E. Jon Roland’s Draft Amendments
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Although it is not a problem to find fault with various of the following suggestions for Amendments, what is important is how clearly they show problems which exist in the Constitution as written. This could not possibly be more valuable.
Most Americans take the naive view that the Constitution is virtually in the same category as scripture as understood by true-believers, sacrosanct and error free. But as remarkable and priceless as the document actually is, it was the product of heated political debate and competing interests. Necessarily it is imperfect. God did not write it, some brilliant and not-so-brilliant men of the 18th century wrote it.
Because of this superlative study of Jon Roland we can now see exactly what some of those flaws actually consist of. And, therefore, it is time to correct the problems. About which other Constitutional scholars might say, “it is long overdue.”
Until now there has been no one source to turn to, to focus on the problems.
To repeat the point, it is easy to disagree with some of Roland’s remedies. For example, why is memorization of large parts of the Constitution necessary in order to choose electors ? You can be a very accomplished sociologist or scholar of Civil War history, etc., without memorizing entire sections of a seminal text in your discipline. What is crucial is understanding meaning and the ability to make practical use of your understanding. Yet Roland insists upon memorization in one of his Draft Amendments as a basic and necessary qualification. And there are similar problems scattered throughout.
Some of his recommendations are needlessly complicated despite what seems clear was his intention to create elegant solutions to the problems he addressed.
As a general criticism, there is over-use of legal language. A better style of presentation would have been, for example, to only use legal terminology when there is standard English explanation immediately following. It must be questioned, after all, if even lawyers understand 100% of the Latin or Latinate words they may use. Furthermore, any serious reform effort will necessarily require appeal to the educated public ; most of this public does not understand, or understand very well, legal language. We can hope that this problem will be addressed in the future.
Also, there is plenty of room for disagreement with some of Roland’s suggested substantive Amendments. A few are not in harmony with the some of the Amendments in A Radical Centrist Vision for the Future, and in a couple of cases conflict with them.
This said, Roland’s achievement deserves full credit and congratulations.
As it is, for the most part he simply wants his suggestions debated and to see the ideas he puts forward become important on the political agenda. This should, in his view, lead to some new Amendments, but in most cases things do not need to go nearly that far to achieve the desired effect: Serious reform in how Americans interpret their constitution.
Because this is an on-going professional interest of Roland, here is a link to his site: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This is a collection of draft amendments to the Constitution for the United States. These should be regarded as short position statements on constitutional construction. It is subject to frequent additions and revisions, so readers may want to revisit often.
There are three groups of amendments: Clarifying, Remedial, and Substantive. The Clarifying are intended only to return legal practice to original understanding. The Remedial are intended to correct errors and omissions. The Substantive are intended to add some additional powers that many people might think the national government should be authorized to exercise. They are intended as much as anything to highlight that the national government presently does not have such powers.
It is not proposed that state legislatures petition Congress to call a constitutional convention, but rather that they propose identical amendments to Congress to be adopted as proposed amendments and sent back to the states for ratification. The task for reformers would be to unite behind identical versions and not accept variations. However, the main focus is not, for the clarifying amendments, on actually getting them ratified, but on using them to drive reform in legal practice.
Such proposed amendments provide a way to allocate our efforts and measure our progress. Using them, we can determine which officials can be redeemed and which must be replaced, at both the state and federal levels. We can also determine what we have to do to get enough public support, by measuring how much support each has among which groups of people. It may happen that with enough support by enough people in the right places, the amendments will not have to actually be adopted, but we may also be able to determine which need to actually be adopted to prevent backsliding. During the course of debate we can also discover weaknesses in the language of the amendments requiring further clarification, to avoid future misinterpretation.
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Clarifying amendments — These do not make substantive changes in what was originally understood:
- Clarification of “right”
- In this Constitution all rights are immunities against the action of government officials, not entitlements to receive some service or benefit. Every immunity is a restriction on delegated powers, and every delegated power is a restriction on immunities. Delegated powers and immunities partition the space of public action. The exercise of a right is not subject to regulation, except to allocate use of a scarce resource, or to taxation, and only to insignificant incidental burdens by government actions at any level, unless there is an explicit exception to the contrary, in this Constitution.
