There's a chunk of text making the rounds — has made the rounds, in fact, for quite some time — calling for a 28th amendment. The (proposed, longed-for) 28th amendment would say
Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to Senators and Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.or some variation thereto.
I think I may have started this a long time ago. At least, I have a text file dated 11/11/2000 at 9:40a that reads
The 28th Amendment
Restoring Sanity to The Law
1. Congress may not exempt itself or its agents from compliance, in whole or in part, with any Federal law or regulation, nor allow regulations which do so, nor shall it encourage state or local jurisdictions to exempt it from compliance with their laws.
2. Any existing Federal law or regulation which exempts Congress from compliance with its provisions, in whole or in part, is hereby rescinded in its entirety.
There's a big difference between the two. Did you notice? The one I wrote 17 years ago undoes all the historical damage caused by its absence by automatically revoking all laws currently in existence that violate it. Leaving that part out is really very 'conservative': it freezes the current situation in place. I suppose that makes my version 'regressive' although I personally think of it as 'progress'.
There are many now calling for a con-con, a constitutional convention, to remedy what they see as myriad ills plaguing our nation. I truly believe most of those ills would evaporate if we were merely to prohibit past, present, and future acts of discrimination by our Congress.
What do you think?