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Purpose of a constitution

Almost every club or organisation has a written constitution, it details the purpose and framework which the organisation can function,  why not government?
Because Government affects us all in our everyday lives, it is the utmost importance for it to have a constitution.
Government is subject to the law rather not only the source of it.

"All constitutions fulfill the vital function of introducing a measure of stability, order and predictability to the workings of government. From this point of view the opposite of constitutional government is random, capricious or arbitary government. This is precisely why constitutions go hand in hand with organisation. Complex patterns of social interaction can be maintained only if all concerned know the 'rules of the game' and therefore who can be exect to do what."

   --  Andrew Heywood

A government of laws, not of men

Who has a constitution?

  • Israel
  • N.Z
  • U.K
Continue to have unwritten constitutions

A limo please

The average worker gets taxed $6,500 a year. That would buy you a smart car. If the government can ask of you a smart car, what law is there to stop them asking from you a limo?

Arguments against having a comstitution

Interpretation of the constitution

And of those who ever have read it, or ever will read it, scarcely any two, perhaps no two, have ever agreed, or ever will agree, as to what it means.

   --  Lysander Spooner

The people didn't agree to it

Lysander argues that the constitution is not valid because the people did not agree to it and it is not a contract.

Where would be the end of fraud and litigation, if one party could bring into court a written instrument, without any signature, and claim to have it enforced, upon the ground that it was written for another man to sign? that this other man had promised to sign it? that he ought to have signed it? that he had had the opportunity to sign it, if he would? but that he had refused or neglected to do so? Yet that is the most that could ever be said of the Constitution. [1] The very judges, who profess to derive all their authority from the Constitution — from an instrument that nobody ever signed — would spurn any other instrument, not signed, that should be brought before them for adjudication. [1] The very men who drafted it, never signed it in any way to bind themselves by it, AS A CONTRACT. And not one of them probably ever would have signed it in any way to bind himself by it, AS A CONTRACT.

   --  Lysander Spooner

That is true, except the constitution is there to limit the representatives, not the population. Therefore it is only the representatives that must swear allegiance to the constitution. 
A constitution is like Santa claus, or the money supply, it only has power as long as enough people believe in it.
The constitution, does not bind the people, they have to obey only government.

Origins on the English Constitution

In the Layman's guide to the English constitution Albert Burgess explains where the law and constitution came from.
He explains that King Alfred the Great (the only Monarch to be called great). Alfred visited all the old Kingdoms that were freed from the Danes and took all the best laws and customs. By its very nature custom cannot be repealed. He recorded these laws in the book called 'The Dome' (Taken from Doom meaning punishment).
All the future laws below were restatements of Alfreds laws - when leaders and monarchs abused them.
  • Legal codes of Alfred
  • Charter of Liberties (1100)
  • Magna Charta (1215)
  • Petition of rights (1628)
  • Grand Remonstrance (1641)
  • Bill of rights (1689)
See history of freedom page


Ron Paul speaks on the constitution

  • Government is not the solution, government is the problem.
  • Constitution was not written to restrain the people, it was to restrain the government.

Ron Paul on restraining government

The citizen should stand up to restrain government.
"Freedom of speech" is not there for us to talk about the weather.
Government makes so many decisions for us we don't even know if we can drink our neighbours milk.

The economic policies in this country are destroying the wealth. 
Government should not be destroying your property rights, they should be protecting them.