Friday, January 8, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott & His Crusade to Roll Back Civil Rights

Greg Abbott unveiled a The Texas Plan to amend the U.S. Constitution, the result of which could lead to the rollback of Civil Rights laws that protect millions of racial minorities, allow bans for same-sex marriage bans, even end of LGBT protections. This latest action falls in line with past positions where he has made in clear that He is anti-LGBT, anti-women, anti-voting rights, anti-immigration, anti-Obamacare, and anti-separation of church and state. He is a Tea Party Republican and he is on a warpath, This should serve as a reminder that we should all be ready and active to prevent the erosion of our rights. The good news is that this proposal would be very hard to implement, although it is allowed under the U.S. Constitution. 34 states including Texas (through legislative action) would have to approve of the convention. If a convention took place and changes to the Constitution were accepted, the amendments would require ratification by 38 states.

Here is the full 92 page document:

"...The Texas Plan is not so much a vision to alter the Constitution as it is a call to restore the rule of our current one. The problem is that we have forgotten what our Constitution means, and with that amnesia, we also have forgotten what it means to be governed by laws instead of men. The solution is to restore the rule of law by ensuring that our government abides by the Constitution’s limits. Our courts are supposed to play that role, but today, we have judges who actively subvert the Constitution’s original design rather than uphold it. Yet even though we can no longer rely on our Nation’s leaders to enforce the Constitution that “We the People” agreed to, the Constitution provides another way forward. Acting through the States, the people can amend their Constitution to force their leaders in all three branches of government to recognize renewed limits on federal power. Without the consent of any politicians in Washington, D.C., “We the People” can reign in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the States and the United States.

The Texas Plan accomplishes this by offering nine constitutional amendments:

I. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.

II. Require Congress to balance its budget.

III. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.

IV. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.

V. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

VI. Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.

VII. 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.

VIII. Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.

IX. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.

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