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Conservatives profess not to like judicial activism.
But lefties have given our legal system and body of constitutional law 80+ years of blatant judicial activism. Much of it is firmly entrenched in our legal system, and to "reverse" it with right-wing judicial activism would be, itself, new judicial activism.

Let's make a list of progressive doctrines that we want reversed, that would have enough popular support to succeed as amendments to the U.S. constitution.

I'll start out with a few.

1.) The rules of parliamentary procedure for the House and Senate shall not be used to unnecessarily delay the progress of bills that reasonably appear to have a chance of passing in a full floor vote. No bills shall be blocked in committee, ever, for political reasons, but more important bills may be considered before less important ones, and non-controversial bills may be considered before hotly debated ones are, in the interests of time management.

2.) All persons sworn to uphold the constitution shall have a duty to act promptly to fulfill their constitutional duties. Any task, duty, or decision that is given to you by the constitution carries with it an obligation to act quickly... no stalling or intentional foot-dragging for political reasons. (In other words, no more refusal of the the Senate to consider a lame duck president's judicial appointees. They MUST be promptly considered and then soon after voted on-- either confirm them or don't. But the confirmations can't be put off awaiting a change of administration.)

3.) No "pork barrel" spending-- all Senators and House members have an obligation to FIRST consider the interests of the nation as a whole, and only SECONDLY to promote the interests of their state or congressional district. This amendment might not be easily enforced, but it should be part of the constitution anyway, so show them what their role is -- and is not.

4.) You have no right not to be offended at witnessing other people exercising their rights. Suck it up, buttercup! Christians need to learn to deal with seeing turbans and veils. Muslims need to get used to seeing liquor stores and seeing bacon sold at the supermarket. Atheists -- well, they're just going to be offended all the damn time, and that's fine. That's what they should expect by living in a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values. They'll see and hear prayers in public, and see many of their fellow citizens professing their individual faiths, sometimes at work or on the job. Deal with it.

5.) The "right" to a free public education is eliminated as a matter of constitutional law. If the states want to grant such a right, fine. Let them create it and fund it. The U.S. constitution shall not require the federal government to fund any level of education anywhere, and what education money it does choose to spend may be limited to those students, those professors, and those institutions who have the greatest chances of success and the greatest likelihood of making a positive contribution to America. (In other words, if you're not studying something useful, you don't get funding. You can't pick any area of study you want with federal student loans. The feds can say "yes" to mechanical engineering but "no" to basket weaving. "Yes" to neuroscience but "no" to queer studies. "Yes" for a grant to study dementia but "no" for a grant to study how much surface area you can trim off the wings of a housefly before its no longer airworthy.

6.) Effective death penalty reform. Capital punishment should be the standard punishment for all murders, including felony murder and malice murder (malice, absent reasonable provocation as a mitigating factor), including being an accomplice and member of a group that did the killing.
Only in rare and exceptional cases should a judge take the death penalty off the table. In most cases, the jury gets to decide between life, life without parole, or death.

7.) Method of execution: It shall not be cruel or unusual to execute murderers by any method other than intentional gratuitous torture. Methods that disfigure the body are perfectly OK (hanging, electrocution, firing squad), as well as poison gas or lethal injection. Plus, whatever methods slaughter houses routinely use for killing chickens or cattle are automatically OK for killing murderers.

What else can we think of?

5.)
 

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Conservatives profess not to like judicial activism.
But lefties have given our legal system and body of constitutional law 80+ years of blatant judicial activism. Much of it is firmly entrenched in our legal system, and to "reverse" it with right-wing judicial activism would be, itself, new judicial activism.

Let's make a list of progressive doctrines that we want reversed, that would have enough popular support to succeed as amendments to the U.S. constitution.

I'll start out with a few.

1.) The rules of parliamentary procedure for the House and Senate shall not be used to unnecessarily delay the progress of bills that reasonably appear to have a chance of passing in a full floor vote. No bills shall be blocked in committee, ever, for political reasons, but more important bills may be considered before less important ones, and non-controversial bills may be considered before hotly debated ones are, in the interests of time management.

2.) All persons sworn to uphold the constitution shall have a duty to act promptly to fulfill their constitutional duties. Any task, duty, or decision that is given to you by the constitution carries with it an obligation to act quickly... no stalling or intentional foot-dragging for political reasons. (In other words, no more refusal of the the Senate to consider a lame duck president's judicial appointees. They MUST be promptly considered and then soon after voted on-- either confirm them or don't. But the confirmations can't be put off awaiting a change of administration.)

3.) No "pork barrel" spending-- all Senators and House members have an obligation to FIRST consider the interests of the nation as a whole, and only SECONDLY to promote the interests of their state or congressional district. This amendment might not be easily enforced, but it should be part of the constitution anyway, so show them what their role is -- and is not.

