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A New U.S. Constitution Subservient to the Earth Constitution

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Merely expressing anger, fear, or hopelessness about the ever-increasing national and world problems is no longer acceptable. We have to start focusing on solutions such as the need for a new national constitution that is subservient to the Earth Constitution: The Constitution for the Federation of Earth. The biggest problems include nationalism, capitalism, imperialism, patriarchalism, and racism.

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It has been said that if everyone in the world maintained the lifestyle of the average American, it would take 4 earths to accommodate them. The earth has a carrying capacity and striving for unlimited growth is no longer ecologically sustainable.

To reduce vast individual suffering--the philosophy of Buddhism or yoga or the practice of mindfulness meditation, for example, can be helpful. To reduce vast social suffering--democratic, compassionate socialism, ultimately communism, is the ideal.

Our consumer-capitalist society causes us to feel alienation from ourselves, each other, animals, and nature. Ecology shows how everything is interrelated. Meditation and unconditional love can help us realize that we are all One in the spirit. We are one world one humanity and one destiny.

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But any global-governance structure has to be built from the bottom-up, not the top-down: from the neighborhood block club, to the voting precinct, to the township, then to the municipal or county level, to the state, national, and finally to the global level. Moreover, if these structures are built democratically, they can also be dismantled democratically, if that is the will of world citizens.

In this article, I want to share the link to the Earth Constitution http://earth-constitution.org, if readers have never examined it. Also, I hope to show how much we could improve our current constitution by sharing my own version of a new national constitution called the Third Constitution of the United States.

Some of the ideas I share in the Third Constitution and 25 Recommendations for the American People could also be adopted by other nations: neighborhood control of neighborhood schools, proportional representation, equally empowering multiple national political parties (seven would be a nice number to strive for), having a unicameral national legislature, a method to create the fourth constitution, Ranked Choice Voting, Bottom-up Organization of the 50 State Governments, having intentional or tribal communities with a global focus, and eliminating the Electoral College System. The Third Constitution of the United States can be read at my website: www.NowSaveTheWorld.com

The most important element in any national or Earth Constitution is that it be created with maximum democratic input. Jefferson thought we should have a new constitution about every 17 years. We have a constitution that is very difficult to amend and impossible to democratically abolish, and we have had that constitution for 229 years. It is time for a new constitution.

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Roger retired in 2010 from teaching general elementary and high school special education in Indianapolis at age 60. Integrating the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Buddhism, Yoga Sutras, mindfulness meditation, Progressive Christianity, and (more...)
 

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