Top Conservative Urges Article V Convention
|October 27, 2013||Posted by Staff under Book Reviews, Editorials|
No matter what else he has done, what conservative radio host and author Mark Levin does in his new book The Liberty Amendments has made him a hero for me. For many years I have been writing articles on using something in the US Constitution that offers a path to urgently needed reforms of the political system. I also co-founded the national nonpartisan group Friends of the Article V Convention. Mark Levin has become the most notable, highly visible person to also come out loudly, advocating the first time use of the Article V convention option.
He forcefully makes the case for a convention of state delegates that would have the same constitutional authority as Congress has for proposing constitutional amendments. And just like all the amendments that now exist and which originated with Congress, those coming from a convention would still have to be ratified by three-quarters of the states. Levin recognizes that this high hurdle pretty much rules out truly nutty amendments, from either a conservative or liberal perspective, from ever becoming a reality. Nor can a convention totally rewrite our Constitution.
Levin has come to the same conclusion that rather than fear a convention Americans should more fear sticking with the current corrupt, dysfunctional system. Levin sees no hope for Republicans or Democrats, both ruled by rich corporate elites. More than 40 percent of political campaign contributions now come from the top 0.01 percent, the super-rich.
There have been many years when one of the two major parties controlled both the presidency and both houses of Congress, including two years under President Obama, four years under President George W. Bush, two years under President Clinton, and four years under President Carter, for example. Even with such dominance, neither party truly reformed the system. Nor did Supreme Court decisions.
Levin argues for a large number of specific constitutional amendments. Yet earlier attempts to use the convention option that were based on advocacy for specific amendments all failed. No matter how sensible any specific amendment may appear to most people, there will always be many people and groups willing to fight against it and using the convention option.
Already a sufficient number of state have applied to Congress for a convention (two-thirds of states), but Congress has intentionally violated the Constitution by not calling for the first convention, as Article V requires. Someone with so much celebrity as Levin needs to forcefully inform the public and his many supporters that Congress has long stood in the way.
There has been an incredible amount of brain washing from the right and left against using the convention option. Look at what we have now: a truly delusional democracy with each branch of the federal government failing, robbing citizens of their money, liberty, and hope.