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This is an excellent critique of the DC GOP proposals. The problem is that the federal government accesses far more revenue than the states can. The way to balance this against the desire to promote state-based soutions to social welfare needs is to consolidate all federal scial welfare spending into a single, no strings attached annual block grant to the states on a strictly per capita basis. At the same time, all federal welfare agencies and departmetns are entirely abolished, so there are no federal regulators to restrict the states.
The problem is how to reverse all of the unconstitutional amendments that Stevens and his ilk have promulgated over the last 80 years. Legitimate constitutional amendment is the only effective way of restoring the original constitutional limits on federal power. Unfortunately, Congress will not initiate such amendments, and the convention method is risky and practically unworkable. Therefore we must first implement a proposal such as that made by Levin that will permit states to amend the Constitution without having to go through the untried and archaic mechanism of a convention. See http://www.timelyrenewed.com
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Is Article V in Our Future?

Timely3 Wrote: Aug 29, 2013 2:40 AM
The solution is to first reform the amendment process to allow the States to directly amend the Constitution without having to go through either Congress or the untried and archaic mechanism of a convention. This is one of Mark Levin's amendments. Another version which could get two-thirds approval in the current Congress is at http://www.amendmentamendment.com.
Amending the Constitution to restore its original meaning is an excellent idea. The question is how to accomplish it. Mark points to the unused half of Article V which allows the states to initiate amendments through a convention. However, there are several problems with using an Article V convention. The Constitution provides no procedural rules for such a convention, not even on as basic an issue as how it will vote. At the 1787 convention Madison warned that the lack of procedural rules made a convention a bad idea as a means of allowing the States to initiate constitutional amendments. On the other hand, as Levin argues, we can not leave that power in the hands of Congress, which has abused the Constitution to centralize all power in Washington. The solution is to first reform the amendment process to allow states to initiate amendments directly without having to go through the archaic and untried mechanism of a convention. Levin has such a proposal in his book, but does not give it the priority it should have. Another proposal for direct state initiation of amendments which could actually be enacted in today's political environment can be found at http://www.amendmentamendment.com.
The most effective way to restore our freedom would be to restore the original constitutional limits on the federal government. Given the extent to which the Supreme Court has distorted the Constitution to remove those limits over the last 75 years, the only way to accomplish this are constitutional amendments. Since Congress will never initiate amendments limiting its own powers, the first step is to reform the amendment process so that the states can amend the Constitution without having to go through either Congress or the untried and unworkable mechanism of a convention. See http://www.timelyrenewed.com
The most effective way to restore our freedom would be to restore the original constitutional limits on the federal government. Given the extent to which the Supreme Court has distorted the Constitution to remove those limits over the last 75 years, the only way to accomplish this are constitutional amendments. Since Congress will never initiate amendments limiting its own powers, the first step is to reform the amendment process so that the states can amend the Constitution without having to go through either Congress or the untried and unworkable mechanism of a convention. See http://www.timelyrenewed.com
The only permanent solution is to restore the original constitutional limits on federal power. Given the deep entrenchment of the special interests and Supreme Court decisions which support the federal leviathan, this can only be accomplished by enabling the states to directly initiate and enact constitutional amendments restating and re-enforcing those limits. See http://www.timelyrenewed.com
Great set of quotes. The question is how do you implement this wisdom? The only permanent way to save our Republic is to restore the original constitutional limits on federal power. See http://www.timelyrenewed.com
Bravo to Congressman Kelly. However, we will only get government permanently out of where it doesn't belong when we restore the Constitution's original limits on federal power. Given the deep entrenchment of the special interests and Supreme Court decisions which support the federal leviathan, the best way to accomplish this are amendments restating and re-enforcing those original constitutional limits. See http://www.timelyrenewed.com
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Suspense: Obamacare Judgment Day?

Timely3 Wrote: Jun 25, 2012 11:02 AM
The real issue is whether the Supreme Court should even be making these determinations. The Framers' provision for making major constitutional decisions about the allocation of powers was the democratic process of amendment, not the fiat of five unelected and unaccountable judges. Of course, the amendment process is now moribund. We need to reform it so that these decisions can be made by We, the People, not We, the Judges. (Also, my prediction is the scenario no one seems to consider -- the Supreme Court will punt by putting off a decision until next year by asking for more briefs on severability.) See http:///www.timelyrenewed.com
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