Most Americans are witnessing what the Founders referred to as Elective Despotism, when politicians who are bought by corporations and foreign nationals distort a ‘majority rule’ system to severely limit individual rights and freedom.
To put this in perspective, in 2014, 65 percent of Americans stated the 113th Congress was the “worst Congress of their lifetime.” Not only did they pass the lowest number of bills in history, they also worked less than 39 percent of the year while their median net worth reached slightly above $1 million. Additionally, while a significant number in Congress have been in office for more than 30 years, during their tenure, over the last 30 years, the national debt has increased by more than 1000 percent.
Separation of powers was designed to represent the will of the people. Instead, the majority in Congress have not upheld their oath to protect and follow the Constitution, and in some cases are blatantly opposing it.
In response, Mark Levin wrote The Liberty Amendments in which he suggests the following ten amendments to the Constitution.
Amendment #1: Impose Term Limits
Those elected to both the House and Senate can only serve for 12 years. (The majority in Congress have been in Congress for more than two decades, some forty years.)
Amendment #2: Repeal the 17th Amendment.
Levin proposes that state legislators have the power to elect senators, preventing the states’ power from being diluted, about which he argues the Framers were very much concerned.
Amendment #3: Restore the Judiciary
Levin advocates that the Founders never intended for five Supreme Court justices to have the final ruling on policy issues. In order to end such “judicial tyranny,” Levin proposes that judicial appointments be limited to one 12-year term. He also suggests that both Congress and state legislatures be given the authority to overturn Supreme Court decisions with a three-fifths majority vote of both houses of Congress or state legislative bodies.
Amendment #4: Limit Taxation and Spending
First, a balanced budget amendment must be instituted. Second, spending must be legally restricted to 17.5% of the GDP. Third, a three-fifths majority vote must be reached in order to raise the debt ceiling. Levin also proposes limiting individual income tax to 15 percent, prohibiting other forms of taxation, and changing the deadline to file taxes one day before the federal election.
Amendment #5: Limit Bureaucracy
Limiting and sunsetting federal regulations should be requirements of all federal agencies. Stand-alone reauthorization bills should be revisited every three years.
Amendment #6: Define the Commerce Clause
The original intent of the Commerce Clause should be restored to make clear that it does not grant power to actively regulate and control activity but to prevent states from impeding commerce among other states.
Amendment #7: Limit Federal power to take private property to greatly curtail imminent domain.
Amendment #8: Allow state legislatures to amend the Constitution
By allowing states to bypass Congress and propose an amendment to the Constitution with the support of two-thirds of the states (instead of three-fourths), and without convening a convention, much of the damage Congress created through amendments and riders to legislation can be reversed.
Amendment # 9: Allow state authority to override federal statutes
A majority vote of two-thirds of state legislatures could override federal statutes. Levin notes that amendments 8 and 9 are rooted in the idea that the states only ratified the Constitution on the condition that their power would not be diluted– and that all federal power is derived from the states.
Amendment #10: Protect the Vote
In order to legally vote in federal elections photo ID must be required and early voting limited.