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"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day, America will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened." - Ronald Reagan
The only difference between communism and socialism is its method of imposition. Communism is forced upon the people against their will. Socialism, on the other hand, is entered into voluntarily by the majority of voters.
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While listening to the radio a while back, they were interviewing John McCain on a local radio talk show. When he was asked about term limits for Congress he stated that it would remove the power of the Congressman. I then thought to myself that the power he was talking about was the problem with the country. Serving in Congress is an honor, a service to the country, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work. Much of what we face in terms of privilege and selfishness in this country might best be changed starting from the top down.
According to Article V, Congress must call for an amendment-proposing convention, "on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States", and therefore 34 state legislatures would have to submit applications. Once an Article V convention has proposed amendments, then each of those amendments would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (i.e. 38 states) in order to become part of the Constitution.
Even though the Article V convention process has never been used to amend the Constitution, the number of states applying for a convention has nearly reached the required threshold several times. Congress has proposed amendments to the Constitution on several occasions, at least in part, because of the threat of an Article V convention. Rather than risk such a convention taking control of the amendment process away from it, Congress acted pre-emptively to propose the amendments instead. At least four amendments (the Seventeenth, Twenty-First, Twenty-Second, and Twenty-Fifth Amendments) have been identified as being proposed by Congress at least partly in response to the threat of an Article V convention.
The American people did not make the current contract with members of Congress. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work. When the Twenty-Second Amendment was added, it fell short of what it should have done by also limiting the term Congress could hold office. This will correct that oversight and give the power back to the people.
Also consider the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment which has not had the intended affect on governance. By allowing states to appoint senators, those senators will more closely match the politics of that states legislature, as it was intended. The seventeenth amendment was truly a liberal coup d'état over the people. For example, this would reduce influence of public sector union influence while benefiting private sector unions as a direct political influence.
In such a case, a state could RECALL a sitting Senator if he voted for Obama care against the State's political wishes. The Nebraska vote would have then been cast as it should have been and there would be no Obama care. By keeping the house independently elected (as intended by the framers) there is a political parity within the state and the federal governments.
Another important thing to consider would be applying term limits to the Supreme Court. This would compliment repeal of the seventeenth amendment.
The only problem with all of this is that a constitutional convention has potential to be be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS if the wrong Congress is sitting, along with a majority of States with entitlement-society constituencies. That could spell our own doom just as it was so aptly predicted by Aristotle in Classic Greece. Human nature is what it is. Man at the same time is cruel like the tiger, greedy like the pig. The genius of constitutional framers is they created this amazing Constitutional Republic with a tri-cameral government that is purposefully set into conflict with itself. In all recorded history, the only thing that has benefited the human condition more than the United States Constitution is Tesla's electric power grid and that was invented here.
Thinking through it, the above paragraph leads me to believe that the country is gone, the socialists/communists have won the battle. More than half of the country is reliant on the taxpayer in one form or another. When you think the numbers through, city, county, state, and federal employees, all citizens on the welfare roles in one form or another. These numbers went to over 51% in 2003. Then on second thought, can you imagine Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, or a John McCain sitting idly by and allowing their POWER to be removed from them?
When you look back over history and note what the framers of the Constitution told us. They all told us that the country and the Constitution would be taken away from us exactly as it has been done.
Just after the completion and signing of the Constitution, in reply to a woman's inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created, Benjamin Franklin said, "A Republic, if you can keep it!"
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