The growing federal government continues to threaten American liberty. Now many conservatives are banding together to call for an Article 5 convention of states to take back the power the feds have stolen.
Radio host and best-selling author Mark Levin graciously agreed to be interviewed for a special feature item by Kathy Jessup in the June issue of TheBlaze Magazine titled, “Using the Constitution to Save the Constitution.” Levin and several other constitutional experts explain why the Article 5 convention is our best option to stop the federal leviathan.
The feature also provides a forum for those on the right who disagree with the idea of a convention of states, worried that it will open the Constitution to abuse from leftists who would sacrifice the rights of individuals and states in order to grow the federal government.
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Below is an excerpt from our exclusive report on how we can use the tools the founders gave us to stop a runaway government. But you can get the full story ONLY in the June issue of TheBlaze Magazine.
Constitutional attorney Michael Farris gives the survival of American liberty “10 years, at the most.”
Conservative radio host, lawyer and author Mark Levin says, “America is reaching the point of no return, unraveling quickly over the last 10 years.” He’s not predicting a second American civil war between statists and constitutional individualists, but he says that he “fears what is possible down the road” if federal powers continue sucking liberty from states and individuals, unchecked by either political party.
Conservative columnist George Will joins the chorus, recently predicting, “I am quite confident that we’re going to rebel against this abusive government.”
But while there’s consensus on the threat, there is not unanimity among conservatives for triggering a constitutional amendment provision that’s never been used in the history of the United States—a convention of states.
Article V provides two ways to amend the U.S. Constitution. In one, a proposed amendment is initiated and passed by Congress, then sent to the states for ratification. All 27 current amendments followed that path.
But to counter a power-grabbing federal government, the Founders alternatively provided that a common resolution by two-thirds of the states would require Congress to call a convention where state-appointed delegates could initiate constitutional amendments.
Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum argues a convention of states could open a constitutional Pandora’s box, unleashing a “runaway,” liberal trashing of the Constitution that sacrifices more individual rights and state powers to an all-powerful central government.
But Levin believes the method the Founders’ provided for states to exercise their constitutional muscle over what he argues has become a federal leviathan is the answer to resetting unbalanced federal power.
Levin’s latest book, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic,” lays out his case for a convention of states and proposes 11 new amendments, including congressional and Supreme Court term limits, changing the way U.S. senators are selected, debt and taxation limits, checks on bureaucracy and regulations, a method to override Supreme Court decisions, refining Congress’ Commerce Clause powers and setting national voter identification standards.
In an interview with TheBlaze, Levin acknowledged his original reticence to tinkering with America’s 225-year-old framework. But as federal power has metastasized, Levin believes the Founders supplied a solution if America is prepared for bold action to reclaim liberty.
“The Framers anticipated this day might arrive, for they knew that republics deteriorate at first from within,” Levin says in his book. “They provided a lawful and civil way to repair what has transpired. We, the people, through our state legislatures—and the state legislatures, acting collectively—have enormous power to constrain the federal government, reestablish self-government and secure individual sovereignty.”
Levin warns that states acting to reclaim individual and states’ rights will face vigorous challenges from a bloated and intractable federal ruling class.
“The Statists’ utopia and the Framers’ Constitution cannot coexist,” Levin says. “The Left will fight this approach because they get what they want with this top-down approach. They fear bottom-up government.”
Levin says the clock is ticking in a race America must not lose.
Get the full report, including everything Levin had to say, in the TheBlaze Magazine.
Jessup reveals how much longer experts think liberty has to survive if we don’t act soon, what steps must be taken to make an Article V convention happen, what the potential pitfall are (if any), and what the real history of conventions of states is–all in the June issue of TheBlaze, which you can get for FREE.
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