The Framers gave us a tool to use when We, the PEOPLE, who have given our government the license, but not the Right, to act on our behalf, and have annexed that right to itself, have finally become fed up with said government, whether it is run by the Democrat Party or the Republican Party. It is called Article V of our Sacred Document, AKA the Constitution of the United States.
They realized that they revolted against the most powerful nation in the world at that time because the King and the Parliament ignored the basic Precepts of the English Constitution, AKA the Magna Carta. As free Englishmen, they knew their rights as Englishmen were slowly and systematically taken from them, much like we are starting to realize that our rights as free Americans are being lost.
The premise by which they wrote Article V was based on the following sentence from our other Sacred Document, the Declaration of the United States:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Many of us are calling for the Several States to hold a Constitutional Convention under Article V for a Constitutional amendment to instill Term Limits on Representatives and Senators to no more than twelve years, and also a Constitutional amendment to abridge their pension rights and other benefits which We, the PEOPLE do not enjoy in our occupations.
I have written about this in the past and have updated, in May, 2015, the original commentaries over the years in order to strengthen this argument, as I am doing again today. The first is called The Push for Article V and Term Limits and the second is called A Restriction on Congressional Salaries. I feel even more strongly today than when I original wrote these in 2013.
The Framers did not create these positions for the wealthy or powerful to enrich themselves on the backs of the PEOPLE. These are not career civil service positions, like a postman, police officer, teacher or sanitation worker. These are PUBLIC SERVICE positions created to serve US, you know, We, the PEOPLE.
It is about time We, the PEOPLE, take back our government. By the way, did you know that if term limits were in place, 272 seats between the House and Senate would be termed out this cycle? That’s more than half the total of 535 House and Senate seats combined, because they will have served twelve years or more as of January 3, the Constitutional date of the start of a term.
In January, term limits would result in fresh ideas and clearer thinking than all the old, tried and probably corrupt men and women in there now, protecting their fiefdoms.
For your information, Article V reads as follows:
“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.”
Thirty-four states are needed to convene a Constitutional Convention and thirty-eight states are needed to pass amendments. Perhaps, now is the time for this to happen. There are presently twenty-eight states who have passed legislation calling for a Constitutional Convention.
You KNOW the Members of Congress won’t vote for term limits. But, We the PEOPLE can … and should.
Tell your State Legislator to do so TODAY, since they also work for us, you know, We, the PEOPLE.