THE U. S. LAWS OF THE LAND'S FIRST TEN CHANGES
[That is to say, the United States' Constitution's Bill of Rights/First Ten Amendments rewritten using only the ten hundred words people use the most (according to Randall Munroe in his AMAZING new book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words). Also see: xkcd.com/simplewriter ]
- •CHANGE ONE: The country can't make laws about God. It also can't make laws about what people talk about, who they hang out with, or what they write about, and can't stop them from telling the leaders if they're angry about something, as long as they're not starting fights.
- •CHANGE TWO: Since having well-trained normal people with guns is important for keeping the country safe, no stopping people from having guns.
- •CHANGE THREE: Just because someone's fighting for the country doesn't mean you have to let them stay in your house.
- •CHANGE FOUR: The police can't go through your stuff without a good reason and a special pass from a law decider.
- •CHANGE FIVE: The police can't do stuff to you just because they want to; they need to make it clear what you did wrong. They can never make you admit you broke the law.
- •CHANGE SIX: If you get in trouble, you can have a chance to fight about it in front of a group of normal people in a deciding room, and you can always have someone who knows about laws to help you if you want. If someone says you did something bad, you get to talk to them face-to-face.
- •CHANGE SEVEN: You can have your law fight in front of a group of normal people even if you're not in trouble.
- •CHANGE EIGHT: Police can't be mean for fun, even to bad people.
- •CHANGE AFTER EIGHT: People can do stuff not talked about here.
- •CHANGE TEN: The country can only do the things these laws let it do.The states can do whatever.