A project by Dave Champion.
CLOS in an acronym for Constitution for the League of States.
A lot of folks believe the U.S. Constitution is the finest document ever written. They worship the damn thing. I’m not that guy. Do you know who shares my perspective? Thomas Jefferson!
“Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of nineteen years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right. It may be said, that the succeeding generation exercising, in fact, the power of repeal, this leaves them as free as if the constitution or law had been expressly limited to nineteen years only.”
~ Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1789. ME 7:459, Papers 15:396
Wow! How come they don’t teach THAT in the government school system? Oh wait…why would the government teach that?
Jefferson also said:
“As that [progress of the human mind] becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
So you see, even the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence didn’t believe the federal Constitution (or any constitution) was timeless, perfect, sacrosanct, or worthy of the reverence many Americans give the one currently in operation.
Here’s my view: The U.S. Constitution is the highest and best product for securing liberty that could have been crafted AT THAT TIME. I believe we can, and must, take our written constitution to the next level if the light of liberty is not to be lost!
The Constitution under which the federal government now operates was written in 1789. Since that time do you imagine our society has become “more enlightened”? I hope you said ‘yes’. Do you imagine “new discoveries” have been made since then? Again, I hope you’re nodding your head in agreement. Have our “manners and opinions changed”? Jefferson looked ahead to such days and hoped we would rid ourselves of “the coat which fitted him when a boy” (i.e. the constitution for THAT era) and improve on the accomplishment of he and his contemporaries.
We do honor to Jefferson by considering a constitution more useful and favorable to “the change of circumstances”. That is precisely what Constitution for the League of States does!
I said we must take our written constitution to the next level if the light of liberty is not to be lost. I think you would agree that you and I are considerably less free than were men such as Jefferson, Madison, and Washington. Some would attribute that to the changes that have taken place since that time. And I would agree – to a point! The world has changed dramatically since then. BUT, I believe we are less free today because we continue to rely on a 4-page handwritten document as if it possesses a solution to every question of governance and liberty; falsely believing those 4 pages have the answer to every challenge.
Since 1793 the Constitution has been amended 17 times. These changes address slavery, some voting rights issues – the abhorrently misunderstood “income tax amendment” [see my book to properly understand the 16th Amendment] – and some adjustments to the way the government is formed or operates. That’s a damn short list considering the massive changes society has undergone since 1789!
Not only are a number of our problems due to an aging, rigid, and substantially unchanged constitution, but others are due to unwise decisions of the courts, as well as intentionally corrupt judicial decisions!
One of the most glaring weaknesses of the federal Constitution is that we must, at times, resort to sources outside of and beyond the Constitution itself in seeking evidence of the meaning intended by the men who crafted it and voted upon it. This weakness has resulted in much mischief – at the expense of our liberty.
As an avid student of history, it is my considered opinion that at some point in the future the current Constitution of the United States will be found wanting and inadequate for the challenges America faces. Americans will weary of judges making it up as they go; absurdly claiming 250-year-old words justify their decisions. I will not list the possible reasons here that the current Constitution may fail. It is enough to observe that the most effective means of avoiding terrible and destructive chaos in that day will be to have a replacement sitting on the shelf behind which Americans can rally. My hope is that CLOS will be that document.
CLOS AT A GLANCE:
Addresses modern issues that cannot be properly resolved by application of an 18th century document. When we allow judges to fashion “solutions” for problems the framers of the Constitution never imagined in their wildest dreams we set ourselves up for tyranny by judiciary.
Uses absolutely unambiguous language to correct a number of corrupt or errant decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court over the past 225+ years.
Provides not only the necessary grants of authority, but includes specific negative language blocking political or judicial expansion beyond the clear and unambiguous meaning of the various provisions.
Uses inarguably clear and unambiguous language to describe the limited role of the federal government and the boundaries that circumscribe that limited role.
Prohibits state legislatures from legislating on anything and everything they may desire. Imposes the “harm equation” as a litmus test for establishing whether state legislation is constitutionally permissible. States exercise “pure democracy”, which the Founders clearly recognized as destructive, and condemned. “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide. ~ John Adams. Is it any wonder we feel our occupations and at times even our daily lives are directed by politicians?
While using precise language for government authority and boundaries, it is structured with an eye toward a future we can likely not even envision. What will our world look like in 50 years, 100 years, or 200 years? The Framers could not anticipate anything remotely like the future that has unfolded because they lived just prior to many of the most significant discoveries and developments in all of mankind’s history. Watching technology explode around us, and taking stock of just what might be possible within the next few decades, we know how difficult it is to project the future. With that reality in mind, CLOS is written to provide a framework that is open enough to accommodate technological leaps not yet imagined, while surrendering nothing in the way of personal liberty, including the Right of Privacy.
Establishes a constitutional definition of “unalienable rights”.
Establishes local and state level “citizen’s tribunals” to judge and punish government employees accused of violating a citizen’s unalienable rights or any provision of the state or federal constitutions. One of America’s most serious problems is that in the vast majority of cases government employees decide whether government employees have done anything wrong. This has proven as absurd as it has injurious. CLOS rectifies that by establishing rapid citizen-provided accountability for the errant conduct by anyone drawing a government paycheck.
Perhaps most importantly, it includes as a fully integral part of the CLOS – yet as a free-standing document – an “Interpretive Notes” compendium detailing, with full explanations and real-world examples in plain simple to understand terms, the meaning and purpose of every provision in the main body of CLOS. With CLOS, judicial “interpretation” will be shorn of 99.9% of previous shenanigans. When you and hundreds of millions of your peers can read what every provision of CLOS means and is intended to accomplish, judges will have virtually no “interpretive” latitude. And if they deviate from the clear meaning they can be quickly punished – and their errant decision voided – by the appropriate citizen’s tribunal !
This article has barely scratched the surface of CLOS. CLOS drives deep into the process of self-governance and contains a complex (yet easy to understand) structure of interlocking mechanisms to makes CLOS a bedrock of personal liberty and government accountably that is designed to allow it to function properly and without being affected by political corruption for centuries in this ever more rapidly changing world.
As you can imagine the CLOS Project is as gargantuan in scope as it is revolutionary in concept, design, and operation. I hope you will help drive this project forward by donating financially to assist with the expenses involved in moving it forward. I would greatly appreciate your support for this groundbreaking endeavor!
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