Lanterns: Convention of States: Last Chance for the Constitution?


Convention of States: Last Chance for the Constitution?

Convention of the States and Restoration of the Constitution

We have witnessed a stunning and unprecedented usurpation of powers by the Federal Government and its agencies and bureaus that would most likely not survive any genuine constitutional review. This concentration of power and authority within the executive branch has proliferated to the extreme through the use of not only Executive Orders, but by the tsunami of government regulations and rules that flow through the various departments, agencies, and bureaus such as, the EPA, BLM, FDA, DHS, etc. In fact, the extent to which this behemoth of unmanageability has grown starts to become apparent once one reviews the government’s website that simply lists these departments and agencies – found here.

From a broad and simplistic view, it is easy to understand how the farther away from the governed these officials are, the less responsive and sensitive to the needs of the governed these central planning powers become. They are also more vulnerable to manipulation and influence by special interests with vast resources who are able to direct policy in ways that benefit their clients and not necessarily the people. In fact, more often than not, those special interests will run counter to the majority of citizens, and by their very nature, benefit a small minority – those who fund the lobby.

As the Federal Government has routinely concentrated more and more power and authority over the nation and states, we find that the social attitudes have been conditioned and cultural acceptance of this monolithic vision of rule has been achieved with barely any resistance or analysis by the public at large. 

Even the state governments have gradually accepted the new relationship as it has evolved into a “parent – child” paradigm in which the Federal Government dictates policy, issues edicts, decrees, and mandates, governing everything from school curriculum and lunches, to who can use which bathroom, using threats and coercion through funding programs to achieve control. 

Society seems to have been conditioned to accept the “king and peasant” scenario regarding our national governance, without questioning what happened to states' rights or where in the constitution such massive concentration of power in the Federal Government was granted.

The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is written in simple language that is easily understood. Most places on the internet where I find it posted are preceded with explanations and apologies that seem deliberately aimed at diluting the simple power of the words themselves. Here is the 10th Amendment to the Constitution:

Amendment X

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.

So, there it is. One simple sentence. Let’s interpret its meaning. “The powers not delegated” are an interesting choice of words. The Constitution “delegates” power, and therefore, the U.S. Federal Government is subordinate to it. The powers not delegated to the Unites States by the Constitution, nor powers that have been prohibited by the Constitution to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. As a layman, reading this, I believe a reasonable person would immediately realize that the Federal government has gone so far past asserting powers not granted or delegated to it by the Constitution, it is in critical need of careful review and repurposing. 

The Federal Government has taken on so many social projects we are at a point now where we are debating whether or not the country even has a border. We have a Federal Government that is resettling refugees from all over the globe in small communities and states without any inquiry or consent on the citizens of those communities and states. 

We have the Federal Government, through its agencies, seizing public land across states, and asserting its domain without purpose. We see the Feds seizing property and rights without due process with the stroke of a pen, backed up by heavily armed militarized agencies like the BLM and EPA.

Enter Article V of the US Constitution, which reads:

Article V

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.

As many of you already know, there is a movement that is advocating a Convention of States by soliciting the legislatures of at least 2/3rds of the states to convene and construct legislation themselves that will address the runaway Federal usurpation of power and the associated tyranny that has become routine in the Washington, DC culture. The object of this movement is to return to the rule of law as provided under the US Constitution and to work toward a convention that would craft a constitutional remedy and submit it to vote – in hopes that 3/4ths of the states would ratify the remedy.

We may very well be too late in this effort, but the wisdom of the US Constitution provided this last resort to reclaim and restore the government under such circumstances. We the people cannot outbid the global lobbyists who seem to be running much of federal policy in the modern era. We see our government taking actions and steps to comply with global standards and laws that unlawfully subordinate the US Constitution. This trend is accelerating as we have political leadership eager to please unseen global masters by subjugating the peasant class to every manner of global law while ignoring the fact that to do so directly violates the Constitution which is the law of the land.

I urge you to become educated regarding the Convention of States process in your state. Support it, and learn how you can get involved to get approval by your state legislature. Keep in mind; this effort is simply to achieve the willingness of 2/3rds of the states to convene and meet. It is the first key step in restoring law and order to our country – and it may well be the last such opportunity we will have.

Written by Clark Albritton

2 Responses

Clark: I'm with you 100% in spirit, but unfortunately only 50% on specific. You propose Article X: "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." This is insufficient, because you are relying on the wording of the Constitution to define "powers not delegated". Historically, political actors in Washington have had little trouble twisting what the Constitution means to support their agendas. The commerce clause is a prime example. Your proposal does not fix this. I'm afraid that we'll need to write amendments that define the meaning of the original existing Constitution in terms that cannot be warped. I'm not sure how to do that.

Duane, Hey, thanks for the response - I'm with you, it is truly imperative to get this Convention happening and be very clear and thorough in the amendments so that we achieve the result we all seek.

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