Daily Paul Constitutional Convention Thread (Redraft a better Constitution)Submitted by Duane Vick on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 02:30
This thread is a convention of sorts for us to write a better version of the Constitution. Now, I like the current Constitution and wish it would have held up better to the perversions of tyranny that we constantly endure today. To solve that, I believe that at some point we will have to draft the Constitution again but this time we will have to make sure to make it more resistant against tyranny. Feel free to add your opinion, changes, improvements, etc. So here goes:
Enumeration of Natural Rights
First Natural Right
All rights are granted not by governments or by men, but by the creator of men. Therefore, no government has the power to repeal, alter, or infringe a natural right.
All states which seek to join this union must acknowledge this same Enumeration of Natural Rights in their own charters and constitutions.
Second Natural Right
All men and states have the right to secede from their government of their own free will. All men are called upon to revolt against their government if this right is suppressed.
Third Natural Right
The right to speak, in any form, shall not be limited.
Fourth Natural Right
The right to defend oneself against any threat shall not be limited. No order to retreat shall be required nor restriction on choice of weapon shall be imposed. No surrender of weapons, for any length of time, shall be required unless an arrest upon the bearer is declared.
Fifth Natural Right
The right to remain silent shall not be limited. It is a right which may be invoked at any time under any circumstance. No man shall be required to testify.
Sixth Natural Right
No man shall be searched or face seizure of his person or his assets except upon an order from the courts. No order shall be given without listing what items or persons are to be seized.
Seventh Natural Right
No person shall be held or detained longer than four hours unless by order of the court. No person shall be held civilly liable to any body of government. No fine may be ordered or collected unless such fine is to be paid to the specific person who suffers a loss resulting from the actions of the accused. No person shall be questioned about his deeds without the presence of counsel on his behalf.
Eighth Natural Right
No man shall be forced to endure tyranny. Any person who shall use the rule of law to limit, repeal, or alter these Natural Rights shall not enjoy the protection of law or justice against violent recourse.
I realize that this list isn't all-inclusive so please add where you see fit. I did want to make a few things clear with this list. Mainly, I wanted to reiterate that these rights don't come from government and so the government is powerless to change them. I also wanted to ensure that it is plainly stated that people and states have the right to secede. I think it is important that it is stated such that people have a right to leave this government and that if government tries to take away that right that it would be patriotic duty to revolt against that government. I also wanted to make sure that people could defend themselves however they choose and that "stand your ground" type law would be universally recognized.