Mark Levin has just published his much-anticipated book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American RepublicThree of his eleven proposed Constitutional amendments appear below, and a Sean Hannity interview of Levin appears at the bottom of this post.

Levin’s book is centered around the Constitution’s Article V (aka “Article 5″). That article specifies two methods for amending the Constitution. Just briefly –

  1. In the first method of creating amendments, Congress proposes and the States dispose.
  2. In the second method of creating amendments, the States propose and the States dispose.

Liberty AmendmentsThe second method has never been used successfully, although there have been many attempts.  It is that second method that the Founders provided as a remedy for an overreaching federal government.

In the second method, neither Congress, nor the President, nor the Supreme Court have any voting or veto authority whatsoever.  The states are in full control. Period. It is, by design, the ultimate override for an over-spending, over-taxing, over-regulating, and increasingly dictatorial and lawless federal government. Clearly, its time has come.

In that second method, Congress has at most a mere ministerial role.  Of course Congress is very protective of its power, and could, through delay and inaction, attempt to convert their mere ministerial role into a de facto veto power, halting any attempt for a state-driven amendment action.

Apparently Congress has done exactly that many times, acting in bad faith and contrary to the Framers’ spirit and intent for Article V which is clearly expressed in the Federalist Papers. Legal scholars have been trying to find a way around the federal government’s intransigence, so far with little success.

Now more than ever, it is time for We the People to bring the power of Article V to the center ring of American politics. That starts with awareness, and Levin’s book will bring more Americans than ever to the fight for a Constitutionally limited federal government.

Three of Levin’s proposed amendments appear below.  As you read these, imagine what just these three alone could do to break up the ruling-class cliques in Washington that have driven us, our children, and our grandchildren so deeply into debt.

An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress

SECTION 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a member of Congress, whether such service is exclusively in the House or the Senate or combined in both Houses.

SECTION 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any incumbent member of Congress whose term exceeds the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term, but thereafter shall be ineligible for further service as a member of Congress.

Two Amendments to Limit Federal Spending and Taxing

Spending

SECTION 1: Congress shall adopt a preliminary fiscal year budget no later than the first Monday in May for the following fiscal year, and submit said budget to the President for consideration.

SECTION 2: Shall Congress fail to adopt a final fiscal year budget prior to the start of each fiscal year, which shall commence on October 1 of each year , and shall the President fail to sign said budget into law , an automatic, across-the-board, 5 percent reduction in expenditures from the prior year’s fiscal budget shall be imposed for the fiscal year in which a budget has not been adopted.

US_ConstitutionSECTION 3: Total outlays of the federal government for any fiscal year shall not exceed its receipts for that fiscal year.

SECTION 4: Total outlays of the federal government for each fiscal year shall not exceed 17.5 percent of the Nation’s gross domestic product for the previous calendar year.

SECTION 5: Total receipts shall include all receipts of the United States Government but shall not include those derived from borrowing. Total outlays shall include all outlays of the United States Government except those for the repayment of debt principal.

SECTION 6: Congress may provide for a one-year suspension of one or more of the preceding sections in this Article by a three-fifths vote of both Houses of Congress, provided the vote is conducted by roll call and sets forth the specific excess of outlays over receipts or outlays over 17.5 percent of the Nation’s gross domestic product.

SECTION 7: The limit on the debt of the United States held by the public shall not be increased unless three-fifths of both Houses of Congress shall provide for such an increase by roll call vote.

SECTION 8: This Amendment shall take effect in the fourth fiscal year after its ratification.

 Taxing

SECTION 1: Congress shall not collect more than 15 percent of a person’s annual income, from whatever source derived. “Person” shall include natural and legal persons.

SECTION 2: The deadline for filing federal income tax returns shall be the day before the date set for elections to federal office.

SECTION 3: Congress shall not collect tax on a decedent’s estate.

SECTION 4: Congress shall not institute a value-added tax or national sales tax or any other tax in kind or form.

SECTION 5: This Amendment shall take effect in the fourth fiscal year after its ratification.

US-constitution2The remaining eight amendments have the following titles (see the book for details):

An Amendment to Restore the Senate

An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for the Supreme Court Justices and Super-Majority Legislative Override

An Amendment to Limit the Federal Bureaucracy

An Amendment to Promote Free Enterprise

An Amendment to Protect Private Property

An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Directly Amend the Constitution

An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Check Congress

An Amendment to Protect the Vote

 

We've all been fighting alligators for a very long time. Maybe this is the way to start draining the swamp!

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  • Mark Levin is sponsor by Americans for Prosperity. They are both wrong. Kenneth C. Griffin was a contributor to Americans for Prosperity and was also a fundraiser for both the John McCain and Barack Obama 2008 Presidential Campaigns at the same time. Griffin and his wife were major contributors to the Rahm Emanuel 2011 Chicago Mayoral Campaign. Americans for Prosperity is also funded by the Koch Brothers. It is the front organizanations that are behind this Article V Amendment Convention.  There is already a "New States Constitution" waiting in the wings for a Constitutional Convention to take place.

