Foundation calls for 5 Constitutional Amendments – By Stuart MacPhail April 2020 On March 5 the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE, a libertarian think tank) issued a paper by Rory Margraf entitled 5 Constitutional Amendments Americans Should Consider ASAP. The writer calls for amendments (1) repealing the 16th Amendment (authorizing the federal income tax); (2) repealing the…Read More
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A Sad 25th Anniversary – by Stuart MacPhail April, 2020 On March 18, Ralph Voss, a columnist for the Gasconade County Republican pointed out that March marked the 25th anniversary of the historic vote in the US Senate (HJ Res.1 – March 2, 1995) wherein a proposed constitutional amendment was defeated by a single vote. The…Read More
Updated Article V Progress Report is Now Available By Stuart MacPhail – February 2020 Article V activist David Guldenschuh (an attorney in Georgia) has released his start-of-2020 Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report. He notes “It was some ten years ago when Rob Natelson published his groundbreaking Article V research for the Goldwater Institute that the…Read More
Forbes Writer: Restore Power to the States… NOW – By Stuart MacPhail December, 2019 On Nov. 7 Forbes carried an excellent article by Tom Lindsay entitled “Resistance On The Right: Will Conservatives Ever Come Together On An Article V Convention Of The States?”. Lindsay is the director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public…Read More
Foundation calls for 5 Constitutional Amendments –
By Stuart MacPhail April 2020
On March 5 the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE, a libertarian think tank) issued a paper by Rory Margraf entitled 5 Constitutional Amendments Americans Should Consider ASAP.
The writer calls for amendments (1) repealing the 16th Amendment (authorizing the federal income tax); (2) repealing the 17th Amendment (changing the way US Senators are chosen); (3) removing the word “unreasonable” from the 4th Amendment (relating to search and seizures); (4) seeking to clarify the separation of Legislative and Executive powers; and, (5) establishing criteria to be met for the Congressional War Powers Act (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11) to be implemented. Read his proposals HERE.
The writer makes no attempt to suggest how such constitutional amendments could come about. He acknowledges that “[a]mending the Constitution is no small task and we should not expect it to be,” and says of his proposals, “To put it another way, it is an attempt at the impossible.”
Mr. Margraf concludes by saying, “The difficulties of altering the Constitution, however, should not dissuade us from having the conversations necessary to do so.” Margraf’s paper is highlighted here only to demonstrate that there are many ideas out there for constitutional amendments, but few patriots who are willing to put the practical effort (hard work) into solving America’s problems by really employing the tools provided in Article V of the Constitution. Hats off to those patriots willing to share in this task!