New Constitutional Amendment #30

National Referendum

It has become obvious that many politicians have become paralyzed after getting elected. It appears in many cases they are no longer interested in doing what is in the best interest of their constituents and the citizens of the United States, but are only concerned with getting reelected and making sure their campaign donors are kept happy. They have kept enough voters buffaloed that they have been able to stay in office despite their incompetence.

Many states already have the referendum as a tool for the citizens of that state to use when their elected officials are unable or unwilling to heed the desires of the electorate. California has probably been the most notable example of this.

Therefore it is time to return the power to the people! The mere fact that an issue is placed on a national ballot could provide the impetus for federal legislators to act. If the electorate finds that they are not acting in the best interest of the citizens, they are then able to address the issue themselves.

The following is a proposed draft of a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The number is presupposing that my previous proposed amendments have been passed.

Amendment #30

National Referendum

Section 1. The citizens of the United States may place a question on the ballot, to be voted on at the time of a national election. If passed by a majority consisting of 60% of the voters participating in the national election, the question shall become federal law.

Section 2. To be placed on a national ballot it must have the signatures of at least 1 percent of the eligible voters in each state that had participated in the previous national election. These signatures must be verfied and sent to the secretary of state of each state, or other state official in charge of elections, who then sends it to a National Election Committee for placement on the National ballot.

Section 3. It may be amended or repealed as any other federal law.

Should the citizens of the United States have the ability to place a referendum question on the national ballot?

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

No only is it past time but that amendment should contain term limits. All they focus on after getting elected is getting reelected. Career politicians need to go the way of the dinosaurs because they become dinosaurs.

The Frog


logic,commonsense 4 years ago Author

prince, you are absolutely right. We need legislators that worry about the issues first and reelection last!

Thanks for the comments!


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blondepoet 4 years ago from australia

Now Logic honey bun don't you go getting envious of my hot hubber hub haha....they just would not have understood me adding a blank face. Hell they think I am mad enough as it is xx


logic,commonsense 4 years ago Author

BP, the only thing I'm envious of is your underwear!

Besides, I'm not just another pretty face. Blank or otherwise!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

I agree with frog prince, and BP (ok that is why my pic is not a close up, I have some wrinkes) but anyway, our politicians are simply stealing money from us. We the people have the power, but only if we vote. We also need to sign petitions like the one above. Sorry, but sitting on Wall St. isn't helping enough. We have power, but only if we vote. But, not enough vote. Only about 58% of people and that is in a presidential election! It is amazing to me. People will be mad, but they don't vote. They say " Oh, I could not take time off work, or I could not drive" But we have early voting we can do by mail. If we want change, and we do need it, we need to vote. Ok, thank you for letting me rave and rant on your hub. I am going to read more of your hubs. I agree with you 100%


logic,commonsense 4 years ago Author

Michele, you can't rave and rant anytime you want on any of my hubs!

I agree, that not enough people vote. Perhaps we need to do as Australia does and make it mandatory for people to vote in federal elections. One way to enforce it, would be to make everyone who receives any type of assistance or payment from the federal government, have proof they voted in the previous federal election, before they can receive payment or benefit. That would encompass a large number of citizens.

Thanks for stopping by and giving your input!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

logic commonsense, that is a great idea! That way at least people would earn their payments.


logic,commonsense 4 years ago Author

Whoops! Michele, I meant to say you MAY rave and rant anytime on any of my hubs. Must proof read my own writing! :)

To be honest, I'm more interested in them voting than getting their payments, but hey, whatever works.

The thing is, once they get in the rhythm of voting, most will start thinking about what and who they are voting for and that will be a boon to us all.

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