“Mark Levin: States Should Call Convention to Propose Amending Constitution”
Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments, debuts tomorrow — and he’s already bracing for a full-throated attack from the GOP establishment and the left, neither of which he believes will prove effective, given his avowed promise to return fire without sugar coating his thoughts.
– Which sound vaguely familiar. I mean, take away the millions in salary and the 8+ million listeners — and add hair and impressive physical strength — and he and I are, like, identical!
Mark Levin, the nationally syndicated radio host who served as chief of staff in the Justice Department during the Reagan Administration, argues in his new book—The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic—that state legislatures should use the authority granted them in the Constitution to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution.
“It is the only way out,” Levin said in an interview on CNSNews.com’s Online With Terry Jeffrey. “The federal government, Congress, the Supreme Court, the president, the bureaucracy, they are not going to reform themselves, they are not going to limit their activities. Only we can–through our state representatives from the bottom up.”
Levin’s proposal is based on Article 5 of the Constitution, which says constitutional amendments may be proposed in two ways—either by two-thirds majorities in both houses of Congress or by a convention called by two-thirds of the state legislatures. Whichever way an amendment is proposed, however, it cannot become part of the Constitution unless it is ratified by three-quarters of the states.
“It’s time to turn to the Constitution, to save the Constitution, if you love the Constitution, before there is no Constitution,” Levin told CNSNews.com.
Levin says in The Liberty Amendments that he used to oppose the idea of the state legislatures convening a convention to propose constitutional amendments.
“I used to buy the argument that it’s a constitutional convention until I actually read Article V,” said Levin.“There is no constitutional convention. It’s a convention for proposing amendments—proposing amendments.”
“I used to think, well, we’ll have a constitutional convention, the people today aren’t nearly as bright as our original Framers, and we’ll have this runaway convention and the change of the government,” said Levin.
But after studying the language and history of Article V, Levin realized this was not the case, and given the current propensity of all three branches of the federal government to ignore the Constitution and its original meaning, he decided the time had come for the state legislatures to call for a convention to propose amendments that would renew the limits on federal power that the Framers intended the original Constitution to impose.
“There can be no runaway convention because three-fourths of the states still need to ratify [the amendments a convention proposes],” said Levin. “But we need to make it clear to the people in Washington that we do have a way out. There is a way forward. The states collectively, pressured by we the people, have enormous power.”
In addition to making the case that the state legislatures should call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution, Levin’s The Liberty Amendments also proposes a series of new amendments that Levin believes the convention should put up for ratification.
Some of the constitutional amendments Levin would like to see include imposing a 12-year limit on serving in Congress, returning the election of U.S. senators to state legislatures, requiring Congress to balance the budget and limiting federal spending to 17.5 percent of GDP, limiting federal taxation to 15 percent of an individual’s or a corporation’s earnings, empowering a special congressional committee to veto regulations issued by federal bureaucracies, prohibiting Congress from compelling anyone to participate in commerce (such as forcing them to buy health insurance), requiring Congress to publish the final text of any proposed legislation at least 30 days before holding a final vote on it, and requiring individuals to present a state-issued photo ID that establishes their identity and citizenship before they are allowed to register or vote.
The complete transcript of Levin’s interview with Terry Jefferies of CNS is available at the link.
Or you can just listen to the audio here:
It’s long past time to shake things up. And it’s the wacko birds who appear poised to do so. Fortunately for liberty and individual autonomy, we wacko birds take dumps that are bigger than the timid goldfinches that have nested in DC.
So let’s get on with this fight.
I’ve been calling for it for over half a decade now — and have been marginalized for my troubles. But no worries: those who marginalized me are coming on board and promise to help us lead the fight back to constitutionalism and originalism.
– Just so long as they don’t have to solidly embrace too many ideological hidebound conservative cranks — or populist snowbillies, or religious weirdos, or erstwhile Mandingo upstarts — to do so.
And with that kind of pragmatic turn toward conservative messaging promising to take root — so long as it’s selling — I feel saved already!