Texas Gov. Abbott: Constitutional Convention Needed, Congress 'Not Doing Its Job'

By Todd Beamon   |   Tuesday, 12 Jan 2016 07:40 PM

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that a convention of states is necessary because "we have a Congress that is not doing its job."

"Under the Constitution, it is Congress under Article I that is assigned the duty of passing laws in this country — and yet more than 90 percent of the laws in this country are not passed by Congress," Abbott, a Republican who was most recently the Lone Star State's attorney general, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview.

The United States also has an unaccountable Supreme Court that also passes laws.

"We have 27 amendments to the United States Constitution and yet the Constitution is amended every single year by unelected five judges on the United States Supreme Court," Abbott said. "The way government is taking place in the United States right now is contrary to the way the founders structured it, the way the architects of the Constitution structured it."


IF we had enough honest leaders who were working for the benefit of the Working and Middle Classes, I would say that a Constitutional convention could be a good idea.  As things are, it would just be a waste of time and money.

It's too bad, really.  We have had a disturbing trend in this country of bypassing the Constitution via executive orders and by using the Supreme Court as a means of immediate social change.  This is contrary to what our Founding Fathers intended.

Our Founding Fathers understood that times change.  That's why they gave us the ability to amend the Constitution to reflect changing times and attitudes.

For example, most of our Founders were slave owners.  Executive order (the Emancipation Proclamation) and the SCOTUS were tried in an effort to end slavery.  Those efforts resulted in the Civil War.  Slavery wasn't ended until the majority of the people of the United States decided the time was right to do so - they amended the Constitution.

Betsy Ross may have made the first American flag, but she was left at home on election day.  It wasn't until 1920 that enough Americans decided it was the right time for women to vote.

This is how a true Constitutional democracy works.  But we have strayed from this path. Amending the Constitution is a long and complicated process.  Nowadays, people don't want to wait.  They want change and they want it NOW, so they get a president with delusions of kinghood to pass edicts or use a committee of nine unelected, unaccountable people to rule what they are fighting against to be unconstitutional.  This is wrong.

For example, do you really think when Thomas Jefferson et al wrote the Constitution they intended homosexuals to be allowed to marry?  Of course not!  In 1787 the standard procedure in dealing with homosexuals was to put them in a mental asylum.  Allowing them to marry was inconceivable to them.

Abortion was known well before 1787.  I hardly believe they would see abortion as a Constitutional right.

What is needed if we want abortions and same sex marriage are Constitutional amendments.

Also, the SCOTUS was created to examine new laws coming out of Congress to see if they are Constitutional or not.  Gay marriage and abortion are issues older than our country itself. They are definitely inappropriate issues for the SCOTUS.  They are issues for an amendment.

The problem with people today is nobody has any patience.  They want what they want and they don't want to wait for it.

A convention of honest politicians deciding what the SCOTUS can do and what it can't could be a good thing.  The main problem is where do you find enough HONEST politicians to make this work?

Don't ask me.  Unless they follow the Swastika banner, I wouldn't trust them an inch - and even then that may not be enough.  Remember, just because someone calls himself a National Socialist doesn't mean he is one.

Dan 88!