DECENTRALIZED BUREAUCRACY AMENDMENT: The federal capital of the United States shall be re-located by majority vote of the State Governors close to the vertical line of State borders running between North Dakota and Minnesota to Texas and Louisiana and at the confluence of two or three States ranked higher/highest in economic liberties in 2020. After the Congress moves to the new capital, voters in the District of Columbia may vote to re-join the State of Maryland or form their own city-State, a Polis with at least one Member but with only one Senator. The Governors shall name the new capital, but not for any politician. The bureaucracy of the Executive shall be decentralized in the re-location of the federal capital so that each civilian Department is located in those separate States ranked higher in economic liberties in 2020. If a host State subsequently falls into lower/lowest in economic liberties, the federal Department shall relocate to a higher economic liberties State.


The FreedomReform Serious Reform Amendments for American voters to consider during the Decade of the 2030's:

1. Health Emergencies Reform Amendment
2. Education Reform Amendment
3. Taxation Limits Reform Amendment 
4. Central Bank and Monetary Policy Reform Amendment
5. Fiscal Policy Reform Amendment
6. Congressional Fiduciary Responsibility Reform Amendment
7. Internal States Formation Reform Amendment
8. Polis (city-states) Formation Reform Amendment
9. Restoration of State Social Responsibilities Reform Amendment
10. Pension Plans Reform Amendment


 

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