The Bill of Rights is Missing an Amendment

By The Common Constitutionalist – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

One of greater problems that plague our federal government is that of cross-delegation. What do I mean by this?

I describe this phenomenon as such, owing to the fact that three branches of government are no longer “separate but equal.” As we see by the take-over of government by the federal judiciary, they are clearly the most powerful of the three. The other two branches, the legislative and executive, take to bended knee before them, and as blind mutes, comply with any and every decree. This was clearly not intended by the founders.

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The Countermand Amendment

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

I have been aware of several calls for Constitutional Amendments (including my own for a Dollar Limit on Federal Spending). Some of these call for a Constitutional Convention, while others merely ask for Congress to limit its own powers.

I just came across a new one (new for me), which makes a lot of sense, although I’d like some time to consider possible unintended consequences. The proposed Amendment is called the “Countermand Amendment.”

Simply put, it would allow 60% of State Legislatures (currently 30 States) to vote to countermand any law, regulation, tax, agency ruling, judicial decision, treaty. These 30 States could render the offending law (etc) to be null and void.

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Balance the Budget – Now

cropped-bob-shapiro.jpg   By Bob Shapiro

Our government spends more than it takes in. The “Official” Budget Deficit was over $1.3 Trillion a few yeas ago, has come down to around $500 Billion today, and is expected to rise steeply again for the balance of the decade.

But the official number doesn’t tell the whole story. Not included is all the US Agency Debt, like

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