Constitutional Simplification

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Diderot Mirabeau
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Constitutional Simplification

Post by Diderot Mirabeau »

What do you say that we adopt the following as our common position on the issue of constitutional revision:

The RA will establish a Constitutional Revision Commission, which will work through a period of 3 months to accomplish the following:

1) Proposing and inserting as a supplementary part of the founding philosophy a vision for what we want our society to be

2) Going through the constitution and revising each article with a view to simplifying the language to make it accessible to everyone

3) Identifying parts of the constitution, which can be feasibly be taken out and if necessary turned into a seperate act?

4) Identifying parts of the constitution that could favourably be afforded extra protection in the form of 'entrenchment'

Is there a need for such a process?
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Re: Constitutional Simplification

Post by Gxeremio Dimsum »

[quote="Diderot Mirabeau":zggcgtr2]4) Identifying parts of the constitution that could favourably be afforded extra protection in the form of 'entrenchment'

Is there a need for such a process?[/quote:zggcgtr2]

Yes, this would be beneficial and while it would be more work in the short term, the long term result would be a simpler and more attractive Constitution. My one beef with the 4 ideas is number 4...perhaps we should only have "entrenched" items in the Constitution, and leave the rest as laws which are more easily changed. The way to accomplish this might be to redraft the Constitution as you suggest above, and with a simpler and more fundamental Constitution change it so that it is more difficult to change any part of the Constitution, rather than cherrypicking certain parts for special protection.
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