This week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott continued to discuss “The Texas Plan” to stop the horrendous federal overreach which he says is essentially, ‘Completely Rewriting’ the Constitution as exampled in Obama’s Immigration executive order.
Texas has led a lawsuit that includes 25 other states and was brought against Obama, challenging his use of executive power to “unilaterally” rewrite laws via his Immigration executive order.
The Texas lawsuit is currently being decided by SCOTUS and they began hearing oral arguments last week.
Texas Governor Abbot stated: “The lawsuit is about the fact that, if the president wins this lawsuit, the Constitution as we know it has been completely rewritten and Congress no longer has any authority.”, concerning the issue that is currently facing the SCOTUS.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 23, 2016
But Texas Governor Abbott has a plan!
While the lawsuit is designed to stop the overreach on immigration, there needs to be a shoring up of the 10th Amendment wall between the Federal Government and the sovereignty of the states!
Abbott’s plan, nick-named, “The Texas Plan“, involves 9 items in the form of Amendments to STOP the Federal Government from continuing it’s march to TRAMPLE all over the 10th Amendment!
It surrounds the “Convention of the States” from Article 5 of the Constitution, one of the two ways that the Founders left us to modify the Constitution itself:
1. Congress can propose amendments to the Constitution at any time if 2/3 of both houses of Congress agree.
2. A Convention of States can propose amendments if 2/3 of states submit applications for such a convention. These applications must all deal with the same issue (i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government).
The Texas Governor offered the following Constitutional amendments:
- Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.
- Require Congress to balance its budget.
- Prohibit administrative agencies—and the un-elected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.
- Prohibit administrative agencies—and the un-elected 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.
I think that just sums it up!!
Some have worried that a Constitutional Convention could be used by the left for nefarious purposes… I have researched that and there seems to be plenty of protection against such a thing.
Texas Governor Abbott responded this way on Twitter:
It takes 38 states to agree to any change. 13 states can block anything. We have more than 30 GOP states. https://t.co/26PcO2qiG0
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 25, 2016
A Constitutional Convention was designed to bypass DC. This video is excellent to explain: