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Essay:Needed Constitutional Amendments (Pbfreespace3)

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WolfPAC[edit]

For-profit corporations are not legally considered people, and thus do not hold the same rights as US citizens. Corporations are not allowed to give money to any politician, directly or indirectly. No politician can raise over $100 from any person or entity. All elections must be publicly financed through both a government program and private donations.

Equal Rights Amendment[edit]

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex or sexual orientation. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. This amendment shall take effect immediately after the date of ratification.

War[edit]

War shall not be permitted expect under the following circumstances: If the nation is militarily attacked by a nation-state, if the nation is under existential threat by a nation-state, if there is a UN resolution which permits said war, or if an ally should request military aid. War cannot be declared except by majority vote of Congress.

Term Limits[edit]

Senators shall be limited to serve three terms. Representatives shall be limited to serve nine terms.

Death Penalty[edit]

No arrested citizen or permanent resident of the nation shall, for any crime, be killed by the state. All crimes for which the death penalty was a possible sentence shall offer life imprisonment without parole as a replacement. All persons currently on death row shall be imprisoned for life.

Drugs[edit]

The sale, possession, or consumption of substances consumed for the purpose of altering one's mood, perception, or performance shall not be prohibited to individuals over the age of 18 unless clear and convincing evidence is exists that they cause serious bodily injury or death to the person consuming them. The sale of drugs to individuals under the age of 18 shall be prohibited unless the drug does not affect the person's ability to function normally, and if it does not cause long-term dependence.

Voting Rights[edit]

The right to vote shall not be denied to any US citizen unless they are imprisoned as a result of a conviction at the time of election. If the election is a primary election and the imprisoned citizen will be free at the time of the general election or the date of taking office, then they may vote in that election.

Citizenry[edit]

A citizen of the United States must meet one or more of the following criteria: The person was born inside of the United States by a parent residing in the United States, the person is the child of a US citizen, or the person has continuously resided in the United States for at least 10 years. Citizens have the right to revoke their citizenship unless they are currently under law enforcement investigation, arrest, or imprisonment. Persons who have revoked their citizenship must reapply to regain citizenship.

Conscription[edit]

Forcible conscription, by the government or the states of any kind, shall be abolished except if the nation is both at war and under an immediate existential threat.

Government Surveillance[edit]

The government shall not, for any purpose or reason, deliberately collect or observe electronic information or property of any citizen or permanent resident of the nation without a warrant. A warrant must be separately obtained for each individual under investigation in all cases.

Statehood[edit]

The territories of Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico shall be admitted as states, with all the rights and privileges thereof.

Minimum Wage[edit]

The Federal Minimum Wage shall be set and adjusted yearly by the Department of Labor based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Federal Minimum wage shall be adjusted based on the CPI for each State, City, and Township.