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(CNSNews.com) – “Washington is never going to fix itself,” said former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), explaining why he intends to spend the next few years trying to “cheat history” by helping to organize the nation’s first-ever Convention of the States.
The purpose of the convention will be to rein-in a federal “leviathan” that he says has overstepped its constitutional bounds.
Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the state legislatures can call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution that limit the scope and jurisdiction of the federal government.
Alaska, Florida and Georgia passed Article V resolutions last year. Two dozen other states are also considering that option.
On January 6, the House of Representatives passed House Rule XII, Section 3(c) ordering the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to keep track of all Article V Convention applications and have the Clerk’s Office make them “publicly available in electronic form, organized by State of origin and year of receipt.”
“It’s a difficult job,” Coburn, who recently signed on as a senior advisor to the Convention of the States project, told CNSNews.com. “You have to get 34 states to agree. But the group is very well-organized and has over 200,000 grassroots activists helping them.”
Coburn admitted that calling a convention of the states is a tacit admission that Washington is unable to solve the huge problems facing the country, but believes the United States has few options left.
“Most people know Washington is broken,” he told CNSNews.com. “Politicians there care about the next election, not the next generation. The career politicians make promises knowing they will be out of office when the bills come due. And I don’t see that there’s any way Congress is going to fix this in the next 10 or 15 years.
“That’s why I left early,” added Coburn, a family physician who retired from the Senate two years before his term expired after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“I identified $400 billion of waste, fraud and duplication, but none of it was eliminated. Nobody had the courage to eliminate it. And that’s why we need a Convention of the States: to diminish the power of the federal government.
“The CBO [Congressional Budget Office] and OMB [Office of Management and Budget] are not using real numbers and are not telling Americans the truth,” Coburn continued.
“We have $144 trillion in unfunded liabilities and we’re $18 trillion in debt. When you divide that by the population, it’s more than $500,000 for each American, which nobody has,” he said.
“Three thousand businesses closed last year. That hasn’t happened since World War II. Who’s going to loan the United States money knowing we can’t pay it back?” Coburn asked.
The U.S. financial system will collapse if something is not done about the federal government’s out-of-control spending, he pointed out. “Nobody knows when this will happen, but it will happen sooner rather than later,” he said. “Unless we unwind this, we’re going the way of the Romans and the Greeks.”
CNSNews.com asked Coburn why his fellow Republicans, who supposedly support limited government, have gone along with the vast expansion of federal power.
“The Republican Party is not the party of small government,” Coburn replied. “I’ve been in Washington for 16 years, when Republicans controlled Congress and the White House, when Democrats controlled Congress, and every combination in between. There is no difference. There’s no difference,” he emphasized.
No matter which party was in charge, the federal government continued to grow and Americans’ liberty continued to diminish, he pointed out.
“They’ve already stolen the future from the next generation,” he said, adding that the current policies will continue “until the power is taken away and given back to the states.”
“It is testament to the wisdom of our Founders to have included the Convention of States provision in Article V in the Constitution because they knew someday government might grow too big, take on too much debt and promulgate reams of regulation that stifle American prosperity. There is no question that is the Washington that exists today,” Coburn wrote in a recent oped.
“Moreover, the Founders trusted the states and the people to step up and defend their own liberty and sovereignty. So do I.”
Coburn dismissed claims that an Article V Convention would open the door to malicious tampering with one of the nation’s founding documents, pointing out that just 12 states can stop any amendment from advancing to ratification.
“What I hear from conservatives is ‘Oh, we can’t do it. We might not be successful. It might be runaway’,” Coburn told Greta van Susteran. “You know, 69 of the 99 legislative bodies in the states are controlled right now by Republicans.
“But forget that. People in the country, outside of Washington, have a lot of common sense. They’re not about to let our First Amendment, our Second Amendment, our Fourth Amendment, our Sixth Amendment rights be taken away in some runaway convention. And besides, it only takes 25 legislative bodies to stop anything that would come out of that,” he said.
“If they go crazy, it’s not going anywhere,” Coburn told CNSNews.com. “Not doing anything is worse than the worst outcome” of an Article V Convention, he added.
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Using the States' Inherent Power to Nullify
Thomas Jefferson is frequently quoted as a supporter of the Article V convention route, but he was more in favor of nullification of unconstitutional laws. The modern proponents of a convention say that nullification should not be used. But it should be used because it is essentially employing the Tenth Amendment to negate an unconstitutional federal law within a state through the legislature. Once this is done in enough states, the reality is that the law is never enforced.
The most famous use of this tactic was the Fugitive Slave Act. Regardless of the position of the Congress, the Executive, and the Supreme Court, enough states in the North defied the law and for all practical purposes it became unenforceable.
The difference between a convention and nullification is:
1. With nullification the Constitution is left intact. With a convention the Constitution is changed — and possibly even scrapped entirely.
2. Responsibility rests with the states with nullification. With a convention, the responsibility is passed off to a convention.
3. With nullification the end is known. With a convention it is unknown. Even the language of any proposed amendment is not formulated until the convention delegates are in session and debate the issue.
4. With nullification the elected legislature is sitting as the authority. With a convention no one knows who the delegates will be. One thing for sure, they will not be Madison, Hamilton, Washington, Jay, et al.
5. With nullification there are no amendments that need to be ratified. With a convention, should flawed amendments come through the process due to untoward influences on the delegates, a great deal of money and mass media support could cause the ratification of amendments that actually, although subtly, subvert the original intent of the Constitution. And not necessarily by three-fourths of the state legislatures. The amendments could instead be sent to special state ratifying conventions for the purpose of circumventing the legislatures. And the rules of ratification could even be changed by the convention.
Don't trust Congress to limit itself. Use a tool that states have had since their inception to stop federal tyranny. Unlike calling for a convention, states do not request anything from Congress.
Charles Wierzbicki said:
i need feminism because compliments, this a bash on feminism.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo2dTzRdypY
Yeah, they're really getting bizarre, Charles
Indeed , they are. Liberal women.
lawsuit filed in federal court is uncovering the consequences of the Obama Administration’s unlawfully imposed transgender agenda.
After capitulating to Obama’s public school transgender edict in May, a Minnesota high school is being accused of ignoring complaints of privacy violations by their biologically female students, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported Wednesday.
Funny, this is exactly what the left continually assures us would never happen.
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