Co-Writer for hire
In addition to fiction and non-fiction co-writes, I have also been hired to write a draft of the new 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. More below.
In 1787 things were in a shambles in America. The Confederacy of 13 states were working at odds and to fix things, held a convention whose sole purpose was to amend the Articles of Confederation which loosely bound them. Instead the purpose was tossed aside and a whole new Constitution written and passed – a document designed “to form a more perfect union.” Few people realise how close we were to having no Constitution at all.
Grateful to have a new Constitution, those who also wanted a Bill of Rights incorporated into the Constitution, or passed simultaneously therewith, momentarily fell quiet. Better something than nothing was the feeling. But two years later, in 1789, worry of growing nationalism gripped the founders. They feared the new America might grow into another Great Britain or worse, taking away the regional sovereignty of the states and individual liberties.
From this fear the Bill of Rights was borne. These are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution that every schoolboy and schoolgirl once new by heart. These are the Amendments that safeguard liberty, justice, individual and state’s rights, things like freedom of press and assembly, the right to bear arms and to a jury trial, the prohibition on on cruel and unusual punishment, substantive and procedural due process, and liberty.
Since those early days, 17 additional amendments have been adopted, making a total of 27. Some of these are more technical, addressing the machinery of democracy and how the parts are to function together, while others address specific rights or prohibitions. The 11th Amendment, for example, prohibits individuals from suing states in federal courts; the 16th Amendment removed constraints on the power of Congress to lay and collect income taxes; the 18th Amendment imposed prohibition, and the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th. America would not continence a nation of teetotallers.
So how does this relate to me and the 28th Amendment (Proposed)? We begin with The Food Mafia. The core theme to the book is the corruption of the American food industry by special interests. That corruption is made possible by special interests financing the elections of career politicians. If Big Food and Big Sugar had not employed the most powerful team of highly-financed lobbyists imaginable, many of them former Congressmen, we would not have 150 million pre-diabetic, Diabetic and obese people suffering in America today. So my writing partner, Jon Gordon, said “enough is enough.” Not only did we write The Food Mafia to make this point, he founded a IRS 502(c)(4) non-profit called Constitutional Change Now (CCN), whose purpose is to hold the first Constitutional Convention since the nation was founded, and at that Convention, pass the 28th Amendment, which he called upon me to co-write. The 28th Amendment imposes term limits on Congress, placing on them a cap of right years, and bars Congressmen from serving as lobbyists for eight years.
Read more, including the text of the 28th Amendment, and join the CCN movement at ConstitutionalChangeNow.org. All donations to the cause are greatly appreciated.