Article VII - Commentary
This is the 'Bill of Rights' Article where we incorporate the amendments to the original US constitutions as an article in this new constitution.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States or of new territories admitted to the Union, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, who have elected the government tax at 0x8394857, and who have elected a geographic residence within the bounds of member state are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they have geographically elected. Residents may elect a non-descript location for their privacy but must reside within 10 mile of that location for at least 10 days a year and the Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The above defines what a 'citizen' is under this constitution.
No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Requires that the rights given to citizens in one state apply in other states.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of accounted citizens who have geographically elected inside the state bounds.
Gives citizens the right of 'no taxation without representation' in the house.
Section 3. and Section 4.
Civil war amendments.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Gives congress the power to enforce and legislate the rights given in this article.
Citizens of the United States shall have the following rights:
Our bill of rights!
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; nor shall they make any law to give benefit to a religious organization that is more advantageous or disadvantageous of any corporation.
Here we remove the power of congress to give special rights to religious groups but also protect their establishment and practice.
Nor shall congress or the government of an state make any law based on the tenets of any religion unless said law has grounds in demonstrateable evidence as applied within scientific inquiry or a foundation in the common law.
Here we outlaw religious based law such as sharia or old testament style theocracy. This would eliminate the ability of states to make 'Blue' laws of or for states with muslim majority populations to institute any kind of sharia law and gives citizens of those states the grounds to challenge those laws.
And any such law shall be void unless it alleviates the suffering of citizens and honours the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
Outlaws laws that treat men, women, and gender diverse people differently.
And any such law shall be void if it impoverishes, exploits or denies basic rights to anybody or incites hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies.
The core of these rights came from somewhere I can't find, but a few google searches should feret it out. You can call these the rights to human decency.
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
We keep this classic the same.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the militia to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
We separate out the militia part of the second amendment to maintain the right of the states to have a militia.
Citizens shall not be deprived of their right to protect themselves against individuals who would do violence to their persons and therefore the right of an individual to keep and bear Arms suitable for personal defense and of non-military grade shall not be infringed. Citizens shall have the right to call upon the militia for protection if threatened by any organized group of such size as personal protection is beyond reasonable means. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation and to define military grade as time and technology requires.
Maintains the reasonable right to bear arms and gives congress the right to legislate the definition of 'military grade'. This is common sense gun control and preservation of the right to bear arms to protect oneself against 'individuals who would do violence'. If defence beyond individuals is necessary the matter should be elevated to a well regulated militia.
Right V - Rigth IX
Classic Bill of Rights
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted, nor capital punishment inflicted.
The only change here is the outlawing of capital punishment.
Right XI - Right XIII
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, genetic typing, or previous condition of servitude. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
We update and modernize this amendment to include gender identification, sexual orientation, or genetics.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax, other tax, artificial requirement, or political party affiliation. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
We update this to include the right to vote in any primary.
The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Citizens of the respective states shall have the right to supersede any legislative vote made by their respective representatives by casting an override of 50% of geographically elected citizens from the respective territory. For such purposes an accounted citizen may delegate their vote another accounted citizen in the same geographic district on a one to one bases. And a citizen that has been delegated to may further delegate the sum of delegated votes delegated to them unto another delegate in the same geographic district.
Establishes a fourth check on power. In this case the power of the legislature by the citizens. This draws the focus of power back to the representative constituents by allowing them to delegate their override vote to other citizens and thus form loci of influence inside the states and districts.
A woman shall not be deprived of her right to end the bearing of a child before the 25th week of gestation. After the 25th week of gestation, a child shall be granted full rights of a citizen under this constitution and no entity shall have the right to take its life save the mother in the following cases
the child will not live outside the womb with any quality of life.
the mother's life is endangered to an abnormal degree by continuing the pregnancy.
the mother is a minor under the age of 18.
the mother can demonstrate ignorance of the pregnancy before 25 weeks of gestation.
the pregnancy resulted from a unwanted sexual event and the mother was ignorant of the pregnancy before 25 weeks of gestation.
The freedom of choice amendment that makes the concession to outlaw late term abortions except in profoundly upsetting scenarios.
A citizen willing to enter into a trade or provide a service who forfeits all limits of liability and who publically makes known to all parties in a transaction their intent to practice without limited liability shall enjoy the right to practice without the regulation or restriction of any government, national or state; but must pay any levied excises, imposts, duties, or taxes levied on that trade or service as is consistent throughout the union. This right shall not extend to any partnership, group, corporation, or joint stock company.
