Texas Governor’s Plan to Restore State Rights

Media describes it as just "short" of secession.

Editor’s note: This proposal is shocking.  It is doubtful that anyone would expect such a far reaching proposal by the governor of a state in response to the federal government just a few years ago.  Some in the media are describing this as just “short” of secession.   This is an official statement from Gov. Greg Abbott’s  official state website:

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered the keynote address at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Annual Policy Orientation where he unveiled his Texas Plan to restore the Rule of Law and return the Constitution to its intended purpose. In his plan, Governor Abbott offers nine constitutional amendments to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the States and the United States. The Governor proposes achieving the constitutional amendments through a Convention Of  States.

“The increasingly frequent departures from Constitutional principles are destroying the Rule of Law foundation on which this country was built,” said Governor Abbott. “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. Instead, the states must lead the way. To do that I am adding another item to the agenda next session. I want legislation authorizing Texas to join other states in calling for a Convention of States to fix the cracks in our  Constitution.”

Governor Abbott went on to explain that dysfunction in Washington, D.C. stems largely from the federal government’s refusal to follow the Constitution. Congress routinely violates its enumerated powers, while taxing and spending its way from one financial crisis to another. The President exceeds his executive powers to impose heavy-handed regulations. And the Supreme Court imposes its policy views under the guise of judicial interpretation. Governor Abbott urged action by Texas – and other states – to restore the Rule of Law in  America.

Governor Abbott offered the following constitutional  amendments:

  1. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one  State.
  2. Require Congress to balance its  budget.
  3. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal  law.
  4. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state  law.
  5. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court  decision.
  6. Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted  law.
  7. Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the  Constitution.
  8. Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their  bounds.
  9. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or  regulation.

To view Governor Abbott’s full plan, click  here.

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