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10 Common-Sense Amendments To The U.S. Constitution

•, by Charles Hugh Smith

 One reader even decided to stop reading my work, which is extreme in the polite and cordial little world of Of Two Minds, where differences of opinion are expected and welcomed as long as they add to our shared understanding of the great issues of our era.

The key point of offense is my suggestion that the Constitution itself is wanting, when it is obvious to all that it's those who have been entrusted to administer the Constitution who are wanting. My error was in not stipulating this self-evident truth at the outset.

But I also think many readers misunderstood my point, which is that the Constitution was devised as a living document that could be amended as needed. It was not intended as a text that could not be updated as conditions change. This is why the method of amendment is spelled out very precisely.

The founders feared exactly what has come to pass: a government that no longer represents the interests of the citizenry. They did their best in a fractious debate to stipulate safeguards, but it's clear that many of the Founders understood that no document could completely safeguard the Republic against a leadership that sought to undermine the Republic at every turn for personal gain.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Ed Martin
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The Constitution of the Universe Preamble The purpose of human life is to live happily. The function of government is to guarantee those conditions that allow individuals to fulfill their purpose. Those conditions can be guaranteed through a constitution that forbids the use of initiatory force, fraud, or coercion by any person or group against any individual: * * * Article 1 No person, group of persons, or government may initiate force, threat of force, or fraud against any individual's self or property. Article 2 Force may be morally and legally used only in self-defense against those who violate Article 1. Article 3 No exceptions shall exist for Articles 1 and 2.

Comment by Ed Price
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11. Jury nullification must be proclaimed widely to the general populace. -- 11A. In all actions of government court against individual men and women, the tribunal must consist of the government (accuser), the accused, and the 12-person jury from the person's locality, with the judge as a referee ONLY. 11B. In creation of laws which affect most or all Americans, except in emergencies, such laws must be open to jury nullification for the whole area (city/town, county or State) of the local jury therein.

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