U.S. Constitution 2.0-Part Six

U. S. Constitution-Part Six

  1. Article VIII

Section 1. Neither Congress nor any state or local government shall make any law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The separation of church/religion from all local/state/federal governments and their units is a cornerstone of democracy.

Section 2. Neither Congress nor any state or local government shall pass any law that prevents individuals from exercising their freedom of speech, recognizing the legal limitations of libel and defamation of character.Neither should any person use this freedom to defame, bully, or intimidate, or impune another's religion through word, deed, or by publication of a satirical/humorous/intentional cartoon/picture/comic strip/painting/mural/etc., or otherwise threaten another or incite to riot.

Section 3. Neither Congress nor any state or local government shall pass any law that restricts or prevents the operation of a free press, a necessary tool for citizens to oversee the operations of governmental units and elected officials for the protection of all citizens.

Section 4. Neither Congress nor any state or local government shall pass any law that prevents or unreasonably restricts the right of the people peaceably to assemble or to petition a governmental unit for a redress of grievances.

Section 5. A well-regulated National Guard, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of individual States to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. In addition, individual legal citizens (who have not had this privilege either permanently or temporarily revoked) of the United States also have the privilege to keep weapons in their homes and on their persons in accordance with the laws of their state for use in hunting, personal protection, and as collectors.

Section 6. All citizens are required to pass background checks (for criminal convictions, military service issues, mental health treatment, instances of violent behavior, or threats of violence) before purchasing or otherwise obtaining legal weapons for personal use.

Section 7. Citizens do not have the right to possess military weapons, weapons of mass destruction, or large capacity magazines. Those are intended for the military or local law enforcement only. In addition, legal citizens are held legally responsible for their weapons; any illegal acts which may be perpetrated using said weapons by person other than themselves, unless they were reported stolen in a timely manner.

Section 8. No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Section 9. Citizens have the right to be secure in their persons, communications, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. No warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Such warrants shall only be issued by a proper committee consisting of at least three members, one of which must be a citizen chosen at random from the list of local eligible legally registered voters, the same lists used for jury duty.

Section 10. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Section 11. No person designated as an “enemy combatant” shall be held for a period of more than 60 days, except in time of a legally declared war, without being provided counsel and having the charges against him/her being read publicly.

Section 12. Torture of any kind is prohibited by this Constitution. Use of such methods shall cause the charges against any person to be invalidated and immediate release is required herein.

Section 13. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Section 14.In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed one thousand dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Section 15. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. The death penalty is not defined as cruel or unusual punishment for federal crimes. States have the right to make that determination for themselves.

Section 16.Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction, and Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 17. All persons who have entered the United States illegally will be arrested and sent back to their country of citizenship, along with their children and other minors, regardless of their relationship.

Section 18. 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.

Section 19. 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 fee or poll tax. If picture ID's are required of voters, then each state, with financial support of the federal government, shall issue that ID without charge. The ID will be issued upon registration to vote. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 20. The right of Americans to vote is reserved to citizens who have reached their 18th birthday by the first day of voting, and that right to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State for any reason other than conviction of a felony or failure to vote in two consecutive national elections. Felons may reapply for the right to vote only after ten years following completion of sentence and/probation. Citizens who have failed to exercise their responsibility/privilege to vote in a national election for two consecutive national elections shall lose their national voting privilege for five years and must then recertify as qualified voters. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 21. No person shall be President, Vice-President, Senator, or Representative in Congress or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

Section 22.The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

WHILE I know that there will never be a unanimous agreement on anything in this country, I believe that this document is a good place to start in drafting a new Constitution which has NO roots in religious doctrine and avoids partisan political motives. The idea is try to write something which can eliminate the politics and corrupting influence of special interests and the "elite." Yes, I know that's idealism, but that is the founding principle of this country, idealism!

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