CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION COLLOQUY
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In the beginning might made "right." As humans began
living in tribes and villages, through "law" they sought to create mechanisms
to balance the liberty of the individual -- and groups of
individuals acting in concert to further a common vested interest
-- against the welfare and security of all. The progress of
civilization has been marked by the evolution of equitable law,
and those periods of history during which humanity reverted to
the rule of force are seen as barbarous.
Law is nothing more than what a given society may
imagine at any given time. When a critical social mass believes sufficiently that anything should be the "law," that agreed-upon belief becomes the "law," and only remains "law" as long as there is not widespread opposition to such "law." Experience shows, however, that
majorities are often prone to support -- actively or passively --
law rooted in force rather than equality. "Civilization" is governed by "law;" but chaos may also be
governed by "law." In its chaotic
history humanity has imagined law to justify a death penalty for
expressing the belief that the earth revolves around the sun. Jesus too was sentenced to death for violating
a law which criminalized the content or expression of his beliefs.
(See, John, 18:31.)
For two hundred-odd years now, not as long as the Roman
Empire, but longer than the Third Reich, the United States has
theoretically been ruled by a constitution. School children
often believe this document was, if not divinely inspired,
at least a giant stride toward a more perfect union. Whatever
the origins of the Constitution, it is old. Thomas Jefferson claimed, "to imagine law should remain immutable, is to expect
that a man will wear still the clothes he wore as a boy."
Even assuming God inspired
the Constitution, many feel it has become, if
not a convoluted instrument of oppression, a simple anachronism.
Modern communications technology has eliminated the necessity
of "representative" middle-men. Given a growing perception that corruption, confusion and/or incompetence have become the rule, and in the hope of salvaging civilization from
well-intentioned authoritarian chaos, the Constitutional Convention Colloquy * seeks to build a government which governs least.
If you are interested in participating in forming a new, improved Constitution which fits our times, let us hear from you. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org -- subject "CCC"
* "Colloquy: mutual discourse; esp., a somewhat formal conference." Websters Collegiate Dictionary
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