New Castle News

September 13, 2013

People have power to alter Constitution

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Congress cannot fix itself; members have made it the way they want it over the years.

Is there a way for the people to fix it? Yes, according to Mark Levin and our Constitution.

It is all contained in Article 5 of the Constitution, which outlines another way for the people to initiate constitutional change besides the amendment process, which is controlled by Congress.

It’s all in Article 5, which specifies that two-thirds of the states can call for a constitutional convention. This would allow the return of the federal government to the tenets written into the Constitution by our Founding Fathers.

If three-fourths of the states agree to the changes of this constitutional convention, neither Congress nor the president can stop those changes and those changes would become part of the Constitution.

Term limits could be one change. Others could be requiring a balanced budget, downsizing this enormous federal government, returning to a checks-and-balance process in a new Congress and have 12-year term limits for the Supreme Court.

Of course, there are other changes that most constitutionalists can also come up with to return this country to its original policies of a limited Federal Reserve, a strong 10th Amendment process, stopping the influence of PAC groups and unions and insuring that this country is run by representatives of the people, not some political party.

What do other people think?

Russ Hall

West Wabash Avenue

New Castle