In a recent blog I suggested a possible way to reverse the domination of the federal government over our lives and return to a true Constitutional Republic by obtaining two things. Two amendments really. Term Limits and Voter ID. It so happens I posted that same blog in three different places on the web and received the same question from several different people which I will attempt to answer here. I know some will not like this answer, but it is the only one I can envision as being remotely possible.
Allow me to begin with a little background on the enacting of Amendments to the constitution. Here is what the fifth article of our Constitution states about enacting amendments.
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.
The simple way is to have the congress propose the amendment then have 75% or 39 states ratify it. The harder way is for the legislatures of 2/3rds or 34 of the states to call for a constitutional convention. The only way that I see for this to happen is that second way. I just cannot see the power mad people in our congress limiting their power in any manner.
OK so now we know the mechanics involved; how do we make it happen? We have the ability and the means to generate a ground swell of support for this. It is called The Tea Party. BUT. Therein lies another problem. There is not one Tea Party in this country. There are at least three national organizations calling themselves “The Tea Party.” They agree on many things. The main point of disagreement is all in the how.
The ‘Tea Party Patriots’ as seen at http://teaparty.net I believe was the first to open a site on the web. They brook almost no outside comment, but do disseminate information. They have their own set of core beliefs they adhere to. The second is http://teaparty.org. They seek comments from members and this blog will be posted on that site. They also have their core beliefs, which are different in kind form the other two. The third is the Tea Party Express. Sorry I don’t have their web site as I don’t personally enjoy some of their methods. Therein lays the rub. Their methods. I will leave an in depth analysis of those methods for another and, trust me, much more boring blog. Suffice it to say they don’t approach the same problems, on some cases, and certainly go about attacking those problems in vastly different ways. Now that can be a good thing! IF they could just focus! If they got together and used their dissimilar approaches to get those state legislatures to call that convention we could have one in about two years.
Simple, right? Yeah sure.
Let me close with one thought. Without, at the very least, the voter ID laws passed in a vast majority of the states, the liberals will continue to win and We The People shall continue to lose. Because the dead have come back to life and are voting democratic as are the illegals in every state!