CONSERVATIVE-BASHING is easy sport. The Conservative’s radical ideas, from individual responsibility and fiscal sanity, Constitutional Republic, and Republican Party infighting, leave Conservatives vulnerable to attack. The Conservative stand on states rights and federalism, amnesty and welfare, makes Conservatives seem callous and mean. Such assessments overlook the Conservatives desire for freedom and individual Liberty as they continue to address the attack on our Constitutional Republic. Mark R. Levin’s new book gives us the Founders constitutional path to restore our Constitutional Republic.
Mr. Levin brings intellectual evidence of two sorts. He has run Landmark Legal Foundation for many years, has written several books Men in Black, Liberty & Tyranny, Ameritopia, and hosts an extremely popular radio show nightly. He is a Constitutional scholar and a clear-eyed patriot about the current state of our Constitutional Republic.
Much of Mr. Levin’s book are notes and original text of the Founders to support his eleven amendments. He uses their words to illustrate how his eleven amendments comport with the original understanding of our Constitutional Republic. For example Term Limits.
AN AMENDMENT TO ESTABLISH TERM LIMITS FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
SECTION 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a member of Congress, whether such service is exclusively in the House or the Senate or combined in both Houses.
SECTION 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any incumbent member of Congress whose term exceeds the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term, but thereafter shall be ineligible for further service as a member of Congress.
The Founders would be aghast at the professional politicians that occupy our government in Washington DC. While many Founders like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson spent a lifetime in government, they cycled between the states and Washington DC. The original concept was the citizen servant, not career politician in Washington DC. The career politician finds themselves motivated to do things to justify their existence. Generally the things they do to justify their existence harm the citizen and this amendment is designed to return us to the original concept of citizen servant.
The scholarship of Mr. Levin’s book fixes the problems that led to the 17th Amendment – direct election of Senators. The Founders wanted the states represented by two Senators selected by the state legislature, but the politics within the states resulted in many Senate vacancies. Mr. Levin’s Amendment fixes the problems and returns to the Founders original concept.
AN AMENDMENT TO RESTORE THE SENATE
SECTION 1: The Seventeenth Amendment is hereby repealed. All Senators shall be chosen by their state legislatures as prescribed by Article I.
SECTION 2: This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
SECTION 3: When vacancies occur in the representation of any State in the Senate for more than ninety days the governor of the State shall appoint an individual to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.
SECTION 4: A Senator may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of the state legislature.
Mr. Levin’s Amendment outright repeals the 17th Amendment, addresses term limits, and forces the Governor to appoint a new Senator in the case of a vacancy. This fixes the Senate vacancy problem that caused the 17th Amendment to be ratified in the first place.
The other extremely important Amendment suggested by Mr. Levin is a control on the Supreme Court. The Founders never envisioned a Supreme Court where the vote of one judge could over turn the Constitution.
AN AMENDMENT TO ESTABLISH TERM LIMITS FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES AND SUPER-MAJORITY LEGISLATIVE OVERRIDE
SECTION 1: No person may serve as Chief Justice or Associate Justice of the Supreme Court for more than a combined total of twelve years.
SECTION 2: Immediately upon ratification of this Amendment, Congress will organize the justices of the Supreme Court as equally as possible into three classes, with the justices assigned to each class in reverse seniority order, with the most senior justices in the earliest classes. The terms of office for the justices in the First Class will expire at the end of the fourth Year following the ratification of this Amendment, the terms for the justices of the Second Class will expire at the end of the eighth Year, and of the Third Class at the end of the twelfth Year, so that one-third of the justices may be chosen every fourth Year.
SECTION 3: When a vacancy occurs in the Supreme Court, the President shall nominate a new justice who, with the approval of a majority of the Senate, shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term. Justices who fill a vacancy for longer than half of an unexpired term may not be renominated to a full term.
SECTION 4: Upon three-fifths vote of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Congress may override a majority opinion rendered by the Supreme Court.
SECTION 5: The Congressional override under Section 4 is not subject to a Presidential veto and shall not be the subject of litigation or review in any Federal or State court.
SECTION 6: Upon three-fifths vote of the several state legislatures, the States may override a majority opinion rendered by the Supreme Court.
SECTION 7: The States’ override under Section 6 shall not be the subject of litigation or review in any Federal or State court, or oversight or interference by Congress or the President.
