Radical Constitutional Change in America

 
I would like to start this page with a quote from the Declaration of Independence which is at the fount of our political national tradition. I believe we can find in such documents a path to the future as well as a recollection of our past. I want to say in advance that as a man who advocates radical change and has lived abroad much of his life and holds no paid office authorized by the Union or any State in it I am the outsider. In every sense of honesty, fair play, truth or even “cricket” for the powerful British lobby — the duty and onus is on those seeking to preserve the status quo to clearly outmatch me in constitutional punctilio. My burden is only to show constitutional color of right. 

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

WWhen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

In the case of  the Declaration of Independence the American people were dissolving the political bands that bound them to the British people. I am urging that to some extent we sadly and respectfully sever some ties that bind us to our own ancestors and to earlier Americans. I am especially urging that we act to sever our ties to the hypothetical and not yet existing group of future Americans which will result from following our current course.  I am quite committed to changing our constitution substantially. In this revolutionary change I leave very little off the table. However, I would advocate that we use the method of radical change in our current constitution if at all possible. If not possible then we should simulate that method to the degree possible.   

The plan for radical change must:

1. Assume a position  among the powers of the Earth

America must see itself in its position among the community and collection of nations and powers which actually exists. I have a great deal of experience of the rest of the world and I believe that I am able to articulate models for change which relate well to that real world in which we exist. i am a radical but I am not a radical who has lived his whole adult life on a remote compound with people selected for agreeing with him. The average TV reporter is closer to that description than I am if he could really see the truth.

2.Set out a Separate and Equal Station

No matter how complex the system is in the end we recognize a system of sovereigns. Unless one political system exercised political power over the entirety of humanity (which will not likely happen) then whatever systems there are they must recognize to a real degree the sovereignty of each of these powers that controls and is not controlled politically. We must be strong enough to hold our own in this group. My models and proposals are consistent with that requirement. 

3. Found regime on the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God

Unlike much of the modern judiciary and bureaucracy, my proposals and models rest very securely on the standard of the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. This transition is essential if we wish to survive over the long-term.  

4. Manifest a decent respect for the Opinions of Mankind 

I have always entered into respectful and open conversation and correspondence with people in public and private venues throughout the world. There is no effort to deceive or to hide serious causes of conflict but there is  a respect for shared humanity, for principles of sovereignty and for distinct traditions of reasoned thought. From this background I propose models which do not reach facile conclusion about other nations and peoples. 

5. Declare the causes which impel them.

My blog as a whole declares many causes for change some in this page and some elsewhere. We must face each of them on its own merits and take them as seriously as they deserve.

So then what kind of Change Agent am I and what do I propose?  

Readers may wonder where my particular impetus and desire for radical constitutional change is coming from and in what I have found the basis for it. In addition, there are many people who might  know me a little or even more than little who will reflect on the fact that I vote almost entirely for either Republicans or Democrats. Who reflect that I always registered for Selective Service as required but never served in the armed services which would have shown some initiative. They will say I married a hometown girl once of my own religion and never remarried. They will say I earned enough credits to be vested in Social Security long ago but never earned very much money. I have no criminal record. Is this the portrait of someone who is sincere about seeking radical change? 

Of course I think that there is quite a bit of other evidence to consider. This is evidence that shows I am quite capable of seeking radical change and much of that evidence is around in this blog. There is a great deal of resistance, protest, and activism in my past life. 

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

1. Form a more perfect Union

I think that our Union is capable of being very much improved. The model for constitutional change and for the resulting constitutional changes are in my opinion models for what would be a better expression of the future of the Union.

2. Establish Justice

In the models I propose I make numerous arguments on the basis of Justice. As I seek justice it leads me to propose constitutional change. There is no doubt that we could become a more just society. There is of course real doubt that any change would bring about a better and more just society. 

3.Insure domestic Tranquility

The attacks of 9-11, the Fort Hood shooting, the BP-Macondo gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, Waco’s kids burning in the Branch Davidian Complex, the Oklahoma City bombing, the looting and shooting after Katrina, the thousands of rotting industrial spaces, the millions of unemployed and the millions of people more criminalized than punished by  our justice system — this is the litany that gives me the right to question whether or not the country is insuring domestic tranquility.  

4.Provide for the Common Defence

We have millions of illegal aliens, black criminal terror as the real government in many places and a huge unhealed hole in New York. These things give me the right to question whether the current constitutional regime is working.

5. Secure the Blessings of Liberty

Millions of Americans are in the CJ system, mental health system and millions more are debt slaves.  We lack the capacity to ensure national determination into the future.

6. For ourselves and our Posterity

America is meant to be a White Supremacist society. Of course by the same token it is true that preference would be given to descendants of the revolutionary population over others. I do have ancestors from among that group but also want to incorporate traditions from outside that group into the center and heart of the national structure. 

Here are a few of the posts where I propose change:

These are not the only posts or the most important posts in which I propose change.  However they provide a sampling of what I am talking and writing about. 

1.https://franksummers3ba.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/american-republicanism-within-the-proposed-federal-american-empire-of-the-united-states/

2. https://franksummers3ba.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/delving-into-the-deep-unknown-specific-institutions-of-a-renewed-america/

3. https://franksummers3ba.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/thinking-a-new-thing-a-competing-american-narrative/

4. https://franksummers3ba.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/american-survival-american-transformation/

Now I come to the place where I want to describe how changes should be brought about in our society. I am not predicting the inevitable. I am committed to causes I do believe or worthy not necessarily those likely to produce a good result. Let us see how the constitution itself regards radical constitutional change:

Article V

The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three-fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. You can read this blog. You can think about things you would like to see happen and find small differences you can make on issues that arise. There are many things you can do in your life to express these values and ideals.

If you are really committed:

2.I urge anyone interested to begin assembling names and making contacts and possibly operating monthly discussion clubs in their state with a view to making them into the foundations of groups which will lobby state legislatures to call a constitutional convention. These groups should also build up strength to endorse one or more of their members as delegates (along with others) to this Constitutional Convention. This is  a process which requires  patience and flexibility. If it happens at all the odds are for example that I will not be alive to see it.  One must be committed to the cause more than merely to its benefits for oneself.

5 responses to “Radical Constitutional Change in America

  1. Let me ask you, and i know this is an old post, but, what exact changes are you after? In the practical scheme of things. Social Justice, quality and the like sound good but, what if the actual mechanics of Politics?

    What sort of Government do you envision?

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