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[–] CDanger 3 points (+3|-0)

On the agenda for Convention of States: an amendment to require a balanced budget, term limits for congress, repealing the federal income tax and giving states the power to veto any federal law, supreme court decision or executive order with a three-fifths vote from the states.

This article is really frustrating to read. Half of these are reasonable ideas and the other half sound like the raving rants from your drunk uncle who lives in rural Alabama. Is it too much to ask for to get politicians that aren't insuffarable statists, corporate shills, or religious zeallots and who instead mind their own business? Take for example states overruling federal laws. We've been through this already, and there is a reason why a federalist system works better (i.e. checks and balances and preventing centralization of authority). Paleoconservatives get a hardon thinking about what they're overrule in Oklahoma, but do they consider what California will overrule? What is even the point of having a country if there is almost zero continuity between states?

How about this instead: limit the federal government to its defined Constitutional role, leave everything else to states, and mind your own business if your neighbor (or neighboring state) chooses something different. Political discourse in this country is beyond loony...

[–] [Deleted] 1 points (+1|-0)

limit the federal government to its defined Constitutional role

The Supreme Court was supposed to insure this. Epic fail on their part.

[–] CDanger 1 points (+1|-0)

Agreed. They've been really decent recently, but there are 70 years of bad decisons that have granted more power to the state, so there is a lot of damage to undo.

[–] heywoodnj 2 points (+2|-0)

The last time we had forward thinking altruist geniuses on the clock.

This crop? I wouldn't trust them with the crayons they would write it with.

[–] Kannibal 2 points (+2|-0)

and of course this would put everything and I mean everything up for grabs.

we can't even get an amendment to clarify the rights, privileges, and conditions of citizenship. No one will touch it with a ten foot pole.

And I can Just imagine the internet conspiracies that will come out of this.