14 August 2012

What Would Patrick Henry Have Changed?

Patrick Henry of Virginia spoke out more eloquently and forcefully for liberty than probably anyone else in the American Colonies.  When the U.S. Constitution was created with the help of fellow Virginians George Washington and James Madison, Patrick Henry fought tooth and nail against it's ratification. He argued that the Constitution was a mechanism that would eventually lead to dictatorship.

If Washington and Madison had consulted with Patrick Henry and said, "Tell us what kind of Constitution would preserve liberty, Henry might have provided the following broad outline:

FUNCTION AND INTENT OF GOVERNANCE
(An important part of this Constitution would be an exposition of natural law and a clear statement specifying that the only function of governance is to respond to and adjudicate and/or arbitrate apparent violations of the natural laws specified in this Constitution. These laws are so fundamental to successful life in society that no person can opt out by claiming he or she has not agreed to these natural laws.)

 NATURAL LAWS WHICH ARE TO BE UPHELD
Governance will apply only to the natural laws specifically listed in this constitution. This governance structure is forbidden to make any new laws not herein specified. (The list would include, for example, laws prohibiting murder, theft, fraud, assault ... basic laws aimed at protection from harm to any individual's life, body, or property ... a minimum requirement for peaceful society.)

 FUNDING OF GOVERNANCE
All funding is voluntary. Those who donate money do so with the understanding that, as with church donations, many people may benefit from the governance which their donations help to fund, but nobody is forced to pay. It is specifically stated in this constitution that everyone does not have to pay their fair share. Each branch of governance must operate with separate voluntary funding and separate income and expense accounting disclosed to the public on a monthly basis. All funding must be via general voluntary donations to the specific branch of governance or by voluntary payment of suggested fees for services rendered. Taxation is expressly forbidden. No branch of governance may in any way force a person to pay for any program or service. In this system of governance there are no elections.  People vote by supporting or not supporting the branches of governance with their voluntary donations.  The branches of governance each have an incentive to remain efficient and uncorrupted so as not to lose their support in voluntary donations.

STRUCTURE OF GOVERNANCE
Executive Branch
(This branch of governance maintains an infrastructure for responding to apparent violations of the natural laws specified herein, and constitutes the "teeth" in these laws. Basically this branch operates police and security functions.  Recruits are hired based on outstanding achievement in police academies.  Leaders are chosen from those with outstanding service records.)

Judicial Branch
(This branch of governance provides an infrastructure for arbitration of disputes and adjudication of violations of the natural laws listed in this constitution. Arbiters are hired based on outstanding achievement in arbitration school.  Judges are picked from those arbiters who have a substantial record of highly praised arbitration outcomes.)

Monitoring Branch
(This branch of governance monitors and audits the other two branches as a "watchdog" against corruption and abuse of power. Monitors and auditors are hired based on outstanding achievement in monitoring and auditing school.)

SUMMARY
Because this form of governance eliminates the three biggest problems with old forms of governance, legislatures, elections, and taxation; and because this form of governance offers safeguards against corruption and the abuse of power, with exceptionally good marketing this form of governance can be made to appeal to the general public and can be successfully sold.


 

The device which more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.



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1 comment:

Don said...

A little late in replying to this post, as I have glanced over it before now, but today have time to read it in detail. :)

I would very much LOVE to see this version of the Constitution come into play here in the US!

We have blown up the original Constitution and the original intent of the Constitution beyond repair. Time to scrap it and build anew, and to ENFORCE it this time!

Friar Don, OBR
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