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In order to fix what he calls the “cracks in our broken Constitution,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called for a convention of states to pass nine new amendments to the monumental document.

During a Friday address, Gov. Abbott expressed the convention would be a response to the attacks on the Constitution by President Barack Obama’s executive branch, Congress and the Supreme Court.

The proposal, which Abbott dubbed “The Texas Plan,” would involve the nine following amendments.

Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.

Require Congress to balance its budget.

Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.

Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.

Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically-enacted law.

Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.

Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.

Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.

 Abbott stressed his plan would strengthen the 10th Amendment which states, "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Throughout his address, Abbott also warned that the federal government was straying from the path laid out by the founding fathers.

"These increasingly frequent departures from Constitutional principles are destroying the rule of law foundation on which this country was built," Abbott said. "We are succumbing to the caprice of man that our founders fought to escape. The cure to these problems will not come from Washington D.C. They must come from the states."

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  • Don't care about the fix. All I'd like to see is an independent and free Texas! :)
  • Ivan Zadorozhny
    A back to the Constitution movement.
  • IranianExpat1916
    Events like this, among others, are the result of a weak president.

    Ironically Obama was the best of the worst choices voters had, but his incompetence and absolute weakness has made a crap of a country even worse.

    Things will only get worse if the horrible predictions are correct and Clinton (absolutely corrupt, dishonest and utterly dangerous) is elected. Which makes Trump the best of the worst choice.

    Two party system is a failed democracy where "we the people" are given a choice, election after election, between Dumb & Dumber.
  • karlof1
    What a bunch of Hoo Haw! Judging from those proposals, the governor--or whoever wrote up the list--don't even know what the 1787 constitution says, how it's been interpreted, and how it's been implemented over time. For example, there's essentially no regulation of the Executive--read the section for yourself--as proven by the earliest presidents--Jefferson's illegal actions against Spain to gain the Floridas is one excellent example, as is Adams's Alien and Sedition Act, to name just two of hundreds.

    Yes, the Outlaw US Empire must undergo radical constitutional change, but not of the sort suggested.
  • Mark Gewissin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, why do you want to see another American Civil War? Who benefits?
  • in reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
    Mark Gewiss, it may sound cruel and I know it is not in agreement with my worldview but unless there is a civil unrest, or a civil war with similar degree of destruction of lives, suffering, and over all destruction the USA will not change its ruthless foreign policies and inhumane treatment of other nations who do not have nukes.

    It is nothing more than what goes around comes around. Once they experience it and learn that being a bully and an international criminal that twists the law as it sees fit I hope they will understand that we are one race and all should be respected and treated fairly and just. That is why!
  • mvlazysusan
    One amendment would have taken care of all of this:

    "Prohibit any "political party" from having any influence on what is or is not on an election ballot "

    Last election, the "republican Party, witch is a private club, kicked out the Ron Paul delegates and supplanted them with Nit-Wit Romney delegates, thus giving us a choice between 0bama and Romney, where as if it was solely up to what the people voted, the choice would have been Ron Paul and maybe 0bama

    Additionaly:

    Any one who really knows how our money-system works would know that for every dollar created more than a dollar must be payed back. So, the system NEEDS someone (government) to owe more than can ever be payed back.
  • nuclearstarr
    Bravo to Governor Abbott! Finally a politician willing not only to call attention to the destruction of the US Constitution by Bush, Obama, and Congress, but to propose a solution for it. This is the kind of action we need in the US, not armed militia taking over buildings, but the reinstatement of Constitutionally protected freedoms. As Abbott said, the solution will not come from Washington.
  • in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, Hopefully with a different governor.
  • Mark Gewissin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, Where in history can you show me a a kinder, gentler government emerging from a civil war and/or - what amounts to the same thing - a revolution?
    As if "God" or "Nature" purges and humbles any nation through civil war!
  • in reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
    Mark Gewiss, you must not overlook one important thing! All the financed and supported wars by the US government never had an intention to install a kinder or gentler governments but puppet governments, and you can do so only with corrupt criminals. And when you deal with people like that then they are not kind or gentle and they do not care about anyone else than their self-interests. There was not one spontaneous, honest, patriotic coup because it does not come from the people but from the US government. It (war) has to happen in the USA for them to understand better what should or what should not be used. Imagine if Russia was to finance these local militias or let's call them thugs and terrorists in the USA? Imagine if they recruit hundreds of thousands fully armed hot heads and imagine if they destroy 80% of the USA and then they come to power. Can you imagine a kinder or gentler society with them in power?
    Of course you can not.
    Well go through the 50's, and 60's and 70's and 80's and 90's and then think of what happened after 9/11 till today. That is what the US government has done. And if people of the USA can not stop them because they are impotent then a civil war will change their minds once they experience their own 'medicine'.
  • Mark Gewissin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, I'm 100% in agreement with you - I swear it - when you list all these american crimes against humanity.

    I just don't believe adding millions of bodies more to an already mountainous heap of corpses is an answer.
  • in reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
    Mark Gewiss, I can not tell you whether such a civil war would work or not but asking Americans politely to understand and stop being a bully would not work either.

    You know what could unite humans? Our natural enemy if we had one. But we do not. So we have to fight for supremacy and all this "humane" talk is nothing but a false or at best artificial altruism wrapped up in political correctness with intention to manipulate and ultimately control masses.

    We need something that would love to eat us like the Wraith :)
  • Mark Gewissin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, LOL

    Listen: I'm an American, but at the same time I look to Russia to bring peace to the Middle East and to Europe, and maybe even to the world. Since Napoleonic times this seems to be Russia's bloody, blundering Destiny.

    The problem isn't Islam. Or Judaism. Or even Christianity. I don't have any time for anyone who can't make simple distinctions, for anyone who refuses to see what makes Wahhabism and Likkud and American Evangelicals so dangerous and so distinct. To lump ALL Muslims and ALL Jews and ALL Christians together into various conspiracies is absurd.

    Still, I realize the usa needs to be challenged diplomatically, economically, even militarily if it comes to that in the end...
  • Dirk Ramseyin reply toIranianExpat1916(Show commentHide comment)
    IranianExpat1916, The American two party system is nothing more than a large stinking pile of s**t looking at its self in the mirror. The best canidates are all in the minor parties, and a not allowed to participate. The two chosen , are chosen by the 1%, so there is no real choice.Youк choices are puppet A or puppet B.
  • in reply toMark Gewiss(Show commentHide comment)
    Mark Gewiss, Sure and I support your statement to a T. But (as it is always the case) I can tell you that when a person with a Holly book (no matter which one) comes to my door I ensure that my door is locked and the bell disconnected or if I am up for a bit of fun I let them in, lock the door, tell them to sit down and as they sit down they start with their religious speil - about the word of God asking me if I belong to a church.

    I politely look at them, smile, take a deep breath and in the most serious way (trying to keep my face straight) I always answer - No, I am a Satanist! :)

    You should see their faces! :) They know how to see themselves out. They know how to unlock the door and I can tell you they do not have time to hear me out :)

    It works every time! You should try it. No Mormons, no Adventists, no Jehovah's none of them. Now I get my peace as no more sales reps selling books come to my door! :)

    Anyway, eradication of religions would lead to reduction of wars so if you reckon a civil war would not work let's get all of those imaginary friends off the clouds as we need more digital storage these days than having them sitting up there having fun with virgins :)
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