Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Right to Better Government ... movements and constitutions

Whether it's the new American Dream Movement or the Tea Party,
or any other group searching for better government,
everyone has the freedom in the country of the United States
 to join or create a group,
 acting on a Right to Better Government. 

I declared the Right to Better Government in a recent post.

Newest country: Republic of South Sudan, 2011

Unhappy with the Sudanese government,
South Sudan voted to sucede from North Sudan,
creating a new country in January, 2011.
.A constitution (draft) was declared April 23, 2011.
I wish them all a better life.

Check out how a democratic constitution of 2011(South Sudan)
is so much different
than a constitution written in 1787 (U.S.).
Time and culture makes such a difference.
You can read an outline of this new country's constitution and download it here.
Notice how many more rights are included.

The Right to Better Government is supported by the Right to Dream.

(Note:  I make no statement of support for any particular movement with this post.)


59 comments:

Anonymous said...

The right to a better government should be re written in all the constitutions of all the communist countries of the world; the few countries that remain oppressing the people make the difference in world peace and democracy. Countries like Cuba and Venezuela should be re created. People of those countries should have the freedom to re create the government to a better future like South Sudan. I believe each individual should have the freedom to their own opinion, to have the freedom to express themselves and vote.
S.A.

Anonymous said...

In the United States we take for granted our civil liberties and how the government treats us, the people born in this country have never given most rights a second thought. In other countries like South Sudan which have experienced nothing but turmoil most of their life has now done something about it. I am so glad that finally the people of South Sudan have a new constitution and can live a better life.
CP

Anonymous said...

A successful democratic government is always changinging. It needs to do this because times change and the priorites today are different than they were over 200 years ago. The culture in this country is also different. But this is a good thing because this is the only way for it to get better. A democratic government would fail if it did not change as the times and culture changed. It is the only way for it to become a better government. LV

Anonymous said...

The picture posted on the blog is an outstanding example of what every constitution should remember when is written. Every country should have the right to have the best government possible, and what a better example of a little girl, running around in a free way, caring her flag, without worrying about anything about it.

Anonymous said...

I agree with many that have commented on this post. In my opinion there are many countries that are suffering because of their government's way of working. Some small and large countries like Cuba and Venezuela are fighting this. I think that they should be able to start their goverment and start over to stop their suffering and poverty. Many countries do not even have the right to speak what they feel. They have to hide and be very cautious with their actions and words. I am for this right. Cd884

Anonymous said...

I ask myself, what is best, better or worse for others? What do we know about laws and constitutions when we ourselves take it for granted and do not follow them but bend it when need to. As selfish or shallow this comment may seem I feel that at times it is best to mind our own and let others worry about their Government.
Chuck F.

Anonymous said...

The right to better government is what shaped this country into what it is today, might not be to what we might want but it works for us. The right to form a group and alter the laws of your country for the better is inspiring. Not to mention it’s what formed a country where all can live as one and work for a better tomorrow. AG

Anonymous said...

The right to better government equals prosperity. The right to better government is why millions of people come to the US. Everyone should be able to have their own better government. My parents came to this country in search of a better government, because their home country, Cuba would not allow such a thing. Like one of the earlier post said " Every country should have the right to have the best government and start over to stop their suffering and poverty". This comment caught my attention, because without a better government, there will be no prosperity.
Robert M. Pino

Anonymous said...

"What do we know about laws and constitutions when we ourselves take it for granted...?" I saw this comment posted and I thought, how true! I mean, good for you South Sudan, I hope your happy with your new government and that it suits you well. However, don't get too greedy trying to achieve what is the American Dream. Just stick to what you know and what you good at and your government will give you what you need. As for our government, how about we fix it before we applaud another.
M.D.L.

Anonymous said...

I agree with many of the previous comments that talk about all the other countries that are having difficulties with their government. Everyone fights for a better government, thereby, a better life. Therefore, it is wonderful when a country is able to have a better government. I wish South Sudan good luck on their government. To all the other countries that are unhappy with their government, I say keep on fighting.
G.I.M

Anonymous said...

I agree with the right to better government. I think that it is inspiring that South Sudan decided to construct a new constitution. It is refreshing to see a country that is willing to make changes in a positive way. The new constitution concentrates on gratitude for their wisdom, remembrance of all the hardships they have endured, and a commitment to a peaceful society. Those words are seldom heard in many countries around the world. It truly is an inspiration and I hope other countries will follow with that state of mind.
~TP~

Anonymous said...

