Monday, August 14, 2006

The Unified States Wikitution

Proposal: The United States Constitution to become the United States WikiTution

We the people of the Unified States, in order to form a union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, daily stuff, promote better wages, and secure the blessings of liberty from disease, bad luck and rogue car accidents to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Wikitution for the United States of 'Murrica.

Some excerpts already taking shape as posters across the world wide web make our new living Wikitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of the wrong religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of non-hateful speech, or of the licensed press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble in predetermined areas, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances except where real property has duly been condemned for public purpose.

A well regulated militia, being unnecessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall be infringed.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of the president, especially in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the media, when in actual service in time of public danger including any crisis of public health; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb unless the crime can be tried once at the state, and then, upon failure of such trial, be tried again at the Federal level; 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 a democratic vote; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without a plan.

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