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If we do not act to change the trajectory of the United States republic, our system of government will perish and take the good with the bad. We can’t control what will replace it and we may not like what we get. If we continue to be swept along by the current, we’re going to regret our inaction.

An Article V convention to propose amendments to the state legislatures might be a paddle in the current to sweep us in another direction.

There are plenty of proposed amendments to look at. Not all of them sound like a good idea. Mark Levin published a handful of nice-sounding ones. It remains to be seen if these are a good idea in practice, but some look like good ideas in theory.

KrakkenThree of them are definitely designed to remove some of the federal krakken’s teeth, so we might have a hope of regaining our individual liberty and robust economic way of life. It remains to be seen if states will agree these are good ideas, but they’re worth looking at.

Levin suggests an amendment to promote free enterprise by limiting the misinterpretation of the Commerce Clause and shifting the focus on the Department of Commerce. The original purpose of the Commerce Department was to “prevent states from impeding commerce and trade between and among the several states”. It was also meant to keep federal government out of regulating commerce within a state.

Oh, those silly Founders!

According to James Madison in the original Constitutional Convention, commerce was referred to as trade or exchange between foreign nations and the states. It was intended to prevent states from acting more like foreign nations relative to other states with tariffs and other restrictions on trade between the states.  That makes good sense now as it did then, except ….

The vagueness of the clause and its application has allowed for increased federal government intrusion in areas of commerce that would flabbergast the Founders. This amendment would provide some clarity and explicit “guardrails” for the federal government to operate within.

Next is “An Amendment to Protect Private Property” which very simply requires just compensation be made when private property is taken for public use. The ability to own private property is what sets us apart from virtually every other nation in the world.

The government morphed “Eminent Domain” into something that allows the taking of your property then giving it to a private entity (crony capitalists) that will pay more tax than you do. They’ve broadened the meaning of “taking” of property for public good (roads, utilities, and parks) into the taking of private property in order to enrich the public coffers and only reimbursing you for pennies on the dollar.

These three Amendments are designed to remove some of the teeth of the leviathan that is shredding our liberty, freedoms and economic way of life. Keep in mind these amendments proposed by Levin are just suggestions. Participating states will, as a group, take these ideas and change, delete and/or create final amendments on which they can all agree.

If we do not change our trajectory our republic will perish.

Given the current trajectory, that might be a good thing, but if we can change things ….

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