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Aug 30th, 2019 at 5:23am
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I read that Thomas Jefferson proposed that ALL laws should have a 20-year expiration date.  Now I don't know if he was also talking about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Did he mean the Constitution and the Bill of Right too?
What do you think about this proposal?
Do you think 20 years is a good number?

  
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Reply #1 - Aug 30th, 2019 at 7:25am
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yamcha wrote on Aug 30th, 2019 at 5:23am:
I read that Thomas Jefferson proposed that ALL laws should have a 20-year expiration date.  Now I don't know if he was also talking about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Did he mean the Constitution and the Bill of Right too?
What do you think about this proposal?
Do you think 20 years is a good number?

He meant laws enacted by Congress and approved by the President. It would take a Constitutional amendment to sunset the Constitution (and the Bill of Rights is part of the Constitution).

I like 5 years better than 20...

BTW, the Bill of Rights does nothing but recognize a few of our preexisting rights.
  

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Thought it the first ten amendments to the US Constitution.

Now that you say it is laws enacted by Congress and approved by the President then yes, 20 years is too long.
  
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yamcha wrote on Aug 30th, 2019 at 7:30am:
Thought it the first ten amendments to the US Constitution.

Amendments to the Constitution are part of the Constitution... Thought everybody knew that.
  

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Not everyone.
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 31st, 2019 at 12:09pm
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It would definitely be interesting but it would imply a Purge scenario unless the expiration of laws was just a farce.

When a law expired, would there be a period of not having that law and a formal process for reinstating it? Or would some laws be renewed automatically?
  

This moral relativism of yours is exactly what lets government take this freedom, then that freedom, until we have lost them all.
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The Opposition wrote on Aug 31st, 2019 at 12:09pm:
When a law expired, would there be a period of not having that law and a formal process for reinstating it? Or would some laws be renewed automatically?
I assume we're talking about federal laws...

Not even Jefferson was thinking about sunsetting state and local criminal laws.

Automatically renewing federal laws are a big problem.

It would be best to have them all expire after 5 years. If whatever Congress and President are in office when the laws expire think them worthwhile, they can re-enact them, hopefully making them better...


  

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