The Dawn Patrol Richard Falknor on 29 Aug 2013 08:59 pm
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Rush Limbaugh to Mark Levin (click here): “I want to tell you where your book [THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS] is going to be…it will be in EVERY history book for the life of the country. It will stand as the single most impactful representation of the opposition to Barack Obama and the leftists of the day. It will be hailed as the loudest, most penetrating and intelligent warning to the American people about what was happening to their country, and what to do about it. I’m not prescient enough to know if history will recount the warning as heard and acted on, or lament that it wasn’t.”
Readers who want to get a sense of the current national outrage of the base are invited to read RedState chief Erick Erickson’s “This is ‘Read My Lips’ All Over Again” (click here) – -“Last night, Heritage Action for America had another town hall on its Defund It tour. The fire marshal at their location had to keep the growing crowd at bay. This was not the first time that has happened this past month. All over the country, long lines have appeared at these events. Heritage Action has gotten bigger rooms for the events and still the crowds have filled the town halls. At first, Republicans in Washington claimed it was just the star attraction of Ted Cruz drawing people to the Heritage Action events. But the crowds have gotten bigger and bigger even without Ted Cruz there. . . . In Texas, tea party activists have had town hall meetings with a cardboard cutout of Congressman Pete Sessions, who has refused to meet with his constituents, given his strong opposition to defunding Obamacare. The trend is growing, with other tea party groups doing the same — putting cardboard cutouts of their congressmen on a stage with a full house to berate the absent congressmen. . . . An hour after ForAmerica urged people to call Eric Cantor’s office, more than 1,000 people did. In one hour.” And for the longer haul, putting the “Liberty Amendments” into our conservative conversation can be a unifying move as well as a learning opportunity for Republican delegates and state senators.
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“Liberty Amendments” Fight Will Revitalize the Grass Roots
On Tuesday Phyllis Schlafly declared (click here) that conservative authors (such as Mark Levin and his “Liberty Amendments”) “are fooling themselves when they suggest that Article V creates a path to bypass Congress with a ‘convention of states.’”
“Phyllis Schlafly is a great American and a great leader, but her speculations about the nature of the Constitution’s ‘convention for proposing amendments’ are nearly as quaint as Dante’s speculations about the solar system. Those speculations simply overlook the last two decades of research into the background and subsequent history of the Constitution’s amendment process. They also ignore how that process actually has worked, and how the courts elucidate it.”
But let’s look at the larger, immediately pressing crisis: the thrust of Levin’s argument is that we must engage delegates and state senators in a national effort to restore the Constitution. Levin gives us a place to start and maps out a path forward — using, as author Levin points out, the amendment path incorporated by the framers into the Constitution itself.
This effort will gather thoughtful Democrats and independents to our cause.
It will also throw in sharp relief the constitutional failures of recent Congresses as well as the expanding peril of the Administrative State.
By the time national popular support for constitutional restoration has grown sufficiently for a convention to be called to consider a specific agenda, the Congress will have little choice but to respond. A future Congress itself might even send to the states for possible ratification one or two of the Liberty Amendments – no doubt cherry-picking the most popular and least threatening to that branch’s overreach.
We have already entered a post-constitutional time.
Whatever supposed dangers may attend Levin’s course of action are trivial compared to any more inaction to fix a Congress and a House GOP Leadership that is shamelessly Constitution-indifferent.
To declare that the Boehner-Cantor circle is supine in using the power of the purse to protect our liberties is to view them in the most charitable way.
More realistically, this Congressional cabal is likely guided by major donors (click here) and apparently believes they can have “understandings” with a president whose revolutionary politics they simply cannot grasp.
They believe “governing ” is about making “deals,” and seem to agree with senator John McCain that constitutional “niceties” and principled legislating are the concerns of “wacko birds.”
Virginia conservatives are in a strong position to rein in Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and to discourage Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte — whose panel handles immigration matters — from following the GOP Leadership on their devious path to amnesty.
Yet what Maryland or Virginia GOP elected officials or Party leaders are speaking up on the constitutional and policy abdication of the House GOP Leadership?
And Maryland Representative Andy Harris, this year appointed (click here) by this GOP Leadership to the House Appropriations panel, has just sponsored a Maryland fundraiser for the Speaker (click here).
Moreover this House GOP Leadership simply doesn’t see their job as expanding the circle of liberty.
Only Representative Frank Wolf — in fighting for a select committee on Benghazi — stands up to the Boehner Machine. Yet most Virginia Republican politicians don’t “get” even the national importance of revealing all the facts on what happened nearly a year ago next September 11. If they did, they might loudly talk up Wolf’s select committee proposal.
Making The Liberty Amendments part of the conservative conversation is already energizing our brothers and sisters badly demoralized by the GOP Leadership’s betrayal of the November 2, 2010 Tea Party-enabled House victory.
And highlighting, then explicating, each of The Liberty Amendments enables the grass roots to see precisely where the Congress and the Court and the Administrative State have gone awry. Levin’s well-crafted recommended amendments can serve as a unifying and positive program.
That is where our immediate efforts should focus — on explaining each proposed amendment and encouraging state lawmakers to make them part of their public back and forth.
We should not let the runaway-amendments-convention fear freeze us in place.
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(For more detail, readers may wish to revisit our August 16 post Restoring Our Republic: Quiz GOP Politicians on ‘Liberty Amendments’)
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