Everyone is talking about the importance of the 2014 election.
Will the Republicans keep control of the House of Representatives? Will the Republicans take the Senate? Will they have veto proof majorities in both Houses?
Will the Democrats take control of both Houses? If they do, what will president Obama do when there are no Constitutional controls to stop him?
I think the emphasis is in the wrong place. At this point the Republicans completely control 24 State governments (governor and both houses). Democrats completely control 13. That leaves 17 states with split control. If the Republicans take complete control of 10 additional state governments they will have enough states to force a Constitutional Convention.
With the control of 34 State governments they can pass Constitutional Amendments to address the issues they could not handle in the past 5 years. At a minimum they could pass amendments that:
• Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court
• Forcing Congress to live under laws they pass
• Revision of the tax code
• Mandate Feds to develop all natural resources
• Define Marriage
• Clarify the meaning of Freedom of Religion so Religion is not under attack by the Feds
• Further clarify States rights in the 10th Amendment
• Limit the power of Non elected government officials and regulations
• Eliminate the power of the Executive Branch to select which parts of laws they will enforce
• Require a balanced Budget
• Require the President and all of Congress not be paid until a budget is passed and signed. Money lost will not be returned in the event of a late budget but forfeited to the treasury.
• Force the Administration to verify all applicants for benefits
Think of it, no requirement for Congressional approval. When passed they become part of the Constitution. The Supreme Court cannot overturn Constitutional Amendments. Congress cannot repeal them without approval from 38 states.
The mere threat of a convention has caused Congress to act in the past. The most effective of these was for an amendment that required direct election of senators. They were only one state short of the required number to trigger a Constitutional Convention. Congress in fear of such a convention and other possible amendments quickly passed the 17th amendment proposal for state approval with the necessary 2/3 majority.
32 states have initially passed legislative calls for a convention for a balanced budget. (34 needed.) Three have rescinded them (Alabama, Florida and Louisiana). We need just five more. There is no time limit on calls for a convention. You can rescind it. Nevada had one house try to rescind it and there is a question if legally one house of a legislature can take back their vote after both houses have passed something and it has taken effect.
Winning the national election will put many new faces in Congress. As with previous elected officials, many will not live up to their promises they made while campaigning. Some will be consumed by the Washington establishment and forget why they were sent there.
It will take 10 years to replace Rhinos in both houses of Congress. During that time we need to also replace the elected officials that violated their promises to the people. By the way, we also have to keep beating the democratic candidates our candidates face each election cycle. I am not saying ignore the National elections but increase the emphasis on maintaining and getting new Republican State legislatures and Governors
The solution is easy. We need to concentrate on local and state elections across the Country. We need to keep the State Houses and Governors we already have and add at least 5 new states to our roster. By doing so we will have the power to enact a Constitutional Convention and make the changes in a timely manner.
William (Bill) Moore was born and raised in Yonkers NY. He became a Social Studies Teacher in Yonkers and eventually an Assistant Principal at the Middle School and High School levels. He was Principal at Roosevelt HS for 5 years in Yonkers before deciding to relocate to Edenton, NC. There he was Principal of John A. Holmes HS for 4 years.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies from Fordham University and Master's Degree from Iona College, majoring in Social Studies. He received his second Master's Degree in School Administration from Manhattan College.
Bill is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army Reserve. He is trained as an Armor officer and a Logistician. He served two years active duty in the 4th of the 68th Armor, part of the 82nd Airborne Division. In the Reserves he served as a Field Service Company Commander, Transportation Battalion Commander and numerous staff positions at all levels.
He has received numerous awards including Administrator of the Year in Chowan County. He has had numerous yearbook dedications and was nominated several times as Administrator of the Year in NY. In NY, Roosevelt HS became a Model School for the Smaller Learning Community Initiative from Brown University.
Bill is President of the Edenton Tea Party and a member of the Chowan County Republican Party Executive Committee. He is a current member of the Edenton Planning Board, Chowan County Juvenile Crime Prevention Task Force, and the Northeast Commission.