Prompt: If you started your own nation, what rules would be in your constitution? What country would you model your rules after?
My Constitution would be mostly the same as the United States, with a few changes, deletions and additions:
1. Get rid of the Electoral College. It’s obsolete. The people need to have the
right to a direct vote for their leaders.
2. There should be a Labor Code that guarantees paid time off, paid maternity
leave and a set number of hours to work per week (above that would be
overtime). – This is not radical – we are the only 1st world country that
doesn’t have at least two of these things.
3. Single payer health care for all.
4. Clarification of the 2nd amendment, that it doesn’t mean everyone has the
right to own a gun, only the military and police, rifles for hunters. Anyone
else would have to go through a rigorous and national background check.
5. Public financing of elections and/or a limit to how much a candidate can
collect and spend on her/his campaign.
6. Guaranteed free and equal public education for all at least through high
7. An energy policy that would require research and development of “clean”
sources of energy, and penalties for polluters.
Sound like it would cost too much money to do all these things? There would
also be a provision that would outline a fair tax policy:
8. People making more than a million dollars would pay a higher percentage of
their income with no loopholes. (I’d like to say billionaires should pay more
but I don’t even think any one person should earn that amount – it’s obscene).
Large corporations that have a profit margin of a certain amount (not percent)
would pay more in taxes. However, if the corporation used the revenue to
reinvest in their business which would benefit the company, its employees and
the economy as a whole, they would not pay as much.
9. There would be a very hefty penalty for a company to relocate overseas. This
penalty would be distributed to the displaced workers in the U.S.
10. People making below a certain amount (which would change over time – $100k
doesn’t mean today what it did, say, 30 years ago) would pay less in taxes.
11. Amending the Constitution would require what it currently requires.