The right of individual citizens to enter into commerce without state intervention or over regulation. In order to take advantage of this right, one must forfeit any form of limited liability. This amendment enables a guy who wants to give another citizen a ride across town and charge him $5 for the privilege the right to do so without regulation as long as the driver waives all limited liability.
A citizen shall, when voting for elected office, have the opportunity to rank choices for office in such a way that if their higher choice is eliminated from competition via an instant runoff, their next choice shall receive their vote; and shall be allowed to specify candidates for which they wish to never have their vote cast for such that if all preferred candidates are eliminated, their vote may be cast for no one. This right shall extend to all elections at any level of public government.
The right to ranked choice voting.
The rights of citizens shall not fall to any corporation or joint stock company as formed by any state or authority, domestic or foreign.
Corporations aren't people and do not enjoy these rights
Citizens shall have the rights to form partnerships, corporations, and joint stock companies and can own stock in such companies if the stock shall demurrage to the commons such that the demurrage is offered up for public bid and that the demurred from entity shall have the right to pay a tax equal to the highest bid to retain the rights granted by the capital.
This establishes the right to form limited liability corporations, but also institutes that the stock of said companies must be subject to a tax to the commons.
But such shall be subject to the following restrictions:
Corporations shall be able to receive private payments from accounted citizens but must make all outgoing payments public and open.
Corporations can receive private payments, but all expenditures must be made on the public ledger.
No limit of liability shall be extended to any corporation or partnership unless its ownership is subject to demurrage from the commons and that it elects the national tax at 0x384758.
Corporations must pay the national tax.
Corporations shall not prescribe or request any employee, partner, or contractors to lobby the government on its behalf and Congress shall power to enforce this Restriction by appropriate legislation.
Lobbying the government is outlawed by corporations.
Corporations shall at no time make any payment to a public official in power in the United States or any of its States while the official is in office. After a public official leaves office, corporations will make no payments to the official for a time period of five years after leaving office unless the official shall become an employee or partner of a corporation but not if a gross and inappropriate number of other corporations make payments to the same official under the suspicion of bribery and/or quid-pro-quo payments for rendered services of the office. Congress shall power to enforce this Restriction by appropriate legislation.
Gives congress the power to regulate crony capitalism and outlaws gross consulting of former government consultants.
Congress shall make no law such that the demurrage of corporate accounts shall be less than that of national citizens, but it may be more.
Institutes that corporations must pay higher taxes than citizens on the demurrage of cash.
Citizens shall have the rights to form institutions by establishing an electable tax on demurrging cash and to fund the institution by the election of accounted citizens and corporations. And congress shall make no law restricting the formation of such institutions.
Allows citizens to form pseudo-state entities via electable taxes. These entities are subject to the below restrictions and governments can take them over by choosing to fund their operation out of the public treasury. The purpose of these entities is to foster grassroots development of public benefit corporations that can prove out a public good or service and then pass the functioning of proven institutions to government oversight.
My hope is that this ability will refresh our engagement with civic institutions. Institutions are fundamental to a well established and executing democracy. In recent years these institutions have been eroded and this has led to our recent political decay. See work by Francis Fukuyama for more.
Congress shall have no legislative power over the institution unless the congress shall match the citizen funding of the institution from the national treasury.
Call for congress to double the funding of an organization to take it over.
Such institution shall not be restricted by geographical boundaries.
Allows these institutions to operate outside of state control.
The Government shall guarantee to every Institution in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against against domestic Violence.
The public institutions must have a democratic structure and the government must protect the institutions.
Institutions shall have the power to restrict the benefits of their actions to citizens that have elected the tax of the membership.
Allows the institutions to limit their services to citizens that pay a tax.
Such institutions not funded by congress shall be subject to the bounds of this constitution by oversight from the executive and any case brought against an institution shall be the jurisdiction of the national judiciary.
Unfunded institutions are not subject to congress but to the oversight of the president and executive branch and the general laws of the constitution. The executive oversight is limited to enforcing the restrictions of the constitution and not congressional regulation.
Such institutions funded by congress shall be subject to the bounds of this constitution and any law passed by congress and any case brought against an institution shall be the jurisdiction of the national judiciary.
Once funded by congress these institutions can then be regulated by congress.
First, To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.
Implements the right of congress to provide a right to elections free of the undue influence of money in politics.
Second, Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.
Overturns citizens united. Taken from wolf-pac or some other such institution trying to overturn the verdict by amendment.
Third, Nothing in this restriction shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.
Maintains the freedom of the press in spite of the new restrictions.