I still hold the document reverentially in my hands after all these years. CIVIC FORUM proposes to The Czechoslovak Public and Constitutional Organ of the Republic THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION It was January 18, 1990 and the Czech and Slovak nations were meeting together to hammer out the “Constitution of the People”. Vaclav Havel was attempting to gather together diverse factions that had assisted in bringing about the Velvet Revolution and subsequent independence from the Communist influence. We stood in the room, awed by the realization that we were watching a new nation about to be born. Experts on constitutional law from the West had arrived and were guiding the arduous task of framing the nation’s founding and fundamental manifesto. Even…