Attacks on the U.S. Constitution are coming from all sides. The New York Times opened its op-ed page to several liberal professors of government: One calls our Constitution "imbecilic," another claims it contains "archaic" and "evil provisions" and a third urges us to "rewrite the Second Amendment." Out of exasperation with the flouting of the Constitution by Barack Obama and his acolytes, and the way Congress is letting them get by with these violations, several conservative authors and pundits are promoting the calling of a national convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. They believe a series of amendments can
This is among the dumbest ideas put forth by conservatives ever. Do they really think a convention will be free of those who have worked so hard up to now at diminishing and destroying the original document? The left is standing on the sidelines rubbing their hands in gleeful anticipation at the thought of a Constitutional Convention. Just think of all the changes they can put in it-a right to health care, a right to free food, free entertainment et al. The left has been criticizing our Constitution for decades. This will provide them an opportunity to codify all their wish list of destroying angels they have harbored. Do NOT go there.
The Constitution is not the problem. The problem is in those who willfully disregard it in their quest for power, and with those who cave in to the flagrant and illegal power grabs of the federal government. There is plenty of blame to share among all three branches of the government and both political parties for the current mess.
The only amendments we need are those for term limits. A maximum of twelve years in the Congress, Senate, and Presidency. That can be split any way you like. Six terms in the house, two in the Senate, or 3 four years terms as President, or any combination thereof. But not more than twelve years in DC, period. And Congress shall not be exempt from any law it passes.
Personally, I don´t think anyone should serve without a minimum of 10 years work experience in the real world. I don´t care if it´s flipping burgers or washing cars. Real world experience, not working for daddy´s trust fund, or make work gov. jobs.
I believe there was an oversight in our Founding documents to provide for a "periodic Federal audit" conducted every so many years by the legislators from all States in the Union. In this way, the Federal government would not inclined to be run by career politicians and allowed to flippantly burden the entirety of the 50 States with massive debt through outrageous spending.
What I also feel is not right is that a simple majority of the Federal Supreme Court can do what it takes a super majority vote of the Congress and States to accomplish, which is to effectively write Constitutional Amendments through precedent setting cases. I believe Federal Supreme Court decisions should be 2/3rds votes, not simple majority, otherwise they go back to the States. Also, a 2/3rd majority of State Supreme Courts can overrule any ruling of the Federal Supreme Court.
Both of these provisions would bring the larger balance of power back to the States and force the Federal to tow the line with regard to their constituencies. The Federal would be left to the more mundane tasks of running the national interests and less micromanaging of the States.
Texas for one would not agree the Feds are doing a good job. Texas has a balanced budget amendment with several billion dollars in reserve.
#2 is correct and the author is correct. You would put the same corrupt- and I believe the vast majority are- and stupid politicians, the same D.C. staff who whine about needed to be excused from legislation they foist on us and the same criminal lobbyists and organizations in place to represent us? Think of what the propagandist media would do. That would be an idiotic idea and destroy what little is left of our country. George Soros (who would certainly buy himself a number of politicians, and has) does not represent me. Liberals are tyrants (and yes, I mean every single liberal alive). That can´t happen.
We must do it, citizen to citizen.
Keep tea parties alive.
Lofo voters need to be ridiculed. Regularly and in public. Lose the "Rock the Vote" appeals to idiots who want to "be cool"
The young need to be educated.
The "cultures" of Hollywood, black thuggery, "celebrity" etc. need to be exposed and destroyed. (Hollywood is certainly helping out, thanks guys! Are they really doing yet another Batman?? Pitiful.)
We need to be honest about who and what liberals are, too; narcissists of the highest order. Learn how to manipulate them.
We need to be fearless. Not stupid, fearless. Have the facts at hand (thank you Lucianne!) Laugh at them, loudly. Don´t be shouted down. Be able to sweetly tell them why they are wrong. (That is hard; narcissists can´t believe they’re wrong.)
Last of all, be responsible. The same people who suggest that representatives be tarred and feathered are often too wimpy themselves to do anything personally.
A work toward it every day. Don´t just read about it.
We certainly can´t trust the politicians to do it for us; can we trust them now?
