In the 1990's most of us were incredulous when the now-repaired Hugo Chavez made clear his intentions to bring Socialism to Venezuela. With the collapse of the Soviet Union a recent memory, China at least having given up most Marxist principles for her economy long before, and the rest of the Marxist economies in tatters, Westerners (myself included) could not bring themselves to believe that such a claim would invite anything but ridicule.
What we had not bargained on was the staying power of Leftist thought and the continued success - even in the face of all the evidence of a failed idea, of the Western Socialists of Academia who kept churning out vacuous minds to the tune of tens of thousands each year; this while we basked in the delusion that we had won the Cold War.
Florida Democratic Representative Alan Grayson has joined in with others who have sensed that our societal climate has changed to the point that words or terms such as "Left", "Socialism", "Social Engineering" are no longer apt to cause any ripples. Confident in their accurate assessment of an "all is well" mindset of most Americans, they rightly see no need to hide their agenda. Instead of framing their arguments to make them look moderate, they proclaim their goals from the rooftops:
"Speaking about the Federal Reserve’s rapidly-growing balance sheet, Grayson remarked:
"...We’ve had a government takeover of the bond market. Stealth socialism’s been created. Government simply ends up owning more and more and more. If government had taken over the steel industry, maybe it would have been more noticeable. They’ve taken over the financing of housing industry as well, with a desired result."
“We live what I call a post-constitutional period,” Levin began. “You’re well familiar with Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive movement — we have to accept the fact that they won…and this utopian statism and constitutional Republicanism cannot coexist. And they don’t coexist. And the circle of liberty around every individual is shrinking and shrinking and shrinking.”.........
Levin continued: “The framers gave us one way to reestablish the Constitution, should the federal government become oppressive…Two days before the end of at that convention in Philadelphia, [George Mason] stood up and he said, ‘Look, what if Congress becomes oppressive? What if this new government becomes oppressive? Short of violence, what can the people do? Congress is not going to propose amendments to the states to fix itself.’”
“And so he insisted that the states have the power to get together and propose amendments to all the states, still requiring three-fourths ratification,” Levin explained. “And so we can talk about the culture, and you do and I do, and we can talk about aspects like that. But when we’re talking about the Constitution, people say, ‘I thought Levin revered the Constitution, now you want to change it?’ No, I want to bring it back. And the book has some of my ideas.”......
“The thing is, the reason the left has never gone through this approach, never, and the reason they would fight this approach, is they are getting damn near everything they want top-down,” he said. “They’re not going to want to work bottom-up. Let’s keep something in mind — there are tens of millions of us who still love this country. Who still love the Constitution. Who still revere our heritage. And we’re looking for ways to deal with this. And we can keep beating our heads against the wall, ‘Elect more Republicans!’ Well, we had six years of Bush and the House and Senate and other than Obama, it was the profligate out-of-control period in [ recent ] federal history.”
Beck agreed that it is time to stop listening to the GOP and supporting a party that may be a “bigger nightmare” than the Democrats.
And Levin said that’s precisely why the plan set out by the founders is “the recourse.”
“It by passes Congress. It by passes the GOP establishment. It bypasses the Supreme Court, the president, the bureaucracy,” he said. “This is completely bottom up. The people working with state delegates and state senators, state legislatures.”
Countries are not “guaranteed perpetual existence,” he reminded. So when people ask what can they do, he goes back and looks at our founding documents, and “even before then.”
“The framers, even though they set up this magnificent Constitution, they were concerned that it would be breached. If you don’t have people of virtue in these positions then you have what? You have tyranny,”.........."
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, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate."
Mr. Levin rightfully notes that, two-thirds of the states make this move, and the proposed amendment(s) are passed by three quarters of the states, then Congress, The Supreme Court, and and President would literally be powerless to prevent them from being added to our Constitution and by extension becoming the Law of of the land.
In the Western Free Press link, Levin speaks in an embedded video. He stresses that George Mason, (Note that Mason was by no means a supporter of the Constitution when it was a new and unratified document as he feared its potential for abuse), was indeed a strong supporter of this alternative means by which the states could work together to restrain or correct a national government (Ours is only Federal in name - credit Tocqueville for that observation) and take steps to put the nation back on the right path.....