Mark Levin Explains Forthcoming Book

Constitutional Prescription

Mark Levin introduced his audience to the conceptual aim of his forthcoming book on Wednesday evening.  Titled The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, the book is set to be released on August 13th, although it can be pre-ordered on Amazon now.  His basic premise is this: In all the history of the United States, governed under the constitution arising from the convention begun in 1787, and completed in 1791, there have been twenty-seven amendments successfully ratified, all arising through the Article V. process  that permits two-thirds of both the House and Senate to propose an amendment, leaving it to three-fourths of the states to ratify and enact it.  Dr. Levin rightly points out that the second course offered by Article V has never been exercised, and it is this recourse by which we must seek our national restoration.  The second alternative is to seek a convention to amend the constitution, without interference or obstruction by the Federal Congress.  In suggesting this alternative, Levin explains why this process was created, and how we might now use it to bring the Federal government to heel.  It’s admittedly a long shot, but it may be the only course now remaining.

For those not familiar with Article V, here is the entire text, with the relevant clauses emphasized:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, 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; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”-US CONST ART V

Many fear that such an amending convention would result in a chaotic process that would effectively rewrite and thereby overthrow the existing constitution, but as Levin explained Wednesday, there need be no such effect because any amendments proposed would still require the approval of three-fourths of states(thirty-eight of fifty,) in order to be ratified.  In his coming book, he is introducing eleven “Liberty Amendments” as a means to put in place much-need restraints on our increasingly out-of-control government.

I sincerely hope that among them, he will call for the repeal of the seventeenth amendment, a blight on our system of checks and balances from which this country now suffers mightily.  Over the course of this blog, I have introduced other ideas for amendments, and as a matter of curiosity, but also as a matter of interest as an activist in pursuit of liberty.  We desperately need to think about this, and to bring this to the attention of our fellow Americans, who may not understand it, may not recognize its value, and may not otherwise be exposed to the reasoning for taking this approach.

Levin’s explanation is simple in broad terms: The Federal government has grown to an extent that it can no longer be relied upon as the instrument by which it will be disciplined.  Even if the task seems impossible, both as an educational and preparatory exercise, it is important to pursue this course.  As Levin explained it, if the Federal government’s current course causes the catastrophic results we can reasonably expect, it would be best if the American people already had freshly in mind the manner by which to force reform down the Federal government’s throat without resorting to violence and upheaval.

We conservatives know where our government’s current path will lead, and we’re also informed as to the unambiguous intransigence of the current Federal leviathan.   We cannot rely on Washington DC, or any of the branches of our Federal government to restrain or discipline themselves in any way.  Even in such a states-based effort, the Federal establishment in Washington would do everything it is able to impede, obstruct, and ultimately blunt the effects of any such effort.  As Levin further contended, if the Federal government, specifically the Congress, endeavored to break with the rules of the process as outlined in Article V, this would indeed act as a probably trigger for the last resort to which a free people may turn in the face of tyranny.  After all, if the Federal government itself became so lawless that it would ignore specific constitutional processes, that government is itself in anarchy and may no longer lay legitimate claim to the authority to govern.

Government needs a good spanking, and we cannot rely on this pack of spoiled children and their enablers to deliver it.  We will need to rise up, to educate, and to use the processes already available under the constitution to impose our will on the government, whether it can be accomplished by efforts in time of peace and relative prosperity, or will be delayed until exigency demands it, and dramatic reform may no longer be denied.  As has been oft-quoted by government officials, particularly in the judiciary, the US Constitution is not a “suicide pact,” but this works in both directions.  It is not a suicide pact most of all for we the people, and it is time we reassert it supremacy as the foundation of our law, and the basis for our nation’s long-enjoyed prosperity and liberty.

This makes all the more important the efforts of grass-roots groups, such as the Tea Party and any sort of “Freedom Faction” that might arise to challenge the existing establishment, because this approach will require the broadest demands of the people working in every state in the union.  None should be deluded into thinking such an undertaking will occur in one election cycle, or any number of them, without a persistent and unrelenting dedication of purpose.  Once again, let history record that we had been the people equal to the task of self-governance.  Let it be said of us that we gave it our fullest measure of devotion, for the country and the constitution we still love and revere, that our children and grandchildren might yet inherit its fullest blessings.

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  • CJ Grisham

    Just ordered my copy. Levin is a genius and I have all his books.

    • Mark America

      Always an informative read. Always.

  • the unit

    In all my agreement with the thought. Where does this proposal by the states come from? 2/3rds of the legislatures of the several states (all 50), then ratified by 2/3rds of said states. Ok. I wish, but I don’t think the several states give up their GovernmentPhones and etc? I wish total collapse wasn’t necessary.
    Long shot for sure. Hole in one on par 5? I afraid Mission Impossible, not Mission Accomplished.
    We start turning around with elections 2014 or not at all. Get a birdie or at least a par (holding on to what we got). Again I afraid not at all, bogey (lose the house). Just my opinion. Possible eagle on par 5 at best (hold the house and gain the senate).
    Hate to be so pessimistic.
    Somehow we have to help the blind see a beautiul day…

    • the unit

      I’m surprised I wasn’t called on comment above, heck I’m not Justice Roberts afterall. :)

      So it’s a Constitutional Convention called for by application by 2/3rds of the legislatures of the several states (50 or 57?). Then proceedings resulting in agreed upon amendent by the convention ratified by 3/4 of the states.
      Where is the application sent…congress? Govt. may say send to IRS or Holder and wait and see. Huh?

      I see further problem as well, not being Justice Roberts of course, congress determines how the 3/4 of the states ratify…lot’s of room for horse play, arm twisting and corruption seems to me.
      So other election long shots still apply I think.


  • The Blue Tail Gadfly

    I am very skeptical of what Mark Levin is proposing and so far he hasn’t said anything to assuage my fears.

    It’s curious that we are suddenly being inundated with all types of amendments lately, such as:

    The Balance Budget Amendment

    The Parental Rights Amendment

    The Repeal Amendment

    The Bill of Federalism (Includes 10 amendments)

    They are all Trojan horses that do the opposite of what their name implies.

    For example, The Balance Budget Amendment in reality legalizes Congress’s current unconstitutional spending. The Parental Rights Amendment gives unprecedented powers to the SCOTUS over the lives of families.

    If the Citizens will not hold the politicians accountable by elections, and the politicians and bureaucrats don’t have any fear of breaking the laws now, what good is adding more laws by amendment for them to ignore?

    I am all for the repealing of the 17th Amendment to help in restoring us to a Constitutional Republic with all it’s natural checks and balances, but what is being offered as the cure with all these amendments is poison.

    Stay vigilant!