Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, aiming to spark a national conversation about states’ rights, said Friday that he wants Texas to lead the call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and wrest power from a federal government “run amok.”
“If we are going to fight for, protect and hand on to the next generation, the freedom that [President] Reagan spoke of … then we have to take the lead to restore the rule of law in America,” Abbott said, during a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation. He said he will ask lawmakers to pass a bill authorizing Texas and other states to call for a “Convention of States”.
He has officially called for this convention to seize power from the federal government, which he believes is out of control. His hope is that the convention can return power to the states. The proposal includes prohibiting administrative agencies and the un-elected bureaucrats from creating and preempting federal law.
Along with the speech, Abbott released a nearly 70-page plan detailing nine proposed constitutional amendments that he said would unravel the federal government’s decades-long power grab and restore authority over economic regulation and other matters to the states.
Abbott is taking this action due to a belief that Obama has abused his presidential authority, stating, “If this is allowed, the United States Constitution has been completely rewritten. The United States Supreme Court is a co-conspirator in tearing down our Constitution, which is exactly why I am calling for a Convention of States so we can restore the Constitution to its original principles.” Abbot believes that this convention would force the government to take the Constitution seriously again.
The states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin have already joined Abbott to back him in his fight.
See Governor Abbott’s entire speech below:
The following is a letter sent to the editor on TheHill.com by a member of the Illinois Convention of States team:
“I’m writing in response to The Hill’s March 16 article titled, “Who is Merrick Garland?”
The recent vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court has highlighted the fact that Supreme Court rulings have huge ramifications for America.
Supporters of the Second Amendment are concerned that the nominee for this opening, Judge Merrick Garland, will tip the balance of the court in favor of those who oppose the right to own firearms for self-defense. They’re worried that if the landmark D.C. v. Heller decision is overturned, it’s the end of the Second Amendment.
What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions and burdensome federal regulations–a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.
That’s where an Article V Convention can come in handy. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for the limited purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. If 38 states ratify the proposed amendments, they become part of the Constitution. Imposing term limits on the Congress and Supreme Court, a balanced budget amendment and the ability to overrule Supreme Court decisions are among some of the reforms that supporters of Article V hope to achieve.
Firearms owners do have an “emergency exit” in the event that the court tries to remove or weaken Second Amendment rights.”
Paul Carrozzo, Algonquin, Ill.
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