In life we are free to express our opinions and this is a great example of people coming out and expressing how they feel instead of staying quiet. This is one of the reasons why Americans’ should vote once it is that time for elections because you can't have others making your decisions. One needs to be heard and make his/her decisions. VA

Anonymous said...

Every person in this world has the right to a better government. Unfortunately, countries that are lead by corrupt politicians which are driven by grid often violate this basic human right. Communist countries are a basic example of this government structure. They impose fear and restrict personal freedom eliminating the possibility of changes within their government. In contrast, every person in the Unites States has the freedom of speech and choice guarantied. Freedom of these basic human rights is what makes possible the creation of groups like the American Dream Movement, the Tea Party, or any other group searching for better government.

Torpedo179

Anonymous said...

Of course I support the right of a better goverment due to the fact that I as many others came to this country running away from the type of goverment we had back home.Thanks to the first amendment we can vote to select our goverment and forseek a better future.In our society the goverment is the head of our country , if we do not have a good one , what kind of future will await for us? Cy.U

Anonymous said...

The division of the Sudanese nation and government will hopefully fulfill the unmet needs of their citizens and more importantly, help curb the violence. The people of that region are divided on so many levels. Perhaps a government that has closer ties to it's people will be able to help grow their lives. It worked for the United States. I pray it will have the same effect in the Republic of South Sudan. JS

Anonymous said...

I applaud the bravery of the South Sudan people to stand up for their rights and to form a new government. Obviously, the people of South Sudan wanted a better way of life for themselves and the future of their families. Hopefully, the Republic of South Sudan will be able to maintain their stance to a better life and abide by their new constitution. DH63

Anonymous said...

I wish the people of South Sudan well and hope that those in the North will eventually learn from this and be able to unite the country back under the new governmental structure. It's great to see that people are still willing to sacrifice everything in order to better their lives and the lives of their children. Cbereng

Anonymous said...

Every country and its people deserve a better government. A better government does not just rises from the nothing to be a successful one. Both, the people of South Sudan and the hierarchy needs to be well aware that they are all responsible to follow all rules and laws written to protect them and to better their country. They have wished for a better country and the right to a better government, now they need to be grateful and not take it for granted. Good luck to the new South Sedan Republic and its people. God Bless. CMP

Anonymous said...

I do support the right to better ones government through movements and constitutions. I think that it is pretty amazing what South Sudan has done. I feel many other countries should do the same thing and write out new constitutions. If you compare their constitution to ours you can see how many differences there are from the past to present. I think the USA should look over the constitution and update it to match with today’s standards.
C.Munoz

Anonymous said...

Being of Dominican decent I was raised around the idea of "The American Dream". My relatives back in Dominican Republic have this idea of life in the states as dreamy, easy, wealthy living. What they don't take into account is the work and time the American citizen takes to gain that status and standard of living. As Americans we play a huge role in the bettering of our government. The government and its people must work together to do what's best for their country. I congratulate South Sudan for their success in succeeding from North Sudan, but the work starts now. My advice to them would be to be grateful of their triumph, but to focus now on their new constitution and enforce the new laws to create an organize, structured, and strong country. [[ang]]

Anonymous said...

I am very happy for South Sudan, I wish them all the very best. I am truly proud how they came this far. I will hope they continue to have the strength, wisdom, and faith in their hearts to continue making their country a better place.
KP

Anonymous said...

I think it is admirable that South Sudan decided to stand up for their right for a better government. If only all countries would do the same, our world would be a better place. I am sure it is much easier said than done, but with perseverance, anything is possible. JENS

Anonymous said...

I am glad to read that rights to better governance are still heard, and seeing people continue fighting together for their country.
Sometimes, as a citizen, we take our rights for granted; but it is very sad to see countries like Cuba and Venezuela do not have all the opportunities and the right to fight for a free and fair Government.
It makes me happy to see that there is still hope in this world of hypocrisy and selfishness.
*NG*

TrustMeImADoctor said...

I believe that every country should have a constitution and the people should be granted the right to have a better government. Some people struggle everyday trying to change their government and others take their rights for granted. I think the people and the government should both participate in trying to become better.

Anonymous said...

Of course every country should have this right. What I thought was most interesting with this new constitution as opposed to the one written for our country many many years ago, is that the rights included are aimed more towards an individual instead of a group. The rights included in our constitution I feel are to be looked at for groups and the constitution of Sudan takes into consideration an individual's right. It seems like a constitution of "the future" to me where the world as a whole is evolving to think more as individuals than as a whole. In a group no matter how alike it may be, different needs are to be met. Not that our rights in our constitution cannot be applied to one person, but that is what I see from this comparison of the United States and Sudan.

