Proposed 28th Amendment Message - Internet/Facebook Rumour

26 Mar 2012 - Article No: 1525. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour


I challenge you to read this and NOT have the will to click share.

No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.

If each person that reads this will click share, in three days, most people in the United States of America will have the message.. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

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

This message which claims members of Congress are not subject to the laws that they pass is currently circulating prolifically.
This message has actually been circulating for many years, previously through chain email as far back as 2009, and later through forums and social networking sites.

Ever since its continued circulation the information contained in the message has been false, based on a continued and persistent misunderstanding and fallacy that members of Congress are not subject to the laws that they pass.

The first piece of misinformation in the message is that members of Congress need only serve one term and will then receive full pay retirement. Many variants also include the false implication that members of Congress do not pay into Social Security. Members of Congress do pay into Social Security and members elected after 1983 pay into the Federal Employees Retirement System and before 1983 pay into the Civil Service Retirement Program. In neither case would a member of Congress recieve full retirement pay after only one term.

Additionally the assertion that Congress are exempt from the laws they pass is also inaccurate. The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 ensures that members of Congress are accountable for the same laws in the same ways as anybody else, notably including health care coverage and prosecution for sexual harrassment (rumours have circulated regarding both).

Whilst their is historical accuracy to the claim that Congress exempted itself from certain laws, the message is innacurate and outdated. The proposed 28th Amendment would be utterly pointless.

Also note a Facebook version of this message is currently circulating as the caption of an image of a disfigured American soldier.

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