Building a Stronger Cage – Andrew Joppa (1/12)


If dangerous animals escape from a zoo it is critical that they be recaptured and subdued. That, however, is not enough. They must be returned to their cage. Even that is not enough. Their cage must be made stronger and more escape proof than ever before. It must be assured that these wild animals can never escape again. The upcoming election is to insure that the escaped animals of the Washington Beltway are recaptured and subdued. It will, however, require an Article V Amendments Convention of States to insure the constraining cage of The Constitution will prevent their ever breaking out again.

Recently, the Article V Amendments Convention has been given powerful additional support from two Conservatives with strong credentials; Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas and, widely respected Conservative author, Thomas Sowell. These endorsements, linked with the existing mass of support from the likes of Mark Levin and Marco Rubio; advocating for a term limits amendment that Congress would never pass themselves, are creating a growing optimism that this convention will be convened.

Abbott hopes his weight as the leader of the nation’s largest conservative state can strengthen momentum in an enduring dream of some Republicans. Abbott’s vision includes an outline of new state protections that could nullify federal laws and weaken the Supreme Court as well as a federal balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

One of his nine amendment proposals would require a supermajority of seven justices to invalidate any state law. “The Supreme Court is a co-conspirator in abandoning the Constitution,” said Abbott, the state’s former attorney general and a former Texas Supreme Court justice. “Instead of applying laws as written, it embarrassingly strains to rewrite laws like Obamacare.”

Thomas Sowell, writing in defense of The Amendments Convention and Greg Abbott’s position, “In recent years, a growing number of people have advocated a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The reaction to the proposal has (often) been hostile, out of all proportion to either the originality or the danger of such a convention.

Sowell, described that the actual opposition to a convention is from the Left, “The political left has been especially vehement in its denunciations of what they call ‘messing with the Constitution.’ A recent proposal by Governor Greg Abbott of Texas to hold a Constitutional (amendments) convention of states has been denounced by the Texas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and nationally by an editorial in the liberal “USA Today.”

In fact, no one has “messed with the Constitution” more or longer than the political Democratic Left, over the past hundred years. This began with Progressives like Woodrow Wilson, who openly declared the Constitution an impediment to the kinds of “reforms” the Progressive movement wanted, and urged judges to “interpret” the Constitution in such a way as to loosen its limits on federal power.

Sowell wrote, “It has long been a complaint of the Left that the process of amending the Constitution is too hard, so they have depended on federal judges — especially Supreme Court Justices — to amend the Constitution, de facto and piecemeal, in a leftward direction.

He continued, “The Constitution itself lists a convention of states among the ways that amendments can be officially proposed…these proposals will have to be put to a vote of the states, three-fourths of whom will have to agree before any amendment can become law.” He questions, “Is it better to have the Constitution amended de facto by a 5 to 4 vote of the Supreme Court? By the unilateral actions of a president? By administrative rulings by anonymous bureaucrats in federal agencies, to whom federal judges ‘defer'”?

Sowell negated the “danger” of an Amendments Convention as he wrote, “The idea that a convention of states could run amok and rewrite the Constitution overlooks the fact that it would take the votes of two-thirds of the states just to convene a convention, and then three-fourths of the states to actually pass an amendment.”

Far from proposing radical departures from the Constitution, most of Governor Abbott’s proposed amendments would restore Constitutional protections that have been covertly eroded by unelected federal judges and by unelected bureaucrats in administrative agencies, who create a major part of “the law of the land,” with the help of “deference” from federal judges.

Despite the Left’s portrayal of themselves as champions of the people, they consistently try to move decisions out of the hands of the general public and into the hands of officials insulated from the voters, such as unelected federal judges and anonymous bureaucrats with iron-clad job protection.

No wonder they don’t want to have a convention that would restore a Constitution which begins with “We the People.” To “restore” means to return to original condition. It is only by restoring the original constitutional constraints on the Federal government can we begin to recreate the nation that we were bequeathed by our Founders. Without that “cage”, regardless of the presidential elections of 2016, the American future will continue to be clouded by the escape of the beltway “animals.”