A Fine Idea

Jeff Goldstein:

What I’d like to do — using a kind of crowd sourcing method of gathering information — is to put together a step-by-step guide for the citizen wishing to get involved in a movement to re-establish constitutional limits on the federal government, return power to the states and localities, and blunt the 1-vote finality of a SCOTUS ruling becoming forever enshrined as the law of the land (even against the broad interests of the electorate, and relying on an encroachment into social jurisdictions where the Court does not belong). It is one thing to say that the remedy to a cloistered DC ruling class is to circumvent them at the state level; but it is quite another to begin to understand, from the most basic steps to the more advanced procedural hurdles, just how to go about doing it.

Clearly, one thing citizens can do is contact their district reps and ask them whether or not they are for a constitutional movement to curtail a DC-centric government by way of using the power of the collective state legislatures. Those who do should be supported; those who hedge or who say they cannot support such a position should be opposed. And — as much as I hate pledges — in this instance support for a particular candidate should be tied specifically to this willingness (or not) to use the constitutional provision provided us to take on the very federal overreach that has taken away from the states the power it once held over a federal government they themselves gave life to.


Yes. This is one big advantage to holding the House, assuming the Republicans can keep it, and conservatives and libertarians are willing to work it.

And if you haven’t read Mark Levin’s The Liberty Amendments, from which Jeff is adapting his thinking here, I highly recommend it.


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