January 14, 2016

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, America's first written constitution (1639)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On January 14, 1639, delegates from three New England towns created the first written constitution in what would later be the United States, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.

It points forward to the formation of state constitutions, then the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution, by representatives of a sovereign people. But it also, crucially, points backward, to the British habit of formally limiting what government could do to the people that is reflected in Magna Carta and that reflects not a bargain between citizens and the state but an agreement among citizens about government.

 

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commented 2016-01-14 18:22:27 -0500
Zia Karl commented – what can a people do when they have a government that does not represent their best interests?

Petition your neighbors and fellow citizens to ask for a binding public confidence vote/plebicite – a 75,000 name petition on legal petition form cannot be ignored – present it to the opposition leaders and the the LG. Then petition the LG to act – If the LG sanctions a non confidence plebiscite and it returns a majority he can suspend legislature until a general election is held.

- when you have a less hostile government get recall legislation set in place for future rogue governments.
https://www.change.org/p/the-alberta-government-ndp-implement-recall-legislation-for-the-alberta-legislature
commented 2016-01-14 18:01:10 -0500
John -Thank you for another historic perspective on the legacy of liberty in western culture, it is a welcome relief from the revisionist condemnations of academic Marxism in play in the education systems today.

In a more enlightened and civilized era your message would be mandatory viewing/reading in our schools, unfortunately since the regression of civility and enlightenment cultural Marxism has imposed on our society, I’ll wager many professional pedagogues actively work to keep your messaging out of schools as it is so damaging to the anti-west, anti-liberty narratives used to condition young minds in the supremacy of the authoritarian collectivist state.
commented 2016-01-14 17:56:28 -0500
Zia. If I may suggest. Find something to lay a Private Charge. When gov’s are that corrupt, there’s no way they haven’t done something illegal, or against the interests of the ppl. For example, here in Ont, McGuinty cancelled the gas plants. In the contract, was a clause stating we did not have to pay out the builder, should the contract get cancelled part way through, but he paid anyways. Well, it’s not his money. He has a Fiduciary Duty. He had an obligation to make use of that clause. So I’m gearing up to lay a Private Charge. A lawyer can do the private charge if you want, or at least, explain the process to you. So you want to look for something of that nature.
commented 2016-01-14 15:21:09 -0500
John, what can a people do when they have a government that does not represent their best interests? What have people done when faced with this situation? I know the Ukrainians removed an elected but corrupt government.

I believe the government of Alberta is damaging that province and its’ people beyond repair. How can such a government be got rid of without bloodshed. How can the government be forced to call an election? What have others done in history?