Through the Amendment mechanism of the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers provided a theoretically fail-safe way to address the changing needs of our nation. Whether circumstances changed or politicians tried to exercise too much power, the current governing bodies could correct the situation with an Amendment, and states could follow suit for their localized issues.

Unfortunately, neither house of Congress is attempting to address recent inadequacies in the way Congress now operates. Fillibustering leaves bills hanging indefinitely, greatly reducing the effectiveness of Congress. Yet there wouldn't be enough votes to put through an Amendment to prevent this tactic. The states could collectively rally to change the Constitution, but nothing has been proposed. (In all fairness, this option for proposing an Amendment hasn't been used in the 2 1/4 centuries of our Constitution's existence.)

While voters and politicians alike find this situation frustrating, it's nothing compared to what is happening in the 2016 Republican primaries.

The 2016 Republican primaries are making a mockery of our national government.

Donald Trump has shown, perhaps as an experiment, that a politician can get votes through bigotry and ridiculous proposals, as long as he says what the people would like to hear. In a divided field of candidates, such insanity can draw enough votes to maintain a lead over the remaining candidates. He's so amused with the situation that he boldly proclaimed that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and it wouldn't affect his polls. Sadly he's right, with the backing of more than 1/3 of the Republican voters—despite this latest insult to the intelligence of the American voter. Presumably his fans are taking his line as a joke, but it's not. Trump can say the craziest things and still get away with it. Although he is not likely to become our next President, the fact that any presidential candidate turn the presidency into a popularity contest is sad. Nothing he says would actually work in the real world, yet more than 1/3 of the Republican party are still willing to vote for him. The rest of the nation can only hope that this phenomenon is what is commonly called a "protest vote"—voting against the opposition at all costs.

Mr. Trump, your popularity comes from your complaint that government is ineffective. We agree. You're now proof conclusive of that.

So what's the solution?

The American people won't tolerate an ineffective government. They will make changes to our nation, one way or another.

America 2029 provides solutions that are "of the people, by the people, and for the people," without requiring governmental debate or approval.

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