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THE FOLLOWING is a simple-english version of the Original US Constitution. The language has been simplified so it can be easily understood and translated into 180 world languages. The text and images of the original document can be referenced online at the US National Archives.

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THE US CONSTITUTION

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE of the Constitution is to prevent a Centralized Government from becoming abusive. Contrary to popular belief, the foundation of the Constitution is not Democracy, it is Decentralization of Power through States Rights.

To decentralize Power, the Constitution establishes a limited list of things the Government can do. The Bill of Rights protects Citizens even further from Government corruption, by establishing 10 specific things the Federal Government cannot do. ALL POWERS not explicitly given to the Federal Government are reserved for the States and the People.

Once the Federal Government’s ability to corrupt and abuse has been strictly minimized, then the Constitution installs the Democratic process to make decisions at each of the local, state and national levels.

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STRUCTURALLY, the US Constitution is the opposite of a typical top-down, Centralized Government. To prevent Government Corruption and unleash the most Progressive Society possible, it builds society from the ground up by first returning Power to the Individual.

Once Power is returned to the Sovereign Individual, then the US Constitution builds society in the order most natural to the individual: Similar individuals congregate in Community. Similar Communities form a County. Similar Counties form a State. Similar States form a Union. A Union becomes a Nation. All laws are created in this order.

Each State can practice its own unique blend of Socialism and Capitalism, according to what its people choose for themselves. Each State has its own living Constitution, which becomes the blueprint to their States’ ideal Society. Each State can be totally unique.

While the States have total power to create their own Society, the US Constitution, to contrast, is very bare. The only grants the Federal Government 3 very limited structural powers: protect the States from harm, represent them abroad, and handle any disputes between States.

ALL Social Policy is determined by the States and their Communities. NO Social Policy gets determined by the Federal Government. This gives diverse populations the freedom to be diverse… AND it also allows for society’s rapid progress.

Metaphorically speaking, the Federal Government is simply a trellis, so Society can bloom in variety, like roses. They are completely separate; one structurally supports the cultivation of the other. The Original US Constitution now follows.

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Original Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, we officially establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Table of Contents

Article 1: The Legislative Branch

Section 1: The Congress
Section 2: The House of Representatives
Section 3: The Senate
Section 4: Elections and Meetings of Congress
Section 5: Rules of Procedure for Congress
Section 6: Privileges and Restrictions of Members of Congress 
Section 7: How Laws are Made
Section 8: Powers Granted to Congress
Section 9: Powers Denied to Congress
Section 10: Powers Denied to the States

Article 2: The Executive Branch

Section 1: Office of the President and Vice President 
Section 2: Powers Granted to the President
Section 3: Duties of the President
Section 4: Removal from Office

Article 3: The Judicial Branch

Section 1: Federal Courts
Section 2: Powers of the Federal Courts 
Section 3: The Crime of Treason

Article 4: Relations among the States

Section 1: Recognition by Each State of Acts of Other States 
Section 2: Rights of Citizens in Other States
Section 3: Treatment of New States and Territories
Section 4: Guarantees of the States

Article 5: Amending the Constitution

Article 6: Debts, Federal Supremacy, Oaths of Office

Article 7: Ratification of the Constitution

ARTICLE 1: THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

This section creates the body of Congress, known as the Legislative Branch.  Congress is a forum of Representatives from each State, which meets regularly in Washington. Congress has two bodies: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Together, they are responsible for making the laws.


Section 1: The Congress
        1.      Only the Congress of the United States, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, is allowed to make laws.

Section 2: The House of Representatives
        1.      The House of Representatives is known as the lower house of Congress. Elected by the people of their State to serve 2 year terms.
        2.      Must be 25 years old. Must be a citizen 7 years and reside in the State for which elected.
        3.      Each state gets a variable number of Representatives based on state population. A population census is conducted every 10 years.
        4.      House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers.
        5.      House of Representatives has the sole power of Impeachment.

Section 3: The Senate
        1.      The Senate is known as the upper house of the Congress. Elected by the people of their State to serve 6 year terms.
        2.      Must be 30 years old. Must be a citizen 9 years and reside in the State for which elected.
        3.      Each State gets only two Senators, each with only one vote.
        4.      Vice-President breaks tie votes.
        5.      The Senate shall choose other Officers.
        6.      Senate has sole power to try all impeachments.

