Our tyrannical, power thirsty federal government has been operating outside it’s constitutional limitations and enumerated powers for decades while “We the People” have been asleep at the wheel.
The Obama Regime, beginning in 2009, ramped up the usurpations with unconstitutional (despite the unhinged Supreme Court ruling to the contrary) Obamacare and randomly changing the meaning of the word “marriage” to be something other than a union between one man and one woman.
States’ rights and the 10th Amendment continue to be trampled upon, with the Obama Regime’s attempt to federalize local police departments and that requiring voters to show identification the same way they would have to at an Obama rally has been deemed to somehow be “racist” so that Democrats can stuff the ballot box with illegal votes.
Obama, a treasonous wannabe dictator, has invented new presidential powers with his magical “pen and phone” that allow him to make laws, change laws, and ignore laws that aren’t of his liking — pulling off King George-like royal edicts while the “opposition party,” the Republicans, sit idly by.
One major solution the brilliant American Founding Fathers gave us is an Article V Convention of the States, a method to rein in an out of control federal government that seemingly knows no bounds, a federal government that ignores the checks and balances put in place by our Founders to maximize individual liberty.
While the strategy wasn’t invented by constitutional scholar and talk show great Mark Levin, the Article V Convention was brought into the national conversation by Levin’s 2013 best-seller, The Liberty Amendments, a must-read for every freedom loving American.
Two-Thirds of the states can call for a convention to propose amendments and no amendment can become effective unless ratified by three-fourths of the states, according to Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
In other words, it takes 34 states to call for a convention and 38 states to pass an amendment.
Mark Levin, who founded the Landmark Legal Foundation, offered 11 amendments for consideration in the book:
- 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
On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined Mark Levin, Mark Meckler, retired Senator Tom Coburn, Sean Hannity, Allen West, Glenn Beck, Andrew McCarthy, Governor Bobby Jindal and others in calling for a Convention of States.
“Departures from the Constitution are not the aberration. Now they have become the norm,” said Abbott, speaking at a Texas Public Policy Foundation, an organization that has also endorsed a Convention of States. “The irony is the threat to our republic doesn’t just come from foreign enemies, it comes in part from our very own leaders — leaders who have strayed from the document [Constitution]…leaders such as a president who changes laws with a pen,” Abbott declared while accusing Congress of being unhinged from the Constitution and the Supreme Court of rewriting laws.
Abbott announced The Texas Plan, a 70-page summary that includes suggesting the following nine amendments to the Constitution for consideration:
- Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.
- Require Congress to balance its budget.
- Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.
- Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.
- Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
- Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.
- Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.
- Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.
- Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.
Governor Abbott quoted Ben Franklin’s famous “a Republic if you can keep it” quote, as well as Ronald Reagan’s powerful “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
In June of last year, retired Senator Tom Coburn estimated that Americans have lost half of our freedoms since his youth and that a Convention of States is the final remedy.
“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 on the Mark Levin Show in June. “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.”
You can watch all of Governor Greg Abbott’s important speech on Friday, in its entirety, below: