A really silly bandwagon is playing here in Virginia, and now on Capitol Hill — a Tea Party-inspired movement not to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but to CHANGE it.
It’s a brainchild of Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell, one of the state lawmakers who got $2,000 in campaign cash from a scam artist who conned the entire Virginia General Assembly earlier this year.
And jumping on recently is Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Richmond, the incoming House Majority Leader. He’s urging his colleagues to “keep an open mind.”
Howell wants to change the constitution so that 2/3 of the states could nullify acts of Congress. You don’t like health care reform? Or a tax increase? Or the 1964 Civil Rights Act?
If 34 state legislatures agree with you, they could declare it null and void.
From Talking Points Memo:
Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is part of a class of Republicans who say they want to change the country fundamentally — and to that end, Cantor isn’t dismissing a plan by legislators in his home state of Virgina to blow up the Constitutional system and replace it with one that would give state governments veto power over federal laws.
It strikes me as a Pandora’s Box that would mire state legislatures everywhere in bills to undo this federal regulation or that federal regulation, spurred on by fake grassroots organizations such as the Tea Party, which is funded largely by billionaires who have vowed to undo every federal regulation possible.
It also could water down one of the processes the founders of this country set up for constitutional change, which requires a 3/4 vote of the states.
Sounds like the Tea Party regards that bar as too high — they want it lowered. Are the founders turning over in their graves?