By Jay Taylor, Senior Vice President – Liberty Alliance, LLC
It is becoming more blatantly obvious that the federal government is totally out of control. Between unbridled spending, endless regulations, and ever expanding taxes, the federal government has shown that it only cares about its own power. With the massive power it holds, the abuses are endless and the corruption practically absolute. Sometimes congress tries to get things under control, but always fail.
Our Founders were geniuses when they set up the Constitution. We have amended the Constitution a number of times, the same way, but there is also another way that has not been used yet. Article V of the Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for the limited purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution.
Article V in its entirety states:
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.
This was put in Constitution because the Founders knew there would be a chance that the federal government would become too powerful and unable to control itself. We are well beyond that point and need to act.
There is now a movement to get this accomplished. You can find out more information about and volunteer at the Convention of States (COS) website: http://conventionofstates.com/ States have begun pre filing their bills for next year’s legislatures. According to Article V, two thirds of the states need to pass applications for this convention to occur. Our state needs to be one of these 34.
The COS has a strategy to call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment. Instead of calling a convention for a balanced budget amendment (though they are entirely supportive of such an amendment), they want to call a convention for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Some critics have said that a convention would totally rewrite the constitution or could become a runaway convention with tons of amendments. This is an unfounded concern. This is prevented with the specific wording of limiting the federal government’s power. Not to mention, three quarters of the state still have to ratify any passed amendments. I for one am having a hard time of thinking of an amendment that limits the federal government’s power which would not be a good one. All these amendments would do would return power to the states and to the people.
This would be the first step on a long road to regain control of our government. But it is something we must do. This is not a partisan issue. The federal government will never give up power. Once we limit their power on the federal level, each state will have more power to decide how they wish to run their governments as they see fit. I hope you will consider helping and be sure to only vote for candidates who are willing to rein in the federal government. It is wonderful to know that we the people still have power to affect change on something as massive as the juggernaut of the federal government.