Mark Levin: The Constitution’s Article 5 and “Liberty Amendments” Could Save Our Republic

Mark Levin: The Constitution’s Article 5 and “Liberty Amendments” Could Save Our Republic

We’re at a crossroads in America, an intersection that Progressives from both parties have willfully driven us to. We’re standing at the precipice where one more push will send us cartwheeling over the edge into Socialist oblivion. We are losing our fragile Republic; we are losing our liberties. And as I see it, we have two choices: Restore the Republic our founders fought and died for, or watch it perish at the hands of liberals from both parties.

If you’re anything like me, and I suspect you are, you worry every day about the state of our country, terrified that the America we grew up in is on life support. And you wonder what could possibly be done to save it. Politicians, no matter how much they try to convince us they’re all for Change We Can Believe In, will never, not ever, reform themselves. Radical as it may sound, and decidedly difficult though it may be, lawyer, author, conservative commentator, and host of his self-titled radio show, Mark Levin may have found the answer. And though I’m no Constitutional expert, I’m excited at the prospect.

Liberty Amendments
Mark Levin’s The Liberty Amendments, Released Today

The founders were brilliant, geniuses in fact, far brighter than I can ever hope to be. And I’m betting some of you reading this are already fully aware of Article 5 of our Constitution, and perhaps even Levin’s proposals. Article 5, conceivably written specifically with a Barack Obama, Progressives, and Liberals masquerading as Republicans in mind, gives state legislatures the right to amend the Constitution. That’s right, it is not only Congress that can alter our founding document. A plurality of state legislatures can do so, an invaluable tool given the tyranny we are facing today, potentially saving us from Progressive Hell.

Article 5 reads:

“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.”

Now you may think that adding Amendments to the Constitution, which is a deadly serious endeavor, is not the answer, that it could serve to make the problems we face worse. But Levin is proposing some rather intriguing amendments, additions that have the very real potential to restore our pilfered liberties and the vision our founders had for us. As outlined in Levin’s book, released today, the proposed Amendments, open to debate, of course, include:

  • “An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress
  • An Amendment to Restore the Senate (repeal of the 17th Amendment establishing direct elections, provisions for replacement of senators before the end of their terms, and establishing the right of a state legislature to remove a senator upon a two-thirds vote).
  • An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Supreme Court Justices and Super-Majority Legislative Override
  • Two Amendments to Limit Federal Spending and Taxation (limiting the federal government to outlays not exceeding 17.5% of GDP, and limiting total federal tax collections from any source to no more than 15% of a person’s income).
  • An Amendment to Limit the Federal Bureaucracy (automatic sunset for all department and agencies if they are not legislatively reauthorized, mandatory congressional authorization of any regulation imposed by bureaucrats if the economic burden exceeds $100 million).
  • An Amendment to Promote Free Enterprise (redefining the Commerce Clause to a specific grant of power limited to preventing states from impeding commerce among the states, and preventing Congress from regulating commerce within a state.
  • An Amendment to Protect Private Property (curbing abuses under the Takings Clause).
  • An Amendment to Grant the States Authority to Directly Amend the Constitution (allowing two thirds of the states, voting for the exact same language, to amend the Constitution, and providing a six year time frame within which the passage must be secured).
  • An Amendment to Grant States Authority to Check Congress (three fifths of the state legislatures may overturn acts of Congress or larger impact executive orders, within 24 months, with no judicial review permitted).
  • An Amendment to Protect the Vote (requiring photo ID for voting in person or via mail ballot and prohibiting electronic voting).”

It’s akin to a do-over, a reset button for the federal government, returning rightful power to the states, and potentially ending entrenchment, gridlock, and statism. Yes, this is a crazy idea. But crazy ideas sometimes lead to amazing things, like the great American experiment our founders courageously built. Improbable? Perhaps. Impossible? Absolutely not. And it may only require the mere threat of state legislature engagement to shake the ground on which our entrenched federal Congressional members comfortably stand, representatives who have forgotten their responsibility to We the People. The question is: Will our states, a plurality of which currently enjoy Republican majorities, have the courage to employ their right to execute a run-around Congress in order to restore our dying Republic? And if not now, when?

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4 Comments
  • Kate says:

    BOOM!

    He’s my favorite. I just ordered this book yesterday and will get it on the 15th. Can’t wait.

  • Ike says:

    The problem is not that we don’t have Constitutional provisions preventing most of that proposed in the book. The problem is that we don’t have enough Congress-critters with the hutzpah to enforce the Constitutional restrictions on the federal government. If we had a constitutional convention, what makes you think that the progressive-socialists wouldn’t take that opportunity to re-write the constitution to match their ideas? Not allowed because there’s a written agenda? Guess again. The original Constitutional Convention was created to amend the Article of Confederation, not to create a new constitution. We won’t get lucky a second time. Without people holding office who are willing and able to stand up and enforce the Constitution’s limitations on the federal government, what is written in the Constitution is just words on paper.

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