A Voters’ Rights Amendment To Unify Occupiers and Tea Partiers by William John Cox

used with permission, image copyright by Helen Cox

by William John Cox
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
www.thevoters.org
November 29, 2011

Unification of the Tea Party and Occupy movements for a common goal – a Voters’ Rights Amendment – will reestablish the United States as a democratic republic and will restore control of its government to the voters.

Although the corporate and wealthy elite is doing everything in its power, primarily through its mouthpiece – the mainstream media, to convince Occupiers and Tea Partiers that each is an enemy of the other, it is becoming increasingly clear that the two groups have much in common.

Not only do both groups march under the Don’t Tread on Me flag, they both very strongly believe that corporations should not enjoy the constitutional rights of individuals, irrespective of what the U.S. Supreme Court may have ruled.

Moreover, both groups believe that their government ignores their most critical concerns, including jobs, personal freedom, and the health, nutrition and well being of their families, as their elected representatives feed at the trough slopped by the corporate and wealthy elite.

It is essential that both groups identify their common interests and take collective actions to unify their efforts, instead of attacking each other over other issues about which they may have an honest difference of opinion.

Uniting with the increasingly large block of independent voters, Tea Partiers and Occupiers will organize a more effective defense of their basic principles, rather than that offered by either the Republican or Democratic party, both of which subvert the rights and interests of workers and small business owners in favor of wealthy donors and corporate supporters.

The most basic issue that Occupiers and Tea Partiers can readily agree upon is a Voters’ Rights Amendment to the Constitution which insures that the future of the United States is decided by its voters rather than by the corporate and wealthy elite, which currently manipulates and controls the voter’s representatives.

The Voters’ Rights Amendment provides that only natural persons are protected by the Constitution, establishes a national paid voter’s holiday, and calls for a national paper ballot, which includes a national policy referendum on critical policy questions and an alternative write-in vote.

The Voters’ Rights Amendment

To The Constitution of the United States of America

Section 1

Only natural persons shall be protected by this Constitution and entitled to the rights and freedoms it guarantees, including the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly and petition.

Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press for non-person entities whose primary purpose is to gather and report fact, analysis, and opinion.

Congress and the States shall have the power to regulate and tax non-person entities as necessary for the public good.

Section 2

Prior to the end of the calendar year preceding a presidential election, Congress shall adopt a joint resolution setting forth the 12 most critical policy questions that should be addressed the next President and Congress.

Failure of Congress to adopt a joint resolution prior to the end of the calendar year shall result in the disqualification of all sitting members of Congress to be eligible for reelection.

Section 3

Federal elections conducted every second year for Senators and Representatives shall be held on a national voter’s holiday, with full pay for all voters who cast a ballot.

Federal elections shall be conducted on uniform, hand-countable paper ballots and, for the presidential election, ballots shall include the 12 most critical policy questions identified by Congress, each to be answered yes or no by voters.

Paper ballots shall provide space for voters to handwrite in their choice for all elective federal offices, if they choose, and all such votes shall be counted.

Section 4

In balancing the public benefit of maximum voter participation with the prevention of voting fraud, Congress and the States shall not impose any restriction on voting by citizens except for the most compelling reasons.

The intentional suppression of voting in national elections is hereby prohibited and, in addition to any other penalty imposed by law, any person convicted of the intentional suppression of voting shall be ineligible for federal office for a period of five years.

Section 5

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 6

This article shall become operative once it has been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.


William John Cox is a retired prosecutor and public interest lawyer, author and political activist. His efforts to promote a peaceful political evolution can be found at VotersEvolt.com, his writings are collected at WilliamJohnCox.com and he can be contacted at u2cox@msn.com.

The Hydra was illustrated by Helen Werner Cox, who was trained as a classical painter at Boston University. She is a retired nationally-certified library media teacher, who has made extensive use of art in her literacy programs. Her artwork is catalogued at HelenWernerCox.com and she can be contacted at u2helen@msn.com.

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  6. The tea party people are as diverse as the occupy people . dont lump people either in a category . Chomsky pointed this out when the tea party people first started a revolt . he welcomed what he called ”the rabble rousers”. listen ..there are many who are saying nasty things about the occupyers too . dont talk like them we must unite and build what Nader calls ”broad based coalitions ”. that is what conservatives and progressives did in Seattle in 1999..and IT WORKED .

    why is everyone on this blog so damned close minded by making gross overgeneralizations and ignoring the grassroots anti corporatists on the right ? sheesh ! they are our allys against the multinationals .

  7. i have to agree with sandra here. the so called ‘ tea party ‘ is a bunch of angry WHITE folks who have been brainwashed into thinking that it is the Government as an ‘ entity ‘ that is the villian. of course, to we who ‘ know better ‘ , it is the government , controlled by the super rich and the big corporations of the Military Industrial Complex, that does the ‘ bidding ‘ of those scoundrels.
    the tea party is actually FUNDED and SUBSIDIZED by the very corporate and super rich elites that we activists on the left and on the true conservative right ( and now the new Occupy movement ), are protesting AGAINST! so, how can we ‘ join ‘ with these folks when they support the police state mentality and War Economy that are the culprits?
    finally, the only hope for now is to keep on spreading the truth that i just expressed above, IN PIUBLIC, and join with the true defenders of the constitution and bill of rights, both progressive and conservative /libertarian, to get this Military Industrial Complex cut down to size dramatically!

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  9. If the tea party people opened their minds enough to actually hear what the protesters have to say, and if the protesters would accept the tea party, we could have a larger unified block against the wall street crooks and the crooks in the government.

  10. Sorry, but I think the Tea Partiers should take a long walk off a short pier, preferably NOT in Boston Harbor. I do not feel that Palin and her Partiers are in any way, shape or form really doing anything useful and that they themselves are just an extension of both of the current Parties in power, each of which is trying to do their damnedest to stay in charge.

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