Unlike many, I'm not that enamored with Thomas Jefferson, but this statement is telling. Below are two posts by Rob Natelson regarding a much talked about Title V Convention of the States to address a constitutional amendment. Please read these two articles first before going on.
Is there really a need for such action? Here are some statements from the Declaration of Independence. Please see if there is anything that seems familiar to you.
That has been a concept the federal government has long abandoned.
The federal government is out of control. Nothing short of cutting off the purse strings and stripping Congress and the Administration of their of unbridled power can fix this.
Starting with the Wilson administration and continuing with the FDR administration the federal government has grown to such gigantic proportions it's unmanagable and out of control with regulations, fines, confiscation of property and imprisonment of honest citizens.
Even the EPA has created its own standing army, much like other federal agencies, and unaccountable to civil authority.
Can we have any doubt the EPA, the BLM, the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corp of Engineers has done these things with their regulations?
Can we doubt liberals have incited racial and class hatred for years?
The leftists have been promoting this kind of thing with immigration polices that are clearly detriment to the nation, including the immigration of known radical Islamist groups.
First – repeal the Sixteenth Amendment. This amendment gave the Congress the power to tax income. That’s been a disaster – we now know it’s a disaster in every way possible, including fairness and abuse of power by the IRS at the behest of many administrations from both sides of the aisle – get rid of it and pass a national sales tax, and for this to work the 16thamendment must be repealed first.
Second – Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment. The founding fathers saw the need to prevent a central government from running rough shod over the states and the nation’s citizens. As a result Senators were originally chosen by the states to represent the state as ambassadors from the states to the central government. The House of Representatives were to represent the people, not the Senate. Once the 17th Amendment passed the balance of power disappeared.
Third – Add a Twenty Eighth Amendment, or after repealing the 16th and 17th amendments, make it a Twenty Ninth Amendment. No part of the federal government has been so destructive to America as the federal judiciary. We need to place restrictions on the federal judiciary starting with age and term limits. The founding fathers created lifetime appointments for federal judges because they wanted them to be unafraid about losing their jobs for unpopular decisions. There were some differences between then and now.
First of all there were few federal judges and nowhere in the Constitution does it exactly outline their duties. Originally the Supreme Court handled very common cases. Their authority developed over time and they pretty much created their own parameters of responsibility.
Secondly, the federal government was amazingly small compared to today and everyone pretty much thought it would stay that way. However the passage of the 16th amendment (income tax) and 17th Amendment (popular elections of Senators) pretty much laid the foundation destroying the checks and balances between the branches of government and the vision of a limited central government, which the founding fathers believed was essential to individual liberty. They couldn't have been more right.
Although it’s true judges can be removed by impeachment. It’s also true the federal judiciary is filled with political hacks that have made decisions that can’t be construed as anything but high crimes. The high crimes of the Constitution means a “crime of high office”, which can simply mean they’ve failed to perform the duties they have sworn by oath to perform. It’s clear the federal judiciary no longer believe they have to "solemnly swear (or affirm) they will administer justice……under the Constitution and laws of the United States."
As historian Dr. Clarence Carson wrote:
If the Constitution is going to really be the document that governs government, and is the real and legitimate law of the land, it's in serious need of reinforcements. It’s time for a 28th Amendment that would impose strict term and age limits on the federal judiciary.
There are three levels of the federal judiciary- the District level, the Appeals level and the Supreme Court. Each level should have a ten year limit with a review after five years requiring a majority approval by the Senate. At each level each nominee would have to go through the same process, even if nominated to a higher court before they finish their term in a lower court.
If those three things occur there will no need for a Balanced Budget Amendment and we can begin to dismantle these overweening Federal Departments and Agencies that trample citizens rights and everything else will fall into place. If these three Constitutional actions aren't addressed nothing will change. If they're going to go through all that work - make it worthwhile or stay home!