From chapter 1 of Mark Levin´s book, which is online at his web page:
“Importantly, in neither case does the Article V amendment process provide for a constitutional convention. It provides for two methods of amending the Constitution. The first method, where two-thirds of Congress passes a proposed amendment and then forwards it to the state legislatures for possible ratification by three-fourths of the states, has occurred on twenty-seven occasions. The second method, involving the direct application of two-thirds of the state legislatures for a Convention for proposing Amendments, which would thereafter also require a three-fourths ratification vote by the states, has been tried in the past but without success. Today it sits dormant.
The fact is that Article V expressly grants state legislatures significant authority to rebalance the constitutional structure for the purpose of restoring our founding principles should the federal government shed its limitations, abandon its original purpose, and grow too powerful, as many delegates in Philadelphia and the state conventions had worried it might.”
IMHO: If two thirds of the states want a convention to propose amendments, congress had better call that convention or we will be back to 1862 again and eventually wind up looking like Northern Ireland was 50 years ago!
BTW: Maybe Ms Schlafly should read Levin´s book before she publishes any more opinion pieces!
The problem is not the Constitution - it´s the people in office under the guise of "public service." Like our cuurent and past citizen soldiers - we no longer have citizen public servants - at least not in Congress and the higher levels of the federal government. And I would also lay much of the blame at the feet of the People - so many who don´t know, don´t care because nothing has happened to them. I don´t think the Founder Fathers ever imagined how pathetically ignorant, lazy and selfish the American Citizenry could become.
I have received a Petition to be submited to my governor asking him to add Florida´s voice to this call for a convention of states. I first heard of its existence on Huckabee´s program. I am going to sign it. I don´t think it comes from RINO´s as someone has suggested. I don´t know whether we can get enough states or what might happen at the convention but I know we need to do something to rein in the federal government and I know if we don´t even try we have lost already.
"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate."
Reading the actual language, it appears that 2/3 States can petition Congress to call a convention, but only Congress can make the call.
The State legislatures cannot call the convention independent of Congress.
Thank you Poster #11. When I read her article it didn´t sound like what Mark Levin was saying on the radio. He insists that it would not be a Constitutional convention, but a meeting to propose amendments to be approved by the the states.
#11 is right on! Levin is not calling for a constitutional convention. He knows that would be a disaster. He is calling for exactly what #11 is saying - for state legislatures to propose and pass amendments. I don´t think Shafly has read Levin´s book, or even listened to his explanations.
Changing any law will have No Effect on what´s happening.
Those we want to control, politicians, pass laws that ´law abiders´ will obey. They don´t obey any of the laws that are on the books now, why should we open the door even a smidgen to pass another law that will not be enforced?
They are in control of the ´enforcement´ arm of the government - they don´t fear any consequences.
We have no legal government. Ready to fight yet folks? No. I am sure you aren´t. Continue to let attorneys and politicians; those who dug the hole we are in, continue to allow them to manipulate you and the system. Both the Bar and the Judicial branches of every community, county. state and the nation are all in collusion to perpetrate a great crime on the citizens. They work hand in had to reach predetermined outcomes. We are not expected to notice this. Everything is about money. Everything.
#18 -- Mark Levin´s book isn´t the only pivotal document about which Mrs. Schlafly has probably formed an opinion based on hearsay. Or, if she has read it, she´s no longer mentally sharp enough (at age 89) to grasp the difference between a Constitutional convention and a series of meetings of the States for the purpose of proposing Constitutional amendments.
Case in point: back in the late ´70s, when the ratification process for the Equal Rights Amendment was coming to a boil, she appeared on a TV talk show opposite Harlan Ellison. Under persistent questioning (and Lord knows, Harlan can be persistent!) about her familiarity with the proposed legislation, she admitted that she "hadn´t had time to read the whole thing."
At which point Harlan, from memory, slowly and deliberately recited the text to her. All 58 words of it.
Of course, with or without her having read it, Schlafly´s opposition certainly played a role in the ERA´s defeat. And Ellison, who, in protest of Arizona´s disfavor of the ERA, famously camped in a Winnebago parked on the street rather than stay at the Phoenix hotel hosting a conference at which he was the guest of honor, was observed more than once entering and leaving several of the hotel´s guest rooms at odd hours of the day and night.
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