Texas joins Article V movement! Learn more about the movement that could bring Congress back under the control of the voters
Texas has joined the Convention of States, adding one more to the total of 34 states needed to change the Constitution without interference from Washington. There are now 11 states (or 13 by some counts) on board with the movement.
The Constitution is the greatest document ever conceived by people. In this case, it empowers the people to peacefully reform their government when the government cannot reform itself.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Texas has now passed an Article V resolution, which means they intend to send delegates to a convention of states to amend the Constitution. This is important because in the present age, private influence runs the government, not the people. The Texas resolution was passed on Thursday.
Americans are frustrated with Congress and Washington D.C. in general. Most of what our elected representatives do is for the sake of public theater and not for the good of the Republic. Most laws are written by private influencers, and are passed at the request of big money donors. If a law is passed that is in the interest of the common citizen, it is only a coincidence.
It is a fantasy to imagine that Congress will ever regulate its own excesses. Term limits, balanced budgets, a requirement that they abide by the same laws that apply to the people, and so on, these are fantasies. The only way to compel Congress to shape up is to amend the Constitution and force them to do their jobs as the founding fathers intended. That is, they should represent the people and their interests, and when the job is done, they should go home. They have no business getting rich, or in clinging to power for as long as they can. And they should not have the power to bankrupt the American people in perpetuity.
Article V of the United States Constitution gives the people the power, via their state legislatures, to change the Constitution without ever involving Congress or the president.
If 34 states agree to hold a convention on a given topic, the convention can be held and an amendment can be proposed. The states must then choose to ratify the amendment. If three quarters of the states, that is 38 states, agree to the amendment, then it is ratified and becomes part of the Constitution, whether Washington likes it or not.
If there is any problem with Article V, it is that it requires 38 states to agree, and it may be difficult to find that kind of consensus among the states and their legislatures.
Still, a convention would focus public attention on some of the greatest problems we face as a nation, such as term limits, and our budget. Even if an Article V amendment does not pass, it could prompt Congress to reform itself. And if the people know that Article V is an option, they will be more likely to use it.
Article V is a safety feature, a check on the potential excesses of Congress contrary to the will of the citizens of this country. It is widely agreed that Congress is out of control, frivolously spending taxpayer funds, incurring astronomical debt, taking on responsibilities that are not found anywhere in the Constitution, and generally behaving badly. It's time for the circus to end, and with more people learning about Article V and the option it provides, it just might happen.
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.
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