Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Convention of States

There is no doubt the politicians in Washington, D.C. have all but abandoned the constitution. Chief Justice John Roberts re-wrote Obamacare twice from his position on the Supreme Court to keep the law intact. President Barack Obama is using executive orders to re-write laws enacted by congress, instead of working with Congress to get laws changed.

Now we have administrative agencies writing laws and enforcing them. The EPA has turned itself into a military organization to enforce laws it creates against the will of the people. The EPA agency should not exist at all, as it was established by an executive order of Richard Nixon.

After the Constitution was written, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “Doctor, do we have a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “We have a republic, if you can keep it.” Being a man with foresight, he foresaw what could happen if government refused to live by the will of the people. I think we are there.

By definition, a republic is a form of government where power resides in elected individuals representing citizens and these elected individuals exercise their power within the rule of law. We are obviously past that point. No one in Washington seems to care about the law or the Constitution. Even worse, they do not seem to care about the citizens of the country, unless they have enough money to get Washington elites re-elected.

Well, there is a solution to the problem. It is written in Article V of our Constitution. It is called a convention of states. If two-thirds of states petition Congress to call a convention, the Congress is obligated to oblige. With 50 states that means we need 34 state petitions. We have had 34 in the past, but some have rescinded their petitions. We currently stand at 27 states with active petitions.

Governor Abbot is working with the Texas legislature to get them to file a petition. Abbot is proposing the following amendments to the Constitution:

  • Prohibit Congress from regulating activities that occur solely within a state.
  • Balance the budget.
  • Stop agencies from writing laws.
  • Stop agencies from superseding state laws.
  • Allow a 2/3 majority of the states to overturn Supreme Court decisions.
  • Require a super-majority of justices to overturn a democratically enacted law.
  • Limit federal powers to the designated powers of the Constitution.
  • Allow states to sue the federal government when they overstep their authority.
  • Allow a majority of 2/3 of states to overturn a law enacted by Congress.

For additional information take a look at the following resources: “The Liberty Amendments” by Mark Levin. Also, see the websites conventionofstates.com and foavc.org (friends of article V convention.)

Personally I think it is time to force Washington to adhere to the will of their constituents. My choice for an amendment would be term limits for Congress. Pay attention to this topic. Let your representatives know what you think.

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