Posted by: stiltsville | January 5, 2012

An act requiring a reference to the Magna Carta on certain legislation

King John of England signing Magna Carta on Ju...

King John signs the Magna Carta in 1215 Image via Wikipedia

Three freshman New Hampshire representatives have introduced legislation entitled “AN ACT requiring a reference to the Magna Carta on certain legislation.” The bill would require:

All members of the general court proposing bills and resolutions addressing individual rights or liberties shall include a direct quote from the Magna Carta which sets forth the article from which the individual right or liberty is derived.

First, as I recall from junior high, the Magna Carta is English law. England being an entirely different country. Second, the Magna Carta came as a result of the 99% occupying London and demanding concessions from King John. Finally, being 796 years old, the Magna Carta is full of wacky outdated ideas like this: “No one shall be arrested or imprisoned upon the appeal of a woman, for the death of any other than her husband.”

New Hampshire HB 1580 will be remembered as another example in the “why we shouldn’t elect jackasses” saga.

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