My take on Article V in our Constitution? Brilliant! Having this provision in the Constitution reflects the caliber of the leaders who were delegates to the Constitutional Convention, May 25 to September 17, 1787.

Objectives of the Article V Convention of the States include limiting the powers of the federal government pursuant to the Constitution as ratified by the States and practiced by 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 the Texas Plan proposal of ten Amendments would be an asset to the Article V Convention of the States.

The Texas plan provides nine proposed Amendments that 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

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