Constitutional expert, Mark Lavin, has written a new book, outlining a plan to restore Constitutional Republicanism to the Federal Government. The Liberty Amendments point out a key provision in Article V of the Constitution whereby the Amendment process can alternatively originate from the States. It has never been successfully attempted, but its there, and the Founding Fathers had good reason to put it there.
It was addressing just such a situation we find ourselves in today. We have an out of control Federal Leviathan, a Congress that is composed of 2 parties serving their own interests and power, a President who brazenly defies the Constitution as he pleases, a SCOTUS who literally rewrites the Constitution as it pleases, and "We the People" have seemingly lost all control over our country. The Progressives have waged a 100 year war on our Constitution constructs, and we find ourselves in a post-Constitutional era, where there is literally no more Constitutionality and no power of the States or the people.
Here are some basics of his 10 proposed Amendments.
1. Term limits for Congress.
Those in Congress in either House can only serve 12 years.
2. Restore the Senate to pre-17th Amendment status.
The State legislatures would elect Senators again, just as originally done by the Founding Fathers.
3. Term limits for SCOTUS
Capped at 12 years.
4. 3/5 of states and Congress can override SCOTUS decisions.
Limits scope and power of horrible SCOTUS edicts, like the Dred Scott decision.
5. Limit Federal spending.
A balanced budget amendment.
6. Limit Federal taxation.
Congress is never going to do this on their own.
7. Limit Federal Bureaucracy.
Eliminate the "4rth Branch" of government. In other words, do away with the massive expansion of the Executive branch. These unelected bureaucrats regulate with impunity and such regulation is no different than creating laws that Congress was designed to enact.
8. Promote Free Enterprise.
9. Secure private property rights.
No doubt, this will deal with eminent domain as well as data mining and spying on Americans.
10. States can amend the Constitution with 2/3 approval.
Streamlining the process.
Lavin says none of this is 'written in stone' and the states would have to ratify with 3/4, just as with the Congressional process. Because of the rigid criteria, he does not feel there is an undesirable downside, like special interest becoming involved to add all kinds of unwanted crap. There is also no danger in the entire Constitution being rewritten, because even though the process is called a "Constitutional Convention", it is limited to amendments only.
The process bypasses Congress altogether. They would serves as only administrators of what the states ratify, and have no say in the makeup of delegates which are appointed by the states. Critics say it would be an "uphill battle" to accomplish this. Lavin answers with the question: "What battle is not uphill?"
Madison, Mason, and Hamilton, all agreed, the Constitution needed some mechanism for the people to use to re-establish the social construct, short of violent revolt, should the Federal government go rogue where Congress only has a 10% approval rating, and falling. We are at that precipice, the time is now.