AUSTIN, Texas — The governor of Texas has proposed a Constitutional Convention of States that would amend the U.S. Constitution in an effort to take back states’ rights and override federal decisions with a majority vote.
In an address on Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott, introduced what he called “The Texas Plan,” which seeks to strengthen founder’s original intent of the Tenth Amendment, which declares, “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
“These increasingly frequent departures from Constitutional principles are destroying the rule of law foundation on which this country was built,” he stated. “We are succumbing to the caprice of man that our founders fought to escape. The cure to these problems will not come from Washington D.C. They must come from the states.”
Abbott, a Roman Catholic, said that the executive branch, the legislative branch and the judicial branch have been abusing their powers for years.
“The irony for our generation is that the threat to our Republic doesn’t come just from foreign enemies, it comes, in part, from our very own leaders,” he stated.
The Constitutional Convention of States would be created under the authority of Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which 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…”
Abbott’s plan seeks to make seek to make nine amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which include allowing a two-thirds majority of the states to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court opinion, requiring a seven-justice “super majority” in the Supreme Court for decisions that would overturn a vote by the people, permitting a two-thirds majority of the states to override a federal law or regulation, and ensuring that the federal government does not step outside of the powers expressly delegated by the Constitution.
“[T]he entire structure of the Constitution was premised on the idea that the States would be stronger than the national government,” he wrote in a 70-page outline of the plan. “[T]he States must step up and lead; and thanks to the Founders’ prescience, the Constitution itself provides the path forward.”
If formed, the convention would be the first since 1787.