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January 21, 2010 – Comments (19)

Okay, boys and girls: I'm feeling rambunctious, so I was thinking about things that I wish the Founders of our country had written into the Constitution. Most of the stuff I realized was actually in there, but is ignored and violated, but there's one thing that they overlooked that I think may have actually helped.

Anyway: here's your chance to rewrite the Constitution in our collective imagination. Put whatever you want in there in the comments below. Have fun!

19 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM, FleaBagger (29.45) wrote:

I'll start things off:

"Congress shall make no law that cannot be written by hand on a 5"x5" luncheon napkin, and thence read with the naked eye."

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#2) On January 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM, FleaBagger (29.45) wrote:

(Of course, they would just inflate the standard measurement of inches until they have acres of paper to work with.)

See here.

See the context here.

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#3) On January 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM, StockWizard108 (65.35) wrote:

"Congress shall hereby balance the Federal Budget!!"

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#4) On January 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Congress shall establish a United States Central Bank that shall be responsible for the creation and care of our money supply.

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#5) On January 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM, SockMarket (41.20) wrote:

"Payments of any type (exempted are those considered to be salary, paid by the governing body for which the individual works) made to a member of government who has the power to affect the creation or implimentation of law shall be considered high treason and if found guilty is punishable by no smaller penalty than life imprisonment" Basically it gets rid of lobbying

and

"Any amendments or additions that are found by a court to be irrelevant to a piece of legislation in any lawmaking body shall be removed from the bill and the offending politician must testify before the legislative body as to why they committed the offence" Kills pork barrel tack-ons

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#6) On January 21, 2010 at 7:53 PM, bigcat1969 (92.51) wrote:

I wish they had added something like...

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Oh wait... maybe it doesn't really matter what is in there when the court system can change it at will.

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#7) On January 21, 2010 at 8:49 PM, GreatStocks3728 (< 20) wrote:

The salary of congress will be determined by a national vote by the American people performanced based.

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#8) On January 21, 2010 at 9:16 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Oooooohhh, fun!

Due to the absolute, unmistakable, fact of history that government intervention in the economy is always an unmitigated disaster; the government of the United States may never again interfere in the market economy in any way.  It will have no power to tax, regulate, or otherwise interfere in private business activity.  It may not make any tender Legal or Ilegal.  It may only enfore valid private contracts and prosecute fraud.  It may do nothing more.

We can dream.....

Of course, if you were raised on the Orwellian version of American history, you'll raise a stink here I'm sure.  I know, I know, evil capitalists with white mustaches and top hats are going to be skulking around stealing everyone's wealth and raising prices, right?  Well, I'm sorry but I don't believe the Robber Baron baloney.  It's a crock. 

A few references to look up on Amazon if you wish to be enlightened:

33 Questions about American History You're Not Supposed to Ask
The Myth of the Robber Barons
How Capitalism Saved America
Capitalism and the Historians
The Creature from Jekyll Island

David in Qatar

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#9) On January 21, 2010 at 9:39 PM, Varchild2008 (83.58) wrote:

"Congress during backroom deal making must smoke Philip Morris Cigarettes so that those invested in (PM) can at least get SOME benefit from the corrupt behavior of hiding Congressional actions from the American People."

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#10) On January 21, 2010 at 9:46 PM, topsecret09 (34.29) wrote:

 Just In case you hadn't noticed,the Democrats have been re-writing the constitution for the last year.....  TS

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#11) On January 21, 2010 at 10:01 PM, rd80 (98.48) wrote:

If any Government program costs more than projected or takes in less revenue than projected, the first source of funding to make up the shortfall shall be the campaign funds and personal assets of all Congresspersons that voted for the legislation and the President who signed it.

 

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#12) On January 21, 2010 at 10:07 PM, topsecret09 (34.29) wrote:

 We now have the Executive branch meeting with Democratic Senators In private,while the Republicans sit at home. The deliberations In the Senate are supposed to be between the 60 Senators,not between the Executive branch,special Interest groups,and the Democrats. The constitution Is just an afterthought to the Democrats....   It's just a joke...  This Is the reason that Brown won In Massachusetts  TS

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#13) On January 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM, turdburglar (41.06) wrote:

There's 100 Senators, not just 60.

I think both parties could do with a good reading of the Constitution.  Someone should probably read it aloud on the floor of each chamber.  

Also, it's amazing the work that was accomplished by the founders on just a few pages.  Now it takes over two thousand pages just to "reform" health care.  

Can anyone name any worthwhile document that is over 2000 pages long? (book, government document, etc)

 

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#14) On January 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM, carcassgrinder (36.06) wrote:

two word clause:

Term Limits 

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#15) On January 22, 2010 at 1:54 PM, Turfscape (41.34) wrote:

topsecret wrote:
"Just In case you hadn't noticed,the Democrats have been re-writing the constitution for the last year.....  TS"

Yes, folks...that's right: democrats bad. republicans good. Oh, and republicans are exactly the same as libertarians. That's why all of us who claim to be libertarians vote for republicans instead. Oh, and republicans aren't elected by the people, they're annointed and then appointed to their positions by jesus himself, which is why we won't question anything they do...ever. They are infallible.

Ugh.

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#16) On January 22, 2010 at 1:58 PM, 1277507302 wrote:

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of ten years.

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every 25 years by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature for a life term; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

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#17) On January 22, 2010 at 2:13 PM, Turfscape (41.34) wrote:

topsecret, I owe you an apology. I didn't mean to direct that at you...I just read one too many political comments today and had to vent.

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#18) On January 22, 2010 at 2:17 PM, topsecret09 (34.29) wrote:

#13) On January 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM, turdburglar (79.95) wrote:

There's 100 Senators, not just 60.    LOL!!!! I just realized what I wrote after your comment.....    Of course there are 100 senators....  I just have 60 on the mind with regard to cutting off debate....    In reality only 60 Senators  have controlled everything that has happened over the past year though...   TS

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#19) On January 22, 2010 at 3:14 PM, FleaBagger (29.45) wrote:

TS, now that Brown's been elected, you can say "TS, democrats!"

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