Letter: A way to restore confidence in Congress
I have requested Senators Webb and Warner, and House Representative Wittman to consider sponsoring or supporting this proposed Constitutional amendment:
"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."
I did not write or know the composer of this possible 28th Amendment, but I fully support its simply stated intent and applaud its author. At its core, this proposal gives Congress a chance to reclaim its honor and build a stronger level of trust with the electorate. Amendments to the Constitution can be quickly adopted if the voice of Americans is united and strong. The 26th Amendment granting 18-year-olds the vote took just three months and a week to enact in 1971.
Our nation needs many repairs and adjustments to survive the rigors of the future. Whatever your party affiliation, we have seen too many of our elected officials abusing their power and expanding their privileges.
I invite my neighbors and fellow citizens to demand of their Congressional representatives by letter or phone that they sponsor or support this amendment. In my opinion, it can be a basic building block in restoring confidence in our system of government and our elected officials.
Charles T. Joyner