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    Where, when, and do you agree?

    This is an article of a constitution. Do you agree with it? At least most of it?

    ARTICLE I

    DECLARATION OF FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES


    1. The fundamental principles of Free Government cannot be too well understood, nor too often recurred to.

    2. God has ordained that men shall live under government; but as the forms and administration of civil government are in human, and therefore, fallible hands, they may be altered, or modified whenever the safety or happiness of the governed requires it. No government should be changed for light or transient causes; nor unless upon reasonable assurance that a better will be established.

    3. Protection to person and property is the duty of Government; and a Government which knowingly and persistently denies, or withholds from the governed such protection, when within its power, releases from the obligation of obedience.

    4. No citizen shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, except by due process of law; and of life or liberty, only by the judgment of his peers.

    5. The writ of "Habeas Corpus" shall not be suspended unless in case of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.

    6. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    7. No religious test shall be required for the tenure of any office; and no religion shall be established by law; and no citizen shall be deprived of any right or privilege by reason of his religious belief.

    8. Freedom of thought and opinion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, are inherent elements of political liberty. But while every citizen may freely speak, write and print, on any subject, he shall be responsible for the abuse of the liberty.

    9. The right of the people to appeal to the courts; to petition Government on all matters of legitimate cognizance; and peaceably to assemble for the consideration of any matter of public concern shall never be impaired.

    10. For every right, there should be provided a remedy; and every citizen ought to obtain justice without purchase, without denial, and without delay conformably to the laws of the land.

    11. Every person charged with an offence against the laws of the State shall have the privilege and benefit of counsel.

    Shall be furnished, on demand, with a copy of the accusation, and with a list of the witnesses against him:

    Shall have a compulsory process to obtain the attendance of his own witnesses:

    Shall be confronted with the witnesses testifying against him; and

    Shall have a public and speedy trial by an impartial jury.

    12. No person shall be put in jeopardy of life or liberty more than once for the same offence.

    13. No conviction shall work corruption of blood, or general forfeiture of estate.

    14. Excessive bail shall not be required; nor excessive fines imposed; nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

    15. The powers of the courts to punish for contempt shall be limited by Legislative Acts.

    16. A faithful execution of the laws is essential to good order; and good order in society is essential to liberty.

    17. Legislative Acts in violation of the fundamental law are void; and the Judiciary shall so declare them.

    18. Ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligation of contracts, and retroactive legislation injuriously affecting the right of the citizen, are prohibited.

    19. Laws should have a general operation; and no general law shall be varied in a particular case by special Legislation; except with consent of all persons to be affected thereby.

    20. The right of taxation can be granted only by the people; and shall be exercised only to raise revenue for the support of Government, to pay the public debt; to provide for the common defence, and for such other purposes as are specified in the grant of powers.

    21. In cases of necessity, private ways may be granted upon just compensation being first paid; and with this exception, private property shall not be taken except for public use; and then, only upon just compensation; such compensation, except in cases of pressing necessity, to be first provided and paid.

    22. The right of the people to be secure in their per sons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place or places to be searched, and the persons and things to be seized.

    23. Martial law shall not be declared, except in cases of extreme necessity.

    24. Large standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty.

    25. No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner; nor in time of war, but in a manner prescribed by law.

    26. The person of a debtor shall not be detained in prison after delivering bona fide all his estate for the use of his creditors.

    27. The enumeration of rights herein contained shall not be construed to deny to the people any inherent rights which they have hitherto enjoyed.

    28. This declaration is a part of this Constitution, and shall never be violated on any pretence whatever.

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    I think the Georgia Constitution of 1861 was very well written. However, you are asking a message board that is full of left-wing communists if they agree with liberty. I doubt many can answer...



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