Did you know 98 state legislators from 32 states met in December in Mt. Vernon, Va. to discuss the possibility of the states calling for a “Constitutional Convention” for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution? To remind you of high-school American history, our constitution can be amended by a two-thirds vote in congress and then ratified by three-fourths of the states. But you may not remember that according to Article Five of our constitution, if two-thirds of the states call for a “Constitutional Convention,” they can make amendments to the constitution with the ratification of three-fourths of the states without the involvement of congress. Neither the congress nor the president can stop it or do anything about it. The amendments then become law.
You might be interested to know that two of the proposed amendments by these state legislators are term limits on congress and a required balanced budget each year. It’s obvious congress would never pass such legislation on its own so it will be left to the states under Article Five to handle it.
Reaction from the liberals is typical and expected. “These are just disgruntled Tea Partiers” and “This will all go away.” They had better hope this will all just go away. My opinion is even if it doesn’t get off the ground, it’s at the very least a “shot across the bow” not just to the Democratic Party and their agenda, but to the entire congress as well. Polls today are not good news for any of them. They will all be held accountable for, among other things, Obamacare and the runaway spending. Not a very good position for any of their re-election bids.
Of course Obamacare will continue to dominate the news. The success or failure of this gigantic effort to “fundamentally change America” is going to be interesting to watch. The smart money sees Obamacare collapsing under its own weight. As people discover the costs as well as the restrictions, not to mention the increasing lack of medical-care providers, what little popularity it has had will fade quickly.
This, along with other noteworthy scandals, will continue to be thorns in the side of our elected “leaders.” The polls are showing Obama sinking faster than the Titanic. Politicians will be politicians, which means they will abandon Obama like rats from a sinking ship for their own political futures. Polls today have the Republicans defeating the Democrats in the next election primarily because of Obamacare. This brings us to the next interesting event for this year, the 2014 elections.
There is a strong move all across this country to get rid of all sitting congress members. Throw all the bums out and start over. In reality I don’t think that’s going to happen, but there will be some surprises from this next election. Members who believe they are secure in their jobs will be unemployed. Many, many people are fed up. We expect more from our elected representatives. We expect oversight, which has been missing. We expect integrity, which has been absent. Most believe we are not getting our money’s worth.
The big news coming out of the 2014 election is how 2016 is going to look. If the Republicans do well, that portends well for their presidential hopes in 2016. Of course they are going to have to put forth a candidate who reflects the values of all America, not just special-interest groups.
Any way you look at it, 2014 is going to be a very interesting year.