The Founding Fathers created a good document in the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. I do not believe the Constitution is perfect. Some of the things I would change.
To Safeguard Liberty
1. Slavery. It is morally repugnant, and it was a compromise at the time to keep the Confederation of States together. The ideas of debt (indentured servitude), bankruptcy, and slavery are important. All people are free.
2. The Judiciary. Explicitly give the courts the power to determine whether laws are Constitutional or not.
3. Get rid of the "a well regulated Militia" language of the second Amendment. Simply put, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
4. Outline the distribution of representatives based on the population of the least populous state. The current language of "apportioned" allowed our current system to be "capped" and the districting games ensued.
5. "No crime shall be considered a felony without a human victim personified." If you can't put a face and name to the victim, the crime cannot be a felony. No regulatory felons for not being able to follow some esoteric rule that you didn't know about.
6. The President shall be the Commander in Chief of the Militia only upon declaration of war by Congress specifically authorizing the use of the militia for a period of not more than 2 years.
7. States are required to maintain a number of 800 person Infantry Battalions equal to the number of Representatives in either active or reserve readiness, and the necessary logistical support units required for complete mobilization.
8. The Federal Government shall maintain a land based Militia Force only for foreign duty at Embassies, ports or bases as required by Congressional consent.
To fight "Bureaucratic Creep"
1. Outine a standard for laws. "All laws must clearly the intent of the law, and address guidance to jurors." Jurors have the ability to decide on whether the law in question is applicable to the situation at hand based on the stated intent of the law.
2. Specifically say that "Congress does not have the power to delegate any responsibilities, and no amendment to this rule shall be instituted by less than a unanimous vote with all Representatives, and Senators present, and each State Governor shall have the power to veto any amendment to this doctrine prior to becoming law."
3. Any law or regulation not renewed by a 2/3ds majority of each House at the beginning of each session of Congress shall be struck from the public record and no longer be enforceable.
4. There shall be no Cabinet level offices added to the Cabinet of the President without an amendment to this document by Congress. Approved Cabinet level offices are Defense to ensure adequate military capabilities are available to deter aggression, State, to manage embassies and assist US citizens with international interests, Interior to advise the President and Congress on domestic resources and development, Treasury to serve the Republic as manager of finances as appropriated by Congress.
To fight the dangers of a economic idiocy.
1. All States will be responsible for the minting and management of Copper, Silver, Gold, and Platinum coins in accordance with Treasury standards. Weights will be 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 gram units.
2. The Government of the United States may not enter into debt to foreign interests. The Several States may purchase debt from the Treasury for a period of no more than 2 years.
3. The Government will not provide payment or compensation to any individual for anything other than service rendered.
4. Define "General Welfare" as "the necessary infrastructure between the several States as necessary for conducting commerce."
To fight the dangers of business as usual rule, term limits.
1. The limit of terms for a Reprsentative shall be 4, or 8 years, whichever is less.
2. The limit of terms for a Senator shall be 2, or 12 years, whichever is less.
3. The limit of terms for a President shall be 1, or 4 years, whichever is less.
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