Article V: Convention of States

Posted on Mon 04/09/2018 by

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As discussed in my last article, the Progressive movement has attacked liberty and law and order over the past century. We are now living in a post-constitutional era, in which our lawmakers, federal courts, and even presidents pick and choose which principles they think apply and which do not. Lawmakers pass unconstitutional laws, activist judges assert dictatorial powers with their aberrant legal interpretations, and presidents essentially legislate through executive orders instead of just executing the ones already on the books. Quite frankly, the legal legitimacy and reverence for this nation’s founding document is under a grave threat from an increasingly statist society.

Now this next part is very important to read. If we do not follow through with this, our constitutional republic will never be restored, and everything that has been fought to be protected will dissipate. After all, it only takes one generation’s shift of consciousness to forget everything.

During the debates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Founding Fathers were concerned that the government would eventually grow out of control without the consent of the American people. With this in mind, they decided to draft Article V as a solution to this dystopian possibility.

What exactly is Article V?

Article V details two processes to amend the Constitution. The first method requires 2/3’s of both houses of Congress to propose an amendment(s), in which then 3/4’s of the state legislatures must ratify these submissions. In fact, this method has been used for every single ratified amendment to the Constitution- after the founding.

However, the focus of this article is going to be about the second method that is listed, due to the reality that our incompetent representatives will never take power away from themselves.

So we will do it for them.

The other process, one that has not been used yet, is much more preferable than relying on Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi. How it works is instead of Congress proposing amendments, 2/3’s of the state legislatures will send delegates to a Convention of States to make or discuss proposals. If any amendments are submitted, then they will need to be ratified by 3/4’s of the state legislatures or by separate conventions held in 3/4’s of the states.

As a matter of fact, 12 states have already submitted their applications to be a part of this grassroots movement. As well, many more states are expected to submit applications by next year. The agreed upon topic of this convention will be on restraining the scope of the Federal Government.

The possible amendments to be proposed, for which there are dozens, include term limits for all of Congress, taxation and spending limits on the federal government, and restrictions of the Interstate Commerce Clause, which has been increasingly misinterpreted over the past few decades.

This movement is about sovereignty for American citizens and the states. The federal government has become so overpowered and bloated, that the sweeping federal mandates they impose through bureaucracy make our federalist system almost unrecognizable. As Mark Levin has pointed out, the main constitutional responsibility of the government is to protect the American people from enemies outside and within.

I am a supporter of this movement not because the Constitution is flawed; actually, it is absolutely brilliant how it creates a balanced system of government that recognizes the natural rights of the individual. The problem is that our leaders have nearly abandoned the Constitution; therefore, we need to empower it. When we put term limits on our representatives, we are enabling fresh new voices to lead this country, instead of re-electing Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Orrin Hatch year after year. They make bold Conservative promises; but when elections are over, they betray their constituents by cutting deals with the Democrats, refusing to repeal Obamacare, and passing an inadequate tax-reform bill. We have a Republican majority Congress, a Republican President, and a majority of Republican state legislatures. Yet, they still cannot find a way to hold good on their promises to the American people. In fact, they are a national embarrassment. It is no surprise that the Democrats are predicted to take over Congress next election, to which we must prevent at all costs.

It is time to stand for liberty, and recognize that our system is out of control. With an atrociously large national debt, and a Congress that recently just proved they do not intend to fix it anytime soon, it is time to call it upon ourselves to make the necessary changes.

If you are ready to join the movement, please sign the petition at the Convention of States Project, (www.conventionofstates.com) and perhaps even donate if you wish to do so. If you are really motivated, then you can call your state legislature and express your support.

If you have any questions or concerns about this grassroots movement, please ask me, and I will do my best at explaining how it will work.

My name is Cole Levine, and I am a college student seeking to promote liberty. Please feel free to visit my new website dedicated to the rejuvenation of Conservatism. I hope to see you there.

www.collegeconservativesoapbox.wordpress.com

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