My son asked me the other day why I was supporting the Convention of States, when I was against Term Limits. And his question is very valid, especially since according to a Convention of States poll, the most popular reason for people to support the Convention of States is because they want Term Limits. The truth of the matter is I also don’t support the 2nd most popular reason people are supporting a Convention of States. I am opposed to a Balanced Budget Amendment. There may even be a third of the 9 proposed amendments that I am opposed to, but I would have to research that a little more.
So, If I am opposed to 2 or 3 of the amendments, why am I for the Convention of States? My overly simplified response is to quote Ronald Reagan, “My eighty-percent friend is not my twenty-percent enemy.” And while two is 22% of nine, I think that the principle is still the same.
Let’s look at my favorite parts of the proposed amendments in the Convention of States. Because the poll cited earlier only asked for the three most wanted amendments, that is what I will focus on. Please note this wasn’t an easy decisions, I love most of them and want to see them pass. But to be concise I will limit it to three.
Amendment Proposal 1 – Federal Spending: Section 1. The power of Congress to tax and spend is exclusively limited to the fulfillment of its enumerated powers. Nothing in the General Welfare Clause shall be construed to give Congress the power to tax and spend for any subject matter within the jurisdictional competence of the several states. Section 2. Members of state legislatures shall have standing to file any claim alleging violation of this amendment.
With this amendment we could finally reduce the Federal governments involvement in the welfare system. We would return the power back to the states and hopefully return it back to people, churches, and other service providers.
Amendment Proposal 2 – Federal Taxing: Section 1. All federal taxes, excises, and fees shall be void three years from the date of the ratification of this article unless otherwise repealed and replaced as specified herein. Section 2. No tax, excise, or fee shall be imposed by Congress except upon the vote of sixty percent of the total membership of both houses of Congress. Section 3. Members of state legislatures shall have standing to file any claim alleging violation of this amendment.
This will essentially eliminate the Federal Income Tax. What an amazing blessing this would be for the citizens and businesses if we could repeal Amendment 16.
Amendment Proposal 5 – Executive Orders and Regulations: Section 1. Neither the president nor any executive agency of any description whatsoever shall have the authority to make a rule, regulation, or order that is binding on any private person or entity. This shall not be construed to apply to any rule, regulation, or order that, in its essence, concerns the internal operations of government even if incidentally applicable to a private person or entity. Section 2. Members of state legislatures shall have standing to file any claim alleging violation of this amendment.
This is huge. Our executive branch has grown too strong. And it is because of the executive order. This will eleminate that power and return more control to the legislative branch.
I would also love to see the 17th Amendment repealed and make our Senator elected by our state legislators. The popular vote of Senators has enabled lobbyist to have more power in Washington, instead of allowing our elected officials become the “lobbyists” for the States, like I believe the constitution intended.
Anyway, my main point is that if I want these three amendments to pass, I have to risk the amendments I am not fond of. It is a risk worth taking. Besides by being involved with the calling of a convention. Hopefully, I will hold more clout when I petition future representatives to vote against the amendments I oppose.
Feature Photo: By Fletcher6 – Colonial Williamsburg Governor’s Palace Main Building, Public Domain