Hi, I'm Ralph Bass.
I love our country, but I believe our government is out of control. It has been taken over by a committed group of Socialists, Marxists and Atheist. They are bent on achieving their totalitarian goals regardless of what the U.S. Constitution may say on how our government is to be run.
Is there a means to bring back our government into line with our historic American political and economic values? I believe there is if the American people will insist on a new bill of rights, or as I call these Constitutional amendments--
The Bill of Freedom.
I would ask you to evaluate these recommended changes to our Constitution and make suggestions as how to best achieve the goal of limited invasive government and maximum freedom for our citizens.
Faith and Freedom
Amendment 1: Term Limits
All holders of public office shall be limited to a maximum of two terms in a given office.
Amendment 2: Taxes, Expenditures and Budgets
There shall be a sales tax and a tariff to fund all government expenses. There shall be no other taxes by the U.S. Government.
The US Government is forbidden to borrow money. It must operate on cash generated by taxes or savings generated by taxes.
The amount of the sales tax and tariff shall not normally exceed 5% of the purchase price but may be less. The sales tax and tariff shall be the same for all items, in all places and for all people.
The sales tax shall be on all wholesale and retail sales. The sales tax shall be applicable to all people, companies, corporations, charities and trusts. There shall be no exemptions.
Congress may raise the sales and tariff tax up to 10% for one year for non-recurring budget items. Each year that this tax increase is requested requires a new vote by Congress and approval by the President for its passing.
The States shall collect the sales tax for the U.S. government. They shall be paid a fee for their service.
A minimum of 50% of all taxes collected, whether regular taxes or special taxes, shall be used for the support of the U.S. Military.
Federal taxes shall not be used to fund in part or in whole any State budgets or programs, or be used to entice or punish States for supporting or not supporting Federal agendas or programs.
Federal taxes shall not be given to, or loaned to, private companies or used to provide loan guarantees.
The Federal government is forbidden to create, participate in or fund any quasi government, quasi free market businesses.
The Federal government shall not be a business partner or stock holder in any company or business.
The Federal government is forbidden to support or contribute in any way to charitable organizations.
The Federal government is forbidden to provide aid of any kind to any foreign country.
The order of the use of the taxes available to the US Congress is first for the protection of the life, liberty and property of the citizens of the United States. Second, only after these foundation requirements are fully met may the congress consider other uses for the taxes available.
The U.S. Government is required to balance its budget each year. It cannot spend more that it collects in taxes. If the U.S. Government runs out of money, it must cease spending until new taxes become available.
Amendment 3: Sunshine Clause, Act of Nullification and Line Item Veto
All laws passed by the Federal government shall expire in 7 years. They may be passed again for as many 7 year periods as each congress may find appropriate.
If a majority of the States shall pass an Act of Nullification for a law passed by congress, the Supreme Court shall immediately declare that law nullified
The President of the United State shall have a line item veto on all bills presented to him for approval.
All votes by the congress shall be made and recorded for public record by each individual name of the person voting. There shall be no secret votes or votes by the general raising of hands or general voice votes.
Amendment 4: Congressional Session and Pay Limits
Both houses of the U.S. Congress shall meet in March/April and in September/October each year for as long as they deem useful; they are not required to stay in session the full two months. They will be paid for each day they are in session during this period. They may meet at other times if they feel the need to do so, however, they will not be paid beyond the time actually in session during the months stated. Their pay is to be calculated for up to four months of service, based on days in session, and not 12 months of service.
Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.
Amendment 5: Citizenship and the Franchise
Those born in the U.S. or its territories of two parents each U.S. Citizens shall be deemed birth citizens of the United States. Those born in the US of one or no US Citizen shall be given a certificate of birth and have a legal standing as legal immigrants. They shall not be deemed birth citizens of the United States.
Voting citizenship shall be offered to all birth citizens at 20 years of age or to legal immigrants at the same age who request it and meet all requirements for the Franchise. Voting citizenship requires an oath of loyalty to the United States and its Constitutional Republic.
Illegal immigrants shall not be eligible for citizenship.
Those eligible to vote in Federal elections must meet the following criteria: 1) They must possess voting citizenship 2) They must reside in the district to which they are voting for one year prior to the election. For the President of the United State, they must reside one year in the United States. For U.S. Senator, they must reside one year in the State they are representing. For U.S. Representative, they must reside one year in the county they are representing. 3) They must provide proof of residence to the voting registration board one year prior to voting. Residence must be confirmed by the board before their name is put on the voting record. 4) They must pass a civics test at registration proving that they possess an adequate knowledge and understanding on how the political and economic process of our constitutional republic functions. 5) Those convicted of a felon shall not be eligible for voting citizenship while in jail or on probation. 6) Except for those serving in the military, no one receiving payments for fees, services or wages of any kind from the federal government will be eligible to vote in federal elections.
To stand for public office, one must possess voting citizenship and be legally registered to vote in the State or county which they seek to represent.
English, as commonly spoken in the United States, shall be the national and legal language of the US and all its States.
Amendment 6: Presidential or Executive Orders
There shall be no Presidential or Executive orders independent of the laws of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Congress.
Presidential or Executive orders come under the preview of the US Supreme Court. If any Presidential or Executive orders are found in violation of the US Constitution or of the laws of the land, they shall be invalidated by the US Supreme Court.
Amendment 7: Treaties and Foreign Policy
No treaty shall invalidate any element of the U.S. Constitution, its amendments or its laws.
The U.S. Government is forbidden to guarantee the sovereignty or security of another nation.
With the exception of U.S. Territories, Commonwealths & Protectorates, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Central America, Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Bahamas, it is forbidden to garrison the U.S. Military in foreign countries in times of peace. With the approval of these countries, US troops may be garrisoned on their soil.
The United States may not go to war without a Declaration of War by both houses of congress.
The United States military may not be a part of any United Nations activities. Those foreign troops that are a part of the United Nations may not be stationed in the United States or any of its territories.
The United Nations shall not domicile its headquarters in the United States of America.
Amendment 8: Supreme Court
Appointments to the Supreme Court are for 5 years. With the approval of the President of the United States, they may serve a second term; otherwise the justice will retire after one term. There shall be a two term limit for the Supreme Court justices.
The Supreme Court can invalidate laws it considers in violation of the US Constitution and its Amendments. However, it may not invalidate any part of the U.S. Constitution or its Amendments.
The U.S. Constitution and its Amendments sit supreme over the President of the U.S., the Congress of the U.S., the Supreme Court of the U.S. and the individual States of the U.S.
The function of the US Supreme court is to interpret the U.S. Constitution in terms of its original meaning by its original authors.
It is not the function of the U.S. Supreme court to interpret the U.S. Constitution in terms of any social or political agenda.
Amendment 9: Abortion and Euthanasia
It shall be against Federal law to abort a fetus or euthanize a human being.
Amendment 10: Marriage
Marriage is defined as a union of two people, one male and one female.
The Bill of Freedom
Ten Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America
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