The American Brexit: Article 5

The European aristocracy is in a panic.  For decades the bureaucrats in the European Union (EU) have been busy consolidating power in Brussels.  The EU now has a super-executive with multiple presidents who are not even elected.  It has a super-legislature that deliberates in secret to pass laws that supersede the laws of member states.  It even has its own super-judiciary that is routinely used to overrule the laws of sovereign nations.

After paying themselves handsomely and lavishing benefits on each other, these government masterminds redistribute the income of Europe based on their own whims and agendas, all while imposing tariffs, quotas, and regulations to rigidly control the economy.  It is quite literally one-stop shopping for the powerful special interests of the world. 

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As one commenter in the documentary Brexit: The Movie puts it, “[the EU] was devised to make sure that the great mass of the people could not control government ever again.”  Another describes it this way: “It’s like heaven for the politician or the bureaucrat, because it’s power without accountability.”

Sound familiar?  Like Europe, we here in the United States still have elections, but the actual power to govern is increasingly centralized among those who make their living in Washington.  Health care, education, the environment, and even our local police are now controlled by unelected career bureaucrats in the federal government who focus on their own wealth and influence instead of prioritizing the security and welfare of this nation.

One has to wonder, are there any checks and balances remaining?  While Washington routinely disregards the original Articles of the Constitution that grant Congress the authority to make law (Article 1), charge the President with upholding the law (Article 2), and declare the Constitution to be the supreme law of the land (Article 6), it has been much harder for them to ignore the first ten amendments to the Constitution (the Bill of Rights).

What is it about these amendments that has allowed them to stand the test of time?  How is it that they have been better able to keep the federal government in a box and protect our inalienable rights than the original text of the Constitution?

The answer is simple: amendments provide clarity, and cannot be easily changed.  When Obamacare was passed by Congress in 2010, it was about 1,000 pages long.  However by 2013, bureaucrats had added an estimated 30 words for each word in the original law.  Congress is more than happy to pass laws that are  vague and malleable, making them subject to the whims of administrators and judges.  That way when something goes wrong, they can blame it on someone else. Compare that to the simplicity of “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment.

Yet while Americans feel it necessary to own more guns than ever, our Second Amendment is increasingly under attack.  First Amendment protections on free speech and religious liberty are also in jeopardy, as are the rest of our Bill of Rights.  Though these amendments have mostly survived for over 200 years, the longer we continue to allow Congress to cave to the Executive and defer to the Supreme Court the final decision on all matters, the more likely we are to lose what remains of our liberty.

What the ruling elites need now more than ever is a dose of clarity.  Since elections don’t seem to be communicating our message, it is time we have our own “referendum” to rein in our runaway government using the authority granted to the States in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution.

We will be heard loud and clear when 34 or more states inform Washington that there will be a convention to propose amendments to limit the size and jurisdiction of the federal government.  They may even begin to change their ways when they learn that the states plan to impose fiscal restraints, and that term limits for politicians and judges will be discussed.  Certainly once an amendment is ratified by 38 or more states allowing a super-majority to overturn unpopular Supreme Court decisions, they will finally understand that we are serious about preserving the Bill of Rights and our freedoms.

America, an Article 5 convention to propose amendments is your referendum process. Join the movement to save the Republic – sign up at Convention of States today!

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