Tired of the ever increasing erosion of personal liberty in our modern society? Well so am I. Liberty is a precious state that was won through war and sacrifice, and like the tide reached it’s greatest extent after the American revolution. Since then the liberty of every free person (as defined in those two great documents the constitution and bill of rights) has been constantly encroached. Is it not strange that the sole occupation of congress is making new laws that prohibit some action? What they should be doing is enshrining more rights, and increasing freedom. For the past two hundred years new rights have only been added through struggle (end of slavery, women’s suffrage) and only infrequently. This is hardly surprising when there is a body of so called lawmakers who have to make new laws constantly. Do we need new laws? They are just inventing new things to prohibit, what they should do is enshrine more rights and freedoms in the constitution (because our freedom level is lower today than at any time after the late 17 hundreds).
This is how they operate (some introductory statistics might help http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_curve
). The politicians look for an action that is more than two sigmas removed on the normal curve, e.g. the medicinal use of marijuana (a drug less dangerous than tobacco but not so widely used). They then prohibit this action, knowing they won’t be opposed by the majority of the population (they won’t even care) and the bill will pass easily. The proponent of the bill has his political future assured and everyone can see their tax dollars in action creating a new law. Now harmless eccentrics end up in jail, but there is no furor since they are too few to complain. Another segment of society “normalized” next: fox hunters, then anyone partaking in a minority activity (Islamic worship?). It could be you.
Here is a great idea to safeguard the rights of the individual from arbitrary infringement. There should be active efforts to create new rights (enshrine the right to privacy in the constitution etc.), and advocate for the abolishment of all arbitrary prohibitions.
This is the right I propose: Personal veto.
The greatest right of any person is to say: ”I am right, you are wrong” and not have to follow any law but personal conviction. So every person should have the right once in their life to overturn the judgment of any court or authority. This will eliminate all wrongful imprisonments, ruinous lawsuits, give truly repentant offenders a second chance, and enable people to act on their convictions without fear of reprisal by the government.
But what of punishing criminals? That is an outdated concept. The function of the justice system is to safeguard the public. If an offender is released and doesn’t commit a crime again how is he objectively different from a non offender? So wrongfully accused people go free, reformed criminals go free, people who commit a crime again will not have the personal veto a second time, so this system will insure that only the unrehabitable go to prison where they can’t harm society. This is very much like the presidential pardon, only much more democratic.
MAKE PERSONAL VETO THE 28th AMMENDMENT NOW
WRITE YOUR COGRESSMAN TODAY