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As provided for in the Constitution and anticipated by our Framers, the people of the United States should call a constitutional convention and re-shape the government into a parliamentary democracy somewhat along the lines of the government in Switzerland, Vidal argues. In fact, the passage of the property tax slashing Prop. 13 in California could be taken as the date of the start for the second American Revolution. There are strong parallels between the taxpayer's revolt in California and the Boston Tea Party, which set in motion the eventual separation of the 13 colonies from the British crown, Vidal says. It's now time for the people to complete the business of creating a real democracy.

Framer James Madison, in The Federalist Papers, wrote that the House of Representatives would naturally grow in size as the population of...

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