Sick and tired of hearing American citizens say nothing can be done to limit Obama’s overreach? So are leaders in several states who are challenging everything from common core to gun control. Though many find the measures available to the states in the Constitution extreme, there are those who are ready and willing to use them.
Since the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms “shall not be infringed”, there are already states ignoring federal law regarding gun control. Not only is concealed carry of a firearm now officially legal in all 50 states, but there are at least a few who are actually attempting to nullify the laws that restrict guns in any way: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas, among others.
A similar rebellion is working its way through state legislatures relative to Obamacare. Not only did most states not set up the exchanges the feds requested, but at least four states are actively seeking to nullify the law entirely: Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, and South Carolina.
Common core, the most asinine attempt at government controlled education ever undertaken, has serious opponents in more than 30 states. Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and Texas never adopted the standards in even the loosest terms. Minnesota accepted the standards for language arts, but not math. Further, even states that initially accepted common core are now getting rid of the standards. Indiana and Louisiana are the first two, but there are actions in other states as well that are expected to lead to the reversal of the program.
The more radical rejection of Obama and his policies may come in the form of a constitutional convention of states. Mark Levin, among others, has been calling for such action to impose term limits on Congress and further restrict executive branch power. More than 20 states have indicated they will submit application for the convention. Article V of the Constitution states:
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.
With the swearing in of a Republican majority next month, the idea of a Constitutional convention may get broader support. Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Louisiana are among the first states to state their intention to request the convention. Other petitions in the works will likely come to fruition by the end of January.
H/T: Conservative Tribune