The resolutions considered by the Mock Constitutional Convention have been posted here by Eric Byler. Most of them are reasonably self-explanatory, but I think one could use a bit of explanation, because even though it didn’t achieve a consensus, it’s an interesting idea. It’s the proposal to increase the size of the House from 435 to 6,000 Representatives.
This proposal has its origin in the drastic increase in the number of citizens per congressional district from 33,000 in 1790 to almost 700,000 as of 2008 (according to Wikipedia). The proposed remedy would reduce the number to around 50,000. Its proponent envisages representatives spending most of their time in their districts, conducting congressional business mainly by videoconferencing and traveling to Washington perhaps as few as four times per year. They would be in much closer contact with their constituents, and hopefully more responsive to their needs and wishes.
Particularly interesting for the Coffee Party’s campaign against big money’s political influence is that congressional election campaigns would be much less expensive. Representatives’ dependence on special-interest money would be reduced, and the dispersal around the country of the target-rich concentration of 435 congress(wo)men in DC would make lobbying more expensive and less effective.
I don’t recall the arguments of the mock conventioneers against the proposal. Perhaps they agreed with James Madison, writing in The Federalist #55 (and quoted in the same Wikipedia article):
Sixty or seventy men may be more properly trusted with a given degree of power than six or seven. But it does not follow that six or seven hundred would be proportionably a better depositary. And if we carry on the supposition to six or seven thousand, the whole reasoning ought to be reversed. … In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason.