Life has now quieted down a lot. The violence that occurred during the early stages of the fall, are non-existent now. Crime is almost unheard of, as people are working together to survive and pick up the pieces of their now very changed environment. Most people made it through with just some moderate problems, neighbors stepped up and helped those who were less prepared. The U.S. dollar is still here, but things sure cost more. Food is finally hitting the grocery stores, but not cheap at all. The cities are almost empty, as government crackdowns of civil disobedience turned deadly. Those who could fled, those who couldn’t were killed in the violence or later rounded up. Where they are is only a guess. Rumors have it that a Communist group is trying to take over and form a new government, time to start pushing a better plan, with a new constitution.
During the first installment of “After The Fall”, I presented an idea for a new form of governance at the Federal level to replace what we currently have in place, in the event that opportunity would ever exist. While our current constitution is revered by many, it is also flawed in many ways, that have opened the door for government tyranny. In this draft of a new constitution, I’m hoping to close those doors, appease all sides of the current political spectrum and end up with a document that everyone would agree to. I by no means am going to attempt to defend what is written, I will argue it’s merit, but if it don’t hold up, it should be changed. I will outline the form of governance, as I will call management, at the Federal level, as I did in part I, but adding some things based on the debate that occurred.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, insure domestic Tranquility, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Article I. Establishment of the National Security Management Committee
Section 1. The National Security Management Committee will consist of one elected member from each state.
Section 2. Responsibilities: The National Security Management Committee will
A. establish an annual budget for the National Security Forces.
B. vote to activate the National Security Forces in the event of invasion or imminent invasion by a foreign army.
Section 3. Limitations: The National Security Management Committee will NOT
A. activate the National Security Forces for non defensive reasons.
B. Activate the National Security Forces against the American people.
C. make and pass laws
Section 4. Term of Service: National Security Management Committee members
A. will serve a term of four years
B. at the end of a four year term, will no longer be eligible for future Federal service
This begins the journey in developing a new Constitution. For the sake of saving everyone from reading about the other two parts of the Federal Management System, they were outlined here: http://gmanfortruth.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/after-the-fall/ As was discussed during debate of After the Fall, the Federal Management System committees and Spokesperson have no law making powers. All laws and law making power lies with the people within their individual communities.
This next article is new!
Article 4. National Security Forces
Section 1. Within five years from the ratification of this Constitution, The National Security Forces WILL
A. Vacate all foreign bases
B. Return all property to stateside locations (to be determined)
C. Revert to a part time militia
This will greatly reduce the size of our military, probably by more than half. The military will become a part time entity after a five year downsizing and returning from overseas. Excess equipment will be shared with the states National Guards units. This will also reduce costs. This article will require some debate to get it right, as I’m not sold on the idea that we need a standing army, even on a part time basis.
Article 5. Bill of Rights
Section 1. Unalienable Rights Guaranteed to the People
The unalienable rights of the people will not be abridged or interfered with. They are:
A. Right to Free Speech
B. Right to Freedom of Religion
C. Right to Assemble
D. Right to Habeas Corpus and Trial by Jury
E. Right of Free Press
F. Right to Bear Arms Openly or Concealed, in Private or Public for Self Defense.
G. Right to Free Travel Between the States
H. Right to Own Property Free of Taxation
I. Right to be Free of Unreasonable Search and Seizure of Both Person and Property
J. Right to Abolish any Form of Local or State Government that Infringes on the Rights of the People
Section 2. No Laws Shall be Passed that Infringe on the Rights of the People.
A. All laws passed must be of moral discipline, murder, rape, assault, theft or any action by person(s) that negatively affects the liberty and freedom of another person or persons. All laws will be passed and enforced at the state and local levels.
B. The Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Shall Not be Interfered With.
The rights of the people is the whole purpose of having a constitution. This legal document, when ratified by the people, will protect them from government tyranny of any form by any centralized government. In our current day, there are many examples of the government infringing on the rights of the people. This needs to stop and never occur again. Two more articles to go.
Article 6. Funding the National Defense Forces and Taxes
Section 1. A National Sales Tax of 5% will be applied to all purchases with the United States for a period of five years. After five years the National Sales Tax will be adjusted lower to continue funding of the part time National Security Forces.
Section 2. At no time can the people be taxed more than 10 % on purchases.
Section 3. There will be no income tax.
Section 4. There will be no corporate tax.
Section 5. There will be no property tax.
Article 7. Amending the Constitution
Section 1. Amendments will be initiated at the state level. The people od the initiating state will vote on the proposed amendment.
Section 2. If the Amendment fails to pass, it is no longer under consideration.
Section 3. If the Amendment passes, it is presented to the remaining states for a vote in the next general elect.
Section 4. Passage of the Amendment by all 50 states is required to be added to the Constitution.
Section 5. Failure of passage by one or more states kills the Amendment and it may not be put up for a revote for five years.
So there we have what a new Constitution can look like. There are many things to address, things may need added and/or subtracted. Changes should occur for all the best reasons. We can never allow a form of governance that can grow out of control and turn on the people, if our current corrupt group of thieves are dissolved. While trying to keep this short, I have other ideas that may be received well, and will bring them to the table during debate. Hopefully, we can end up with a document that everyone agrees to.