Constitutional thinking

There are several seriously troubling dealings going on in Washington, D.C., which can only be remedied by calling a Constitutional Convention to address the following matters:

1. All laws passed by Congress should be equally applicable to the members of Congress, the executive and judicial branches of government, and the bureaucrats in Washington. Ninety percent of people polled want this done.

2. Term limits. Eighty percent of the people polled want this.

3. The president should not be allowed to ignore the direct mandates of laws passed by Congress, such as his waiving the mandated taxes and applications of Obamacare as they apply to Congress and their staff; and his postponing certain provisions of Obamacare as they apply to large companies and certain privileged unions. Neither should he be allowed to completely ignore the law on immigration.

4. When the law has been ignored, the courts should be allowed to rule on these matters. At present, the courts say they do not have standing, and this allows the other branches of government to act with impunity. Article V of the Constitution allows the Constitution to be amended in either of two ways:

A) By a vote of two-thirds of the House of Representatives and two-thirds of the Senate. After constitutional amendments are approved by the House and Senate, they must be approved by the legislators in three-fourths of the states. Note: Because Congress is being asked to limit its own powers and benefits, it has refused to act, regardless of the wishes of the people.

B) By a call for a Constitutional Convention passed by two-thirds of the state legislative bodies. If the convention is called, then each state would name its own separate delegates to attend it. This is done outside of the sway of the federal Congress.

Some people fear that delegates to a Constitutional Convention may run amok and fundamentally transform the republic as our Founding Fathers created it. But the Founding Fathers put in place safeguards for a Constitutional Convention to protect our nation from this happening. All proposed amendments must later be approved by three-fourths of all state legislators. This is how we received our constitutional amendments, such as the First Amendment (freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press) and the Fifth Amendment (freedom not to give testimony against yourself), etc. When the original Constitution was submitted, the states would not approve the granting of powers to the central government without these and other additional protections, called the Bill of Rights.

The only way to get around a pure conflict of interest in Washington, and to prevent the loss of Americans’ freedom to a dictatorship, is to call a Constitutional Convention. Ohio, like other states, has its own separate Constitutional Convention to review and amend its state constitution from time to time.

I believe a national Constitutional Convention would be a good thing.

Very truly yours,

Michael B. Lange,