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  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    09/11/2012 2:15:54 AM PDT · 23 of 25
    johnkpiper to faithhopecharity

    Hello, person adopting the names of the three most admirable qualities anyone can exercise...

    I vote for keeping the old (current) one, too, since I am inherently conservative...

    However, we may not get that choice! I am looking two moves ahead in this chess game...my point being: The current debt/fiscal situation may implode the government, requiring a new one to be figured out.

    This isn’t a trivial matter! No less than the Great One, Mark Levin, has stated that he thinks we live in a “post-constitutional” republic. That means we are living in a time when the law is uncertain...rights are uncertain...settled law is unsettled. If we are to live in a nation of laws and not of men, we need to figure this out, or we will implode fiscally, and legally.
    This pipe dream constitution is one way. I also propose amendments to the constitution as another way. Neither is perfect, but both law out ideas for you to chew on.

    Your Loyal Servant,
    JKP

  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    09/10/2012 11:32:29 PM PDT · 22 of 25
    johnkpiper to Billthedrill

    Hello, Bill,

    I must say, you are exactly the type of person I expected to encounter on Free Republic: Thoughtful, yet tactful. I DO appreciate it.

    My purpose was to lay out a prototype for a free society which would be improved upon by those smarter than I, such as those on this forum.

    I did, as you said, lay out an expanded Bill of Rights. Stuff that many of us talk about and “take for granted, duh” but have not explicitly codified. Stuff that enemies of liberty would twist to mean something different if it weren’t explicitly stated.

    I figure, not to be contentious but simply to state to the counterargument, that it is actually, very useful as a model for government to lay out Rights which government may not violate and which Courts will enforce on the other branches of government. It has worked reasonably well for the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th amendments, and occasionally for the 9th and 10th. These are far more than (simply) a statement of principle, but a statement of the inherent (god-given, or natural) rights of man, which no (legitimate) government may violate. Not only not-useless, but required by a government by consent.

    On plastic surgery and intoxicating substances, I must (heh heh) yield, because Constitutions are supposed to lay out principles, not specifics, as I have done.

    The remaining parts (II-VI, grouped by topic) lay out the cybernetics (that is, proper functioning) of this limited government. This makes the document far broader than simply an expanded statement of Rights, but an actual (but long- winded) blueprint for Government. (To be pared down and refined by others wiser than I.)

    Your Loyal Servant,
    JKP

  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    09/10/2012 10:48:40 PM PDT · 21 of 25
    johnkpiper to Emperor Palpatine

    Greetings and Salutations, Excellency...

    What makes you think it ain’t broke?

    Your Loyal Servant,
    JKP

  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    09/10/2012 10:45:00 PM PDT · 20 of 25
    johnkpiper to lrdg

    Hello, Lrdg,
    I agree completely that the best and brightest are not attracted to D.C.

    Which is probably the way it should be...they should be members of the civil society, making their mark as businesspeople, scientists, and (commonsensical) thinkers, not rulers.

    BUT a few should want to do a term of service as a Representative the same as people do an enlistment in the Army...but they are not attracted to D.C. because it is such a den of vile vultures, elected with the aid of slanderers like David Axelrod, who could turn Mother Teresa into a demon.

    It requires a few believers in constitutional principles to go to D.C. to ensure the Constitution is upheld...and pry the hands of the scoundrels off of it.

    My point is: this noble document has been so adulterated by people who lack honor and virtue that its principles need to be reaffirmed in a stronger document...or we are doomed as a Free people.

    Your Loyal Servant,
    JKP

  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    09/10/2012 10:42:06 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    johnkpiper to Wings-n-Wind

    Hello, Wings and Wind,

    I agree, not even a little snowball’s chance...
    But they said that in 1787, too. I daresay we should consider our alternatives, as limited as they are, though.

    Your Loyal Servant,
    JKP

  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    09/10/2012 10:41:46 PM PDT · 18 of 25
    johnkpiper to MNJohnnie

    Hello, Minnesota Johnnie

    I agree with your sentiment, but not the conclusion. We vote for the lesser of the evils, and a careless vote between a skunk and a rat is still a vote for a skunk or a rat. The system is rigged, and most people can be accused of careless votes with these conditions. I address some of this in my fantasy constitution.

  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    09/10/2012 10:41:14 PM PDT · 17 of 25
    johnkpiper to ClearCase_guy

    Hello, ClearChase

    I agree on most everything you say (except that Islam should be outlawed - only the intolerant/violent type should be), and lay out specifics in the pipe dream constitution.

    Your Loyal Servant,
    JKP

  • US Constitution for the 21st Century

    08/29/2012 7:42:52 PM PDT · 1 of 25
    johnkpiper