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In the News: Spineless GOP justifies an Article V convention of states

Published in Blog on July 17, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

The following is an excerpt of an article written by Stephen Nemo and published on Communities Digital News.

If you are a thinking Republican—and those are rare these days—it has dawned on you that voting for a Republican majority in Congress has not accomplished much. GOP House Speaker John Boehner allowed a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which effectively rubber-stamps President Obama’s executive amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. It passed with mostly Democratic votes.

The Congressional Republican leadership just endorsed Obama’s dangerous claim that Congress is irrelevant the moment it asserts its constitutional role as a co-equal branch with the executive.

So, what was all the hoopla about last November when Republicans swept into office on a wave of national disgust over the president’s executive amnesty and his dictatorial health care monstrosity?

Only one word applies to those who thought voting Republican meant “taking their country back”: Suckers!

Question: Why is there a national government in the District of Columbia?

Answer: It was established by delegates to a convention of states assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787.

Question: In the constitutional interplay between the individual states and the national government, who maintains the lion’s share of power?

Answer: The states. “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people,” says the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Question: If the national government should slip free of its constitutional restraints and threaten the “reserved” powers of the states, is there a constitutional remedy?

Answer: Yes. Article V of the Constitution says if 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.”

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