Congresspeople are exempt from having to go through security machines at airports--why? Because they legislated it so. (Btw, the whole-body-scanners that show you naked were just okayed for airport security use!). ANYWAY, here's an idea whose time has hopefully come:
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.
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 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 was to exempt themselves from the Health-care Reform ... in all of its forms. Congress was not designed to be above the law.
Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever, the self-serving must stop.
It is also time to stop the practice of sneaking unpopular legislation through (piggybacked on legislation which is more likely to pass), by imposing a single purpose rule. Many State constitutions already have such a rule that is designed to avoid complexity in laws and to avoid any hidden consequences that legislators or voters may miss when reading the proposed law.
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) 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. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven took one year or less to become the law of the land... all because of public pressure.
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. Nor shall Congress enact any legislation that shall embrace more than one subject, which subject shall be clearly expressed in its title.”
PLEASE SEND THIS TO YOUR CONGRESSMEN, CONGRESSWOMEN, SENATORS, AND GOVERNOR SO EVERYONE GETS ON THE RIGHT PAGE!