Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The United States House of Representatives is composed of 435 members. Congressional sessions last two years (because of the two year term length of House members). We are in the 2nd year of the 113th Congress.
The Republicans hold a 232 member majority over 200 Democrats (there are currently three empty seats). If you do the math of the 435 member body, you see that it only takes 218 votes to hold a majority. The Republicans hold what some would call a "supermajority". Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution vests COMPLETE power of spending in the House side of our bicameral congress.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 221 - 201 to raise our nation's debt limit once again and strap more debt onto the backs of our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, etc..., 28 of the 227 Republicans voting, backed the measure.
We are told over and over and over again that if we will just give the Republicans a majority in the Senate...they will save our country. Don't get me wrong, we need to elect strong Constitutional Conservatives....but folks it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Oh, I understand...It took me while to get here too...to come to the realization that Washington D.C. WILL NOT ever reign in spending nor place themselves back under the original intent of the framers of the United States Constitution and limited government. Decades of the courts twisting, contorting, stretching, and perverting the language of our Constitution have placed us adrift from the original intent of the framers to limit our federal government. The modern "Living Constitution" interpretations of the "General Welfare" clause and the "Commerce" clause and many other distortions of the text easily lends cover to these elected legislators and the President to ignore the intent of the framers. They tell us they are following the Constitution but they are not, they are following a long revised and twisted interpretation of our Rule of Law.
When you get to the point that you can see this...that Washington D.C. is not going to take any meaningful steps to restrain itself...then come join us at the Convention of States Project. George Mason and the framers told us this might happen and they gave us the lawful, orderly process to put the federal government back inside the fence of the Constitution.
The reality is that we are dealing with a federal legislature that is falling down drunk on spending and federal power. They are hammering nail after nail into the coffin of limited government.
I offer you the history of Article V. Read it here and see God's providential hand moving during the framing of our Constitution to give us a method, a process if you will... to return to the safe harbor of Constitutionally limited government when the "National Legislature abuses their power, and refuses their consent" [George Mason]. This will not be an overnight fix. We didn't get here overnight...and the road back will not be easy. Article V is the process endorsed by every single one of the signers of the United States Constitution and ratified by the states. Let's stand on the shoulders of the framers of our great Constitution and use what they gave us.