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The Restoration Amendment: Putting
the genie of big government
back in the bottle

Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele

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Posted By:davesenior, 3/24/2013 3:17:04 AM

A recent letter to the editor got me thinking about the origins of our great country, and how far astray we have gone from the principles enshrined in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.[SNIP]What was needed was an amendment which both stated plainly its intended goal — to strip the federal government of the power it has grabbed without authority over more than 200 years — and at the same time provided a clear mechanism for restoring America to the principles envisioned by the founders.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 3/24/2013 4:28:46 AM     (No. 9240987)

Nice fantasy Frank, please be sure to put all those swell new amendments on your bucket list.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: neanderthal, 3/24/2013 4:40:25 AM     (No. 9240988)

Dream on, Frank. Once a society finds itself on the road to tyranny, it will never be able to recover.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Veritas2009, 3/24/2013 5:43:24 AM     (No. 9240992)

People who cannot conceive of counterattack are bound to lose.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: chumley, 3/24/2013 6:02:20 AM     (No. 9240993)

Looks great to me, at least bat first glance.
The down side is that most if not all of it is already in the constitution and is regularly ignored by the communists/progressives.
Our best remedy is at the ballot box, but like in the Soviet Union it doesn´t matter much who you vote for because they were/are all commies.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: OhMy, 3/24/2013 8:49:54 AM     (No. 9241168)

No set of rules can survive a demagogue who is determined to shred them. Any free country depends on having informed moral citizens who respect each others God given rights. If you lack a civil society of citizens the best you can hope for is a benign dictator who crushes the criminal element with an iron fist. If I were to add something to the constitution it would be limitations on the power to tax so no government can take more than 10% of a citizens wealth or earnings and delays in the legislative process so that any law must be available for at least a year of public scrutiny and cannot be voted on until after the legislative body has faced an election. No more ramming legislation through to find out what is in it by a partisan vote propelled by pork laden bribery of voting members.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pindarjr, 3/24/2013 9:41:01 AM     (No. 9241231)

The author´s idea for a new constitutional amendment is too pie-in-th-sky, but #5´s focus on limiting the government´s power to tax suggests a tactic that might very well succeed at state and local levels. There is already a template of sorts; in response to several relatively recent, egregious interpretations of eminent domain by SCOTUS, various states and municipalities enacted laws specifically designed to limit that power. The GOP, and more especially the Tea Party, might do well by concentrating some of their energies locally and pushing for any and all limitations on taxation.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/24/2013 9:54:46 AM     (No. 9241243)

The Fair Tax would accomplish much of this wish list. Having said that, I should admit that I love Sarah Palin , too. Have at it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: JustCause, 3/24/2013 12:13:33 PM     (No. 9241450)

In a perfect world where everyone followed the laws as written, this would work. Then again, it wouldn´t be necessary.

We don´t live in a perfect world. We can´t even pretend we live in a perfect world.

A court ordered Restraining Order, or a placard next to the school door - No Guns Allowed - are only paper. They only affect the law abiding person.

Evil exists. The problem, Frank, is being able to recognize it before it morphs into an unsolvable problem. How many laws did Lanza break, before pulling the trigger on all those children and brave adults at Sandy Hook?

Rarely, politicians are truthful. They would be, all for, a Restoration Amendment, knowing that during the process of getting it passed, they could and would make small changes that you and I would call Loop Holes.

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