- Prerogative writs
- All persons have the right to a presumption of nonauthority. Upon the filing with a court of competent jurisdiction of a writ of quo warranto, habeas corpus, prohibito, mandamus, procedendo, certiorari, scire facias, or other prerogative writ, including a demurral, and service of notice to respondent, respondent shall have three days, and not more than 20 days with cause, to prove his authority to do or not do what the writ demands, and the writ shall be the summons to do so, with no further action by the court needed. The burden of proof shall rest solely on the respondent. The court shall hold a hearing within five days of receipt of the response from the respondent, and ahead of any other business before the court. Either demandant or respondent shall have the right to trial by a jury of at least twelve, with twelve required to sustain the claim of authority of the respondent. On a writ of habeas corpus the respondent must produce the individual held regardless of the legal or factual issues, and failure to do so, unless the medical condition of the subject requires otherwise, shall result in immediate release. The order granting the relief sought shall issue by default if a hearing is not held or a decision not made. Only the Supreme Court of the United States shall have jurisdiction to hear a writ of quo warranto to remove from office for perjury, fraud, or lack of qualification, or restrict the exercise of power, of the President or Vice-president, a member of Congress, or a judicial officer of the United States, but any United States court of general jurisdiction shall have jurisdiction for lesser officials, subject to appeal to higher courts.
- Clarification of “regulate”
- The power to regulate shall consist only of the power to restrict the attributes or modalities of the object regulated, and not to prohibit all attributes or modalities, or impose criminal penalties.
- Clarification of “commerce”
- Commerce shall consist only of transfers of equitable interest and possession of tangible commodities, for a valuable consideration, from a seller or lessor to a purchaser or lessee. It shall not include transport without such transfer or interest, nor extraction, primary production, manufacturing, possession, use, or disposal, nor shall it include the other activities of those engaged in such transfers. It shall not include energy, information, or financial or contractual instruments. Commerce among the states shall not include sales or leases within a state.
- Clarification of “necessary and proper”
- A power shall be construed as “necessary and proper” only for “carrying into execution”, that is, to make a limited, reasonable effort strictly necessary for a proper public purpose as defined in the Preamble, and not to do whatever might be deemed convenient to get an outcome for which the effort might be made. The powers to tax, spend, promote, regulate, and prohibit (or punish), shall each be construed as distinct, with none derivable from any of the others, and none shall be exercised as a way to avoid the lack of a power to do one of the others.
- Rule of construction
- If there is any significant doubt concerning whether an official has a power, or a person has an immunity from the exercise of a power, the presumption shall be that the official does not have the power, or conversely, that the person has the immunity.
- Stare decisis
- On all constitutional issues precedents shall be regarded as only perhaps persuasive and never binding. Constitutional text shall be construed only on historical evidence of the meaning of the terms for, first, their ratifiers, and second, their framers. Equity and prudential decisions shall not be regarded as precedents.
- No person shall be denied standing to privately prosecute a public right for at least declaratory or injunctive relief, even if he or she has not incurred, or does not expect, personal injury resulting from the failure to grant such relief.
- Fully informed jury
- In all trials in which there are mixed questions of law and fact, including all criminal jury trials, and all jury trials in which government officials or agents, whether general, state, or local, shall be a party, parties shall have the right not to have decisions by the bench on questions of law made before all arguments can be made before the jury, excepting only arguments on defense motions in limine that cannot be made without disclosing evidence properly excluded. Jurors shall receive copies of all applicable constitutions, statutes, court precedents, and legal arguments, including those of intervenors and amici curiae, and access to an adequate law library in which they can do research.
- Access to grand jury, appointment of prosecutors
- No person shall be unreasonably impeded from access to a randomly selected grand jury of 23, who, if they should return an indictment or presentment, may appoint that person or any other to prosecute the case, and shall decide which court, if any, has jurisdiction, and whether any official shall have official immunity from suit.
- Clarification of “militia”
- The primary meaning of “militia” shall be “defense activity”, and only secondarily those engaged in it, or obligated to engage in it. All citizens and would-be citizens have the legal duty to defend the constitutions of the United States and their state, and the members of society, from any threat to their rights, privileges, or immunities, in response to a call-up by any person aware of a credible threat. Any call-up that does not require everyone to respond shall select those required by sortition. Jury duty shall be regarded as a form of militia duty. Militia may not be kept in a called up status beyond the duration of an emergency. Congress and state legislatures shall have the power to enforce this duty by appropriate legislation.
