January 6, 2011
Fire Pit Constitution
Yesterday the new members of the 112th Congress of the United States of America were sworn into office. I was there in Washington DC to witness New Hampshire's newest Senator, Kelly Ayotte, take the hallowed oath of office.
Today, their first day of real work, the members of the House of Representatives read the US Constitution out loud. You can see a video on CNN of many of the members taking turns reading the document. At FoxNews.com, they have a story with a video about the same event. I wish I could have been there in the chamber to hear and see that.
Many people are unaware that our US Constitution was written and signed more than a decade after we declared our independence from Britain. Yes, the Declaration of Independence happened in 1776 and the US Constitution's final draft was signed in Philadelphia in September of 1787. So it took time to assemble the way in which our country would operate.
Our Constitution is the framework by which our government gets its power from the people. In my opinion, when you consider it in its most basic form, our Constitution is our playbook, our rulebook that's not too much different from written rules you get when you open up a new board game.
The Founding Fathers were very smart and anticipated that things or conditions might change. New rules would have to be made or mistakes corrected. That's what amendments are all about. We have the 21st amendment because later on it was decided the 18th amendment was not the best of ideas. Remember that chapter in our history, that one about Prohibition?
I started this Fire Pit website in the fall of 2009 and here it is 2011 already. This community has operated without a written set of rules for that length of time. It's a community because it's an open blog where I allow you to comment if you so desire.
I've decided that it's now time to author and publish a Fire Pit Constitution. I'm going to mimic the US Constitution as much as I can, because it's such a brilliant document.
There's no way I could ever improve on it.
I, the Benevolent Dictator, in an effort to create a more perfect political blog, establish the exchange of ideas, encourage robust but respectful debate, insure tranquility among participants, and secure the blessings of open, honest and civil discussion of various topics, do ordain and establish this Constitution of Tim Carter's Fire Pit.
All legislative powers are hereby granted solely to Tim Carter, as he is the one who created this blog and pays said expenses. These powers will stay vested in him until such time of his death or he grants and passes the powers, in writing, to a successor.
Tim Carter, or his successor, will entertain suggestions to adopt, modify, or repeal articles, amendments, and/or laws from people who visit and read the blog. However, he is under no obligation to act upon such suggestions. Tim Carter, or his successor, will decide what, if anything, is to change.
Tim Carter is the sole adjudicator of any dispute on this blog. His decisions are final.
All participants of this blog, in the form of their comments, shall conduct themselves with the highest level of honor at all times in their discourse with Tim Carter and other participants. Tim Carter is also to be held to this standard of conduct.
All participants shall tell the truth at all times. If they are found to be guilty of making any false statements, providing false names or email addresses, etc., they face permanent expulsion from this blog. Because of their treachery, any and all comments they may have written will be deleted from this blog.
There is no unalienable right to freedom of speech on this blog. Respectful and intelligent dialog is encouraged, whereas hate or mean-spirited speech is deeply frowned upon.
All participants on this blog are expected to tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, at all times. An intentional half-truth shall be considered a whole lie.
Any participant that makes frequent comments or unduly long comments is encouraged to invest that passion and time in their own blog. Participants can create their own free blog at Blogger.com.
These purveyors can publish their profound and prolonged pronouncements and/or diatribe at their own blog and simply write a short comment at Tim Carter's Fire Pit that contains a link from Tim Carter's Fire Pit to their own post.