Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Nuclear Option

I hear a lot of TV pundits and politicians that for the life of them cannot understand what this the TEA Party or Town Hall uproar is about. What they fail to understand it isn't about any one thing. It is an expression of disgust that has built for years and this free for all spending is the last straw. I would say that people are fed up with the arrogance of Washington D.C. People are getting tired of being talked to like they are slow children.

There is a lot of blustering, a call to arms but that only hurts the cause. It may seem patriotic to grab the guns but the original patriots were facing an actual army. That is not so now. What I think will grab the attention of those residing in our federal government is to call for a Constitutional Convention. There was a well-reasoned call months back and I don't recall the professor that came up with it.

According to Article V ( keep in mind the same Constitution level that established the three branches of our government ). According to Article 2/3 of the states can call for a Constitutional convention.

Article V

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.

No where does it say a state has to send its Representatives or Senators. In fact you don't want them there. A Constitutional Convention can achieve things the Congress can't. Here's my list of things it could do:

01. Add or take away the enumerated powers of Congress.
02. Set term limits.
03. Force all federal candidates to use public money to finance their campaigns.
04. Limit the contact and contributions from special interests.
05. Rewrite the requirements for office.
06. Override legislation from the bench.
07. Abolish the income tax.
08. Require a balanced budget.
09. Forbid the government from owning stock in a public company.
10. Eliminate earmarks.
11. Modify the rules Congress sets for itself.
12. Break the party apparatus in Congress as far as leadership.
13. Institute a method of recall on a national referendum. So 2/3 of the states could remove a Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. Although they represent their states when they assume a leadership role it effects all of us.
14. Guarantee each state an amount of federal funds to maintain infrastructure without condition.
15. Change federal election law requiring photo ID, proof of citizenship, outlaw community action groups from bulk registration, eliminate early voting.

That's a few things. Beauty of it is there's not a thing Obama, Pelosi Reid or any of them can do about it. The true sovereign power in this nation will be demonstrated. Just forming an exploratory commission will get their attention. The federal government will be left on the sidelines awaiting our verdict. All we need is a shot across the bow...tread on us no more.

Now that will get far more attention than shouts and threats. Talk about eliminating
tax and they will become very attentive.

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