Letter: Time to ask for a Constitutional Convention
By Leroy Vetsch, Mankato
There is a special class of people in our country who do not live by the same rules that they make for everyone else to follow. That class of people is the Congress of the United States. Take note of what these injustices are and hopefully it will help you to be involved in the change that needs to happen in order for equal justice for all to be a reality.
Congress is exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment. They are exempt from health care reform. They receive enormous pensions and vote themselves pay raises. These are some examples of inequality against the American people.
Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the federal government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states. In order to convene a Constitutional Convention, it only takes 38 of 50 states. So, it has been proposed that there be a 28th Amendment, which reads: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United
It would have been wonderful if there was a Congressional Reform Act that would have made it so no former congressional office holder could receive pay or perks after leaving office, that former office holders receive social security like everyone else and purchase their own retirement plan, that former office holders have the same health care options as the rest of the people, that they must equally abide by the same laws imposed on the masses, and that they abide by term limits.
Serving in Congress is an honor and privilege and should not be a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators to serve their terms and then go back home to work.
As a country, let’s expect more from our government by asking for a Constitutional Convention of the States to change how our legislators operate.