The New Revised US Constitution
While the technology changes day to day, the laws of the land have yet to keep up with the rapid pace of change the Internet and connected devices bring into the mix of daily life.
Not only does the new technology impact the workplace, it can actually endanger the trade secrets of the business or the personal life of the individual. It can not only solve problems but create them as well.
As the technology changes, how do the laws need to adapt to keep up? How can laws drawn over 200 years ago keep their spirit in 2015 or 2025 or 2050? What needs to change and what must stay constant?
Perhaps it is time to begin to ponder writing another US Constitution.
Mind you, this is an exercise in visualizing what a new and updated, totally relevant to the Age of Technology and the Age of Enlightenment, US Constitution would look like. It is an interesting challenge as well as an exciting one.
As advances in law and legal recognition move forward, there seems to be a new enlightened consciousness in law; as an alternative train of thought that brings the Earth into the conversation. In fact, in Brazil, there is legal recognition of the Earth as a legal entity.
So first, on this new and updated US Constitution, a main factor is that the earth is a legal living entity; entitled to bring a lawsuit against offenders.
A second thought along the same lines is to repeal the law that says “Despite not being human beings, corporations, as far as the law is concerned, are legal persons, and have many of the same rights and responsibilities as natural persons do.” Corporations are not legal persons. In fact they are not persons at all.
A corporation is a collection of many persons, but it should not be a legal entity simply because it is conceived and “birthed” through the efforts of others, for symbolically it is an “entity”, physically it is not a person. A Corporation without natural persons does not exist.
The Earth does live, does breathe and does not require a natural person to be considered alive and breathing. The earth has a consciousness as well. It is the overall “thought tone” of the life on and in the planet.
In defining what constitutes a living breathing entity or person, one must look to what is living and breathing.
The New Citizens
What does it mean to be a citizen of a nation? Often times it means division and discourse. It means separation and war. But what if we were not all citizens of different nations, but instead we became citizens of the world residing in different nations? Certainly, there would be different interests in different nations; perhaps differences could be mended because of the common ground that we are all working together for the same ultimate outcome.
Perhaps in the new US Constitution, we be less specific about who are our citizens. Perhaps we could transcend sex and say any natural human person would be considered a natural legal person; inclusive of the LBGT communities. A natural person could vote at the age of 18, work for peace and serve in public office.
And what of public office? Since our elected leaders are not on track with the pulse of the nation, perhaps we can return to US Constitutional law where the legal jargon is clear and everyman is a lawyer. Those trained in the legal profession become mediators. For major crimes there are a panel of mediators and a jury of members of the public, the defendants peers. What about local councils that constantly change members as adjudicators for other crime and issues? Justice panels could greatly expedite the justice process for many seeking recourse.
Why must there be term oriented elected officials? Can not a council or panel be seated of the brightest minds discuss and come to a solution/conclusion on deadline then dissolve?
Perhaps, since the new technology exists, we need to look at our electoral process. What is possible to return to a true popular vote election? How does the actual election need to change? Perhaps, the elections could be online, with real time results, from an encrypted secure connection. In this scenario, the voters could watch real time results, see any outages in what areas prevented voting, what polls are having suspicious votes by electronically verifying the voter is not “dead” and voting. Voting could be done over a few days instead of hours.
And what of the role of federal oversight be in this new Constitution? Would there be a Federal organization? Would the new status quo be the same military heavy spending? Or would it be required of the Military to find another way to peace. Is the role of the new Fed to be someone to maintain the highways, perhaps?
In the new paradigm, there are personal free energy generators so there would be no need for “the grid”, for fossil fuel development or for wind or solar as energy sources. New transportation technology will no longer be suppressed so maybe the need for roads is limited as the car evolves into a personal transportation module that flies and drives and is submersible. The technology exists today in a vehicle that can be driven, today. So what is the role of the new Federal organization?
Since now, in this new US Constitution, we have relieved corporations of their largesse by limiting their size; choosing instead to fund many small ventures where the technology can change and expand rapidly due to the lightness of their company structures. The same companies that have created the pollutants that fill the skies, oceans and land can now be focused on positive recycling of their waste; utilizing the natural technologies created by the smaller companies.
Is it really necessary to have to log in or identify oneself in order to have a useful Internet search? Should it be included that the Internet is a public, open space where no identification is necessary to participate?
Is not a person’s digital information just as private as their personal papers? Perhaps in our new Constitution we should include strong language about the rights of natural persons and their digital privacy.
Shall we address food safety and distribution in the new Constitution? Is it not agreement for and by the people? Then yes, the conversation should include food safety, processing and distribution. Perhaps eliminating polluting agri-business instead promoting, producing and opting for locally farmed foods.
What are the basic tenants of the new Constitution?
The freedom to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness? If one reviews the original ten rights outlined by the Bill of Rights, one may find them, even now, right on task. Well thought out, well written, these ten rights will be included in our new US Constitution.
Perhaps as part of the new document, we will include that war must be voted on by every adult US citizen and the action receive a 80% approval before the country goes to war. Those who vote “yes” are the first to sign up. The proposed action would require a tight budget and a deadline for goals to be reached. As well as assured compensation and rehabilitation for the solider as well as for the family making the sacrifice.
As our great country ages, maybe we should include a death with dignity entry. As well as a establishment of the right to live n dignity as Americans age. Not alone, not poor or infirm, but with dignity. In safety and comfort with someone to care for them.
The conversation will take many years to evolve into a new US Constitution. But we must start somewhere. What other items should be included in the discussion about a new US Constitution?