BS

Anonymous said...

I praise the citizens of South Sudan who actually took the courage and stood up for their beliefs. It is great to know there is actually a group of people in a far country who actually stand up for themselves and their people and believe in creating a new way of life for themselves and those to follow. DAD

Anonymous said...

Rights are subjective, and even if the “majority rules” in formation (election) of a government there are always the folks that vote the other party. Where do they go? The Southern Sudanese have written in all the protections they needed to guarantee their new nations success. Most of their articles were written through personal experience of what can happen when no controls of freedoms are established. Times were different during the 1770’s, simpler. We didn’t need to have the types of documents our modern complicated world demands. Democracy is the best form of government in the world in spite of itself. Checks and balances are in place in the form of watchdog groups, congressional committees, grassroots movements, individual people speaking their mind, and legitimate ELECTIONS. While they don’t SEEM to work all the time, we are still blessed with the ability to live our lives in a manner that no other country in the world enjoys because of these freedoms. What is “better government”? Have we become complacent? Maybe, But I would rather have a voice and know a little inefficiency is inevitable than to not have a voice and be a cog in a wheel of some self engaged dictator or strong arm politician. Everyone wants the opportunities democracy offers. South Sudan is on the right track, but as we know history changes quickly and if they don’t give authority to the individuals in power to enforce the constitution it will become anarchy again and the past will repeat itself. The modern age of Media is a blessing for this fledgling country, in that it is increasingly difficult to violate human and national rights without the eyes of the world upon you.
CTK

Anonymous said...

Today there are many different views on the difference between right and wrong. This is because we all as individuals have separate cultures and beliefs. This is why I think it is important to push for what you believe in. Things constantly change as time passes us by. So speak up if you want change and you just might get it. Speak now or forever hold your peace.
-LZ

Anonymous said...

As I was reading through the new Constitution overall I can see the country's intent to promote more liberty and peace amongst the citizens and the government. I felt as if the constitution was "sugar coded" meaning that they tried to make it seem as if nothing will happen to people as long as they abide by these unexplained rules. I found this Bill of Rights of "Personal Liberty" interesting, "Every person has the right to liberty and security of person; no person shall be subjected to arrest, detention, deprivation or restriction of his or her liberty except for specified reasons and in accordance with procedures prescribed by law." My first questions was what are the " specified reasons" ? I couldn't quite understand where they were located in this Bill of Rights?! In my opinion there is no full liberty of person. As I read through the new constitution it looks very promising to the people and I truly hope it takes into full effect and is actually respected by everyone specially their own government. NOBRA

Anonymous said...

I agree greatly with many of the comments individuals have posted. I hope the South Sudanese people have made the right decision to secede from North Sudan. The United States is not perfect but, we do have “The Freedom of Speech” that is guaranteed to us by the 14th Amendment in the Constitution. The United States is a democracy and not a dictatorship, something many countries government lacks but we take for granted daily.J.DeShazior

Anonymous said...

I believe in the right to a better government. We apparently have grown out of the system designed for us centuries ago. The Democrat vs. Republican system needs to be demolished. It is causing the politicians to make decisions based on politics and not based on what is best for the "people". Nobody cares about the "people", only what will make them look good as politicians. This is a tough subject to discuss for me. I am very disappointed in our governmental system right now and have been for years. RhW

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for South Sudan that they were given the right to a better government! I think that the right to a better government is extremely important because with time, people grow and have a new way of thinking. I hope that other countries use South Sudan as an example and give their people a right to a better government too. Hanalv

Anonymous said...

I think it's a wonderful thing that this country was given the opportunity to have the right to a better government, it gives the people of the country a voice and make them feel important and there vote counts. I am Cuban, and it would be fantastic for this country to have the right to a better government, I believe they would change for the better and there wouldn't be as much hate and crime.
AFF

Anonymous said...

I believe in the right to a better government for everyone. This means that it should be a democratic right. However do we know what this mean? We vote government in power hoping that they will do what is best for us, but unfortunately that is not always the case. The people that are voted into government usually become influenced by all the powerful people with wealth in society and the game changes. Most times they become corrupt because it is the norm within government. Most of the promises made before elections are not kept and policies become what are better for government, and not for the people. This leads to corruption at the expense of people rights. In my opinion, I think that government should have a probationary time and if they do not perform, they should vacate their seats to their opponent that lost to them. In this way they would know that they have to do what was promised and not take the people for granted. RR

Anonymous said...

