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Aug 29, 2016

A Constitutional Convention: The Revolution We Really Need

The revolution we need is a Constitutional Convention called by the states.  The Constitution is a contract between the states and the federal government.  The Constitution needs to be changed to make it harder for the Feds to act lawlessly, violating the Constitutional contract with the states.  When 2/3 of the state legislatures call for a Constitutional Convention, Congress must call one.  It's time to do so.

My suggestions for Amendments: The 25 states suing to invalidate Obama's immigration executive orders had to show damages to get legal standing.  States should have automatic legal standing to sue to block executive orders. 

Congress should have to approve, and the president should have to sign, all regulatory agency rules.  Congress should be limited to 120 days from the time the regulations are formally proposed to vote them up or down with no filibusters allowed.   

The Supreme Court needs a check on it.  If over half of the states vote for a minority opinion in a Supreme Court case, then the minority opinion should take effect. The Constitution is a contract where the understanding of the contract is set when the contract is signed.  The imposition of new meaning in a "living Constitution" removes the consent of the governed, who consented only to the original agreement.  To change the Constitution should require 3/4 of the states to ratify the change.  A 5 to 4 vote in the Supreme Court is not enough.

The revolution would also be some Constitutional mechanism to tie deficit spending to federal asset sales.  The federal government owns over $100 trillion in assets, mainly mineral rights and land.  Every deficit should be offset by mandatory federal asset sales.  Rather than having compound interest on the national debt kill us, wouldn't it be better to sell off federal assets to pay for deficits as they occur?  This would promote economic growth as well by transferring poorly managed federal assets to more efficient private management.  

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