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Dear Members of the 118th U.S. Congress
January 3, 2023, to January 3, 2025
“the speech and debate clause”
I propose that the 118th Congress jointly adopt procedures to conduct official public floor debates in person at least one night per week at a regular time that is aired on CSPAN covering a topic of interest to most Americans.
I humbly offer this story to explain what I have in mind.
“I watched “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” a 1939 film about an idealistic young Jefferson Smith who winds up being appointed to the United States Senate. The next day I got up and went to work.
I came home from work, grabbed a beer out of the fridge and channel surfed while I chilled out for a few minutes before dinner. The kids are running around and my wife, she’s gorgeous. Scanning through my DVR recordings from the week, I see two CSPAN shows. The first says it is a U.S. House of Representatives floor debate, the fifth in a series, about the root causes and legislative cures for high inflation. In the first four parts, arguments were made for and against higher taxes, more regulations, and decreasing domestic energy production. There is an election coming up and I want to understand what my representatives are saying without the censorship and misinformation pouring out of corrupt corporate media, academia and big tech. And because I know the U.S. Constitution protects everyone, all Members of Congress can speak freely on the floor; everything they say is protected. It is the model for the First Amendment. We need to use it more.
The second recording says it is a U.S. Senate hearing about the latest revelations of corruption by government officials and current federal employees that stole COVID money or were bribed, blackmailed and solicited to commit crimes by corporations. These hearings are better than watching Yellowstone and far more corrupt.”
Now I have to be clear. I understand that there is zero interest for actual transparency in the U.S. Government by elected representatives. But I’m hopeful that if enough honest Americans get elected to the 118th Congress, we can begin to heal. It only takes two to tango, and if a Republican and a Democrat put out a debate schedule on January 3rd, I’d watch. And I bet more Members would join to defend their policies. That’s the point. Congress can be modernized in one day, and it only takes two out of 535 members of Congress to start. Is there not two?
I pray to God that we elect leaders this time that understand the Constitution and know how to use the speech and debate clause – the primary weapon We The People gave them to use. CSPAN is already in place and ready.
This concludes my idea for the next Congress to be an example to young Americans, and “not a joke.”
The U.S. government can be tamed in a heartbeat by Citizens with knowledge of these three constitutional reforms that NOBODY running for any office wants you to know about.
The way to make America free again is to go all the way back to Article I. The 118th Congress needs to function starting on day one. We should all take another look at Jefferson Smith and decide what kind of country we want to be. The choice in this election could not be clearer.
Judgement Day is November 8th
John Stuart Edwards
Capitol Hellway Media Company