There has been an article or what ever you want to call it circulating around for some time in email's. I have also seen it
on some web sites, and did not note which ones at the time. It is about what appears to be a new Congressional Act to
pass an amendment to the Constitution. As far as I am able to discern this is more some ones wishful thinking. If how
ever it were true I would be one of the first to back it, but lets look at what must occur for an Idea to become law.
First it must start as a bill presented by a Congressman, or as a amendment to the Constitution, and I don’t believe any
Congressman is about to present this Idea. You will understand way when you read the copy of this article that follows
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to
restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests (Patrick Henry)
The 27th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-old's) took only 3 months, and 8 days to be ratified! Why?
Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc. Of the 26
amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public
Congressional Reform Act of 2011:
1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are 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
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 3%.
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.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for
themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours
should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!!
Public pressure can work wonders, but Congress I believe will never budge on an amendment like this. That is why our
forefathers included in the Constitution a provision where by the people can make amendments with out Congress. That
provision is an Article V Convention the context of which I have included below, copied from the web site of the Friends
of the Article V Convention. (FOAVC) www.foa5c.org/index.php <http://www.foa5c.org/index.php>
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS by bring pressure to bear so they will call a Article 5 Convention where you can
propose this Reform Act as an amendment to the Constitution.
Article V of the United States Constitution
<http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.overview.html> states (one sentence of 143 words):
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this
Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states shall call a convention for
proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution,
when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as
the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be
made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight  shall in any manner affect the first and fourth
clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal
suffrage in the Senate.
However, the state legislatures of ALL 50 states have already submitted over 400 <http://foavc.org/file.
php/1/Amendments> Article V applications to make amendments. Congress and the Supreme Court are violating the