- Readiness of “militia”
- Militia shall be maintained in a state of readiness sufficient to overcome any regular military force it might encounter. Those who may engage in militia shall have any weapons in common use by regular military, subject only to the directives of local elected unit commanders during operations while called up. If Congress or any state or local legislative body shall fail to provide for organizing, training, or equipping militia units, persons shall not be impeded from organizing, training, and equipping themselves independently.
- Clarification of “bill of attainder”
- A bill of attainder shall consist of any legislative disablement of an immunity, either for an individual, group, or the people in general, without proof beyond a reasonable doubt, decided by a jury in each individual case, that he or she has committed a crime or is dangerously incompetent.
- Clarification of “title of nobility”
- A title of nobility shall consist of any legislated or judicially conferred privilege or immunity, not enjoyed by all, or to the detriment of others, that is not essential for the performance of legitimate official duties, and a grand jury may authorize civil or criminal prosecution of an official for exceeding his jurisdiction or abusing his discretion.
- Clarification of “declaration of war”
- A declaration of war shall specify the state or organized body that is the enemy, the casus belli or casus foederis requiring its issuance, the commencement date, and the terms for its conclusion. The identification of the enemy shall be sufficiently explicit to allow persons of common understanding to recognize them, and not be left to executive officials to define the boundaries of who is included.
- Clarification of “piracy”
- “Piracy” shall consist only of warlike acts committed by a nonstate actor against persons or property of a country foreign to him. Letters of marque and reprisal make the person to whom they are issued a state actor, and under a declaration of war all citizens are to be regarded as state actors with respect to the foreign state defined in the declaration.
- Clarification of “trial by jury”
- Trial by jury in criminal cases is not a right that may be waived by the defendant. It is a mandate even if the defendant pleads guilty. The number of jurors in all cases must be twelve. They must be randomly selected from the general body of citizens. They may not be asked about their knowledge, experience, or opinions about the law in voir dire. They must be unanimous to convict but not to acquit, and failure to convict shall be deemed acquittal. This provision applies to all civil or criminal cases, national, state, or local.
- Powers in nonstate territories
- Congress shall not have power within nonstate territory in excess of powers provided by the constitutions of at least three-fourths of the states, being those that delegate the least power to their governments on the same subjects.
- Disablement of rights
- Congress shall not have power to disable a right or penalize any person on the basis of an administrative or due process proceeding in another jurisdiction, or lack thereof, or an administrative or due process proceeding in the same jurisdiction that does not explicitly disable the right as part of the final order of the court, upon conviction by a jury for a crime or a unanimous jury verdict finding dangerous incompetence.
- Clarification of “speech” and “press”
- “Speech” and “press” shall include the production and distribution of any communication, private or commercial, other than inducement to immediately commit a crime or act of war, or to give aid and comfort to a declared enemy.
- Clarification of general welfare
- The term “general welfare” means not special. Government shall exercise no power, including the powers to tax or spend, in ways intended to burden or benefit one part of the population over another, except in minor ways incidental to the proper exercise of delegated powers.
- Clarification of “exceptions” to appellate jurisdiction
- The exceptions to appellate jurisdiction of Article III Section 2 Clause 2 only mean original jurisdiction, not no jurisdiction. There must always be some court somewhere open to hear and justly decide any judicial question, original or appellate.
- Clarification of “cases” and “controversies”
- The terms “cases” and “controversies” used in Article III Section 2 shall not be limited to parties with a direct stake in the decision, but shall include any case for which the court can grant relief, including declaratory and injunctive relief, private prosecutions of public rights, trustees representing their trusts, and prerogative writs.
- Clarification of treaty power
- Government shall exercise no power within the territory of the United States, based on a treaty, not otherwise delegated to it by this Constitution, other than powers to administer trust territories or protectorates.
- Clarification of pardon power
- A person may be pardoned only after conviction, and the pardon does not nullify the conviction. It is only a declaration that the executive will not enforce it. A declaration by a president or state governor that he will not enforce a criminal conviction against a person, does not bar enforcement by another person to whom a warrant to do so may be issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.
