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As we ponder the valiant choices made by the men and women who have stood against a Hobbesian world to preserve our Republic, you might want to spend a few minutes with this podcast of a broadcast of Constitutionally Speaking by Dave Shestokas. It is perhaps the finest interview yet conducted on the Compact for America Initiative and the Compact for a Balanced Budget effort.
The Compact for a Balanced Budget has already been joined by Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Dakota. It is being overseen by the first Interstate Commission in history with the purpose of representing the States in amending the U.S. Constitution. Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio are currently considering legislation to join it. And Congress could soon activate the Compact by passing HCR 26 with simple majorities and no presidential presentment.
This growing movement is relevant to our meditations this weekend because of the oath taken by our brave servicemen.
The bottom line is that our Republic is hanging by a thread, having been damaged more greatly by its internal politics than anything else. There’s a structural reason for that:
* The Constitution mistakenly allows the federal government unlimited borrowing capacity, which creates the illusion of unlimited resources, which guarantees unlimited government captured to serve special interests when politicians use the illusion of unlimited resources to promise anything it takes to get elected.
* The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, as currently interpreted, mistakenly bestowed upon the federal government limitless taxing power, which further propels the limitless growth and unbounded reach of the federal government.
* The 17th Amendment to the Constitution mistakenly removed the States from a position of control over the U.S. Senate, which consolidated all national power in the Washington political class, which made disregarding the will of the American people and federal overreach far easier.
These structural defects can only be remedied by a constitutional amendment. The Compact for a Balanced Budget’s amendment does just that:
* It limits the federal government’s borrowing capacity.
* It restores the States (and the American people) to relevance in national policy making by giving them control over any increase in the federal government’s borrowing capacity.
* It limits the federal government’s taxing power by targeting it to reducing favoritism in the tax code and encouraging more voluntary and transparent forms of taxation.
We owe it to the men and women who risked and lost their lives to use the ultimate tool we have to restore the Republic — the power states hold to amend the constitution by convention and the power of interstate compacts to make it user-friendly.
There are no guarantees in life except for failure if we do nothing but yield to the political status quo.
If you like what you hear in the interview, consider getting involved here: http://www.compactforamerica.org/#!get-involved/cecw
And stay tuned for details on our Freedom Fest Article V debate and Compact for America workshop on July 10, 2015 at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas!