Requiring super majorities in both houses of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states is anti-democratic. It allows a minority to overrule the will of the majority at every step of the process. The fact that the cumbersome amendment process was put in place at the time the Constitution was ratified is an unusual form of tyranny - allowing the dead to put limits on the living. The dead have no right to rule the living.
The first step in making our government more genuinely democratic is to make the process of amending our Constitution more democratic. Any amendment that has the support of one-third of the members of Congress should be voted on by the people at the next general election. Amendments that receive a majority of the votes cast in a nationwide referendum would be ratified.
Amending the amendment process to make it truly democratic will serve as a "gateway" reform - making it easier to enact the other amendments to our Constitution that are needed to make our government our own.
Article V of the Constitution of the United States is amended to read as follows:
Whenever the members of Congress shall deem it necessary or advisable, as indicated by the votes of one-fourth or more of the members, they shall propose amendments to this Constitution. Proposed amendments shall take effect upon ratification by a majority vote of the citizens of the United States. Referendums on proposed amendments shall be conducted as part of the next nationwide general election.