Governor Abbott (R, TX) Proposes Convention of the States to Reign in Federal Government

It’s worth noting that as Texas Attorney General he enjoyed great success against the obama [mal]Administration in the Federal Courts…

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls for Convention of States to take back states’ rights

By Brandi Grissom, Trail Blazers Blog, The Dallas Morning News

Gov. Greg Abbott, aiming to spark a national conversation about states’ rights, said Friday that he wants Texas to lead the call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and wrest power from a federal government “run amok.”

“If we are going to fight for, protect and hand on to the next generation, the freedom that [President] Reagan spoke of … then we have to take the lead to restore the rule of law in America,” Abbott said during a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation that drew raucous applause from the conservative audience. He said he will ask lawmakers to pass a bill authorizing Texas to join other states calling for a Convention of States.

Along with the speech, Abbott released a nearly 70-page plan – part American civics lesson, part anti-Obama diatribe – detailing nine proposed constitutional amendments that he said would unravel the federal government’s decades-long power grab and restore authority over economic regulation and other matters to the states.

Sadly, it’s come to this.  The Founders made it difficult to amend the Constitution by intent.  Their wisdom in so doing was demonstrated by the 18th Amendment and the bloodshed and violence which (predictably) followed in its wake, and the 21st Amendment 14 years later repealing it.


Yet in this case, the Executive has become overbearing and reaching, and neither the Congress nor the Courts have fulfilled their duty to keep the Executive in check.

Governor Abbott’s proposed amendments are:

Gov. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.

Require Congress to balance its budget.

Prohibit administrative agencies–and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them–from creating federal law.

Prohibit administrative agencies–and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them–from preempting state law.

Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.

Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.

Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.

Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.

Since anything produced by such a convention must still be approved by 3/4 (38) of the 50 states, I believe the Constitutional Convention should proceed.

“If you don’t want to do what other people want you to do, screw ’em.”
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