TWH; Tuesday May 2, 2017; Bill of Rights Revisions — For Trump!

I just recently ran across a pair of current blog posts that refer to Trump’s apparent disdain for certain Constitutional precepts along with possible (screwball) solutions that would solve his problems:

Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy

Sean Spicer Confirms White House Considering Destruction Of First Amendment

It’s also common knowledge that Trump wants to break up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (which is NOT within Presidential purview) simply because they’re traditionally Liberal, and because they’ve ruled against one of his Executive Orders. Curiously enough, however, there are also faction(s) of the Republican Party that would like to set up a Constitutional Convention so they could rid the Constitution of stuff that does not, technically, allow or endorse their Fascist goals.

Coincidentally, I’ve spent the last month or two going through piles of stuff I’ve written in the past, trying to organize, etc., and in the process ran across something I penned back in ’06 as response to Dubya’s “Unitary Executive” (read: President Empowerment) hopes and plans. I thought it might help him and the GOP rewrite the Bill of Rights in a way that would accomplish their empowerment goals. I sent a copy of it to my then Senator John McCain along with the suggestion that he hand carry it to the White House. Since Bush’s second term was set to expire following the rapidly approaching ’08 election, however, I figured that was the reason why I never heard back.

Anyway, that was then and this is now, today — barely more than 100 days into Trump’s first term — so there should be plenty of time for them to get things done, to get rid of those always nagging Constitutional barriers. I decided, therefore, that I should once again offer my services, so here’s my 2006 rewrite of the Bill of Rights, slightly adjusted to help Trump with stuff that nags him more than it nagged Dubya, but all written with the most powerful version of the Unitary Executive in mind. (Further Suggestions Welcome, btw.)

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Suggested Revisions to the Constitution’s Bill of Rights

(First Offered April 14, 2006; Revisions Updated May 1, 2017; by Frugalchariot)

Article I.

Congress shall make no law that doesn’t respect our established Christian religion, or prohibits mandatory exercise thereof; or any law that allows the freedom of speech, or of the press, to include criticism of the President; or that allows the people to peaceably assemble without being watched, or to petition the Government for a redress of faux grievances.

Article II.

An unregulated Militia, being necessary to deny freedoms in a secure State, mandates that the right of the people to keep and bear Arms can only be infringed when deemed necessary by the Unitary Executive.

Article III.

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Article IV.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, is hereby denied, and no Warrants need issue, though upon probable cause and supported by Oath or affirmation of the Unitary Executive when particularly describing the place to be searched, any persons or things can be seized.

Article V.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless insisted upon by the Unitary Executive, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger, unless insisted upon by the Unitary Executive; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, unless insisted upon by the Unitary Executive; nor shall any person be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, unless insisted upon by the Unitary Executive; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation, unless insisted upon by the Unitary Executive.

Article VI.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence, unless or until challenged by the Unitary Executive.

Article VII.

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be waived, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States if it applies to any corporation with a net profit which equals or exceeds its annual contribution to the private account(s) of the Unitary Executive.

Article VIII.

Excessive bail shall be required on the written consent of the President, and excessive fines may be imposed along with cruel and unusual punishments inflicted on the whim of the President, the Unitary Executive..

Article IX.

The enumeration by legal counsel, of certain rights may be presumed the purview of the Unitary Executive, and shall always be construed to deny or disparage all rights retained by the people.

Article X.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for use only by the Unitary Executive at his sole discretion, and never to the people.

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Note that I left Article III untouched. Trump hasn’t said anything about that particular provision yet, so I figured it’s best to let him decide on any changes.

OPEN THREAD; SUGGESTIONS, RANTS, WHATEVERS — HAVE AT IT!

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52 thoughts on “TWH; Tuesday May 2, 2017; Bill of Rights Revisions — For Trump!

  1. Yes, and there’s also the pesky damned issue of Senate Rules that require a 60 member consensus that needs to be eliminated.
    Along with the 9th Circuit court, and anybody else who dares to disagree with his orangeshitgibbonness.

    • To Make Amurkkka Great Again is SO much harder than Drumpf ever imagined! Hard to believe how much silly crap is standing in the way and preventing Greatness!

      Andrew Jackson could help get it done. Does anybody know where to reach him?

  2. Just spotted this one:

    Who’s To Blame For Trump’s Failed First 100 Days? The Constitution, Of Course

    The Guardian reports that Trump is having a big old, orange, bloated, poorly coiffed tantrum about all the “archaic” restrictions the Constitution is putting on him. Damn it, he wants to be an authoritarian leader, a KING for goodness sakes. He wants to wave his gold scepter and make the minions do his bidding with no push back. No one is allowed to question him, as Stephen Miller said back in February.

    Trump’s blamed the constitutional checks and balances built in to US governance for his utter failure. He said: “It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

    YeeHaw.

    • It would seem that the orangeshitgibbon is the EXACT type of person for whom the Constitution was crafted. We are protected by it’s ability to ensure that one branch of gummint can’t destroy the fabric of our nation.

  3. We have to remember we are in the 21st century and old laws and rules are just that…old. They are like Golden Tablets viewed in a hat and then sent on to another planet. We have entered the Age of Noqueeriouss, where gods have cataracts and hate science. And Brussels Sprouts.

  4. Trump being the con that he is, technically is correct about his first 100 days.
    What he didn’t say was if they were earth days or days on Venus.
    A day on Venus is 5,832 hours and for all we know, that’s probably his contorted logic.

    • Could be, but it would of course depend upon whether Trump has ever even HEARD about Venus, a point which I would question bigly!

  5. Jeebus.

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  6. Trump’s endless quest to hunt up wingnut Christer support continues unabated, apparently with the urging and assistance of Mike Pence:

    Trump set to sign religious freedom executive order?

    What is it about Christer Wingnuts that makes them so anxious to spread their hate and fear around, to crave the right to freely discriminate based on nothing other than mindless hate and fear???

    Pence rhymes with dense, btw. Defining. Very defining.

    • Oh fuck, can you imagine, with no wall separating religion and government, someone who’s only qualification to be President was running a mega-church, where he or she made billions from their followers? What’s better than greatness – salvation from our sins, with eternal life thrown in!

      • I would pray to god and ask it to fix the problem, but talking to nothing but empty space and/or Dark Matter has never really appealed to me.

  7. And, in late breaking news, looks like the R’s are going to twist enough arms to get the ACA semi/pseudo repeal done.
    All it took to get the few needed votes was to throw a rider that offers 8 Billion over five years (1.6 Bil per annum) to the high risk pools. Only catch is that the estimated funding needed would be around 200 bil over 10 years (20 bil per annum).
    Almost exactly what they did last year, funding 12% of the ACA high risk pool reimbursement they signed on for in 2010.
    So, premiums will skyrocket and coverage will wane.
    And they’ll OWN IT.

  8. Well, the House of Horrors, er Representatives just repealed and feebly attempted to replace the ACA with the Screw You and Yours | Health Don’t Really Care And it Shows bill.
    Own it, you effing miscreants. You promised to do this, and it should be just about exactly a year and a half for it to sink into the collective consciousness of the American Electorate.
    I like the way Nancy Pelosi characterized it as ‘tattooed across your foreheads”

  9. David Barton: There Is A ‘One-To-One Correlation’ Between Clauses In The Constitution And The Language In The Bible

    “You’ll find almost verbatim wording in many clauses of the Constitution to passages in the Bible,” Barton said. “It’s a one-to-one correlation on the wording.”

    Barton says that those who can’t see this obvious “one-to-one correlation” clearly “haven’t even read the Constitution and if you have, you haven’t read the Bible, otherwise you would see the language that makes it from the Bible into the Constitution.”

    Makes me wonder exactly why it is that the words “God” and “Jesus” and “Christian” and “Holy” and “Heaven” and “Angels” and even “Eden” and “Genesis,” to mention just a few, aren’t anywhere in the Constitution when they’re so prominent in the Bible???

    Could it be that Barton is nuts? Or a liar, maybe?

    • Yes, Barton is nuts. Of course, he didn’t provide even one example. Of course.

      • When your audience is fundie Christers, all that’s needed is to spout the premise they want to hear. Evidence? Data? Nah. Some things we’re just not meant to know about.

    • Yep, they both use words. And its a one-to-one correspondence if you can only count to 20 or so. The Constitution has Amendments and the Bible has books.

      And they are both in English.

  10. Here’s the stupidest example of Republican “logic” I’ve seen yet today. The day’s still young, however, so . . .

    Trump army secretary pick: Universal health care robs churches of opportunities to bring people to Jesus

    “The person who’s in need… they look to the government for the answer, not God, and I think in that way government has done an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state,” Green said. “In this setting, I’ll share the story, I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is.”

    As to what it says about Trump’s ability to nominate Army Secretaries, . . . I’ll not go there.

    • Obviously it is easier to come to Jesus once you have been driven to your knees.

  11. I snagged this off Facebook from a nephew….

    “I’m young and healthy. Why should I pay for someone else? If they can’t afford insurance they don’t deserve it” Indeed, why pay for schools if we don’t have kids in school? Why pay for police if we’re not being robbed? Could go on but the point is the whole reason we have government is for the common good AND IN TODAY’S WORLD THAT INCLUDES ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE Obamacare was not the answer. I won’t dignify Trumpcare with a comment. Is our political system so corrupt that we can’t override the bribes from insurance companies and big pharma to join the rest of the civilized world in caring for all our people. If not, the world should certainly look elsewhere for any kind of moral leadership.”

    • I could rant for hours on that “why should I pay for someone else” nonsense, but I won’t. The bottom line is a simple one: Greed (Avarice) — one of Dante’s “Seven Deadly Sins” — has come to effectively define the undercurrent and the philosophy that drives and governs this country. Unless we reverse course, and soon, the USA is not long for this world. And I’m OK with that. I’ve never wanted to be “deplorable.”

    • “…the world should certainly look elsewhere for any kind of moral leadership.”

      It has for decades. The only thing that has kept the P5 from being kicked out of the UN is the veto power on the Security Council.
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