Last night during his radio show, ′The Great One′, Mark Levin, revealed the title of his upcoming book, ′The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.′ As promised, he gave a general outline on the subject of his new book, which will serve as a framework for action by concerned citizens. Levin focuses on using the second method of proposing new Constitutional Amendments as detailed in Article Five, where in a national convention is authorized by two-thirds of the state legislatures to pass a package of eleven, count′em, 11, new Amendments. Both methods, this one and the usual method of new Amendments being proposed by two-third majority votes in both houses of Congress, still require ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures before becoming part of our Constitution. Sounds great on paper but of the current 27 Amendments, the 17 of which that were passed after the original Bill of Rights all came from the Congressional pathway. While there have been several attempts to use the national convention method, none have succeeded. So is Mark Levin wasting our time? And what are these eleven proposed Liberty Amendments?
Perhaps a better question would be are our current crop of politicians wasting our time? Levin began his program listing the recent failings of all three branches of the federal government. He pulled no punches, blaming both main political parties for the trouble we are in. Both parties have strong and powerful caucuses of Progressive-Statists who share the ideology of promoting a larger and stronger federal government. The federal courts, including the Supreme Court, is no better than the bozos in the Capitol Building or the White House. So hoping for some positive change from these avenues seems very unlikely.
In the past, attempts to use the second method from Article Five have all failed. Namely due to a fear that to open the door to a national convention might result in a whole new constitution which will be even worse. While Mark Levin is optimistic that the three-quarters requirement for state legislatures to ratify any newly proposed amendments will be our safeguard, but, as the case of the 16th Amendment showed, that may not be sufficient. At least 12 of the 38 states which approved the amendment′s passage had issues. Indeed, only 20 states actually followed all procedures to the letter, including sending a written copy of amendment they passed, to the Secretary of State at the time, Philander Knox.
As for what the eleven Liberty Amendments are, we′ll have to wait. Mark Levin may start listing them before his new book comes out next month, as the full text and details will be in the book. During his radio show, ′The Great One′ did acknowledge that this will not be easy and will take some time. For example, the 16th Amendment took some 4 years to be allegedly ratified. The effort will require an active and engaged citizenry to achieve success. Which, of course, means that if we had such in place already, we might have a better crop of politicians in Washington now. Will the idea work? I will withhold any ′final′ opinion until I actually read what these eleven Liberty Amendments are. I′m assuming that there will be at least one on federal term limits and one requiring a balanced budget, but those are assumptions. In the meanwhile, I will wait until I get a copy of Mark Levin′s new book, ″The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic″ before passing judgment.