Spineless GOP justifies an Article V convention of states

If you expect change from Republicans Boehner and McConnell, don't. It will take the states and a constitutional convention to do that.


WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 — If you are a thinking Republican—and those are rare these days—it has dawned on you that voting for a Republican majority in Congress has not accomplished much. GOP House Speaker John Boehner allowed a vote  to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which effectively rubber-stamps President Obama’s executive amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. It passed with mostly Democratic votes.

The Congressional Republican leadership just endorsed Obama’s dangerous claim that Congress is irrelevant the moment it asserts its constitutional role as a co-equal branch with the executive.

So, what was all the hoopla about last November when Republicans swept into office on a wave of national disgust over the president’s executive amnesty and his dictatorial health care monstrosity?

Only one word applies to those who thought voting Republican meant “taking their country back”: Suckers!

Question: Why is there a national government in the District of Columbia?

Answer: It was established by delegates to a convention of states assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787.

Question: In the constitutional interplay between the individual states and the national government, who maintains the lion’s share of power?

Answer: The states. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people,” says the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Question: If the national government should slip free of its constitutional restraints and threaten the “reserved” powers of the states, is there a constitutional remedy?

Answer: Yes. Article V of the Constitution says if 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.”

The point is this: If you are expecting “change” to come from Washington, you have been brainwashed into believing America’s Baghdad on the Potomac is the only legitimate seat of power.

That is music to the ears of Washington’s power-mad power brokers. They love nothing better than watching you waste time and money working to change politicians on the national level when the real power is vested in the permanent administrative state: the president and the federal bureaucracy he administers.

  • Who is driving America’s coal industry out of business through regulation? The Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Who is attempting to ban constitutionally protected gun ownership through the banning of specific types of ammunition? The guys who implemented the Obama administration’s sale of weapons to Mexican drug cartels (Operation Fast and Furious), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  • Who writes the regulations driving up medical costs while lowering American health care standards? The Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Who sees that new, illegal arrivals to our country receive tax refunds when they have paid no taxes? The Internal Revenue Service, which also targets conservative and Tea Party organizations for harassment.
  • Who, by one vote, gave Washington power to regulate the Internet like a public utility? The Federal Communications Commission.
  • Who keeps attempting to regulate political speech despite a landmark Supreme Court ruling? The Federal Election Commission.

The website UShistory.org observes chillingly, “Even the experts can’t agree on the total number of federal government agencies, commissions, and departments.”

President Ronald Reagan got it half right when he said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” Actually, programs, like politicians, come and go, but the government agencies that administer them live forever.

It’s frustrating to think that the Tea Party has fallen into the trap of believing their congressional candidates can reduce Washington’s overbearing presence in our lives. That strategy has failed miserably.

There are 535 members of Congress. There are also an estimated 2.6 million federal bureaucrats and contractors. Those numbers add up to tyranny.

You won’t limit the power of the federal government by sending conservative and Tea Party candidates to Congress when geldings like Boehner and McConnell lead them.

George Mason, a Virginia delegate to the Constitutional Convention, said that without providing the states a means of amending the document, “no amendments of the proper kind would ever be obtained by the people, if the [national] Government should become oppressive.”

A convention of states is the only remedy now left to us. Otherwise, frustrated Republicans can continue waiting for John Boehner and Mitch McConnell to grow spines. And that would represent a triumph of hope over tragic experience.

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  • Jim

    I was a “sucker” but now my eyes are open. To hell with all of them!

  • Gary Wood

    Many claim to love the Constitution and see it as something near sacred. Among those are a large number who attack the notion of a state led Article V convention because they fear no statesmen exist and they confuse the 1787 convention with an Article V convention called by the states and classify it as a runaway con-con (it was not).

    Article V is there, wisely, to control times when the general government (not national) is out-of-control as it is today. I like the fact Mr. Nemo pointed to it as one tool we have because as long as we continue to allow the school house rituals of majority/minority positions inside the legislative branches (terrible tradition started in 1899 and now infects all branches, national and state) elections will continue to net nothing but more general government control and an ever crushing administrative state.

    Why general and not national? Each state is a nation as it was understood when George III recognized each state equal to other nations, including England. Under our original federalist republic we had the state/nation governments and the general government which, together, made up our federal governing system. Thanks for a good article and take on a proper step rather than the on-going waste of money and efforts on false statesmen.

  • joeseph

    what a horrible bias article.

  • Steven Ray

    It’s time for the real Americans to lock and load, and take our country back from the STUPID.

  • Bill Floyd

    We do not live under the Founders Constitution, It was changed by the “Act of 1871”

  • herecomedalady

    There is nothing biased about this article. It’s the absolute truth. It’s painfully obvious that Congress is complicit with this corrupt administration. They are all corrupt except for possibly a select few. The Democrats are in bed with the Muslims and Communists and the Republicans have joined them. We’ve finally been sold out to the Illuminati. It’s time to tear down this empire these jerks have built that were supposed to representing We The People and start from scratch. I AM FED UP.