The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic


Conservative Talk-show host Mark Levin outlines a brilliant strategy to wrest the American Government out of the hands of corrupt politicians and Marxist saboteurs/infiltrators and return it to the American people. His plan would not be easy, but it would be constitutional and it would restore America to it’s Constitutional foundations.

Shamelessly stolen from C2…

The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

by Mark R. Levin

This book is a response to the current Constitutional Crisis and the oft asked question, “but what do we do?”

Mark Levin lays out a Constitution method of restoring the Constitution to our Constitutional Representative Republic.

The book has two section in eleven chapters. The first section is the method, the first chapter, the next 10 chapters contain 11 proposed Constitutional Amendments.

However it is the first chapter, the method that is critical. Understanding the method, the means is the key. Any misunderstanding to the means will render the rest moot.

Levin proposal a Constitutional Method, laid out in Article V.

Article. V.

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Article V holds two methods for Amending the Constitution. First is Amendment originating in the Congress. Second originating in a State Amendment Convention.

Article V as first drafted did not include the second provision, only the first. This was not acceptable to many of the Framers who asked, “what if the Congress is out of control, as well as the executive and courts, how then is Federal Government controlled?”

That is the situation where we now find ourselves. A Congress unwilling and unable to control itself, an executive branch even more out of control, and unelected, unaccountable courts writing legislation, finding patently unconstitutional laws constitutional with internal contradictory reasoning.

Since the Federal Leviathan is out of control, and unresponsive to The People. The las remaining control put in place by the Framers is a States Amendment Convention.

Levin carefully lays out the history and argument for this process.

This is the important crux; this is not a Constitutional Convention. The locks on the Constitution are not removed, and the Constitution subject to editing. The Constitution remains untouched.

First is the application of 2/3 of the States for an Amendment Convention. 30 governors are (R), 27 State Houses are in (R) control, 5 are split.

This puts the required 33 within striking distance, and highlight the importance of State elections.

With the application of 33 States, Congress SHALL, they have no choice, they SHALL call a Convention for proposing Amendments.

This would be a convention of the Several States, with representatives sent by the States to represent the States.

This is key, for the rest of the Process, the Federal apparatus is cut out of the process. They are voiceless, powerless. The Congress, Executive Branch, Courts and the Bureaucracy are hog tied and neutered.

This State’s Amendment Convention then proposes Amendments that go to the States for ratification by 37 States.

This process preserves the Constitution, and allows the States to Check and Balance the Federal Government, remembering the Federal Government was created BY the States and is in service to the States.

Chapter One is the critical feature of the book, the HOW to do. The WHAT to do is still up to us. Levin proposes 11 Amendments as a starting point, to kick of the discussion of Amendments to apply as corrective measures, to further check, rein in the Federal Leviathan.

Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress.

Term limit congress, put an end to the professional political class. Congress is now by and large service, not public service.

Amendment to Repeal the 17th Amendment and Restore the Senate.

The Senate originally was to represent the States, not a “super” representative of The People. This restores original intent.

Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Justices and Legislative Override.

We are stuck with life time Justices, no matter how radical or senile. Term limits would limit the damage.

Maybury v. Madison got one with right, the Court should review Constitutionality, and one thing wrong, the Court as the supreme and final arbiter of Constitutionality. This restores a balance of power between the branches, and allows for Congress and Executive to correct court errors.

Amendment to Limit Federal Spending.

Limits government spending to 17.5% of GDP, except in time of war.

Amendment to Limit Federal Taxation.

Limits Federal Taxes to 15% of gross income. Also move tax day the day before election day.

Amendment to Limit Federal Bureaucracy.

Places a sunset provision on all executive branch departments, and those departments must be affirmatively continued by Congress.

Place limits on the economic impact that can be caused by bureaucracy, if such impact exceeds $100 million Congress must authorize the proposal.

Amendment to Promote Free Enterprise.

Restores the Commerce Clause to original intent.

Amendment to Protect Private Property.

Extends protection to private property to included losses caused by regulations and requires compensation for such real value losses.

Amendment to Grant States the Authority for Direct Amendments.

Allows for Constitutional Amendments to be adopted by the States with out the State Amendment Convention.

Amendment to Grant The States Authority to Check Congress.

Grants authority to The States with a 3/5 vote to overturn a law passed by Congress.

Amendment to Protect the Vote.

Would make voter ID a Constitutional requirement, limits early and absentee voting. Electronic voting would be proscribed, unless it can be proved reliable.

Levin puts forth the method for using a Constitutional formula put in place by the Framers for just this situation.

There is a way forward, a way to restore the Republic. It is neither short nor easy. It will require vigilance, and our participation.

The main point is in chapter one, the method, given us by the Framers in Article V.

Levin has show us the way. We just have to lace up or boots and start. Get you State Legislators on board, vote for ones who are on board.

There is a Republic to save and Liberty to restore.

Levin’s Liberty Amendments, a must read IMHO.

Personally I would advocate for an Amendment that would allow for criminal charges to be brought against any sitting, retired, or otherwise no longer current member of Congress who proposed legislation or voted for legislation that can be proven to cause harm to America’s economy or national security, I would also advocate for an Amendment that would require all elected officials to submit to a forensic audit every two years and a mandatory criminal investigation opened upon any suggestion that said elected official profited personally or their relatives profited as a consequence of any legislation they proposed, voted for or otherwise impacted.

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