The Restore Our Republic Resolution Fact Sheet
There is broad agreement across the political spectrum that our current campaign finance is broken. By overwhelming margins, Republicans, Democrats and Independents all say big-money special interests have an undue influence on our politics. Over 85% of Americans believe we need fundamental reform.
Big spending in elections leads to Big Government. Crony-capitalism drives an increasing share of wasteful government spending towards the special interests who spend millions in campaigns to influence Congress.
Our current system is anti-free-market. Industry leaders have a financial incentive to spend large sums on campaigns and lobbying to secure or maintain dominant positions in markets, to suppress market innovation, and to lock-out competitors. There is no level playing field for small businesses to compete.
Our current system is anti-free-speech. Our current system stifles the free speech of hard working average American citizens & taxpayers who are effectively shut out of the political process because unions, corporations, wealthy individuals, or even foreign entities, can write a single check and drown out all their voices in campaigns. We need to give back an equal voice to regular citizens in order to restore balance, integrity and transparency to our electoral process.
No Taxation Without Representation. Quite simply the People are not being representing in Congress. Citizens should have a meaningful say in the decisions made in Congress before the government takes their money. This is the very foundation of our Republic. Our founding fathers fought a revolution to gain a representative government. We must now fight to get it back.
The solution must be an Amendment to the US Constitution in order to provide the foundation and framework for legislative implementation, and preserve our republic for future generations. No state or federal laws can be protected without an amendment. It is the only way to ensure elections are free from undue influence and fair enough that every citizen has a meaningful voice in a truly representative government.
Our founding fathers put the state-based route to an Amendment in the Constitution for exactly the situation we find ourselves in today-- when the federal government is no longer responsive to the people. The founding fathers knew our state legislators would always be closer to the people and could provide the essential check and balance to Federal authority.
The right path for the best solution. The only way to achieve a real and lasting solution to restore balance, integrity and transparency to our national system of campaign finance is to discuss and debate a broad range of solutions, distill only the best ideas into amendment language that both solves the problem and is reasonable enough to survive the rigorous 38 state ratification process. This is how our constitutional republic form of government is supposed to work.
A JOINT RESOLUTION
applying to Congress for a limited national convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution to ensure balance, integrity and transparency in our national campaign finance system.
WHEREAS, The framers of the Constitution of the United States gave us a Republic and intended that the Congress of the United States should be "dependent on the people alone" (James Madison, Federalist No. 52); and
WHEREAS, That dependency has evolved from a dependency on the people alone to a dependency on powerful special interests, through spending by third-party groups, campaigns and out-of-state donors, that has created a fundamental imbalance in our representative democracy and eroded the people’s trust in government; and
WHEREAS, The Constitution of the State of Texas states: "All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit" and the people have the right at all times to reform their government "in such manner as they may think expedient" (Section 2, Article I); and
WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution requires Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments to that constitution on the application of two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states; and
WHEREAS, The 86th Texas Legislature perceives the need for an amendments convention to propose an amendment to the federal constitution that will ensure balance, integrity and transparency to our national system of campaign finance, and desires that said convention be so limited to that purpose; and
WHEREAS, The 86th Texas Legislature intends that this joint resolution be a continuing application considered together with applications calling for a convention for similar purpose until such time as the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have applied for a convention and said convention is convened by Congress; now; and
WHEREAS, a national convention would give us an opportunity to come together as a nation to discuss solutions on how to ensure the integrity of our elections, and renew the American people’s trust in government; and
WHEREAS, Article V of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that any amendment, whether proposed by Congress or a convention, must be ratified by 75% of the states, presently 38 states, ensuring that only the most reasonable proposals with widespread support become part of our Constitution; and
WHEREAS, Notwithstanding any federal or Texas law to the contrary, the State of Texas desires the delegates to a convention be composed equally of individuals currently elected to state and local office, or be selected by election, in each congressional district in Texas, though all individuals elected or appointed to federal office now, or in the past, be prohibited from serving as Texas delegates to the convention, and the State of Texas intends to retain the ability to enforce the responsibility and conduct of its delegation within the limits herein expressed.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the people of the State of Texas speaking through their legislature, and pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, hereby apply to the United States Congress to call a convention for the exclusive and limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that will permanently protect fair elections as described herein by ensuring balance, integrity and transparency to our national system of campaign finance, as soon as two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states have applied for a convention for a similar purpose; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That the Texas Secretary of State forward official offices of this resolution to the president of the United States, to the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate of the Congress of the United States, and to all members of the Texas delegation to Congress, with the respectful request that the full and complete text of this resolution be printed in the Congressional Record, and to the presiding officers of each legislative body of each of the several states, requesting the cooperation of the states in issuing an application compelling Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution on this subject.