The time has come for the STATES to reassert their CONSTITUTIONAL
authority over the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!
THE PROBLEM we face is an overconcentration of power in Washington DC via the 17th amendment which robbed the state legislatures of their constitutional power to appoint their U.S. Senators & direct their votes on federal legislation.
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The 17th amendment was a constitutional travesty which can be blamed for everything from Obama-Care to the $18 trillion national debt!
To understand the state power that was lost via the 17th amendment, we must understand our founders who came from a generation that was forced to revolt because their states had no representation in Parliament. When they crafted the Constitution, the Framers wanted to make sure that the states retained ultimate authority over Washington. They did so by establishing two state checks on federal power:
Check 1: Found in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, this check granted the legislature of each state the power to appoint both it’s U.S. Senators in order to control their votes on federal legislation—effectively giving the states control over the U.S. Senate! This was the everyday check our founders intended for the states to use on federal power.
James Madison confirmed this in Federalist 62 when he wrote, the state’s right to appoint U.S. Senators will guard “against improper acts of [federal] legislation. No [federal] law or resolution can now be passed without the concurrence … of a majority of the States.”
In that statement, Madison reflected our founder’s intent that the states use their senatorial appointees to block federal legislation that was contrary to state interests—a check our founders intended for the states to use on a regular basis as a normal part of the democratic process.
Check 2: Found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, this extraordinary state check on federal power ceded the state legislatures the exclusive right to propose and ratify corrective amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton confirmed this in Federalist 85 when he wrote, “We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.”
Hamilton made it clear that the state legislatures had been given the constitutional power to reform the federal government via the Article V amendment process—a check our founders only intended the states to use in extreme cases.
THE SOLUTION is to propose and ratify a corrective amendment to the U.S. Constitution via Article V by calling for a Convention of the States.
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Step 1. Two thirds (34) of the state legislatures must apply for a Convention of the States in order to propose a specific amendment and then Congress must call for the convention by setting the time and the place.
Step 2. A majority (26) of the attending state delegations must vote to propose the amendment and then Congress must select the mode of ratification—either the state legislatures or state ratification conventions.
Step 3. Three quarters (38) of the States must ratify the amendment.
THE AMENDMENT would empower the legislature of each state to direct the votes of both its U.S. Senators and remove any Senator who refused.
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This would empower the state legislatures to block ANY federal legislation, ANY foreign treaty, ANY Supreme Court nominee, and ANY presidential cabinet nominee (Sec. State, etc.).
THE APPLICATION under Article V of the U.S. Constitution must be made by 34 of the 50 state legislatures before a Convention of the states can be held to propose the aforementioned amendment.
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Application under Article V of the U.S. Constitution for a
Convention to Propose an Amendment to Reestablish the Power of each State
Legislature over its U.S. Senators and to Preserve the Right of
the People of each State to Elect their U.S. Senators.
Whereas, the Framers of the U.S. Constitution intended for the U.S. Senate to represent the interests of the States and hence granted the legislature of each state the right to appoint its U.S. Senators, and,
Whereas, the 17th Amendment stripped the State legislatures of that right, inadvertently upsetting the balance between State and Federal power, and,
Whereas, it is the desire of the States to reestablish that balance while preserving the right of the People to elect their U.S. Senators, therefore,
Be it resolved by the legislature of the State of ___________:
Section 1. The legislature of the State of _____________hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, to call a Convention for proposing Amendments limited to proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States which preserves the right of the people of each State to elect their U.S. Senators, empowers the legislature of each State to direct the votes of their U.S. Senators, and to remove either U.S. Senator who refuses to vote in the proscribed manner.
Section 2. The Secretary of State is hereby directed to transmit copies of this application to the President and Secretary of the Senate and to the Speaker and Clerk of the House of Representatives of the Congress, and copies to the members of the said Senate and House of Representatives from this State; also to transmit copies hereof to the presiding officers of each of the legislative houses in the several States, requesting their cooperation.
Section 3. This application constitutes a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject.