Politics

Proposed 28th Amendment Hoax Circulates The Internet

| by Khier Casino

With the government shutdown entering its second week, Washington, D.C. is no closer to finding a way to resolve the fiscal deadlock. The country is getting angry, and people are finding ways to get their feelings across.

One course of action is sharing copies of chain letters and hoaxes that have been going around the Internet since 2010. Readers can send these letters to Congress via viral text or forwarded email.

The U.S. Constitution only has 27 amendments, and the “proposed” 28th amendment to the Constitution has never made its way to the floor of the Capitol. For all intents and purposes, this alleged amendment relating to equal lawmaking for citizens and lawmakers is a misleading notion.

Here’s an example of a chain letter sent via email:

“For too long we have been complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens have no idea that members of Congress can retire with full pay after only one term, that they don't pay into Social Security and that they have specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment). ‘Ordinary’ citizens must live under all those laws.

“The latest travesty is that Congress will exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered ... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem quite right. We do not have an elite class that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrats, Republicans, Independents or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

“This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come. Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

‘Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.’

“Each person contact a minimum of twenty people on their email address list, in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

“In approximately three days, all people in the United States of America will have the Message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.”

This rumor comes from topics such as lawmakers being exempt from contributing to Social Security, and from taking part in the Affordable Care Act, which they aren’t.