- Clarification of sovereign immunity
- Sovereign immunity of a state or the nation shall not be a bar to suit, only to execution of judgment against assets not provided by an act of Congress or the state legislature for payment of claims.
- Direct and indirect tax
- A tax shall be considered direct only if under the totality of circumstances in which it is applied, no significant part of it is likely to be passed through to a further individual purchaser of the thing taxed as a higher cost of purchase, and indirect if no more than a small part of it may not be thus passed through. When in doubt, a tax shall be considered direct. Taxes on corporate entities shall be considered indirect.
- Location of jurisdiction for crime
- A crime, whether under the laws of the United States or a State, shall be considered to have been committed at the point in space and time where mens rea and actus reus concur, not where the harm is caused. Territorial jurisdiction for treason, piracy, and offenses against the law of nations is not confined to the territory of the United States, but personal jurisdiction for treason is confined to United States citizens.
- Limited application of regulation
- No regulation, ordinance, or other rule issued as anything but an act of Congress shall have the force of law on the general public, but may be applied only to government agents.
- Trust Law
- The law of trusts as of the date of ratification of this Constitution is hereby recognized as part of the common law that preceded this Constitution and was incorporated into it. The settlor, trustee, beneficiary, and the trust itself shall each be deemed as distinct persons in any court of law of the United States and any State, the trust represented therein by the trustee.
Remedial amendments — These correct omissions or mistakes:
- Congress shall have power to prescribe the penalty for contumacy, but no judge shall have power to punish by fine, imprisonment, or other penalty, other than by incarceration for a period not to exceed ten days per court session, without conviction by a jury in a trial in which another judge shall preside.
- Income tax amendment
- The amendment proposed by congress in 1909 to “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”, was never ratified, or if it was, is hereby repealed and rescinded retroactively. Taxes on equal exchanges, such as on the recipient of salary or wages for labor, shall not be taxable to a party who may not pass on the cost to a buyer.
- Official misconduct
- Congress shall have power to punish for official misconduct, including the violation of the rights, privileges, or immunities of any person, violation of any oath or affirmation, dereliction of duty, failure to supervise, or conduct unbecoming.
- Judicial officers
- Judicial officers shall consist of all persons sworn to duty in a court of the United States or subdivisions thereof, including but not limited to court presidents, judges, magistrates, clerks, bailiffs, attorneys, witnesses, trial jurors, or recorders. Presidents, magistrates, and clerks shall not be appointed permanently to a particular court, but periodically reassigned to courts and cases by sortition, with presidents or judges reassigned at random to courts each 180 days, and at random to cases, and trial jurors selected at random to each case.
- Interventions in court
- Intervenors in cases who argue in defense of the Constitution shall not be excluded or impeded, in trial or appeal, in the courtroom or outside it, or in presenting legal arguments to juries.
- Ceded parcels
- Parcels ceded to the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress by consent of a state legislature must be specifically described by metes and bounds at the time of cession, and all state citizens of such parcel shall remain citizens of the ceding state for all elections to offices of the state or the Union. The boundaries of such parcels shall be clearly marked to give notice to any person entering or leaving which jurisdiction he or she is in.
- Impeachment of Vice-President
- In a trial on impeachment of the Vice-President he shall not preside over the Senate.
- Original jurisdiction
- Article III Section 2 Clause 2 is amended to allow lower courts to have original jurisdiction for cases in which a state is a party.
- Removal Power
- Congress shall have power to prescribe the terms of removal of individuals holding offices created by specific statute, and requiring the consent of the Senate for appointments, including standards of good behavior for judges, but the President or other executive officers shall have power to remove officers they have the exclusive authority to appoint for positions for which there is no specific term of service.
Substantive amendments — These are mainly to delegate powers that would be denied by the clarifying amendments, but which some think the central government should have:
- Volume of legislation
- The total size of all current statutes, measured in bytes of text, shall not exceed that as of 1900, and for any act which adds text, an equal quantity of text must be repealed. The total volume of all regulations shall not exceed six times that of all statutes. Congress shall not adopt more provisions per year than can be adequately heard and decided by United States courts within two years of enactment, and if more are adopted, courts shall have authority to summarily strike them.
