Skip to comments.10 states line up to limit federal power
Posted on 01/20/2015 8:40:59 PM PST by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain
Ten states now have taken the first step toward limiting the power of the federal government. Officials from Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming have filed resolutions calling for a convention of states that would propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution with the express purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution gives the states the power to call such a convention. The article reads, in part: 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.
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We already have all the requisite language to limit the power of the federal government in the current Constitution.
What we do not have is Courts or a President willing to do it.
An executive order will take care of all that. ;-)
Thought you might find this of interest.
“What we do not have is Courts or a President willing to do it.”
Or a Congress willing to do its job and protect the Constitution from tyranny.
Their goals should be 3 items:
1) Repeal the 17th Amendment,
2) Propose an Amendment that specifically allows the states to Nullify Federal Law.
3) Propose a Constitutional Amendment that allows for the ignoring of Federal Judicial Rulings which overstep Federal Authority under the Federal and State Constitutions.
Massachusetts? New Jersey?
A part of the problem concerning Congress is the 17th Amendment imo. Control of the Senate needs to be returned uniquely to state lawmakers as the Founding States had originally intended.
Most state legislatures are in session now. Please call or write your state representative and senator!
Convention of States - Alabama Way to go Alabama! A good introduction.
The Case for an Article V Convention. Fantastic explanation of Article V convention to the Mass State Legislature.
I would recommend watching the above videos first and then:
Convention of States Lots of information here.
Call a Convention A call for a Convention of States
Article V Project to Restore Liberty Another good source.
A Summary of Mark Levins Proposed Amendments by Jacquerie
Ulysses at the Mast: Democracy, Federalism, and the Sirens' Song of the Seventeenth Amendment by Jay Bybee. Repeal the 17th
Article V Handbook - for State Legislators An important resource.
State Legislators Article V Caucus State Legislators, Join up at this site!
Send this list of links to your State Representatives and Senators here: Contact your State Legislators.
Excellent Article V Letter to a State Assemblyman by Jacquerie
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke.
Lets all work together to get this going.
I’m shocked, and I’m from Massachusetts!!!
Also, state lawmakers should likewise have power to remove bad-apple justices from the bench on 3/4 state majority vote.
Also, the language from Justice John Marshalls clarification of Congresss limited power to lay taxes needs to be amended to the Constitution.
Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States. Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
State lawmakers also need to wake up and consider the following for intrastate schools.
The federal governments constitutionally limited powers
Also, the states have never amended the Constitution to prohibit themselves from requiring candidate voters to pass a simple constitutional law test before being allowed to vote. Such a test would emphasize the federal governments constitutionally limited powers and would hopefully make low-information voters more aware when corrupt federal politicians make constitutionally indefensible promises for federal spending programs and civil rights.
A constitutional proficiency test could be given as part of a written drivers license test.
As a side note to this thread, please consider the following. Since neither the legislative or executive branches are doing their jobs to protect and defend the Constitution, the Congressional Budget Office needs to publicly report when a bill does not comply with Congresss constitutional Article I, Section 8-limited powers.
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