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Saturday, 19 October 2013
THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS
What is there to say that hasn't been said? What can be said that will make a difference?
There probably is no magic word or words, at least not by this writer, or not by any other among us, those who care so strongly about the truth of God and the rights he gives us as expressed in the United States Constitution.
As was expressed by my very good friend, El Gringo Viejo, those who stood up for the Founders and Fathers of the United States should be given all the credit for trying to make the point if not the difference that could have slowed the momentum of the progressive Marxist march toward total destruction of the way of life we have taken for granted. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Louis Gohmert, Dr. Ben Carson and several others showed character in support of and dedication to the liberty that is at stake because of Obama and his signature legislation, Obamacare. We have to stand with these brave men if we are to survive as freemen. Under no circumstances should we abandon the polls. We have to elect more men like these; however, that in itself will not stop the progressives from reeking havoc on the Constitution.
The 17% of the government shutdown over a resolution out of the House of Representative that would have fully funded the government sans Obamacare was denied by Harry Reid and President Obama ostensibly to keep the country from "being held hostage" by the Tea Party. In reality it was a test of wills, an attempt to intimidate and break the will of the majority of Americans who detest the Obamacare atrocity. What did they choose to display as a result of the shutdown? They closed national parks and memorials to Veterans, many of those on private property or built by private funds. They also threatened disability pay-checks for Veterans. The media went all in to make this arbitrary choice of closures appear as painful as possible.
There are two potential choices available to the population to preserve the Republic and the Constitution and/or our individual liberty and security. The first choice is to preserve the Constitution and the United States. The second choice is to separate by state from the Union.
In order to restore the Constitution as it was intended by the framers we need to look at what has happened. The position we find ourselves in now is a Congress divided and a radical for President. The House of Representatives are elected by the people. The House is responsible to the people of the states locally precinct by precinct. Our House today is Republican and mostly conservative due to the majority of the population who rejected progressivism and Obamacare in the election of 2010. The Senate was originally elected by the state legislatures and were responsible to represent the states equally having two Senators from each state. But, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution changed the way Senators were elected from being chosen by the legislature to being elected directly by the people of the state. The impact of this took away the representation of the states in the United States Congress. Therefore, the Senators feel little or no responsibility to the states from which they are elected. So, we have a Senate and a President that are aligned against conservatism and the Constitution.
That being the case, there is no way Americans will have a voice as long as Progressives are in control of the government. They will only grow stronger as they can purchase elections with free stuff. As Obamacare gets installed and accepted there is little chance the government will observe the Constitution. They will continue to legislatively, judicially, and by executive order rewrite the Constitution until we are no longer a Constitutional republic.
Still considering the first choice, and knowing where we are, we need to understand what we can do to return to what the founders intended and restore the Constitution. There is an important writing by Mark Levin, The Liberty Amendments, which spells out the problems and possible practical answers. He explains that the Constitution needs to be amended, not reconstructed, to reinforce the original intent. The way to do this is by the Fifth Amendment. By this amendment there are two ways to do it. All amendments to date have been offered and approved by the Congress. That is one of the ways it can be amended. As long as the Congress proposes and approves them, there is no possibility for positive reform, only further rewriting, defamation, and destruction of our fundamental document. However, there is another way to amend the Constitution by the states and the people of the states spelled out in the Fifth Amendment. This method has rarely been attempted and little considered. This way the state legislatures can propose amendments as follows:
"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."
Even though this method has never been used it is a very valid way to circumvent the federal government in the amendment process. The Congress or the President cannot prevent, change, or alter this process. They have no say whatsoever!
In his book, Mark lays out possible amendments that will strengthen the Constitution to bring us back to the fundamentals intended by the framers. We will not try to rewrite his book here but his suggested amendments would be:
1) Term Limits 2) Repealing the 17th Amendment 3) Restoring the Judiciary to its proper role 4) Limiting Taxation and Spending 5) Limiting bureaucracy 6) Defining the Commerce Clause 7) Limiting Federal power to take private property 8) Allowing State Legislature to Amend the Constitution 9) State Authority to Override Congress 10) Protecting the Vote
The second choice for Americans to be free of this progressively Marxist/Socialist society is for the states to individually secede from the Union as desired. We will not go into the process in this writing but it is almost a last resort. To secede is an individual state prerogative and process. It would necessarily be a hugely traumatic event with so many considerations and preparations that the result could end in an American civil war not unlike the first one. The economics and ties the states have to the Federal government and interstate relationships would make this choice almost impossible. We did say "almost" but what cost is there for liberty? "Give me Liberty or give me death" (attributed to Patrick Henry at the Virginia Convention of 1775). We will certainly have more to say about secession at a later time.
In conclusion it is the opinion of this writer that the only right and real solution to restore the constitution is in the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Mark Levin has marked a path. It is up to us to proceed. How many of you are willing to work on this? How many of you will talk to everyone you know about the Fifth Amendment, whether they want to hear it or not? How many of you will educate yourselves on this one really possible way off this mortally destructive path? If you have any kind of communication ability i.e. web sites, email, telephone contacts, letter writing, any social skills at all. Contact your state legislatures any way possible and inform them about the Fifth Amendment, read the book The Liberty Amendments and pass it on to others. If you can afford at least one extra copy give it away for Christmas or any other occasion as a gift. It is available at most book stores, public libraries, and electronic media. It is cheap! It will be one of the best gifts one can give. There has to be a surge by conservatives and the Tea Party to make this work. It will not be easy. We need 34 states to convene and coordinate the amendments. We have 30 states now that have Republican Governors. There are more that have Republican legislatures either part or in full. The possibilities are in our favor if we only communicate. We have to prevail. If we cannot strengthen the Constitution to rid ourselves of this insanity then it is time to consider secession.