"An Exercise in Political Masturbation"
A more honest title for Levin's new book.
Mark Levin is a true patriot, an ally in the war against Statism and a defender of the Constitution.
But that being said his newest book is mostly a waste of time. The book fails to address the one real problem in America today - the lack of free elections.
We would not be having this conversation if the politicians had any fear at all of the voters. They don't.
Levin talks about passing new amendments to the Constitution. But that means nothing when the entrenched politicians financed by a bottomless pit of big Beltway money simply ignore the existing ones.
It is a little know fact that up until 1940 the U.S. was a multi-party Republic. The people could easily form brand new political parties to overthrow the corrupt Elites in D.C. Power came from the bottom up. From the People.
We saw many parties elected to Congress: Federalists, Democrat-Republicans, National Republicans, Democrat, Anti-Masonic, Free Soil, American, Republican, Greenback, Populist, Progressive and more.
Until free elections are restored we are doomed as a nation.
Levin has proposed a number of amendments he claims will save the county.
Levin proposes term limits as a cure for D.C. corruption. Sorry. That one is totally dead on arrival and misses the point that we no longer even have free elections.
As a resident of the People's Republic of California we have had term limits. It has done absolutely nothing to change the corrupt nature of government. The reason is, term limits does not change the way politicians are elected.
California resembles the US House of Representatives with monster, huge legislative districts. 900,000 people for the State Senate and 450,000 for the Assembly. In a special election for State Senate last month both parties spent about $5,000,000 on the race.
|Nathaniel P. Banks|
Speaker of the House, American Party.
Banks was a Democrat, then the American Party,
then a Republican and finally Liberal Republican
Party. With small House districts new political
parties can easily rise and fall striking FEAR
in the hearts of the D.C. Elites.
(Nathaniel P. Banks)
Our "representatives" do not represent the People. They really represent the big money cartels of unions and corrupt businesses wanting "payback" for their campaign money investment.
Until the common man can again afford to run for office there will be no changes.
REFORM - Levin is wasting his time with amendments. If there is any hope at all in saving the nation then we need to restore free elections.
Here is a reform that only takes a majority vote of the US House - vastly expand the House of Representatives to help restore the Republic.
Article One, Section 2 of the Constitution says, "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand."
Everyone could easily meet their Congressman face to face with next to zero campaign costs. The House has ignored that number for 200 years causing the current House seats to balloon up to 700,000 people and increasing campaign expenses to the insane level.
The lower houses districts in Canada and Britain run about 100,000 in population and they are both multi-party democracies with free elections.
About 100,000 is a good number for the US House. Back when House seats were that size we had free elections with new political parties rapidly being formed, getting elected to Congress and often vanishing just a fast.
With huge districts the political class has no reason to fear the people at election time.
Taxes, Debt & Spending
Levin proposes a limit on spending, taxes and debt which includes a 60% vote of Congress to override.
Once again Levin is lost in intellectual theory la-la-land.
Since 1978 California had a two-thirds (66%) requirement to pass a budget. The minority GOP had a total veto over all spending and debt. What happened? The Republicans simply cut deals with the Democrats to keep the spending-debt machine running at full blast.
Levin's amendment is a joke. The GOP has the power to freeze or cut spending now with a 50% + 1 vote, but Republicans have not voted to cut even one cent from the budget since the 1920s.
The money machine gets them re-elected. Levin's amendment changes nothing. Only election reform (above) will do that.
Supreme Court Term Limits
If find it interest that Levin attacks the one part of the Constitution that still operates just as our Federalist Founding Fathers wanted - the Federal Courts.
|Justice Clarence Thomas|
Mark Levin wants judges like Thomas
to be term limited. Sorry Mark, I want
Thomas in there until he is 90 years old
and the EMTs have to pry him out of
Our Founders wanted a judiciary as far removed from the tug of everyday politics as possible. The Founders wanted judges to be appointed for life by a variety of Presidents to reduce the danger of dictatorship.
Both Conservatives and Liberals take their turns in attacking the Court.
The Conservatives praise the Court when it votes their way on cases like guns or voting rights and curse them with equal fervor when they dare to vote different.
The same goes with the libs. This standard hot air political BS has not changed since the founding of the country.
Also the last thing you want is a judge being term limited at age 60 instead of serving for life. The judge could easily rule on cases looking ahead to being hired by the very firms or politicians he is making rulings on.
A New Constitutional Convention
Levin is correct that a new Constitutional Convention called by the states is needed.
The Federal government has become a bully dictating everything in our lives from school lunches, to local zoning laws and health care. A new Convention could draw up an amendment putting serious limitations on the Federal Dictatorship.
Still, we have a 10th Amendment now and neither party pays attention to it. Would a new amendment be any different?
For political junkies like myself Levin's book is a fun read. But as a guide for political action I suspect it will be ignored by both parties.