Wednesday, July 30, 2014

America Needs a Convention of States

Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution
by Junius Brutus Stearns (b. 1810 - d. 1885)

Politics is not a subject I like to delve into on this blog. I try to refrain from endorsing political candidates entirely. I've tinkered with that prospect before and regretted it. So I stick to particular causes instead. Every once in a while a worthy cause presents itself, and this is one such case.

I want you to click on this attached link below and explore it.  As a student of history and American patriot, I am telling you now that outside of a miracle from God Almighty, this is our LAST BEST HOPE for the United States of America. I encourage you to pray for the miracle, but in the mean time, I also encourage you to consider the Convention of States.

While partisan hacks, both in the government and the media, would like us to believe America's problems are the result of actions taken by "the other candidate" or "the other party," those of us who study history know better.  America's political and economic problems are primarily the result of one thing, and it has little to do with political parties and candidates. Rather, America's problem is that we have too much power concentrated in Washington DC. It doesn't matter which party controls Washington, because in the end, it will always result in more problems. Over the last 50 years, Washington has been controlled both by Republicans and Democrats. The result has been what we have today.  Nothing is better.  Almost everything is worse.  And there doesn't seem to be any solution or hope in sight.  Let me tell you the cold, hard, historical truth.  America does not have a Democrat problem.  Nor does America have a Republican problem.  What America has is a overly centralised government problem.

The problem began as a result of two world wars in Europe followed by a cold war with the Soviet Union. During this period, it was believed that a centralised government was needed to coordinate political, economic and military movements against a common enemy. Over half a century of this resulted in a well-oiled political machine in Washington DC that has became exceptionally good at doing one thing -- consolidating more power. Electing federal politicians to the federal government on the promise of downsizing the federal government has consistently proved to be a false hope.  It never happens. Once in government, these politicians learn how things really work, and find themselves unwilling or unable to dismantle the machine.

As a Catholic Christian, who has studied the Catechism of the Catholic Church, along with both American and world history, I believe in the principle of Subsidiarity. That principle states that people are best served when governments govern close to home. In other words, larger governments should take a subsidiarity (servant) role to smaller governments. The federal government should serve the state governments, not rule over them. Consequently, people are better served by their state and local governments than they are by the federal government.

Ever since the Civil War, the United States federal government has been consolidating power unto itself, and this has been most especially the case in the 20th century. It's gotten so bad that in some cases, some Americans are entertaining the idea of state secession once again.

What a lot of people don't know however, is that there is a way out of this that doesn't involve breaking up the country. It's called "Article V" or "Article 5" and America's Founding Fathers provided this in the United States Constitution for just such a time as ours.  The particular section of that article I am referring to reads as follows...
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.
Basically, what is says is this.  If 2/3 of all the states legislatures call for a Convention of States, such a convention can be organised for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution, thus bypassing Washington DC entirely.  This Convention of States can propose whatever amendments it wants to reshape the federal government in whatever manner it chooses. Neither the President, not the Congress, nor the Supreme Court, will have any say in this. Then those proposed amendments will be circulated among the states, to be ratified or rejected as the states see fit. When such proposed amendments are ratified by 3/4 of the states, they become constitutional law. Nobody in Washington DC can do anything about it. The federal government is completely bypassed. The politicians and parties in Washington DC simply have to abide by the states' decisions on these new amendments. Right now there is a growing movement in the United States to make this become reality.

I support the Convention of States because it puts power closer to the people again. It gives state governments a bigger say in federal politics. Finally, it gives regular people (non-politicians) a chance to participate in, and influence, federal policy. I am convinced this is America's LAST CHANCE at restoring something akin to a representational government once again. The current political status quo will lead us to ruin. Historically speaking, state secession didn't go well the first time it was tried. So this is it. In my view, it's the Convention of States or bust. I'm not telling you what to do. I'm only asking that you investigate it and consider it.


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6 comments:

Eugene DeLalla said...

I agree! Mark Levin has been calling for same, and, as you would expect, the mainstream media as well as the neo-cons have gone ballistic!
Saying that things would get out of hand. But, they are ALREADY out of hand! So let's bring it on and have one heck of a convention!

johnnyc said...

You ask for a miracle from God Almighty and then you go on to state that the problem with America is to be found in goverment science? That right there is the problem with America. It has turned away from God. We sing God Bless America at sports events. Really? We want God to Bless a country that , legalizes killing of it's own citizens, outlaws prayer to the Almighty, that wants to destroy marriage and family, encourages sin(homosexuality). These are all federal laws.

Shane Schaetzel said...

Johnyc, this is all the more reason why the federal government must be neutered. So long as God has allowed us the power to do something about that, we should try.

It is obvious that the many state governments are more reasonable than the federal government. Many States have abortion banning laws on the books but can't enforce them due to federal obstruction. The majority of Americans agree that abortion is murder, and want limitations on abortions at least, if not outright bans. Yet again, the federal government prevents the will of the people from happening. Again, the solution is to simply sweep the federal government aside in a constitutional convention.

Biblical history teaches us that when nations become excessively wicked, God simply removes them from power. Their governments fall, either by being conquered or else by imploding from within. This is definitely the trajectory of the US federal government. So it only makes sense to expedite that process with a convention of States, and transfer the abused federal powers back to the States where they belong.

Paul Mitchell said...

You have written about 'Subsidiarity' a number of times and it makes for challenging reading.

Couple of questions:
1. When did the Church develop it's position on Subsidiarity?

2. What Papal States used the economic system of Subsidiarity?

3. Is there any county using Subsidiarity today?

Thank you for your perspective,

Paul

The Lab Manager said...

At this point I think secession would be a good thing. Even the politicians at the state level are weak on freedom.

The only Congressman who has ever represented me overall was Ron Paul, and we all know how we treated by corrupt establishment in the Republican party. The Democratic Party is no better (see Dennis Kucinich and Ralph Nader).

Even Christians are ignorant. I don't see anything in Romans 13 or 'rendering to Ceaser' that says I have take a beating all the time because a bunch of nitwits 'voted' for it. Voting is only of value if the majority has the concept of private property and respect for others' freedoms and few people have that mindset.

Laurence Vance at Lewrockwell has written about some of these things. At this point, I can't say many of fellow 'Mericans have a life or property I would care about defending. They are pretty happy with their slave status.

GTMan48 said...

Well said!