SECTION 8: Congressional or State override authority under Sections 4 and 6 must be exercised no later than twenty-four months from the date of the Supreme Court rendering its majority opinion, after which date Congress and the States are prohibited from exercising the override.
This Amendment gives Congress and the states power to override majority opinions and it embraces the concept of federalism and states rights. Term limits on Supreme Court Justices is an absolute necessity, because as Mark R. Levin lays out in detail in his book Men in Black the Supreme Court Justices that were racist, mentally incompetent, and several verifiably insane.
With the ever growing size of unconstitutional government, Levin frames the argument with federalism and states rights. Levin’s plan bypasses Washington DC and returns the power to the states. Article V of the Constitution was specifically inserted by the Founders as a protection for the states and the people. The highlighted portion of Article V below gives us the Constitutional method to secure the future.
“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.”
Probably the most powerful element of Mr. Levin’s plan is the virtual repeal of the insidious 14th Amendment. Or at least reversing the insidious manner in which Congress and the courts use the 14th Amendment to bludgeon the states and the people. This may be his final volume of his Liberty trilogy, but as Liberal media collapses and alternative media grows. Mr. Levin will most likely devise a plan to reach-out to more-and-more Americans with the message of Liberty.
Ron Paul is criticized for using the term “Blowback” and claiming that the 9/11 terrorists were motivated by our foreign policy in the Middle East. Veterans understand exactly what Ron Paul means when he refers to “Blowback”. More veterans contribute to Ron Paul’s campaign than any other candidate, because many of us share his perspective of “Blowback”. Let me explain in more detail.
“Blowback” is a CIA term first used in March 1954 in a report on the 1953 operation to overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh1 in Iran. “Blowback” is used to describe the unintended consequences suffered by a civilian population due to actions by its own government that were deliberately kept secret. In the case of 9/11 the American civil population suffered at the hands of al Qaeda terrorists, because of missteps by the United States Federal Government (US). Civilians caught up in “Blowback” see it as a random act of violence, when in fact there was a direct cause. After 9/11 we were told the terrorists attacked us because we are free and independent. The George W. Bush (Bush 2) administration did not tell us the real reason we were attacked. Not until the release of the 9/11 Commission Report were the American people told the truth. It all starts in the summer of 1990.
On August 2, 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait. Five days later, August 19, 1990, US started deploying forces to Saudi Arabia. The 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing comprised of the 415th, 416th, and 417th Tactical Fighter Squadrons deployed 42 F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighters to Khamis Mushayat King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia. By January 17, 1991, the initiation of hostilities against Iraq, nearly 1,000,000 personnel, equipment, and 4,000 combat aircraft were based in Saudi Arabia. The map below depicts US and coalition forces on the Saudi Arabian peninsula. The X’s mark two US Army Corps the 5th and 7th.
Is it significant that we based these assets on the Saudi Arabian Peninsula? You bet it is.
Islam was founded in Saudi Arabia and it is home to the two holiest cities, Medina and Mecca. Medina is the second most holy city in Islam with three of Islam’s oldest Mosques. Mohammed the prophet is buried in Medina and unbelievers are forbidden within the city. Mecca is the most holy city in Islam and the faithful pray in the direction of (Ka’abah) in Mecca five times per day from anywhere on earth. It is the birthplace of Muhammad and the place where the archangel Gabriel revealed the Koran. The fifth of the five pillars of Islam is to make a pilgrimage (Haj) to Mecca at least once in a Muslim’s life. Unbelievers are forbidden in Mecca and would be killed instantly if discovered. The best way to illustrate how serious the Muslims are about Mecca is to quote English Explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton, who in 1853 disguised himself as an Afghan Pashtun and participated in the Haj.
“… neither Koran or Sultan enjoin the death of Jew or Christian intruding within the columns that note the sanctuary limits, nothing could save a European detected by the populace, or one who after pilgrimage declared himself an unbeliever.” 2
Muslims are very serious about their faith and they don’t take kindly to unbelievers intruding on their holiest of land.
