Fighting Back Part IV – The Liberty Amendments

The Liberty AmendmentsToday, Mark Levin has released his long awaited book, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.” Of course, I haven’t completed reading the book yet but Levin has been discussing the book on his radio show and on interviews. Plus, he pre-released the first chapter as a pdf document here: Chapter 1, The Liberty Amendments.

Here’s what I glean about the book, reading between the lines of the Mark Levin Show and my initial reading of the book. “The Liberty Amendments” was motivated by the observation that the game is rigged. Federal power continues to grow unabated, contrary to efforts by citizens to elect politicians who will bring it under control. This growth is despite our risk of national bankruptcy and the collapse of our economy and despite the growing Federal tyranny that impacts more and more of us.

Levin’s proposal rests on the text of Article V of the Constitution, which reads:

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.

See the text I put in bold, above. Mark Levin calls this the “second amendment process.” His opponents say he is calling for  a Constitutional Convention. I have vociferously opposed a Constitutional Convention, feeling it could run-away from us and we would end up with a Constitution more resembling the Soviet one than the document we now have. However, Levin points out that this process is NOT the same as calling for a Constitutional Convention because the State legislatures can restrict the process to one or only a few amendments.

This is a breakthrough idea and, even though the process has never been used before, my frustration with the political elite, who vote time after time against their constituents, makes me very receptive.  For instance, in 2010 the TEA Party movement was able to make a difference in the election process. I should have expected the backlash from politicians but even I wasn’t cynical enough. By 2012 both Democrats and Republicans and their media allies were on a non-stop binge of TEA Party demonization. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration was having the IRS harass Conservative organizations to blunt their impact. Today, the political class and the media have an effective ground game that makes opposing the entrenched interests even more difficult. As evidence, I offer that Republicans, who were elected thanks to TEA Party activists, are constantly surrendering before the fight even begins. The Republican establishment oppose any attempt to de-fund ObamaCare and their investigations of Benghazi, the IRS and the NSA are weak at best. They seem far more interested in maintaining the status-quo than making a difference or representing the American people.

Levin’s proposal to use the alternate amendment process allows us to move the debate to the state level and our state representatives, who are much more sensitive to our concerns, even if not perfect. The number of states with Republican or Conservative legislatures and governors is growing and we may be able to go back to basics to make the changes we need to make to preserve the Republic.

Remember, the Federal Government is a creation of the States. The Constitution was written and ratified by the States, and their representatives, to create the Federal Government. Modifying the Constitution at the State level is fundamental to our form of government.

In chapter I of the book, Levin presents historical context for his proposal and makes the case for it. In subsequent chapters, he goes further, he proposes a set of amendments for us to consider that allow, among other things, for Supreme Court rulings to be overturned by States, limiting taxes and spending, term limits and more. Along with each suggested amendment he makes a case for its adoption.

The book is available at Barns and Noble, Amazon and other retailers. I recommend it highly. If Levin’s proposals have a positive impact he will be known as the “21st Century Founding Father.”

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