It is no ones fault what part of the word they were born in. Everyone deserves the right to freedom and no one should deprive them of this. SG

Anonymous said...

I believe that a country where a vast majority of its citizens are unhappy but can still unite the way South Sudan did should be commended. Looking at their rights, they have much more than ours but contrary to the popular belief, more isn’t always better. Our own government at this time is in turmoil about who is right and who is wrong. We need to unite as the South Sudan has!! Unite for a better government as in the constitution, by the people, and for the people!!! YYD

Anonymous said...

The right to a better government should be in every single country. Many people suffer because they feel trapped in their own country without being able to speak out for themselves or simply progress throughout their lives. It is incredible how some citizens still believe in change and have faith that maybe one day luck will fall on them. As life goes on, people have to remain strong and keep fighting for a better place. ME

Anonymous said...

As United States citizens, the right to better government is an inherent right granted us by the Constitution but our “Bill of Rights” requires action on our part to make sure our elected officials do the job “We the People” expect. We have become complacent, let down our guard, and forgotten that we not only have a right but a duty to contact our elected officials and provide feedback on their performance. The recent uprisings against tyrannical governments should serve as a reminder that we already have the power to effect change through peaceful means. VMR

Anonymous said...

Looking at the democratic constitution of South Sudan it makes me think the United States needs an updated constitution. It becomes blatantly obvious when you see topics such as media, health care, and information in South Sudan’s constitution. Having these modern and relevant topics in the constitution would free us from the biased and fundamentally flawed interpretations of our constitution of our judges. For example, there is no mention of piracy in our constitution. This is a reoccurring theme in the court room and will continue to be so. An example case is Funimation vs. 1,337 John Doe’s (2/16/11) using the bit torrent protocol. The only reason these charges were dropped is because the judge deemed these people to be acting individually and not in a group fashion instead of analyzing piracy as a whole.

R.A.T. Jr

Anonymous said...

Reviewing the constitution of South Sudan makes me wonder if our great leaders in America are considering in revising ours. Regardless, i'm very glad that our over 200 year old constitution set a blueprint for Nations today. South Sudan like all other countries in this world deserve the right to a better government for it's hard humble families to succeed and raise their seeds for success. Governments that are blind to the fact that its people are fundamental of a great Nation should reconsider. Power to South Sudan! LC

Anonymous said...

Yes for improvement! The right for a better government is a right every country should have in there constitution. With still many communist countries ruling with an iron fist, this right would help the unhappy citizens into having a better and happier government. A government where fleeing is not the only option for survival. I hope many other countries in the upcoming future will share the success of newly found South Sudan... mlv.

Anonymous said...

Plan of action. South Sudan is taking all the right steps. It feels as though they have written a handbook on how to build a country. Their constitution has covered almost every aspect from health to banking and taxes. They did what they needed to start from the ground and leave as little room for error as possible. I happen to think that they have copied many aspects from the way we live and function in the United States. They have also taken lessons learned from mistakes that we have made as a country. We really cannot compare what was written 200 years ago with the constitution os South Sudan. If that's the case then we should also add all current state and federal laws, along with our social norms. That's not even getting into the topic of religion. I think it's great for a country to take the steps that they are taking. They need to make sure that the officials that they are electing have their best interests at heart. AAA

Anonymous said...

The right for better government is one of the reason I came to the US.Coming from haiti where government is non existent,I applaud the people of south sudan for their effort in getting a new constitution and a better government.I hope one day haitians can stand up and do the same.cjj sept6,2011

Anonymous said...

There is something exhilarating, even freeing when natives express their wants and desires for liberty and a healthier leadership. It was a great accomplishment when the Southern Sudan people decided to join forces to declare better treatment and made their wishes known. We rejoice with their new found country and freedom. I wish them well on their journey for a Right to a Better Government. DS

Anonymous said...

There are so many countries that could learn a valuable lesson from South Sudan including our very own country. The power lies within the majority of the people and there still remains ways in which to do things peacefully. The constitution that was written by South Sedan seems to pull general ideas and concepts from our own constitution as well as learning from our mistakes. Considering the fact that their constitution was written in the present day as opposed to 200 years ago they have been able to observe other countries in the world and what seems to work and what does not. I think it is an amazing feat by the people of South Sedan to rejoice in their new constitution and their right to better government. -KP

Anonymous said...

