A Much Needed Amendment to the Constitution
The following is a proposed Amendment to the US Constitution. It's an amplification of an idea proposed in an essay in The Libertarian Enterprise, penned by L Neil Smith.
Proposed: Amendment XXVIII
Whereas: Legislators and other elected and appointed officials, and law enforcement personnel no longer see a need to pay any heed to the limits placed 'pon them by the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Whereas: Legislators and other elected and appointed officials, and law enforcement personnel no longer see any need be truthful in the performance of their jobs.
Be it resolved that, to remind these hired hands of their proper place in society, it becomes necessary for Americans to take control of their local, state and federal civil servants and require that dereliction in their jobs will no longer be tolerated.
Toward this end, we propose the following Amendment to the US Constitution.
Section 1. Any legislative action that is not specifically authorized by the Constitution of the United States shall be considered null and void.
Section 2. Any legislative action that violates any article of the Bill of Rights shall be considered null and void.
Section 3. Any elected official who submits, sponsors, votes for or signs any Bill that violates either Section 1 or Section 2 shall be guilty of committing a felony.
Section 4. Any elected official who communicates a falsehood while acting within his Office, or who violates his Oath of Office shall be guilty of committing a felony.
Section 5. The punishment to be imposed upon those convicted of any of the felonies enumerated above shall be death by public hanging.
Section 6. Congress shall screed all current laws against the wording of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, and repeal all laws, directives and regulations found to be out of concert with these documents.
Section 6. Only the wording of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights themselves shall determine the legality of any proposed legislation.
Section 7. Amendments shall be adopted by means specified in the Constitution of the United States.
I don't think very many actual hangings will result from the enactment of this Amendment; government officials and employees want nothing more than to reach retirement and true stagnation. I suspect that the Amendment means Congress will react to it by doing nothing. This, of course, is the best of all possible worlds.
People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of the people.