Robert Reich, the Lilliputian former Labor Secretary under the Clinton administration, and current Berkeley professor, is now trying to frighten people with rhetoric and lies about plans for an Article V Convention being called by the States.
Okay, what is an Article V Convention? Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, States have the power to create an Article V Convention, where they can propose, vote on, and then ratify Amendments to the Constitution. Thirty-four States are needed to invoke an Article V Convention of States. Twenty-eight States have already signed on, which leaves only six more to go.
And the best part is the federal government has absolutely no role in it. They can’t interfere, interject, propose or edit anything, and that is what scares the hell out of progressives like Robert Reich.
U.S. Constitution – Article V
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.
In his latest progressive propaganda video, Reich calls an Article V Convention “the biggest threat to our democracy that nobody is talking about.” He goes on to say there is “the real possibility of a rogue Constitutional convention – empowering extremists to radically reshape the Constitution, our laws, and our country.”
He’s lying, plain and simple. This Oompa Loompa wannabe is saying that the biggest threat to our democracy is literally found written in the Constitution. And there is no chance of an Article V Convention being a “rogue” act as it is in the Constitution for a reason. Reich would have you believe that the legislative bodies of the 28 States that have already signed on are all rogue and extremists. This man is a progressive political hack.
When Reich says there’s no limit to the damage they might do, he’s talking about the undoing of progressive attacks on our Constitution that took place over a hundred years. What am I talking about? The Commerce Clause is a good example where the federal government bastardized the clause to mean that Congress can control businesses in States and tell them what they can and cannot do. The true meaning of the Commerce Clause was to allow the federal government to step in whenever one State tried to block commerce in their State by another State. In other words, if New Jersey created a law that said that only businesses in New Jersey could conduct business in New Jersey that would affect commerce of businesses in surrounding States like Pennsylvania, New York, and Delaware, etc. The federal government, under the Commerce Clause, could step in and nullify the New Jersey law. By no means did the Founders give the federal government the power to control individual businesses. That was a usurpation of power from the States by the federal government, and an Article V Convention of States could ensure that the Commerce Clause goes back to its original meaning.
The right of States to hold an Article V Convention was written into the Constitution if ever the federal government ever became tyrannical and no longer acted as a agent to the States, which is exactly what the federal government was created to do in the first place. The federal government was never intended to be the more powerful body of government. States are nation States, and they did not lose their sovereignty by joining the Union any more than a real estate company stops existing when they join the National Association of Realtors.
Think about it. The States created the federal government, not the other way around. Why would the States, which all had equal sovereignty, create a new body of government that was supposed to service the States for purposes of nationhood, make the federal government more powerful than themselves? They didn’t, and they wouldn’t have written the 10th Amendment if that was the case.
Another lie by the Berkeley Blunderhead: “Once such a constitutional convention is convened, there are no rules to limit or constrain what comes next. ” Bullschtein! Just like any Constitutional Convention there are plenty of rules to follow.
What Reich is afraid of is an Article V Convention of States that will right all of the wrongs committed by progressives for over a century at the federal level where they usurped all the powers reserved to the States or the People.
Progressives in government have bastardized the Constitution to the point where most Americans have no idea what it says and/or means. Progressive liberals have torn the meaning out of famous clauses to mean what they want you to believe, thus changing the very fabric of that awesome document.
And Article V Convention will allow the States to reign in an out-of-control federal government, which has been out of control for over a hundred years.
Where what the web site Convention of States says:
WHY CALL A CONVENTION OF STATES?
Simple: to bring power back to the states and the people, where it belongs. Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. shouldn’t be allowed to make sweeping decisions that impact millions of Americans. But right now, they do. So it all boils down to one question: Who do you think should decide what’s best for you and your family? You, or the feds? We’d vote for the American people every single time.
Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. Our convention would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.
These are not extremist or rogue actions. To the contrary, these are proposals that have become necessary, because of the tyrannical actions of the federal government usurping State powers for the last hundred years or more.
It would be as impossible for a “rogue” element to “take control” of the convention as it would for Robert Reich to tell the truth in one of his progressive propaganda rants.
Progressives don’t really like the Constitution. To them the Constitution blocks them from being able to do anything they want to control the country and capture power. They only care about how an Article V Convention of States could render all of their progressive nuttiness null and void. That’s all they care about, and if they tell anything different they are lying to you.
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