They keep telling me the smart money is on the GOP's great "moderate, establishment conservative hope" in Marco Rubio, but the reality is Rubio is far to the right of the entire country on issues like same-sex marriage and having abandoned his own immigration plan for political expediency, he's now publicly pushing the fringe notion of a convention of states to rewrite the Constitution.
America was built on the revolutionary idea that our rights come from God, not from government. To protect those rights, our founders created a government of the people, by the people and for the people. But today, that government has been hijacked by politicians and bureaucrats who disregard the will of the people, rack up trillions in debt and expand the federal bureaucracy into more and more aspects of our lives. As president, I will promote a convention of states to amend the Constitution and restore limited government.
The framers of our Constitution allowed for a constitutional convention because they knew our citizens were the ultimate defense against an overbearing federal government. They gave the American people, through their state representatives, the power to call a convention made up of at least 34 states, where delegates could then propose amendments that would require the support of 38 states to become law.
This method of amending our Constitution has become necessary today because of Washington’s refusal to place restrictions on itself. The amendment process must be approached with caution, which is why I believe the agenda should be limited to ideas that reduce the size and scope of the federal government, such as imposing term limits on Congress and the Supreme Court and forcing fiscal responsibility through a balanced budget requirement. Limiting the agenda will prevent the convention from being overtaken by special interests.
Let's keep in mind that this has never happened before. The convention of states method of amending the Constitution has never been used, not even once.
Secondly, term limits for Congress has long been ruled unconstitutional and for good reason, where term limits are in place for state lawmakers, lobbyists control the agenda much more easily.
Finally, a balanced budget amendment would destroy the economy overnight.
Ahh, but it seems Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is taking Marco Rubio's advice and is running even further to the right with it..
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday called for a constitutional convention to gather and adopt nine new amendments he proposed in what he’s billing as “the Texas plan.”
“Departures from the Constitution are not the aberration. Now they have become the norm,” said Abbott, speaking at an event by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank in Austin. His proposed amendments — which include allowing a two-thirds vote of the states to repeal any federal law and preventing Congress from regulating economic activity that takes place all within the borders of one state — would “put teeth in the 10th Amendment” and guarantee states’ rights, he said.
It's all about states' rights when there's a black president, I guess.
Here are Abbott’s proposed amendments:
“1. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.
“2. Require Congress to balance its budget.
“3. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.
“4. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.
“5. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
“6. Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.
“7. 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.
“8. Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.
“9. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.”
If you're wondering what tyranny of the majority looks like, here's your road map.