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Showing posts with label Convention of the States. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Convention of the States. Show all posts

Friday, January 8, 2016

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Calls for Convention of States, Offers Amendments to U.S. Constitution

At a Texas Public Policy Foundation gathering, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an historic call for a Convention of States to pass nine amendments to the U.S. Constitution. It's part of Abbott's Texas Plan to "restore the Rule of Law and return the Constitution to its intended purpose."

The plan offers nine amendments to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the States and the federal government. The amendments are:

-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.

Given the unwillingness or inability of the Congress to reign in an increasingly tyrannous federal government, we commend the Governor and support wholeheartedly the mechanism, provided by the Founding Fathers, to restore states' rights and the freedom and liberty of their peoples.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Convention of the States - The Remedy Provided by America's Founders for a Time Such as This

America's founders provided a remedy for a time such as this - a federal government "drunk with its power" and out of control, with both political parties unwilling and unable to reign in its growth, spending and over-reach into the lives and businesses of the citizenry.  As we've seen in recent days, even Republican leaders in Congress are unwilling to challenge the unlawful actions of a tyrannous President, or to even provide expanded Republican majorities in Congress the opportunity to tackle the federal budget and curtail federal growth and activities that have no basis in the Constitution.  Article V of the Constitution allows for the states to petition for a Convention of the States to consider amendments to the United States Constitution.  These amendments must be ratified in the usual way, but the expectation is that the states will reclaim powers lost to a rapacious federal behemoth.

South Carolina is one of more than thirty states that are in the process of considering resolutions calling for a Convention of the States.  In the following video South Carolina Representative Bill Taylor explains legislation he has pre-filed in the South Carolina House that would lend the state's support to this long-overdue and needed restoration of the American republic.