Tennessee Becomes Fifth to Call for Convention to Give Power Back to States

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has become the fifth state to call for a Convention of States that would amend the U.S. Constitution in an effort to take back states’ rights and limit the power of the federal government.

The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 59-31 on Feb. 4 in favor of SJR 0067, a resolution “to make application to the Congress of the United States to call an Article V convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution.”

Article V states in part, “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof…”

SJR 0067 outlines the belief that a convention is necessary as the federal government has “invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates and has”ceased to operate under a proper interpretation of the United States Constitution.”

“Be it resolved …  that this legislative body does hereby apply to Congress under the provisions of Article V of the United States Constitution for the calling of a convention of the states, limited to proposing amendments to the United States Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress,” it reads.

The resolution was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday. It had been approved by the state Senate 23-5 last April.

“Our Founding Fathers would be appalled by today’s federal overreach,” Rep. Jay Reedy, R-Dist. 74, said in a statement. “In their wisdom, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 unanimously inserted into Article V the power of the States to be the final check on the federal government.”

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“Since our founding, the Article V convention process has only been used by the Congress and not by the States,” he continued. “It is clear that Congress does not have the political will to solve our country’s problems, but thankfully, we the people of the Volunteer State do.”

Passage of a resolution calling for a convention is necessary in 34 states for Congress to act. According to reports, 33 other states are considering the move. Alabama, Alaska, Florida and Georgia have already passed resolutions and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for a convention last month.

If formed, the convention would be the first since 1787.

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  • afchief

    This NEEDS to happen!!! We the people need to take back our government. Our federal government has become a “leviathan”. A power hungry beast that is bleeding America dry. We are very close to a dictatorship. Our Congress does not represent us anymore. All three branches have become the problem. 0bamaCare and “Gay Marriage are but two examples of abuse of the constitution. The Welfare state has brought about many many changes our Founders never anticipated. However, they did provide us with a means to correct the many abuses and corruptions of the elected government in Washington. The Convention of the States provision was designed as a last ditch effort, to keep the Union together. Barring a COS in today’s America will result in the Union being dissolved! There will come a breaking point, when the People have had enough of Washington politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle. When that happens, it will be chaos and disorder as states declare their independence by voting Ordinances of Secession, or in the case of Texas, where the People of Texas vote to abrogate the Annexation Treaty of 1845, when Texas joined the Union. The COS can resolve most of the grievances and maintain the Union, if only the states will see what lies ahead, if they fail to do so!

    Another 4 to 8 years of a Hillary or Sanders presidency and our Union will NOT survive. As a Christian, I see the signs pointing to our Lord’s return. We are very close!

    • Gott Mit Uns!

      No one is harmed by same-sex marriage.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      If you think we’re ignoring the Constitution now, what good will changing it do?

      • afchief

        We the people need to take back the power from the feds. They have over stepped their bounds. A list of amendments we the people could put in place;

        *Term Limits for Congress, Supreme Court, and other Federal officials.
        * Reversal of stupid overreaching Congressional laws, agencies (EPA, IRS,etc), Supreme Court decisions, Presidential actions, and more.
        * Sunset of various agencies that operate on the own without voter control such as the EPA, HHS, FCC, HUD, and so many more.
        * Spending and taxing restrictions.
        * Repeal of the 17th amendment.
        * Redefining the commerce clause back to original intent.
        * Eliminating the Federal Reserve’s absolute control of the monetary system.
        * and much more.

        Now some say all this is dangerous. They are in essence saying that returning the power to the people and the states is dangerous. But to do otherwise is to allow the same Feds we need to restrict to operate as they have, unrestricted. That is the same recipe for disaster that had precipitated the problem. There is only one rational, legal, and Constitutional solution, and that is Article V

        • Ambulance Chaser

          That’s nice. So are you going to answer my question, or not?

          • afchief

            I did answer it. If we the people amend the Constitution for term limits, eliminate numerous federal agencies, etc. The feds will have NO choice but to fall in line.

  • FoJC_Forever

    Sadly, state governments are, by in large, just as corrupt as the federal government. While the call for a CoS is admirable, it won’t remove the corruption among the power players who control the markets and political offices.

    Don’t trust in government, trust in Jesus (the) Christ. Don’t wait for tomorrow, to see if things get better, for then you are only denying the reality of Evil permeating the country and the world. The End of the Age is at hand. Now is the Time for Salvation and to start a truly New Life.

    Follow Jesus, find Peace.

  • Amos Moses

    Once we open this can of worms, it is going to be very, veery difficult to put the worms back in.

    They can change it to whatever they want, it is not going to stop those opposed from going right back to what they were doing prior to it. It will be for naught.

    Evil is not going to recognize it.

  • RWH

    The problem with this thinking is that people think that the majority of Americans think like they do. Unfortunately, at a Constitutional Convention, all cards are on the table, and anything can be changed or modified. The people clamoring for a Constitutional Convention may come out inflicted with a ton of stuff that they never thought would ever take place and stuff that would absolutely horrify them. Cruz talked about New York values as if they are something evil. Well, twenty-one million plus people live in New York and its metropolitan areas, which equals more people than in the entire population of those states that think a Constitutional Convention will be a good thing. And this does not even factor in all of the large “wicked” liberal cities in California, the west coast, and in the entire corridor leading from Boston through to Washington DC.

  • acontraryview

    The Tennessee legislator seems to spend a lot of time on fruitless endeavors.

  • Psygn

    States rights should not be about removing an individual’s rights.