Comments on: The Grenade in the McCutcheon Briefs Blog, news, books Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: john gutta Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:08:29 +0000 Dr. Lessig,

I read your book, Republic,Lost, that I bought at your talk in Haverhill a few days ago. Both the book and talk were so good that I also read One Way Forward, and joined some of the organizations that you recommended.
I totally agree that the first step in restoring our Republic must be to end the influence of money in our lawmaking process, but I do not believe that any of the currently proposed amendments ( including yours in One Way Forward ) will do that. Why? Because all of them allow millions in “gifts” ( payoffs for ‘service’ ) during “life after Congress”. Consequently we desperately need the mock conventions that you suggested ( a brilliant idea ) to write a loophole free amendment which includes entirely public funding of campaigns, commensurate pay, and mandatory retirements for life on generous government pensions.
Some will argue that mandatory retirement from moneymaking is too much to ask of retired lawmakers. I disagree. Laws are the soul of a nation, and so lawmaking is the most important job in a nation. If millions of soldiers can sacrifice their lives to protect our land, surely a few thousand retired lawmakers can sacrifice moneymaking to protect its soul.

with hope,
John Gutta

P.S. please read my book, For a Fair America, available on Amazon.