When an earlier rendition of The Spirit of Freedom/Definitions and Reality Matter was being blogged, several readers responded and placed new importance on Article V Convention of the States.
Although an Article V Convention of the States has not been used in the past, having that provision in the Constitution reflects the caliber and foresight of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, May 25 to September 17, 1787. A group of states are beginning to unite in order to amend with unmistakable clarity parts of the Constitution and original Amendments that have been twisted by Supreme Court majorities.
The underlying goal for the Convention of the States is, as I understand it, to reassert Tenth Amendment jurisdiction in support of the States and sovereignty of the people. The states and people could again stand united according to morality-based Common Law. Article V requires petitions from at least 34 states to call a convention—
George Washington’s wisdom applies to an upcoming Constitutional Article V Convention of the States. When disagreeing with one of the delegates who suggested compromise for political expedience, Washington cautioned, “Popular fallacies must be avoided. Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the event is in the hand of God” (Hamilton Abert Long, The American Ideal of 1776, Heritage Books, Inc., 1963, pp. 205–206).
The objective of the Article V Convention of the States includes limiting the powers of the Federal Constitution as it was instituted by and for the people.
On January 8, 2016, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas joined other states for an Article V Convention of the States “To Restore the Rule of Law.” Governor Abbott’s leadership and 100-page “Texas Plan” will be an asset to the Article V Convention of the States. The Texas plan provides nine proposed Amendments which follow:
—Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one state.
—Require Congress to balance its budget.
—Prohibit administrative agencies from creating federal law.
—Prohibit administrative agencies from pre-empting 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 wrote that these changes would force the federal government to “take the Constitution seriously again. The only true downside comes from doing nothing and allowing the federal government to continue ignoring the very document that created it.”
~ D. Norris