    Check out the Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America

    http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/master_file/newstat...

    http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/newstates.htm

    Also check out my article dated August 21 below for more reasons why an Article V Amendment Convention is dangerous and will cause a runaway convention. One thing is the delegates can not be controlled. Chief Justice Warren Burger stated

    I have also repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the convention would obey. After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don't like its agenda. The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the confederation Congress "for the sole and express purpose."

     

  • Oh, this is great! I justgot the book and I had better start reading it!

  • I think making amendments to the US Constitution to reflect the will of the American people is necessary and good. The State of Florida requires a constitutional review every twenty years; this falls in line with Thomas Jefferson who though ever twenty years was suitable for a constitutional overhaul. This being said, there are First Principles that the US constitution is missing. In fact the US Constitution is missing the fourth branch of government. The 4th branch use to exist in early America as part of the Christian culture. It was called the Sabbath, a weekly meeting among citizens and representatives. Biblically, the Sabbath is a day of holy assemblies, that is, public assemblies for  reviewing the laws of the land. It is citizenship training day. Article VIII to the US Constitution incorporates the Sabbath as the needed day for eternal vigilance by the American people over their public institutions. Visit: CHCAFE.WORDPRESS.com to read Article VIII to the US Constitution, incorporating the wisdom of God into the American fabric.

  • The following article is from Secure Arkansas and everyone needs to check it out before jumping on the bandwagon.

    Say No to an Article V Amendment Convention
     
    Can YOU handle the truth contained in this article?  Read the information below, then do a search for yourself. 
     
    Mark Levin, talk show host of the Mark Levin Show sponsored by Americans For Prosperity, has just come out with a new book, The Liberty Amendments.  Mark's book promotes an Article V Amendment Convention (Con-Con). 
     
    No thanks, Mark.  This is a dangerous position.  The Constitutional Convention is how the Articles of Confederation got replaced.  Mark is wrong. Americans for Prosperity is wrong.  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is wrong.  Do a Google search for "Controlled Opposition" and then follow the money.  Both political parties are involved.  "The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves." - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
     

    The following YouTube video presentation provides both the problem and a solution:    

    The Quigley Formula - G. Edward Griffin lecture  (Preview)

    After you have listened to the Quigley Formula YouTube video presentation, you should have a better understanding about what is going on in America and have an open mind on what is being presented below.
     
     
    "Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either." 
    Albert Einstein
     
     
    Many grassroots, Tea Party, and Christian groups are being infiltrated with progressive ideas by people presenting themselves as Conservatives, Christians, or Patriots.  We must all be truth seekers.  Don't  accept any information without checking out both the message AND the person.  That includes everything.  Just because someone claims to be something doesn't mean they are.  Everyone and everything needs to be vetted.  Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow, but it is the truth. 
     
    Citizens for Self-Governance launches a new project to call a convention of states to implement Mark Levin's "Liberty Amendments" Strategy.  This is calling for a Convention of the States via Article V Amendment Convention.  (Any Article V Amendment Convention is dangerous and could turn into a runaway convention.)   Michael P. Farris is in charge of this project. 
     
    The leadership team is: 
    Mark Meckler - President
    Michael P. Farris - Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, Head of Convention of the States Project
    Mark Wohlschlegel II - Executive Director
    Laura Fennig - Coalitions Director
    Jordan Sillars - Communications Director
     
    With all that being said, we have checked out Michael P. Farris and Grover G. Norquist because Norquist is the Director of ParentalRights.org of which Farris is the President.
     
    Grover G. Norquist is a key player for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).  Norquist CFR membership can be confirmed from CFR's own web site.  
     
    Grover G. Norquist is the Director of ParentalRights.org  of which Michael P. Farris is the President.  Michael P. Farris surely would have vetted Norquist before he made him director, so he should have known he was a CFR member.  Remember:  it is the Council on Foreign Relations that controls policy in the U.S.A. 
     

    Michael P. Farris
    Citizens for Self-Governance – Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, head of Convention of the States Project         

    This one of the groups with whom Michael P. Farris is associated and which is pushing for an Article V Amendment Convention.

    Michael P. Farris current relationships:

    Christian Freedom International - advisory board member
    ParentalRights.org - president
     

    Grover G. Norquist personal relations:

    Cleta Mitchell - spokesman
    Samah Norquist - spouse

    Other current Grover G. Norquist relationships:

    American Spectator - contributing editor
    Americans for Tax Reform - founder & president
    America's Future Foundation - advisory board member
    GOProud - advisory council member
    ParentalRights.org - director

    Grover G. Norquist past relationships:

    Jack Abramoff - political ally
    Citizens for America - field director
    National Taxpayers Union - executive director
     
     
     
    Reason why we must NOT promote an Article V Amendment  Convention:
    There is no provision in Article V empowering state legislators to choose the delegates to a Constitutional Convention or to "limit" the scope of a Con-Con.  There are no rules, no regulations or instructions, and once a Convention is underway, the delegates answer to NOBODY!

    According to Corpus Juris Secundum 16 C.J.S 9 (a compilation of State Supreme Court findings): 

    The members of a Constitutional Convention are the direct representatives of the people, and as such
    (1)  They may exercise all sovereign powers that are vested in the people of the state. 
    (2)  They derive their powers not from the legislature, but from the people. 
    (3)  Their power may not in any respect be limited or restrained by the legislature.
    (4)  Under this view, it is a Legislative Body of the Highest Order and may not only frame, but may
            also enact and promulgate.           

    Legislators are being told, and they believe, that they will be able to control a Convention!  IT'S A LIE!!!

    For the past 225 years, the Constitution has been amended without a convention because the risks of a repeat of 1787 has been, and still is, a well-known FACT.

    Govenor Mike Levitt (Utah) said it outright in his 1994 White Paper regarding the planned Conference of States to be held in "historic Philadelphia" in '95:

    "CONGRESS TRIED TO LIMIT THE CONVENTION'S AUTHORITY by stating it would meet 'for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation'."  

    "As we all know, the delegates to the great Constitutional Convention in 1787 in Philadelphia did much more than that. They threw out the Articles of Confederation and drafted a new constitution."

    Obama wants our guns!  Under the 2nd Amendment, he CANNOT get our guns without throwing out the entire Constitution!  If we lose that, everybody, including state legislators, loses their freedom.  
     
     
    All of the information below was derived using Muckety.  Muckety is the place for tracking people and organizations with power and influence.  We want to thank Muckety for providing this great search service.
     
     
     
    The following shows the connection that the Koch Brothers, Mark Levin, and Americans for Prosperity have with each other. You need to know who the players are that are operating behind the scenes.  Americans for Prosperity   
     
    YouTube - Videos from this email
     

     


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  • I believe that this is the beginning of the second revolution!

  • Just ordered the book. Looking forwarding to reading and pass it on to family members to educate them

  • I have a great respect for Mark Levin and listen to him often over WBAP 820am.What we have in OUR WHITEHOUSE is a half black tyrant who shoves it to us whiteties every chance he gets.As I have stated manytimes before this tyrant wipes his butt on our constitution everytime he wants.Our constitution to him has no meaning whatsoever.To him its just an old paper written by a bunch of old dead white men which means nothing to him or most blacks or other colors of people.He has wiped has blackAs* on it so many times it probely smells to highmighty.People must understand this tyrant who poses as president.He is a homosexaul marxist, communist, muslam.He is an illegal Alien who took America without firing a shot.We have run thur all of our patriots because the young of this nation could care less about our freedoms.Sure we do have a few who is still on the right path but very few.

  • No, Thanks. This is the dangerous.  Mark's method was how the Articles of Confederation got replaced.  Mark is Wrong. Americans for Prosperity is Wrong, Mark Levin Show is sponsored by Americans for Prosperity.  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is wrong,   National Council of State Legislatures NCSL is wrong. Why do you think that all these groups are together and destroying the USA. Check out Controlled Opposition. 

    The following is the reason for NOT having a Constitution Convention

    There is no provision in Article V empowering state legislators to choose the delegates to a Constitutional Convention or to "limit" the scope of a Con-Con. There are no rules, no regulations nor instructions; and once a Convention is underway, the delegates answer to NOBODY!

    According to Corpus Juris Secundum 16 C.J.S 9 (a compilation of State Supreme Court findings)  

    The members of a Constitutional Convention are the direct representatives of the people

    (1) and, as such, they may exercise all sovereign powers that are vested in the people of the state. 
    (2) They derive their powers, not from the legislature, but from the people: 
    (3)  and, hence, their power may not in any respect be limited or restrained by the legislature. Under this view, it is a Legislative Body of the Highest Order 
    (4)  and may not only frame, but may also enact and promulgate 

    Legislators are being told, and believe, that they will be able to control a Convention! IT'S A LIE!!!

    For the past 225 years the Constitution has been amended without a convention, because the risks of a repeat of 1787 has been, and still is, a well-known FACT.

    Govenor Mike Levitt (Utah) said it outright in his 1994 White Paper, re: the planned Conference of States, to be held in "historic Philadelphia" in '95:

    "CONGRESS TRIED TO LIMIT THE CONVENTION'S AUTHORITY by stating it would meet 'for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation'."  

    "As we all know, the delegates to the great Constitutional Convention in 1787 in Philadelphia did much more than that. They threw out the Articles of Confederation and drafted a new constitution".

    Obama wants our guns!  Under the 2nd amendment, he can NOT get our guns without throwing out the entire Constitution!!!  If we lose that, everybody, including state legislators, loses their freedom.  

  • THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT DON'T GIVE THEM FOUR YEARS, MAKE IT APPLAIBLE THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

  • The Supreme Court  will rule it unconstitutional.  

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