“The infamous Prohibition Act forbidding liquor began the trend of financed crime and accelerated the decay of a country already dying because of the poll tax change. Prohibition was eventually removed in the Constitution but not until crime was well financed.”
constitution is an instrument founding or modifying a government.
Most national constitutions are written but some are partially written and partially understood. Some early Greek constitutions were unwritten.
Nearly all modern constitutions are incomplete and only the constitution of Eire is binding upon its government leaders and employees as well as the people. In all other states the politicians and employees are “above the law” which of course results in a total nullification of the constitution in that the people who run the state are not bound by the founding instrument of the state, making their constitutions a sort of “con game.” The discrepancy between the constitution and the actual conduct of the government is a primary cause of revolt.
A constitution ideally would be composed of four subjects or parts.
A. The purpose of the state.
B. The composition of the government.
C. The rights of citizens.
D. The penal codes.
In instrumenting a constitution, the concentration is on appeal. The instigators have first and foremost the problem of persuading a population to accept an instrument of government.
Like many political promises, the effort to persuade is not entirely sincere. Therefore one or more of the essential parts of a constitution are omitted and are added later as “laws” by “men who know best.”
For instance it was not the intention of the Founding Fathers of the United States to have anything but a republic while intimating then and ever since that they founded a “democracy.” A republic is a government wherein the “best people” represent the people and act for the “good of the people.” Once elected a “representative of the people” goes his own way, most often following the orders of the special interest groups who financed his career. A democracy is government directly by the people, a thing seen in France in recent times where no serious action was undertaken without referendum to the people.
Politicians seem to have a recurring problem of how to pretend to guarantee liberty while actually reserving the right of despotism. We see this in any constitution which omits or later disregards one of the essential parts of a constitution while offering one to the people.
The original US Constitution omitted both the Bill of Rights of the citizen and the penal code. A few years after its adoption Shays’ Rebellion and other public commotion forced the United States to quickly add a Bill of Rights known now as the first ten amendments.
However, the politician later dropped part A, saying “the preamble has no force in law” and thus robbing the state of a purpose, condemning it thereafter to idle wanderings in policy and setting up a new channel for tyranny.
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