God Blesses America with Bernie Sanders’ Populist Revolution, Necessary for Amending our Constitution

Hugh J. Campbell Son of a steelworker, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Article Expanding Democracy by Amending the Constitution highlights that seven of the 17 constitutional amendments adopted since the Bill of Rights have reversed damaging Supreme Court decisions that threatened popular democracy and features the women's suffrage amendment (19th) that women fought for, tooth and nail, for more than 70 years in every state across the country.

The 19th was the fourth amendment to be ratified of the 11 both adopted and ratified between July 12, 1909 and July 1, 1971, the last cluster of populist amendments in our history. The truth be told, most if not all of our constitutional amendments were the result of populist activism. No constitutional amendment has been both adopted and ratified since the Aug. 23, 1971 Powell Memo that has ushered in more than four decades of both crony capitalist and anti-populist officeholders, as well as thwarting the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Restarting a similar 60+ year period of constitutional amendments that ended in 1971 within the next half-dozen or so years necessitates retaking control of the U.S. House/Senate, enough state legislature/governorships and the White House at least by January 2021. This is no small task, but is realistic since the U.S. House turns over three times, the White House twice, all governorships at least once and the U.S. Senate once by January 2021.

As an optimist, I believe it is the darkest before the dawn, the U.S. political system of is at a tipping-point and that wide spread populism can reverse the political pendulum’s 44 years crony capitalist/anti-populist journey.


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Hugh Campbell is a seasoned financial professional, currently providing subject matter expertise on a variety of regulatory topics, including the Dodd-Frank Act, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and overall compliance monitoring. Hugh has previously held positions as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Chief Audit Executive (CAE) and Director of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance.

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