4.) You have no right not to be offended at witnessing other people exercising their rights. Suck it up, buttercup! Christians need to learn to deal with seeing turbans and veils. Muslims need to get used to seeing liquor stores and seeing bacon sold at the supermarket. Atheists -- well, they're just going to be offended all the damn time, and that's fine. That's what they should expect by living in a nation founded on Judeo-Christian values. They'll see and hear prayers in public, and see many of their fellow citizens professing their individual faiths, sometimes at work or on the job. Deal with it.

5.) The "right" to a free public education is eliminated as a matter of constitutional law. If the states want to grant such a right, fine. Let them create it and fund it. The U.S. constitution shall not require the federal government to fund any level of education anywhere, and what education money it does choose to spend may be limited to those students, those professors, and those institutions who have the greatest chances of success and the greatest likelihood of making a positive contribution to America. (In other words, if you're not studying something useful, you don't get funding. You can't pick any area of study you want with federal student loans. The feds can say "yes" to mechanical engineering but "no" to basket weaving. "Yes" to neuroscience but "no" to queer studies. "Yes" for a grant to study dementia but "no" for a grant to study how much surface area you can trim off the wings of a housefly before its no longer airworthy.

6.) Effective death penalty reform. Capital punishment should be the standard punishment for all murders, including felony murder and malice murder (malice, absent reasonable provocation as a mitigating factor), including being an accomplice and member of a group that did the killing.
Only in rare and exceptional cases should a judge take the death penalty off the table. In most cases, the jury gets to decide between life, life without parole, or death.

7.) Method of execution: It shall not be cruel or unusual to execute murderers by any method other than intentional gratuitous torture. Methods that disfigure the body are perfectly OK (hanging, electrocution, firing squad), as well as poison gas or lethal injection. Plus, whatever methods slaughter houses routinely use for killing chickens or cattle are automatically OK for killing murderers.

What else can we think of?

5.)
editing the second Amendment to say

a)A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. This prohibition shall include but not be limited to the requiring of permits, subjecting to magazine limits and prohibiting open or concealed carry. The practice of gun free zones is specifically prohibited by any government or agency of government at any level.

b) Anybody who willfully and knowingly violates this amendment shall be guilty of a class b felony and imprisoned for not less than 25 years
 

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GS, make those statutes rather than amendments. Amendments are just too important for less important (IMHO) things like those.

2A amended by striking the first 13 words.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

4A ameded to:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, without issuance of a Warrant to search and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation and valid evidence, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Nothing other than the the specific items and areas to be searched shall be permitted without issuance of a second warrant specifically describing any other area and items.

I need to do some thinking on the rest before further commentary.

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2A amended by striking the first 13 words.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Well no, because the Militia are a crucial part of defending freedom. It is they, that should stand up and resist tyranny and lawlessness. Provided, they do so with honor and integrity as opposed to wanton violence and rioting. We the People are the Milita and we have forgotten that. In fact, the founding fathers expected the people to rise up and rebel when the government became tyrannical. It should be very clearly noted however, I am not advocating revolution. There are more peaceful ways of resisting. At least for now.
 

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How about this, defining the Militia.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The Militia shall be be comprised of the unorganized national citizenry, with such arms and armaments as the national military shall bear. No limits on arms and armaments shall be made. No limits on when or where borne shall be made. No requirements to organization and training shall be imposed.

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How about this, defining the Militia.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The Militia shall be be comprised of the unorganized national citizenry, with such arms and armaments as the national military shall bear. No limits on arms and armaments shall be made. No limits on when or where borne shall be made. No requirements to organization and training shall be imposed.

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So in essence, this is like a Second Amendment part 2. I think I like this.

As for the 4th Amendment, i'd like to see something added to criminalize the TSA. One of them told me his badge was his warrant. I could hardly believe his brazen audacity to run rough-shod over the Constitution like that
 

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More of a definition and equipment of a Militia than a part 2.

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#6 is OK 6.) Effective death penalty reform.
no thanks on the others
 

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Thinking about 4A that needs to include that the warrant shall grant search permission to the minimum area necessary and that area shall be limited as much as possible.

eg: I get arrested when sitting on my couch, search the area right there, not the entire room and hallway and kitchen.

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Why not,
"The right of the people to keep and bear weapons shall not be infringed.
 

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Every law expires at 5 years. Every law. Every last one.
No omnibus bills, budget or otherwise.

If Congress wants to sit on their collective thumbs or stuff pork barrels, so be it. They'd have more work to do than they're collectively capable of if they were organized and efficient.
 

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Why not,
"The right of the people to keep and bear weapons shall not be infringed.
"Being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people outside punitive confinement to keep and bear weapons at any and all times for the purposes as necessary to fight against its own government or for self defense shall never be infringed."
 

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"Being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people outside punitive confinement to keep and bear weapons at any and all times for the purposes as necessary to fight against its own government or for self defense shall never be infringed."
Far too many words. That is the problem with the existing wording. And there is no way I would include the prefactory clause in any amendment.
 
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