There are so many countries that could learn a valuable lesson from South Sudan including our very own country. The power lies within the majority of the people and there still remains ways in which to do things peacefully. The constitution that was written by South Sedan seems to pull general ideas and concepts from our own constitution as well as learning from our mistakes. Considering the fact that their constitution was written in the present day as opposed to 200 years ago they have been able to observe other countries in the world and what seems to work and what does not. I think it is an amazing feat by the people of South Sedan to rejoice in their new constitution and their right to better government. -KKP

Anonymous said...

I think we all have a right to better government. A government which consists of a democracy, peace, and prosperity. However corruption in the government has always been part of many countries. People need to express their voices when corruption is detected, and be able to take action before it goes beyond.

-AQ

Anonymous said...

I think if any country feel mistreated or abused in any way by their government, then they have the right to look for a better quality of life. i applaude them for their decision. -RBM

Anonymous said...

Twenty years ago I had not other choice than to emigrate to United States. The government of the country where I was born and raised is, and has always been, one of the worst ever in the world.Because of their communist philosophy,the population is living in total poverty and misery,and the people don't have the right to free speech. So, before taking the decision to come over to this country I wanted to make my own research to be sure that my choice was the right one. Supposedly this country is based mainly on democracy, human rights, and free of speech but what I have learned during my time living here is a very different picture. I think this country is based on slavery and wealthy, where the workers are the slaves and the wealthy are the bankers and all the people that represent the government. So, help me God because I am one of these workers...and yes, I have the right to free speech, and a car, and a big screen TV at home but it has cost me to loose my spontaneous and cheerful laughter.I go for the right to a better government. J.V

Anonymous said...

South sundan deserves the Right to Better Government.I am so proud that they are standing uo for there rights.Sadly there are still many countries that need this right also hopefully one day each of those countries get the freedom they deserve.JP

Anonymous said...

We can see how South Sudan has started to improve from their previous government with the Rights for Children. Their constitution already states clearly that "Children need protection against exploitation.", it is a great thing that South Sudan has taken into account something as important as children's rights for their new government. Let this be a lesson to other countries that a peaceful and civil manner can be taken into account when the people are dissatisfied.

-DBM

Anonymous said...

Although it is evident that the right to better government should be something given and not something people should fight for, simply because we all deserve as human beings to live a better life, there are several countries (third world countries) that have the choice to better government but there are not good politicians exercising it. Taking as an example South American countries, even though most have a democracy it takes a lot for citizens to be heard or to be taken into account. In part because most politicians running these countries are corrupt and most citizens do not really care to make the best decision when it comes to voting, mainly because their history tells them their situation will not change. Hopefully, the newly Republic of South Sudan brings awareness to people and make them realize that the right that they are sitting on its a privilege and the dream of many.

-GT

Anonymous said...

The ingredients of a democracy are the right to think, express themselves, dream and have a say in a better government. This is no only a right, but also the responsibility of each citizen. Each citizen has to uphold the principles of democracy by voting and participating in democracy. GLT

Anonymous said...

I agree with the right to a better government.I feel that every country should have rights and have some art of their country. They should feel save within their own grounds instead of destroying each other.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^H.I.V

thats for the comment above me

Anonymous said...

Much like South Sudan, many other countries should reach for this right to a better government when they find themselves in a similar situation. Change for the better can make a world of a difference. And it is our equal right as living creatures to join together to make a better life for ourselves. Now, if your an indivilual living in a communist country, you have to do whatever means necessary to find a way out because your life is beautiful. For peace and love. JE

Anonymous said...

I for one, am grateful that I was born in a country where we have good government. I think that South Sudan had a lot of courage to take action into their own hands. Other countries with government problems should really take some action because everyone has the right to a better government.

BJO

LXC said...

I strongly agree with the right to freedom and better government for each and every human being on earth. It is a constitutional right in the United States to be able to protest against the government if they do not fail to govern properly. With Sudan creating a new country, they are taking a step in the right direction to ensure a better life for themselves and their future citizens.

muaath alheji said...

The fact that the US is supposed to be known as "the" free country and is being compared to a third world country such as Sudan is unbelievable. The Sudanese government has written a constitution that gives their citizens more rights and freedoms than the US constitution is giving us. The fact that the author states "I wish them all a better life" makes me doubt my reasons for coming and staying in this country. This country is supposed to give us opportunities to better ourselves, but yet other countries that we consider not as successful as we are, are in a sense, more successful. How is it that the United States is supposed to be one of the countries leading this world, but in reality is doing the exact opposite. How is it that the United States is supposed to be one of the countries setting an ideal image of how we are supposed to be run, but in reality is not achieving so. Articles like these make me regret ever coming to this country.
M.A. (Muaath Alheji)