- Judicial appeals
- At each level of appeal a case shall first be heard by a randomly selected panel of three, appealable to a randomly selected panel of nine, and thence appealable to either a randomly selected or en banc panel of twenty-seven, depending on the number of judges assigned to that court.
- Rule of decision in judicial panels
- Any multimember judicial panel must be unanimous to sustain a claimed power of government against the claim of a citizen that the government lacks such power. If there is any doubt concerning whether an official has a delegated power, the presumption shall be that he does not. Courts shall not defer to the judgment of legislative or executive officials, but shall require strict proof of their findings or authority, with a presumption of nonauthority.
- Decision of jurisdiction
- Any question of which court, national, state, or local, shall have jurisdiction, shall be decided by a grand jury of citizens selected at random, if possible, from outside the jurisdictions of the courts in contention.
- Congress shall have power to regulate or prohibit substances or actions which are likely to cause resource degradation or depletion or injury to people across state, territorial, or national borders, but not those confined within the borders of a state or territory.
- Coastal waters and airspace
- Congress shall have exclusive legislative jurisdiction over coastal waters from the low tide mark out to a distance of three miles, and over airspace at or above 1000 feet above terrain features, including the power to regulate the movement of vessels through such territory. States shall have jurisdiction for land above the low tide mark.
- Broadcast bands
- Congress shall have exclusive legislative jurisdiction over the allocation of broadcast bands for transmissions in excess of 1 watt.
- In rem forfeitures forbidden
- Any claim against a nonperson must specify an owner, even if it is initially an unknown owner, and the last possessor shall be presumed the owner unless title to another is proved. No asset shall be forfeited except to pay a lawful fine, imposed by verdict of a jury, by selling at public auction.
- State secrets
- Congress shall have power to punish for disclosure of state secrets properly so designated by a court of competent jurisdiction, but it shall also have power to punish the concealment of official misconduct under the guise of state secrecy.
- Court opinions
- Opinions of all courts, majority, concurring, or dissenting, shall be signed by each judicial officer participating, and all decisions and opinions shall be published except for state secrets. The summary, findings, orders, and commentary shall be clearly separated and labeled as such.
- Recording of legal proceedings
- Except in an emergency in which recording is impossible, all legislative, judicial, and administrative proceedings, other than trial jury and grand jury meetings, shall be recorded with current state of the art audio and video technologies, archived, and released as Congress, for federal proceedings, or a state legislature, for state proceedings, or a court of competent jurisdiction, shall direct. Persons present in a legislative conference or court shall not be barred from recording the proceedings except to forbid them from disclosing the members of the jury before the trial is concluded.
- Supermajority for criminal penalties
- Congress or a state legislature shall not enact legislation with criminal penalties without support by a vote of 94% of the members, not just of the members present and voting.
- Proxy voting in legislative bodies elected by population
- Members of the United States House of Representatives, and houses of state legislatures whose members represent political subdivisions that elect a number of representatives in proportion to their population, shall elect representatives at large, and the number of allocated representatives receiving the most votes shall be declared elected. Each such elected representative shall cast the number of votes he or she received in the last election in all proceedings of the house to which elected. Each candidate shall, prior to election, declare a list of successors if he or she becomes unable to serve, or is removed from office, who shall be appointed to replace him or her.
- Selection of members of legislative bodies not elected by population
- Members of the United States Senate, and houses of state legislatures whose members represent political subdivisions not based on population, shall be selected by a multi-stage nominating process that first randomly selects precinct panels of twenty-four, who then elect a person from each precinct, from among whom are randomly selected twenty-four persons for the next higher jurisdiction or district, and thus by alternating random selection and election to the next level, when they reach the top level, the number of randomly selected candidates shall be five, who shall be the nominees on the ballot for the final election by general voters, except that general voters may write-in other persons. Voters may vote for more than one nominee, using the method of approval voting. There must also be an alternative of “none of the above”. The nominee receiving the most votes shall be declared elected, unless “none of the above” wins, in which case the position shall remain vacant.
