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Is It Time To Rewrite The Constitution?

The US Constitution was written to limit the power of government. Today the government that was once limited is a ravenous bureaucratic beast that seeks to control everything and everyone before it. How can we stop it? Cal Thomas and Mark Levin have an idea. Revisit the Constitution in a Convention of States. Yes, it would be a left versus right free for all. But the gamble would be worth it to possibly fully restore American freedom and limited government. Cal Thomas has details.

Thomas: “Power to the People’ was a chant used by anti-war and civil rights protesters in the ’60s. John Lennon wrote a song with that title in 1971. The idea flowed from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution which begins, ‘We the people.’

‘The concept behind that phrase was that the people, not the government, are sovereign and the government’s power is granted to it by the governed. That has been reversed in our day as government has become ever more powerful, some would argue dictatorial, as demonstrated by restrictions on our liberties with the COVID-19 virus used as the excuse. The government has also become expensive and remote from most people. Recall it was Ronald Reagan who said, ‘Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.’ How ancient that seems today, given government’s growth and reach.

“According to conventionofstates.com which tracks the progress of resolutions, 15 states have approved calling for a convention of the states to reign in what they believe is out-of-control government. The support of 34 states is needed. Thirty-eight states are required to ratify any proposed amendments. The website says seven states have approved a resolution in one of their legislative chambers and 22 state legislatures will consider doing so this year.

“The Founders saw state conventions as the ultimate safeguard against government overreach and a necessary workaround should Congress exceed its constitutional authority, which supporters of state conventions believe it has. Critics of state constitutional conventions say they could potentially open the door for revisions in our founding document that even convention proponents would oppose. Convention supporters say the agenda, such as balanced budgets and term limits, could be limited by the states.

“I have been on the side of the cautious on this issue, but as I see President Biden issuing record numbers of executive orders, bypassing the authority of Congress, and Congress on a spending binge that is driving the debt to record and unsustainable levels, perhaps threatening our very survival, I have come to the conclusion that nothing but a carefully organized and controlled constitutional convention can return power to where the Founders intended it to reside — with the people. The reason government has become so dysfunctional and unwieldy is that it has for too long exceeded the boundaries originally set for it. The Founders wanted government to be limited, so the people would be mostly unlimited in their pursuit of happiness, accompanied by individual responsibility and accountability.

“Attorney and media commentator Mark Levin, who helped launch the current campaign for a convention of states, responded to my request for a comment: ‘When the framers wrote Article V of the Constitution), it was precisely for a time like this. Our republic and liberty are at stake, threatened by a mob, political demagogues, and a corrupt media. In the end, it’s the only tool that can save our constitution.’ Increasingly it appears he is right.”

This piece was written by David Kamioner on April 29, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette [3] and is used by permission.

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