A New Constitution? Apr 12, 2004 15:03:46 GMT -5
Post by POA on Apr 12, 2004 15:03:46 GMT -5
I wrote (or rather, rewrote this a while back and posted on the other message board, but it more properly belongs here).
I'll be honest; I'm not quite sure how to get 'here' from where we are now, but it might contain ideas that are worth discussion or implementation when we have the chance to do so.
Anyway, here it is:
Whereas the previous government of the United States:
Has destroyed the honor and trust of the rest of the world in it through unprovoked conflicts, undeclared wars, incompetent diplomacy, and overwhelming hypocrisy;
Has sought to overturn those laws made between nations;
Has failed in its duties to protect us from those who would do us harm;
Has no respect for the consent of the governed; but instead decieves us at every turn;
Has colluded with narrow economic and religious interests, and stolen the wealth of nations and their peoples for the illicit benefit of these interests;
Has rejected both working against disenfranchisement, and working in the interests of the general welfare;
Has wrought destruction for profit;
Has sought both Empire abroad, and dictatorship at home;
Has harassed and destroyed the lives of those who have protested its crimes;
Represents, instead of the guarantor of our rights and freedoms, the greatest threat to them as evidenced through it’s myriad violations of these rights and schemes to destroy our freedoms;
Shows no inclination at this point to learn from its past failures, but instead has opted to repeat these failures on an increasingly larger scale in a cynical attempt to create enough spectacle to distract us from their previous errors and to cow us into obedient silence;
We, the people of the United States, once again come together to author a new Constitution; to form a new government that, though fallible as all human endeavors are, shall not repeat the errors of its past, shall
more effectively protect our rights and freedoms, and shall be more responsive when we, as citizens, think
that it has fallen into error.
These rights are not self-evident, nor are they granted to us by a Creator or any other being, but rather; they have been discovered by us to be those rights and freedoms most necessary to ensure that interactions between people are conducted in a fair and humane manner.
Section 1. A citizen is defined as a human being who has been born within the borders of the United States, or a human being who has fulfilled conditions set forth by Congress by which a resident may become a citizen. A resident is defined as a human being who is located within the borders of the United States.
Organizations are not citizens.
Section 2. Citizenship shall not be deprived of any citizen as punishment for any crime, or on account of political or religious affiliation, or on account of race or previous national origin.
Section 3. A citizen may cease to be a citizen by clearly stating to the government, in circumstances free from any form of duress, that they renounce their citizenship. A person who has renounced their citizenship and is not physically located within the United States, is no longer liable according to the laws of the United States, or subsidiary governmental entities, unless an extradition treaty or similar arrangement exists between their current residence, and the United States. The government of the United States is obligated to accept a renunciation of citizenship except in those cases where such a renunciation is an attempt to evade a lawful prosecution of a criminal offense.
Section 4: The laws and rights of the United States shall not be construed as to apply to persons who
are neither residents or citizens, or organizations that are external to the United States, except for such
persons and organizations for whom such relationships have been approved through legally ratified
treaty or other international agreement.
Section 5: Congress shall set forth a reasonable procedure by which residents of the United States, may become citizens of the United States.
Section 6: The first Enumeration of all citizens of the United States, and the States within, shall take place
one year after the ratification of this Constitution, and subsequent Enumerations shall take place once
every ten years afterwards.
Section 1: The United States shall be defined as the signatories that have ratified this Constitution. All of the treaties made by the United States to Indian nations prior to the ratification of this document are still valid.
Section 2: All other territories possessed by the United States shall be afforded a plebescite within two years after the ratification of this document, by which they may decide the status of their continued association with the United States.
Section 3: The capital shall be afforded a number of representatives as calculated by the appropriate method stated elsewhere in this Constitution.
Section 1: Neither the federal government, nor any subsidiary government within the United States, may
make any law establishing a religion, or favoring one religion or group of religions, or transfer governmental funds to a religion or group of religions. Neither the federal government, nor any subsidiary government within the United States, may outlaw any religion or group of religions.
Neither elected officials or persons holding high office shall conduct themselves in public in a manner that shall favor one religion or group of religions, or present the impression of favoring one religion or group of
Residents and citizens have the right of freedom of religion.
Section 2: Residents and citizens have the right of freedom of speech.
Section 3: Residents and citizens have the right to assemble peaceably.
Section 4: Laborers have the right to protest working conditions peaceably. The government may only arbitrate a dispute between laborers and employers after the express written permission of representatives of both groups has been recieved in advance of such arbitration.
Section 5: Residents and citizens have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and to take legal action against the government. The government shall respond to such petitions in a polite and timely manner.
Section 6: Citizens and residents have the right to own, carry, and use appropriate weapons to defend themselves. This right may not be abridged.
Section 7: Residents and citizens who are legal adults have the right to engage in such actions, including but not limited to substance use and sexual acts, as are consensual and harm no others. This right shall not be construed as to provide justification for fraudulent conduct.
Section 8: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,
are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any
law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, nor shall any state
deprive any citizen or resident of liberty or property; without due process or law; nor deny to any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 9: Citizens and residents have the right to petition the government and organizations for the purpose of verifying that such information as the government and organizations may possess regarding them is accurate and valid. Should the government deny such petition made to it by a citizen or resident upon the grounds of current criminal investigation, the privacy rights of another citizen or resident, or information that has been classified as secret after the ratification of this Constitution, the government is obligated to specify such reason honestly in the denial.
Section 10: Citizens and residents have the right to public education.
Section 11: Citizens and residents have the right to health care.
Section 12: Citizens and residents shall be protected against discrimination and prejudice.
Section 13: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Section 14: Congress shall have power to enforce these protections of rights by appropriate legislation.