Newly retired Senator Tom Coburn appeared on the Mark Levin Show on Friday to discuss the aftermath of last week’s Supreme Court judicial tyranny in which the court not only invented new language in the Obamacare law that doesn’t exist, but also somehow dreamed up that the 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868, really wasn’t so much about slavery, but was somehow passed to create a redefining of the institution of marriage to include homosexuals that no one in the past century-and-a-half has discovered until now.
“The one answer that our Founders gave us that we should use is an Article V Convention of the States,” Senator Coburn, who is now a Senior Adviser for the Convention of the States Project, told Levin about the strategy to reign in an out of control government. “They knew these things were gonna happen,” Coburn said.
“They looked at other republics and that asked, ‘How did they die and why did they die?’ It’s because there was no longer limited power, but there was total power,” Coburn explained. “So it’s the only way to rein in Washington — it’s never going to happen through our elected representatives — they don’t have the courage. Most of them are career politicians. They may be great people, but their goal is to get re-elected, not fix what’s wrong with the country.”
Levin often says on his popular radio broadcast that he didn’t invent the Convention of the States idea, the Founding Fathers did. However, the bestselling book by the constitutional scholar, The Liberty Amendments, published in 2013, eloquently makes the case for pulling this safety lever created by the Founders which is meant to be pulled by the people when all three branches of federal government join together, along with the bureaucracy, to breach their constitutional limitations, as is certainly the case today.
So far during the 2015 legislative session, thirty-six states introduced the resolution and began discussing the merits of calling a Convention of the States. Thus far, discussions have resulted in House victories in Arizona, Arkansas, North Dakota, New Mexico, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas, Senate victories in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Missouri, and final passage in Alabama. Last week, the State of Delaware introduced a Convention of the States resolution, SCR 31, stating the the “federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution.”
Levin outlined eleven amendments in The Liberty Amendments that he believes should be considered:
- Impose Congressional term limits
- Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment, returning the election of Senators to state legislatures
- Impose term limits for Supreme Court Justices and restrict judicial review
- Require a balanced budget and limit federal spending and taxation
- Define a deadline to file taxes (one day before the next federal election)
- Subject federal departments and bureaucratic regulations to reauthorization and review
- Create a more specific definition of the Commerce Clause
- Limit eminent domain powers
- Allow states to more easily amend the Constitution
- Create a process where two-thirds of the states can nullify federal laws
- Require photo ID to vote and limit early voting
Coburn, a longterm champion of limited government whose annual Waste Book will surely be missed in the Congress, said that at this stage, the only way to reign in the out of control government is through a Convention of the States:
“The only way to do it is to have 34 states call for a convening, to sit down and say, ‘How do we limit the power, the scope, the sovereignty, the influence of an out of control Supreme Court, an out of control executive office, an out of control bureaucracy, and an under-controlled Congress that has given away most of its powers to those three branches. The only way to do that is through a Convention of the States.”
Senator Coburn estimated that the freedom we have left is only “half of what it was” when he “was a young man” and that “there won’t be any freedom left if you let the Supreme Court continue to do what it did this [now last] week.”
Listen to Mark Levin’s masterful response to last week’s tyrannical decisions. The interview with Mr. Coburn begins at the 49:14 mark: