Three months ago, Mark Levin released a blockbuster new book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic. In it, he proposes that the states call a convention to amend the US Constitution. I have a key suggestion about how to make that work.
In the book, he proposes eleven amendments to help restore the original intent of the US Constitution. If passed, they would do that. They would limit the size of the Federal government, limit its taxing power, and provide a check on regulations and congressional and judicial power. He proposes bypassing Congress with this process. This is necessary because Congress has helped create the problem and would not be disposed to reform itself. The state legislatures would call what is called an Article V Convention and give that convention instructions for crafting certain proposed amendments. If these amendments were then passed by 3/4 of the state legislatures, they would become part of the constitution.
There is already a movement among state legislators across the country for getting this to happen. Wednesday night, Mark Levin had as a guest on his radio show David Long, the President of the Indiana State Senate. He has called a meeting of interested state legislators to come to Mt. Vernon, Virginia on December 7, to discuss this amendment process. The meeting is called the Mount Vernon Assembly. This assembly won’t actually propose amendments but rather is designed to just get this ball rolling.
But the problem is that there is a lot of inertia resisting this Article V Convention process. Even good conservatives, some of them, are leery of this convention process and reluctant to unleash it. So I wish to propose a strategy for implementing Mark Levin’s ideas.
Here’s my proposal: Start with just one amendment – not all eleven. And the amendment I would start with is term limits for members of Congress. Here is the reason this strategy would work.
There is tremendous impetus for such an amendment. A recent poll found 81% of respondents agreeing that Congress should be subjected to term limits. Support for the notion is bipartisan. There is great resentment of Congress across the country from Republicans, Democrats, and independents. And it is more obvious with this particular issue that nothing will get done unless we bypass Congress. So start with that and keep it simple. Call a convention for the sole purpose of amending the constitution to limit the terms of Senators and Representatives.
Once that occurs, it will put the ruling class on its heels and it will give the people a taste of the power they have. It will break down the inertia that exists resisting this method of amending the constitution and make it much easier to try other amendments to balance the budget, limit federal spending, etc.
This is how these things need to be done, incrementally. This is the strategy the Left has used for over a century. If we push for all eleven amendments at once, the effort will fail.
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