Actually do something instead of complaining
If this New Constitution were ratified, it would have positive impact on you and your children and grandchildren - all generations to come. It is time to stop complaining and to do something that will actually change things for the better. Your input and support is needed!!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
We just went through an election cycle and we have ended up with the same results. Republicans and Democrats convince you to vote them in and then they do the same thing - nothing. If the "fiscal cliff" crisis doesn't make you angry, you probably don't care what happens to our country. I have done something. When are you actually going to do something? When?
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
When are elected officials going to start doing the job we elected them to do? They spend all their time trying to get elected again (stay in power). All their decisions are based on how to get elected again (stay in power). They don't govern...they run for office. Isn't it time to change this viscous cycle? Isn't it time for term limits?
Monday, January 16, 2012
On June 12, 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote a long letter to Samuel Kercheval in response to a letter from Kercheval.
In the letter, Jefferson starts out saying the original Constitution does not form a truly republican form of government because there are too many situations in which the people are not equally represented. He said the House of Representatives is only elected by half the people, the Senate is not proportionate to population, the President is elected by electors or the House Of Representatives, the President’s cabinet is elected by no one, and the judges of the Supreme Court are not elected by the people.
“Where then is our republicanism to be found? Not in our constitution certainly, but merely in the spirit of our people. That would oblige even a despot to govern us republicanly. Owing to this spirit, and to nothing in the form of our constitution, all things have gone well. But this fact, so triumphantly misquoted by the enemies of reformation, is not the fruit of our constitution, but has prevailed in spite of it. Our functionaries have done well, because generally honest men. If any were not so, they feared to show it.”
“The sum of these amendments is, 1. General Suffrage. 2. Equal representation in the legislature. 3. An executive chosen by the people. 4. Judges elective or amovable. 5. Justices, jurors, and sheriffs elective. 6. Ward divisions. And 7. Periodical amendments of the constitution.”
"Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. It is this preposterous idea which has lately deluged Europe in blood….Let us, as our sister States have done, avail ourselves of our reason and experience, to correct the crude essays of our first and unexperienced, although wise, virtuous, and well-meaning councils. And lastly, let us provide in our constitution for its revision at stated periods. What these periods should be, nature herself indicates. By the European tables of mortality, of the adults living at any one moment of time, a majority will be dead in about nineteen years. At the end of that period, then, a new majority is come into place; or, in other words, a new generation. Each generation is as independent as the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before. It has then, like them, a right to choose for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of its own happiness; consequently, to accommodate to the circumstances in which it finds itself, that received from its predecessors; and it is for the peace and good of mankind, that a solemn opportunity of doing this every nineteen or twenty years, should be provided by the constitution; so that it may be handed on, with periodical repairs, from generation to generation, to the end of time, if anything human can so long endure.”
A rendition of the entire letter may be found at http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=459
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The President makes appointments without the approval of the Senate because he says they are not really in session. The Senate Republicans say that they are technically in session and the President cannot make the appointments under the Constitution without the Senate's approval. They are both gaming the system. Isn't it time for our leaders to start acting like adults?
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Provision 8 of the New Constitution replaces Article 7 of the original Constitution. Provision 8 says, “The ratification of this New Constitution is based on a Vote Of The People with two-thirds in the affirmative. This New Constitution goes into full force and effect at the expiration of the prior Constitution.”
The method of transferring from the original Constitution to the New Constitution is via an amendment to the original Constitution. The amendment to the original Constitution will be issued separately.
Provision 7 of the New Constitution is essentially the same Article 6 of the original Constitution except updated and reworded.
Next: Provision 8 Ratification And Effect Of This New Constitution
Provision 6 of the New Constitution is essentially the same Article 5 of the original Constitution except updated and reworded.
Next: Provision 7 Law Of The Land