- Firearm exclusion zones
- Congress shall have power, on territory under its exclusive jurisdiction, and state legislatures, on territory under their exclusive jurisdiction, to forbid weapons within penal facilities, courthouses, and government offices, provided that they provide for a secure system for checking in weapons on entry, and return on leaving, and guarantee the safety of persons within against all injury they might be able to avoid by having the means to defend themselves or others.
- Weapons of mass destruction
- Congress shall have power, on territory under its exclusive jurisdiction, and state legislatures, on territory under their exclusive jurisdiction, to forbid unsupervised possession of destructive devices or weapons each discharge of which can produce the death or injury of more than 1000 individuals over a space of 1000 square meters and a time of one hour.
- Eminent domain
- Congress shall have the power of eminent domain only on territory for which it has exclusive jurisdiction, and state legislatures only on exclusively state territory. State legislatures must consent to Congress taking by eminent domain any parcels within their territory. No taking by either Congress or a state legislature shall be for any purpose other than public use for a period of at least 20 years.
- Legal tender
- Congress shall have the power to define legal tender only on territory for which it has exclusive jurisdiction, and state legislatures only on exclusively state territory. Neither Congress nor the states may make anything legal tender that does not consist of, or is backed by, gold, silver, or energy, nor use anything but legal tender to pay its debts, or accept anything but legal tender for the payment of taxes.
- Occupational licensing
- There shall be no occupational licensing, formal or informal, national, state, or local, especially of lawyers by lawyers or judges.
- Constitutional authority for legislation
- No legislative act or provision thereof shall have the force of law unless the constitutional authority for it is explicitly cited, verifiable by proving an unbroken chain of logical derivation.
- Violation of the Constitution
- It shall be a capital offense for any official at any level of government to violate this Constitution.
- Sunset of legislation
- Every bill enacted by Congress shall expire two years after enactment, unless re-enacted, or unless it is constitutionally mandated.
- Number of members of the House of Representatives
- The number of members of the House of Representatives shall be two hundred eighty-five plus three times the number of states.
- Selecting electors for president and vice-president
- The electors for president and vice-president shall be selected in each state by the following procedure:
- An initial panel of citizens qualified to vote in that state equal to one hundred times the number of electors to be selected from that state shall be selected at random, in a process that shall be supervised by a randomly-selected grand jury specially empaneled for that task;
- Members of this initial panel shall take an examination in which each shall recite from memory 20 randomly selected clauses of this Constitution, and shall receive a score of one for each clause he or she is able to recite without error;
- A second panel shall be selected from the first, consisting of ten times the number of electors to be selected, with the odds of selecting each weighted by the score he or she received in the examination, and with exclusion of any who scored zero;
- Members of the second panel shall meet, and each shall rank all the others in descending order of civic virtue, giving a score indicating the rank consisting of the number of panelists for the highest down to one for the lowest;
- The electors shall then be selected from this second panel at random, but weighted by his or her average rank from the previous round of peer assessments.
- Aboriginal American rights
- Treaties with Native American tribes shall be honored, either with the original land taken from them being returned to them, land of equivalent value deeded to them, or money equal in current value to the land taken paid to them. Conveyance or payment shall be to a trust for each tribe controlled by that tribe. Administrative supervision of tribes shall be terminated.
- Power to punish perjury
- Perjury shall consist of the violation of any oath or affirmation, including that made for public office, and Congress shall have authority to criminally punish it only when made in a forum of the United States, or by an officer or agent of the United States.
- Power to punish fraud
- Congress shall have authority to criminally punish fraud only when committed on territory of the United States over which it has exclusive jurisdiction.
- Certification of amendments
- To be deemed ratified, the results of votes of the legislature or convention in each state shall be reviewed and verified by a vote of at least 18 of a randomly selected grand jury of 23 from citizens of that state who are not dependent on public funds for their support; and the reports of all such grand juries shall be reviewed and verified by a vote of at least 18 of a randomly selected grand jury of 23 from citizens of the United States who are not dependent on public funds for their support.
- Certification of eligibility to hold office
- To be deemed eligible the qualifications of any candidate shall be reviewed and verified by a vote of at least 18 of a randomly selected grand jury of 23 from citizens of the United States who are not dependent on public funds for their support.
Original date: 2009/4/13