WE THE PEOPLE Have Destroyed Our Constitution
The GOP is preparing to destroy the constitution.
While all eyes have been fixed on getting rid of Trump the Republicans have made astonishing progress on the implementation of the strategy of Phase Two of their coup to take over America – the destruction of the U.S. Constitution – a process with even more terrifying ramifications for the future of the country. This GOP Phase Two strategy is being used right now, as you’re reading these words, in a very well-funded, GOP led effort, by American and Russian right-wing oligarchs. Pulling off this strategy at the state level (where it’s cheaper to buy politicians), prevents the Congress, the president and even the courts from stopping it from happening.
PHASE TWO STRATEGY
Publicly the GOP are touting Phase Two of their coup as a need to call an Article 5 – “Convention of the States” ( Which has never been invoked before.) in order to amend the U.S. Constitution to include a “balanced budget amendment” intended to bring under control a federal deficit presently hovering well above $20 trillion. Secretly the GOP are using Phase Two as a brute-force method to pass multiple amendments that would effectively rewrite any part of the Constitution thus putting citizen’s very rights “up for grabs” while allowing the GOP to change America into some kind of “right-wing alternative oligarch universe.”
Such GOP multiple amendments would include requiring the states to approve any increase in the national debt, imposing term limits, limiting the Commerce Clause to its original meaning [ending minimum wage, federal right-to-unionize, and child-labor laws], limiting the power of federal regulations [aka “consumer protections], requiring a super-majority to impose federal taxes and repealing the 16th Amendment [which legalized federal income taxes], and giving the states the power to abrogate any federal law, regulation, or executive order.
PHASE TWO STRATEGICAL IMPACTS
Such amendments alone would likely eliminate voting or civil rights laws; Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; food stamps; housing supports; protections from big polluters, big banks, big food and pharma; union protections; federal workplace safety standards; child-labor laws; national minimum wage; and any programs that help the middle class, the less fortunate or disabled while such rights would be placed “beyond the reach” of what the federal government could be expected to do according to a newly amended Constitution.
The GOP and their American and Russian right-wing oligarch backers intend to destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution in their vested interest in free enterprise and their quest to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously they will be in complete control of the country. The country would soon stand at the same crossroads it faced during the Great Depression and World War II, only this time the Supreme Court (in 1976 with Buckley, 1978 in Bellotti and in 2010 with Citizens United) has given the GOP and their American and Russian right-wing oligarch backers the power to spend virtually unlimited amounts of money to own our political process and our politicians and demand behavior from them so outrageous that they’d even lie on live national TV and deny reality itself.
HOW DOES THE PHASE TWO STRATEGY ACTUALLY WORK
A Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution, also called an Article V Convention, or Amendments Convention, called for by two-thirds (currently 34) of the state legislatures, is the process authorized by Article Five of the United States Constitution whereby the Constitution, the nation’s frame of government, may be altered. To become part of the Constitution, an amendment must be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths (presently 38) of the states or State ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states.
The GOP—and it’s incredibly dangerous—strategy to amend the Constitution is to simply call a “Convention of the States,” using Article 5, and opening the entire document itself up to rewriting and tinkering through multiple amendments that would effectively rewrite all parts of the Constitution. The goal of their strategy is to put into the Constitution specific prohibitions against any program(s) that they view as “unconstitutional socialism,” and to permanently enshrine in the Constitution the “right” of corporations and right-wing oligarchs to own politicians and spend unlimited monies to influence elections and ballot measures.
The Constitution (arguably) provides for the states the use of Article 5 to call a “Convention of the States” and rewrite the Constitution as they see fit (34 states are needed to call a convention and three-quarters of the states would need to approve the changes made during the convention). The GOP is currently just a few states away from meeting the 34 states goal, and has already held dress rehearsals in Washington D.C.—with representatives from all 50 states—for a Constitutional Convention that would change America forever.
The 2016 elections left the GOP in control of 33 state legislatures while the Democratic Party has lost more than 1000 governor-ships, state legislative and Congressional seats combined since 2008 when the GOP began implementing their strategy. The GOP sees their strategy as pushing for a constitutional convention in order to severely restrict federal power, for example by redefining the Commerce Clause to prohibit Congress from enacting labor or anti-discrimination laws, or by adding a balanced budget requirement.
THE PHASE TWO STRATEGY FINAL OUTCOME
Now that the GOP has mobilized thousands of enthusiastic billionaire-supporting conservatives across the nation their strategy is in fact now actually working and is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality. “In September 2016 as many as thirty states had already made a request for a balanced budget amendment and a simulated convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution was held in Williamsburg, Virginia. An assembly of 137 delegates representing every state gathered to conduct the country’s first real simulated convention. A few years ago, it would have been just political science fiction; now it’s nearly the GOP’s new reality for America.
We are now headed towards America’s first Culture War and possibly it’s Second Civil War.
Follow other articles in this series at:
Article 1 Titled: “This is a fight we have to win!” https://republicandirtytricks.com/taking-control-from-the-gop/
Article 2 Titled: “We must change what we are fighting for!”https://republicandirtytricks.com/we-the-people-must-change-our-form-of-resistance/
Article 3 Titled: “You can forget waiting for the Mid-Terms we have already lost!”https://republicandirtytricks.com/we-the-people-have-already-lost-the-mid-term-elections/
Article 4 Titled: “WE THE PEOPLE are victims of an indirect GOP Coup D’état”https://republicandirtytricks.com/we-the-people-are-victims-of-an-indirect-gop-coup-detat/
Article 5 Titled: “WE THE PEOPLE Are Fighting a Culture War”https://republicandirtytricks.com/we-the-people-are-fighting-a-culture-war/
Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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