True or False? Our federal government has overstepped its constitutional bounds. If you answered true, we’re starting off on the same page. It has consistently spiraled out of control and will continue to do so unless someone does something about it.
So how do we go about reining in the federal government? Two ideas have been proposed: Article V and Article VI. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two starting with Article V.
Article V contains two processes to amend or correct errors in the Constitution.
It has the potential to abolish or rewrite the entire Constitution as happened in the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
So how does Article V work when activated? Article V states:
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 threee fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress….
This process would be effective to edit, add, or repeal amendments, as well as for rewriting part or all of the Constitution. But if people aren’t following the Constitution now, would it be wise to create new amendments or even a new Constitution? In the same way, if people don’t follow the Ten Commandments, then do we edit them to suit their needs?
So if there are defects in the Constitution, Article V provides two processes for correcting them. But is Big Government the fault of the Constitution? Let’s take a look at Article VI.
Article VI provides us a couple ways to reject all unconstitutional actions by the federal government.
Article VI of the Constitution requires state and federal government officials to swear an oath to support the Constitution. How well do you think they are doing? It is our duty as Americans to hold them accountable to their oaths if we are aiming to contain the federal government within its constitutional limitations.
So how would the perfect politician know which laws to follow? The answer is contained in the Supremacy Clause of Article VI:
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof… shall be the supreme law of the land….
Therefore the Constitution reveals that only laws made in pursuance of (in accordance with) the Constitution are the Supreme law of the land. And, as Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton maintained, laws not made in pursuance of the Constitution shall be considered null and void, and the federal government has absolutely no power to demand adherence to them. Furthermore, local and state government officials are duty-bound to reject these unconstitutional laws.
So what are you waiting for? Government officials of all levels take an oath to support the Constitution, let’s get to work on demanding that they speak out against unconstitutional federal laws and declare them null and void.
If We the People are displeased with our government officials’ work, it is our responsibility to nominate and elect better representatives. Our “What Is A Constitutional Convention? booklet states it well:
We need to rein in Big Government by creating informed voters who will elect constitutionalists who in turn will repeal unconstitutional laws, defund unconstitutional agencies, impeach bad officeholders, and repeal bad amendments.
Are you with us?