Section 4: Elections and Meetings of Congress
        1.      Each state may establish its own methods for electing members of the Congress.
        2.      Congress must meet at least once per year. (See Amendment XX) 

Section 5: Rules of Procedure for Congress
        1.      Congress must have a minimum number of members present in order to conduct business.
        2.      Fines are given to members who do not show up. Members may be expelled with ⅔ vote from their house.
        3.      Each house must keep a journal to record proceedings and votes.
        4.      Neither house can adjourn without the permission of the other.
        5.      Neither house can meet in any other location, without permission.

Section 6: Privileges and Restrictions of Members of Congress
        1.      Members of Congress shall be paid.
        2.      They cannot be detained while traveling to and from Congress.
        3.      That they cannot hold any other office in the government while in the Congress.

Section 7: Process for Making Laws
        1.      All bills must originate in the House of Representatives, the Senate may propose amendments.
        2.      All bills must pass both houses of Congress in the exact same form.
        3.      Names of the persons voting for or against each bill are recorded in the House Journal.
        4.      Bills that pass both houses are sent to the President.
        5.      President can either sign the bill, in which case it becomes law, or he can veto.
        6.      If he vetoes a bill, it is sent back to Congress, and if both houses pass it by a two-thirds majority, the bill becomes law over the President’s veto.

Section 8: Powers Granted to Congress
        1.      Borrow money on credit 
        2.      Regulate commerce between states
        3.      Regulate commerce with other nations
        4.      Establish uniform rules of immigration and citizenship
        5.      Establish uniform laws of bankruptcy throughout US
        6.      Coin money, and regulate its value and that of foreign coin
        7.      Establish punishment for Counterfeiting
        8.      Establish the standard of weights and measures
        9.      Establish post offices and post roads
        10.     Secure copyrights and patents
        11.     Create local courts
        12.     Define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations
        13.     Declare war, grant letters of Marque and Reprisal and make rules concerning captures on land and water
        14.     Establish and maintain the branches of military, and the laws which govern each
        15.     Raise money (tax) to keep the military, with no money reserved for that purpose for longer than 2 years
        16.     Call forth the Militia to maintain laws, suppress insurrections and repel invasions
        17.     Train, equip and discipline and command the Military. When acting domestically, the power to appoint Officers and train soldiers is reserved for State.
18. To establish a Capital District of no more than 10 square miles, and make separate laws to govern it. The same goes for land acquired, with permission from the States, to erect Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings
19. To make any laws necessary to carry out the powers listed above, and create any necessary departments and appoint any necessary officers


Section 9: Powers Denied to Congress
        1.      Cannot unlawfully detain citizens (Habeaus Corpus) except in cases of rebellion, invasion or threat to public safety.
        2.      Cannot pass laws on crimes or events that have already occurred
        3.      Cannot pass law that gives preference or punishment to one individual or group over another without a trial (bill of attainder)
        4.      No capitation or other direct tax shall be laid
        5.      Cannot tax exports of any State, and cannot prefer the commerce for one State over another
        6.      Ports cannot tax cargo traveling between states
        7.      Cannot spend money without permission, and all records must be kept
        8.      No titles of nobility shall be granted. Those in office cannot accept any present, payment, office or title of any kind from foreign states

Section 10: Powers Denied to the States
        1.      Cannot enter into treaties, alliances or federations
        2.      Cannot coin money or Issue bills of credit. 
        3.      Cannot assign criminal guilt and punishment to a party without benefit of a trial (bill of attainder)
        4.      Cannot make laws that impair the obligation of contracts
        5.      Cannot grant titles of nobility
        6.      Cannot tax imports of other states without permission of congress
        7.      Cannot impose custom duties on ships entering, leaving or staying in port
        8.      Cannot keep troops or warships in time of peace
        9.      Cannot engage in treaties with other states or foreign powers, or engage in war.

ARTICLE 2: THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

This section creates the job of President, and is known as the Executive Branch. The President is responsible for executing the laws.

