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Mark Levin Explains Forthcoming Book

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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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Review: Sarah Palin – Out of Nowhere by Frank Aquila

Friday, October 21st, 2011

I met Mr. Aquila at the Conservatives4Palin meet-up the evening before the Restoring America Tea Party Rally in September in Iowa.  Frank Aquila is the former chairman of Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign committee for San Joaquin County in Northern California.  His book details his role in lobbying for Sarah Palin’s acceptance on the Republican ticket in the Vice Presidential slot.  The book also covers a good deal more, in that he lays out the way in which the media was guilty of a form of malpractice not only in their spiteful coverage of Sarah Palin, but also in their absolute failure to vet Barack Obama.  More, he highlights the ways in which the McCain campaign itself undercut the Vice Presidential candidate.   He goes to significant lengths to explain the philosophical underpinnings of the socialist left, and he finishes the book with his own prescription for the country.  It’s a story told from the perspective of a grass-roots activist who has seen the way party politics operates, and it’s well worth the read.

In detailing his e-mail exchanges with party higher-ups shows the process by which Senator McCain went about the process of listening to advice through the campaign structure.  It also reveals just how persuasive may have been the writings of blogger Josh Painter, with whom most of my readers are familiar.  This insight helps the reader to understand some of the considerations that may well have been in play at the time, and why John McCain ultimately selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate.

Mr. Aquila goes on to relate how he had his start in grass roots politics, and explained some of the nitty-gritty details of local level party politics, and just how thoroughly trying it can be among the competing egos and interests.  At one point, he explains with what seems a sense of wonderment that for no apparent reason, as the President of the South San Joaquin Republicans, suddenly, his endorsement meant something.  This sort of endearing confession is part of what makes the book well worth the read:  Here was a humble, ordinary fellow, who came to find his opinion had gathered some weight with those in his community, and his description indicates he’d never considered the implications.  Frank’s case demonstrates that ordinary people can still have an extraordinary impact in America.

Aquila then launches into an explanation of his view of the 2008 campaign, exploring the depths of depravity to which the media has fallen, and the complete lack of objectivity in journalism that now prevails in most American newsrooms.  One of the things that becomes clear in his re-telling of events is something many of his readers, and certainly readers of this blog will remember from the 2008 campaign: In many respects, you have the sense that the 2008 campaign consisted of a battle of Barack Obama vs. Sarah Palin, and that it was the media deference to the former and their open warfare against the latter that characterized the media’s coverage of the respective campaigns.  Aquila demonstrates the rampant hypocrisy in the media by a stunning side-by-side comparison of the coverage.  This refreshing of memories of the events of the 2008 campaign season helps to remind the reader why the country is in so much trouble now, only three years later.

Aquila then covers the struggle between statism and liberty through a lengthy chapter on the roots, history, and current state of the communists, socialists, and other assorted totalitarians who wish to convert the US into some sort of slave-pit.  Readers of this blog will be familiar with some of this information, but in truth, much of what Aquila covers cannot be retold frequently enough.  He rightly explains that while the Cold War ended, the left’s designs on America never have.

The  last chapter in the book presents Aquila’s own vision for the country in the form of Ten Solutions for Restoration of America.  I won’t give too much away, but I think it’s clear that his passion for the founding principles of the country and his commitment to them informed his list of solutions, and I think they’re a great starting place for the national discussion our nation must have if it is to survive.  This chapter serves as both a warning and a reproach:  Address these fundamental issues or lose the country, and we have it in each of us to begin this mighty chore.

Sarah Palin – Out of Nowhere is a book you should move to the top of your reading list. Aquila has done a fantastic job of putting together a book that is sure to inform his readers, not only about the process that constitutes American politics on the grass-roots level, along with the details of the 2008 campaign, but also exemplifies the passion for this country that still typifies the conservative movement in America.  While cautioning his readers about the tough battle ahead, his up-beat outlook reminds the reader that so long as we fight for it, this is still America.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon.