Did you know that 98 State Legislators from 32 different states met in December in Mt. Vernon, Va. to discuss the possibility of the states calling for a “Constitutional Convention” for the purpose of amending the US Constitution? To remind you of high school American History, our constitution can be amended by a two thirds vote in Congress and then ratified by three fourths of the states. But you may not remember that according to Article Five of our constitution, if two thirds of the states call for a “Constitutional Convention” they can make amendments to the Constitution with the ratification of three fourths of the states without the involvement of Congress. Neither the Congress nor the President can stop it or do anything about it. The amendments then become law.

You might be interested to know that two of the proposed amendments by these State Legislators are term limits on Congress and a required balanced budget each year. It is obvious that Congress would never pass such legislation on their own so it will be left to the states under Article Five to handle it.

Reaction from the liberals is typical and expected. “These are just disgruntled “Tea Partiers” and “This will all go away.” They had better hope that this will all just go away. My opinion is that even if it doesn’t get off the ground, it is at the very least a “shot across the bow” not just to the Democrat Party and their agenda, but to the entire Congress as well. Polls today are not good news for any of them. They will all be held accountable for, among other things, Obamacare and the runaway spending. Not a very good position for any of their reelection bids.

Of course Obamacare will continue to dominate the news. The success or failure of this gigantic effort to “fundamentally change America” is going to be interesting to watch. The smart money sees Obamacare collapsing under its own weight. As people discover the costs as well as the restrictions not to mention the increasing lack of medical care providers, what little popularity it has had will fade quickly.

This along with other noteworthy scandals will continue to be thorns in the side of our elected “leaders.” The polls are showing Obama sinking faster than the Titanic. Politicians will be politicians which means they will abandon Obama like rats from a sinking ship for their own political futures. Polls today have the Republicans defeating the Democrats in the next election primarily because of Obamacare. This brings us to the next interesting event for this year, the 2014 elections.

There is a strong move all across this country to get rid of all sitting Congressmen. Throw all the bums out and start over. In reality I don’t think that is going to happen, but there will be some surprises from this next election. Members who believe they are secure in their jobs will be unemployed. Many, many people are fed up. We expect more from our elected representatives. We expect oversight which has been missing. We expect integrity which has been absent. Most believe we are not getting our money’s worth.

The big news coming out of the 2014 election is how 2016 is going to look. If the Republicans do well, that portends well for their Presidential hopes in 2016. Of course they are going to have to put forth a candidate who reflects the values of all America, not just special interest groups.

Any way you look at it, 2014 is going to be a very interesting year.

Ron Scarbro January 2014

(1) comment

John Flanagan

I agree that a Constitutional amendment limiting terms of office and requiring a balanced budget would be, in the long run, beneficial to the Republic. I also know it will not happen because the Democrats and some career Republicans oppose it. Such is the lure of power, and the idea of an almost indefinite political career.
Obamacare is a gross failure of epic proportions, but we must realize that the Democrats and their supporting media consider it a mere glitch in the progressive road to utopian socialism. They will use every mean trick, every slight indiscretion, every real or imagined potential scandal, and every badly worded email, tweet, or video of the opposing voices in the political arena to castigate and neutralize perceived and real threats to their momentum. Never mind that reputations will be ruined, lies perpetuated, misinformation dispensed, because in the eyes of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media....the ends justify the means to power.
With the Chicago and New York styles of Democratic power coupled with the liberalism of the Massachusetts academics and the Hollywood value system, the perfect storm will continue to stir up the waters of our democracy.
In the next elections, we cannot be sure the American people will rise up against the usurpation of power and the socialist programs being enacted. There are still many who think like Obama and his confederates, still many who are indifferent, still more who are fast asleep and busy watching reality TV and transformers in action. For this last group, they are sadly detached from reality itself and cannot be awakened until the depression comes to our indebted nation in the not too distant future.
I have faith in the ability of most Americans to realize how badly the Democrats and the media behave, and in how adept they are in spinning and covering up their own misdeeds while capitalizing on anything they can find or invent with respect to conservatives, Tea Party people, and Republicans.
America needs change, but it will only come about if we have the stomach to confront the Democratic Party and the lies of the media, and closely examine the workings of our government, which is less transparent then we were led to believe in the past.

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