Section 1: Office of the President and Vice President
        1.      President and the Vice-President are chosen at the same time.
        2.      The office of President and Vice-President is a 4 year term, 2 term maximum.
        3.      Must be born in the USA, lived in the USA for at least 14 years, and be at least 35 years old. 
        4.      Elected by members of Electoral College, proportionate to state population and voting according to State popular vote.  
        5.      Number of Electors in each State equals total number of Senators and Representative of that State. Electors cannot simultaneously hold public office.
        6.      Electors vote within their State, then sealed ballots are delivered to President of Senate (Vice President) for counting.
        7.      Electors vote on the same day in every State.
        8.      If the President is removed, resigns, is disabled or dies, the Vice President acts as President until another President is elected.
        9.      President and Vice-President can be paid, but their pay cannot change, up or down, as long as he is in office.
        10.     Must take the Presidential Oath of Office upon taking position: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Section 2: Powers Granted to the President
        1.      President leads the Army and Navy
        2.      Also may lead the Militia when called upon to serve the US.
        3.      He may require written reports and opinion from the principal officers for each executive department.
        4.      He makes treaties with other nations with the advice and consent of 2/3 of the Senate.
        5.      Selects ambassadors, public ministers,  Supreme Court judges and other members of the government, with advice and consent of the Senate.
        6.      May fill up vacancies that happen during the recess of the Senate, appointments expire at the end of their next session.
        7.      May pardon criminals, except in cases of Impeachment.

Section 3: Duties of the President
        1.      Ensure the laws of the United States are properly executed.
        2.      Give a yearly “State of the Union” address.
        3.      Make recommendations to Congress.
        4.      Convene one or both houses of Congress for extraordinary events, and keep them in session as long as he sees necessary.
        5.      Meet with Ambassadors and other heads of state from other nations.
        6.      Commission all Officers of the United States.

Section 4: Removal from Office
        1.      President, Vice President and all civil officers of the US may be removed from office by trial if found guilty of treason, bribery, or other high crimes.


ARTICLE 3 – THE JUDICIAL BRANCH

This section creates the Judicial System.  The Judicial System decides if a law is allowable, or if it conflicts with the Constitution.

Section 1: Federal Courts
        1.      Judicial power is given to one Supreme Court. Congress may establish inferior courts as needed.
        2.      Judges serve for life, or until they want to retire.
        3.      Judges are paid, their compensation is not diminished during their term in office.

Section 2: Powers of the Federal Courts
        1.      Decide if a law or a treaty is allowable, or if it goes against the Constitution.
        2.      Settle controversies between States.
        3.      Settle controversies between Citizens of different States.
        4.      Settle any controversy with the United States involved as a party.
        5.      Settle cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction (simplify)
        6.      Settle cases involving ambassadors or other public ministers.
        7.      May override lower court (appellate) State courts.
        8.      Trial by jury is guaranteed within the State where crime was committed (except the case of impeachment).

Section 3: The Crime of Treason
        1.      Waging war against the United States
        2.      Siding with enemies, or giving them aid or comfort
        3.      A conviction of Treason requires the testimony of two witnesses to the same act, or a confession in open court.
        4.      Congress may set the punishment for Treason, but it must be directed only at the guilty person and not at his or her friends or family if they were not involved in the crime. Confiscated property must be inheritable by the family after the death of the convicted Traitor.

ARTICLE 4 – THE STATES 

Each State is free to exist as it wishes, with only certain restrictions listed in Article 1 Section 10. The Bill of Rights (Amendment 10: States Rights) ensures that all powers not explicitly given to the Federal Government are reserved for the State and its People.

Section 1: Recognition by Each State of Acts of Other States
        1.      All states will honor the laws of all other states.

Section 2: Rights of Citizens in Other States
        1.      Citizens of one State are treated equally and fairly like Citizens of another.
        2.      A Citizen accused of a crime in one State who flees to another will be returned for trial to the State where the crime was committed.

Section 3: Treatment of New States and Territories
        1.      New States may be admitted to the US, but no new State shall be made within existing State, joining States, or parts of States without consent of the State legislatures and US Congress.
        2.      Congress can make rules and regulations regarding Territories and other property belongings abroad, which are not restricted by this Constitution.

Section 4: Duty of Congress to the States
        1.      Guarantee a “Power by the People” government.
        2.      Protect against foreign invasion.
        3.      Protect against domestic violence at the request of the State legislature or governor.


ARTICLE 5 – CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION

        1.      2/3 of both Houses of Congress must propose the change, or
        2.      2/3 of the State Legislatures can propose the change.
        3.      3/4 of the States must approve for the change.

ARTICLE 6 – THE UNITED STATES

        1.      Guarantees that the Constitution and all laws and treaties of the United States to be the supreme law of the country. Superior to state laws.
        2.      Requires all officers of the United States and of the states to swear an oath of allegiance to the United States and the Constitution when taking office.
        3.      Public Office of the United States is not restricted to any religion.


ARTICLE 7 – RATIFICATION

        1.      Of the original 13 states in the United States, nine shall accept the Constitution for it to officially take effect.