Written by Ronald R. Cherry M.D
The goal and end-game of the modern Tea Party movement should be the same as that of the original American Tea Party, and that is to secure the equal, God-given, unalienable rights of all individuals to their life, liberty and creative pursuit of happiness.
Our Founding Fathers created a Federal Government via our Constitution to accomplish that goal, but what happens when the Federal Government becomes a violator of our unalienable human rights? What then? What now? The answer is not violence - the answer is immediate State Nullification of any and all un-Constitutional Federal Laws, regulations and Supreme Court decisions - followed by Constitutional Amendment – because the mind and the pen are mightier than the sword.
This can be a starting point:
Section 2. Term limits for Congress (shorter) and the Supreme Court (longer)
Section 4. Supreme Court decisions shall be revoked by Congress with 2/3 or greater vote in both houses
Section 5. Federal taxation shall not exceed 10% for any individual, nor shall Federal taxation exceed 10% of the nation's GDP. Federal taxation shall be a national sales tax
Section 6. Federal income shall only consist of a maximum 10% domestic taxation as per Section 5 of this amendment, plus foreign tariffs, plus the donations of U.S. citizens, plus the sale of domestically purchased U.S. bonds by U.S. Citizens during wars declared by Congress. Federal income shall not occur through borrowing, except for the sale of domestically purchased U.S. bonds by U.S. citizens during wars declared by Congress; nor shall Federal income derive by fiat creation of money
Section 7. Federal spending shall not exceed federal income.
Section 8. This section of Article 1, Section 8 shall be changed to: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States, and all provisions for general welfare shall be uniform throughout the United States and enumerated herein this Constitution; To borrow money on the credit of the United States as per Section 6 of this amendment; To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and to regulate disputes of commerce among the several states..."
Section 9. This section of Article II, Section 1 shall be changed to: “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States. Natural born citizen shall mean any person born within one of the states of the United States or upon the territorial waters of the United States, of parents who are both citizens of the United States.”
Section 10. This section of Article VI shall be changed to: “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made not in violation thereof, or which shall be made not in violation thereof, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme amendable secular law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Section 11.Article III, Section 3 shall be changed to: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them or against this Constitution, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court. The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason except for cases of treason involving the President of the United States, members of the National Congress, or the Supreme Court, where in those cases the States shall have the power to try and declare the punishment of treason within their respective borders, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.
Section 12. Section 1 of Amendment XIV shall be changed to: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. Congress, nor Presidential executive regulation, nor Supreme Court decisions, nor any state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall Congress or Presidential executive regulation or Supreme Court decision or any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Ronald R. Cherry, MD