A Proposal for the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
AMENDMENT XXVIII (Updated 27 Mar 2011)
1. Congress shall make no law that applies to Citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators, Representatives, Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls and all executive, judicial and civil Officers of the United States; excepting only the Constitutional provisions of Article I, Section 6.
2. Congress shall make no law that applies to Senators, Representatives, Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls or executive, judicial or civil Officers of the United States, that does not apply equally to all Citizens of the United States; excepting only the Constitutional provisions of Article I, Section 6.
3. No Preference shall be given by any legislation or other authorization to any elected or appointed member of the Federal government beyond that Necessary to the execution of the office held, to include partaking of any amenities not accessible to the general public at equivalent cost.
4. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and all Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls and executive, judicial and civil Officers of the United States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to adhere both ethically and morally to the Constitution of the United States and the provisions of this amendment. This provision shall be entered into the Oath of Office enumerated in Article 6 Paragraph 3 of the Constitution of the United States.
5. The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and all Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls or executive, judicial or civil Officers of the United States, shall not avail themselves to travel, lodging, entertainment, or other public display at government expense beyond that in which a member of the middle class of citizens of modest means would engage. A member of the middle class citizen shall be defined as one who enjoys a median income as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau.
6. Section 5 shall not apply to Affairs of State; Official functions between heads of state, Ministers and Consuls, executive or civil Officers of Sovereign Nations shall be held to a maximum of ten times that of which a middle class citizen of modest means would engage; the prestige of the United States being considered.
7. The Senators and Representatives receiving a Compensation for their Services, as ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States; when the Emoluments thereof shall have been increased by Congressional legislation, said increase shall not be come Effective until ratified by ballot of popular vote at the next general election.
8. This amendment shall be retroactive; of any previous legislation conflicting with the provisions of this Amendment the conflicting portion thereof shall be Null and Void.
9. The Congress shall have power and the obligation to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
1. Legislation proposed in the session of Congress occurring Subsequent to a November election shall require a three-quarters preponderance of yea votes in both houses to become law until such time as the newly elected members are seated.
2. Legislation passed by a session of Congress occurring Subsequent to a November election by simple majority vote and signed into law shall be inoperative until Confirmed by a majority of yea votes in Congress in the following year after newly elected members have been seated.
1. No Senator shall serve more than two consecutive terms, nor shall any Representative serve more than three consecutive terms.
2. Nothing in this section shall prohibit more than two terms for Senators or three terms for Representatives provided the number of consecutive terms is not exceeded.
3. No person shall be eligible for election to the Senate who has attained the age of seventy. No person shall be eligible for election to the House of
Representatives who has attained the age of seventy-two. Members of Congress who attain the age of seventy-two while in office shall complete the full term to which they were elected.
1. Federal judges of the Supreme Court and all inferior Courts shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall relinquish their Offices at the age of seventy-five.
1. Congress shall ordain and establish a Court of Reconciliation inferior to the Supreme Court only, for the sole purpose of hearing claims of malfeasance of office, dereliction of duty, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
2. All members of the Federal government, elected, appointed, or otherwise employed, with the exception of the President and the Vice-President of the United States and members of the United States military, shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Court of Reconciliation.
2. Judge shall be elected, one from each of five states, every 4 years with rotation by states, alphabetically.
3. There shall be no restrictions on a citizen or a representative of any of the States bringing suit including but not limited to “permission of the Federal government”.
1. Congress shall pass no law containing any amendment not directly pertaining to the main subject of the law under consideration.
2. Every bill to be considered in Congress shall be of a single nature without amendments not pertaining to the subject of said bill.
1. No person appointed to any Federal office by any member of the Executive branch shall assume that office until such appointment be submitted to both the Senate and House of Representatives, and a period of 10 session days have elapsed subsequent to submission.
2. A member of either the Senate or the House of Representatives may file an objection to the appointment within the 10 day period. If such an objection is filed, a majority vote to nullify the appointment in either the Senate or the House of Representative shall cause the appointment to be null and void.
3. Nothing in this Article shall pertain to any Executive appointments previously provided for under this Constitution in Article I, Section 2, and Article II, Section 2, with the exception that any appointment not previously subject to Senate concurrence shall be subject to this article.
A Patriotsfire News Flash 30 March 2010
With the growing political unrest permeating the nation, and the curious actions emanating from Congress and the Oval office of late, it is perhaps time for the people to reassert their authority and rein in an overactive government. At question is the manner in which this might be accomplished. After much thought and discussion with like-minded patriots, I arrived at what I feel is a pertinent proposal to amend the Constitution of the United States. This I shall lay before Congress well before the coming elections in November instant.
One of the basic tenants of this proposed amendment is expressed in a document written over 200 years ago – The Federalist Papers # 52. Signed Publius, the author is believed to be either Alexander Hamilton or James Madison. In talking about the House of Representatives, Publius said:
”As it is essential to liberty that the government in general should have a common interest with the people, so it is particularly essential that the branch of it under consideration should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people.”
There are two ways for an amendment to the Constitution to be introduced into Congress.
Article 5 of the Constitution:
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.
We need to convince both houses of Congress of the necessity of this amendment. I propose that both routes be taken. To this end I ask that each and every concerned citizen contact their representatives at both the Federal and the State legislatures, and urge then to support the proposed 28th Amendment to the Constitution, a copy of which is appended below.
I would urge everyone to write their Senators and Representatives, as written communications seem to carry more weight that emails. If you cannot write, please at least email them. It is of the utmost importance that their mailboxes and email in boxes overflow with suggestions that they support this proposal. It matters not your political party affiliation – exercise your rights as a citizen.
It is of the utmost importance that the maximum support be demonstrated. Please do not assume that enough others will write or email; your letter or email might just be the one to tip the balance. Make the effort to let your voice be heard, and urge friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances to do the same. Together we can reclaim part of that elusive control the people are supposed to have in terms of our governance. Now is the time to stand up and be counted. If you never write another letter to a representative, write this one. Later will be too late, with only time for regrets.
Below the proposed amendment you will find copies of the letters I sent to my state and federal representatives. You may make use of them in composing your own letters and emails.
Here are a number of links where you can find your Federal representatives; some of the sites have email links:
Find your Congressperson in the House of Representatives and contact information -
Senators of the 112th Congress -
Contact Elected Officials -
Congress Merge: Hints for Communicating with Congress -
Don’t forget to contact your state representatives as well and urge them to introduce legislation for an Article V convention also. Forward this email to everyone on your email list, and urge him or her to help.
Find your State representatives here -
Yours for a truly Constitutional government,
C. Warren Ellis
The Patriotsfire Society