Jeff, the realities of Constitutional politics dictate that any attempt to tamper with the constitution will result in net losses for the people and net gains of the oligarchy.

Individual amendments require a two-thirds majority of BOTH Houses of Congress. Neither party has sufficient votes in either House to put forth an amendment to the States, but the Republicans are much closer to that goal than the Democrats are. Unless you believe that the Democrats will ever get a two-thirds majority of both Houses at the same time, it would probably be a good idea not to focus on changing the Electoral College Rules.

The other method for amending the Constitution requires the state to call for a Constitutional Convention. The Republicans have been trying to accumulate the 2/3 majority of the states (34) to call a convention for more than a decade. Right now, I believe they control 30 state legislatures (the governors are not involved in this process) but they won’t call for a convention until they have the 3/4 majority (38) required to pass amendments to the constitution in a convention.

Once a convention is called, however, there is no way to control the Convention process. In fact, the Constitution doesn’t even lay down rules for a Constitutional Convention. The Convention will make up its own rules, an d it will be up to the states to ratify or reject the amendments proposed by the Convention. A Constitutional Convention would create more problems than it would solve and would be a great danger to basic structure of American democracy.

Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of