I recently got this email in a chain type style from someone that I will not mention. At first, you may become excited as you read, as I did. However, that quickly ebbs when one digs and finds the extraordinary amount of misinformation here, and that we are ignorant enough of our own government to not recognize it.
“If you agree with this, please send it your friends. The Governors of 35 states have already filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of The 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention. This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on. An idea whose time has come……………. For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the health care reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are democrat, republican, independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come. Have each person contact a minimum of twenty people on their address list; In turn ask each of those to do likewise.. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around. Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or 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 States .” You are one of my 20.”
Okay, so yes it sounds good. But here’s the real story:
1) Governors cannot file suit against the Federal government. Constitutionally, only attorneys general are allowed to file suit.
2) There aren’t anywhere near 35 states involved in this suit. There are actually 14, with 13 banded together on one suit and Virginia filing on its own.
3) (Perhaps the scariest at our ignorance as a nation) Is that 2/3 of the states need to file suit, and listing 38 as two thirds of 50! 2/3’s of 50 is 33.333, and therefore it would take 34 states to file suit, as I hope we’re not dumb enough to think that .3333 percent of an attorney general can vote.
I do feel though that this shows that the democratic mechanism still works on a fundamental level, that we have been smart enough to keep a government where there is always a check or balance when needed, because change could happen here if enough attorneys general got on board.
Unfortunately, the major errors of this chain email also prove that we still need an electoral collage to ultimately select our governmental representatives, because the masses just might be too ignorant to truly do the job themselves.
Moral to the story: please fact check. Become a part of the solution by simply not being a part of the problem, and that is ignorance.