During the full complement of his tenure, Barack Obama has abused his constitutional authority to enact wholly unconstitutional measures, both violating the separation of powers and usurping the authorities of the States.
In an effort to hobble Mr. Obama – and the whole of the activist Federal Government – Louisiana on Thursday became the eighth state to call for a Convention of the States.
“Yesterday afternoon,” writes Mark Meckler at Convention of the States Action, “the Louisiana state legislature became the eighth state in history to pass the Convention of States resolution!”
Meckler continued to state a common sentiment among those who have identified the Federal government as not only spendthrift, but activist, “For too long the ‘elite’ in DC have acted with impunity, disregarding the will of We the People and crushing state sovereignty.”
Louisiana joins with Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, and Oklahoma in calling for a Convention of the States. The United States Constitution allows for the States to come together to amend the Constitution should the Federal Government become too despotic in nature.
Article V of the US Constitution states clearly:
“…on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which…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…”
The movement to affect a Convention of the States is anchored in the need to rein in the authority of the Federal Government. Since the advent of the Progressive Movement in the United States – circa the beginning of the 20th Century and the Industrial Revolution – the Federal Government has slowly and methodically encroached on the rights of both the individual and the States. So, too, Progressives have put into place what has now become a behemoth bureaucracy; a run-away regulatory monster enabled by the activism of the US Supreme Court in its bastardization of the Commerce Clause.
The ConCon Movement – as it is commonly referred to – seeks to install, via constitutional convention, term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and measures that would limit the reach of the Federal Government into the States. The movement is also keen on enacting – by constitutional mandate of an amendment – tax reform.
The avenue of the ConCon meets with some push-back – albeit cautionary – by those who worry a Convention of the States would facilitate wholesale change to the US Constitution accompanied by unforeseen circumstances. Many critics cite – and rightfully, I might add – that our “great thinkers” simply do not compare with the Framers and Founders, neither in foresight or in circumstance. These points can be argued intelligently.
That said, we have reached a moment in time when the Federal Government must be regulated. Aside from the States refusing Federal Funding in total (the only way the Federal Government can exact “punishment” on the States is to deny funding), a Convention of the States is the only other legitimate avenue but for secession.
We live in tumultuous times, but, as President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in his first Inaugural Address, “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.”
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