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CONSTITUTIONAL IQ. Read the following, then decide.
CONSTITUTIONAL IQ. Read the following, then decide.
Test your CONSTITUTIONAL IQ. Read the following, then decide.
TRUE OR FALSE
A new constitution would mean more government. TRUE - FALSE
More government means higher taxes. TRUE - FALSE
More government means more regulations. TRUE - FALSE
The present constitution is an unworkable document. TRUE - FALSE
The present constitution is too old. TRUE - FALSE
The present constitution prevents home rule for counties. TRUE - FALSE
The grassroots (i.e. the people) are demanding a rewrite. TRUE - FALSE
The present constitution is a racist document. TRUE - FALSE
For those who have a strong Alabama history background, you will likely have answered the questions 1 through 3 as true. For those who do not, examine the State Budget Office website. The office has the appropriation posted for years 1997 through 2002, which includes both the Education Fund and the General Fund. Both funds increased significantly during this period. How much more money will be needed to satisfy the appetites of the money-hungry proponents of the constitutional rewrite?
QUESTION 4: How many law suits or controversies have shown that the 1901 Constitution is unworkable? - NONE!
QUESTION 5: Many states are still using constitutions that predate our 1901 Constitution. New Hampshire's constitution was adopted in 1784, Vermont's in 1793, Ohio 1851, Iowa 1857, Oregon 1859, Pennsylvania 1874, Wyoming 1889, Idaho 1890, and Delaware 1897. Closer to home: Tennessee - 1870 and Mississippi - 1890. Good judgment in the creation of a document that establishes a sound foundation for government does not become outdated with time.
QUESTION 6: The proponents for a rewrite are non-specific in their accusations against the constitution. The 1901 Constitution does not prevent home rule. The next time you hear this comment made, ask for the Article and Section that specifically prevents home rule. Home rule is made more difficult by the constitution, but many localities have already been granted some form of home rule.
QUESTION 7: How many people do you know who are demanding a rewrite of the constitution? Special interest groups have tried to generate publicity indicating that the citizenry is demanding a new constitution but there is little evidence to support such a claim. Grassroots organizations do not operate with the level of financing we see being spent on this push for a constitutional convention.
QUESTION 8: It is true that the original authors of our 1901 Constitution intended it to be discriminatory and it remained so for many years, but those elements have already been removed by amendment or court order and are no longer in effect.
The cost of a rewrite of our 1901 Constitution has not been mentioned by the proponents... and for good reason! Not only would there be a large financial cost for a constitutional convention, but there would be many other political and legal ramifications that would have to be reconciled. A hundred years of legal precedents would be rendered obsolete and clarification of existing law would provide a field-day for trial lawyers. The full effect of a rewrite can only be guessed at but one can well imagine the upheaval that will likely result.
The fact that you are reading this is evidence that you possess a quality that is rare these days - an interest in your government's affairs. Far too many do not take the time nor the effort to investigate the issues, nor even go to the polls and cast a vote. Whether you agree or disagree with our position, please follow-up with additional research. Regardless of the folk-wisdom often expressed, ignorance is not bliss!
You will not find the tenets of our 1901 Constitution being taught in the Alabama public schools of today. The very individuals upon whom our future rests are not being given the information needed to make sound judgments. Article 1 of the 1901 Constitution guarantees the citizens of Alabama 36 rights - 26 more than the United States Bill of Rights. On-going efforts of a small group in Montgomery would drastically change Article 1. Through the efforts of Representative Jack Veneble, a bill to rewrite Section 1 successfully passed the House. One of the fourteen rights the Honorable Mr. Veneble wanted to take out was Section 35, which states:
"The sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression."This is the lynch-pin of our unique political system, that people derive power from our Creator (inalienable rights) and only transfer specific responsibilities to the government, a concept that has kept our nation free.
THE ALABAMA STATE BUDGET
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The following information is from the state budget office web site. Since 1997 the amount of general appropriations for the state has risen an average of 6% per year (30% over the 5-year period). The total appropriation for 1997 was $933,368,054.00, for the year 2002 the state office reports $1,213,369,738.00. The education budget also increased from $3,554,386,738.00 in 1997 to $4,072,248,626.00 for 2002 or an increase of 14.6% over the 5-year period. We have sent enough money to Montgomery for education but much of it has been misappropriated. For example, some of the expenditures from the Education Fund were:
- Music Hall of Fame......................$91,178.00
- Sports Hall of Fame....................$125,073.00
- Super Computer Authority.......$2,567,272.00
- Alabama Agricultural
Land Grant Alliance...................$500,000.00
- Aids Task Force..........................$267,330.00
- Joint Legislative Oversight
Community Service Grants.....$12,393,883.00
- Library Service, Public.............$9,929,721.00
Children across the state have been asked to bring paper products, including toilet paper to school. How many rolls of toilet paper could one buy for nearly TWENTY-SIX MILLION DOLLARS?!
Changing the constitution will not change the spending habits of those in office!
IS THE REWRITE WORTH THE RISK? THE AVERAGE CITIZEN HAS VERY LITTLE TO GAIN AND EVERYTHING TO LOSE.
TAKE TIME TO CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND STATE SENATOR - YOUR BASIC RIGHTS DEPEND ON YOU.
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