On Figure 1 you will notice that the US based B-52 Bombers on King Abdul Aziz Air Base in Jeddah, the gateway to Mecca, 89 miles northwest. We based F-111′s at Ta’if 90 miles to the southeast of Mecca. Within a span of six months the US and coalition forces occupied Islams holiest Saudi Arabia Peninsula. To the rank and file Muslim these were unbelievers. The B-52′s and F-111′s launched almost every night heading North with one mission – to bomb Muslims. The war ended quickly and most troops returned home to a great parade, but the US left 5,000 personnel and equipment in place on the Saudi Arabian Peninsula to enforce the “No Fly” zone over southern Iraq. This was a huge mistake and illustrates the incompetence of the George H.W. Bush (Bush 1) and William Jefferson Clinton administrations. Not until August 2003 did the US remove all personnel and equipment from Saudi Arabia to address al Qaeda’s number one motivation for 9/11.
The 9/11 Commission Report makes a very important statement on page 7 of the Executive Summary. The report states;
“The 9/11 attacks were a shock, but they should not have come as a surprise. Islamist extremists had given plenty of warning that they meant to kill Americans indiscriminately and in large numbers. Although Usama Bin Ladin himself would not emerge as a signal threat until the late 1990′s, the threat of Islamist terrorism grew over the decade.”3
This is a very important note about the 1990′s; 1) February 26, 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, 2) November 13, 1995 Khobar Towers Bombing, 3) August 7, 1998 African Embassy Bombings, 4) October 12, 2000 USS Cole Bombing, and 5) September 11, 2001. In between there were smaller individual plots to kill Americans, but each time al Qaeda’s made its grievances known. That grievance is written in the 9/11 Commission report on page 49;
“He (Usama Bin Laden) inveighed against the presence of U.S. Troops in Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam’s holiest sites.”
This grievance was transmitted to the world as early as August 1996 when Osama Bin Laden issued a Fatwa entitled Declaration of War against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Places.
“The latest and the greatest of these aggressions, incurred by the Muslims since the death of the Prophet (ALLAH’S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) is the occupation of the land of the two Holy Places -the foundation of the house of Islam …”
The 1998 Fatwa To declare a holy war, or jihad, against the West and Israel again transmitted al Qaeda’s grievances;
“First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.”
It is clear that al Qaeda’s number one grievance against the United States was our billeting of troops on the Saudi Arabian Peninsula. Now contrast that to what we were told by our government. On September 11, 2001 Bush 2 took to the airwaves and told a grieving American public what they wanted to hear, not what they should have heard. Bush 2 stated;
“America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.”
G. W. Bush 9/11 Speech [Click to watch the entire speech.]
The American people were not told the real reason for the attacks, because it would have put on display the incompetence of Bush 1 and the Clinton administrations. But more importantly 9/11 gave the Bush Administration the green light to implement the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. Preparations began for regime change in Iraq and the removal of our personnel and equipment from Saudi Arabia.
H.R. 4655 Iraq Liberation Act 1998 was signed by President Bill Clinton on October 31, 1998. The act called for the removal of Sadaam Hussein from power in Iraq. This act and Weapons of Mass Destruction was the justification for the Authorization for Military Force in 2002 to invade Iraq. The Iraq War started in March 2003 and by May 1, 2003 the military capability of the Iraqi Army was all but destroyed. On April 29, 2003 the announcement was made that all forces in Saudi Arabia would be removed starting in August 2003. Below is the headline from the New York Times on April 29, 2003. Click on this link to read the entire news story.
Since August 2003 no attacks against American civilian targets have occurred. Osama Bin Laden achieved what he set out to do, rid his holy land of US troops. Had the United States simply left Saudi Arabia in 1991 with all personnel and equipment, there would most likely not have been a 9/11 or Iraq War 2.
Veterans understand this instinctively, that is why they support Ron Paul’s candidacy for President more than any other candidate. Ron Paul is correct the terrorist were motivated to commit 9/11 because of our foreign policy in the Middle East.
Endnote: Osama Bin Laden made this statement in an interview with al Jazzera in October 2001; ”I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.” Was he correct? The Patriot Act, The National Defense Authorization Act 2011, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, etc.
[The author is a former Captain in the United States Air Force from 1980 - 1989. Assignments included 3rd TFS Clark AB, Philippines, 497th TFS Taegu, Korea, 23rd TFS Spangdahlem, GE, and US V Corps Frankfurt am Mein.]
2 Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to al-Medinah and Mekkah, Sir Richard Francis Burton
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