Saturday, August 24, 2013

A New Bill of Rights

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I see the following as the basis for a new Americans' Bill of Rights. These are needed as an enumeration of more detailed rights necessarily inferred by the essential "right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" clause, that are not explicitly guaranteed elsewhere:

1. The right to eat, and access to safe water;
2. The right to shelter;
3. The right to health care;
4. The right to a complete education, including college;
5. The right to earn a living wage.

We are a rich enough nation to easily afford these things. Not with our present system of enormous tax breaks for the rich, and out-of-control defense spending, but if simply re-prioritized to do these things in spite of the money grubbers, then America may finally have a chance to achieve the potential of its dream, and the entire world would benefit enormously, not only U.S.

I don't mean this list is complete. One another matter, we desperately need to still fix the basic inequalities of race, age, gender, orientation and disability-based discrimination with things like an Equal Rights Amendment that once and for all would commit the country to this path Constitutionally. But that's a different effort, already underway. I think the five things I listed above are desperately in need to the certainty flowing from Constitutional codification.

What do you guys think?

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