by Mark A. Cohen
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Radio talk show host Mark Levin.
Mark Levin, a lawyer, author, constitutionalist, and a witty commentator, believes that the people who favor federalism (a centralized government), have been running the political show for about a century while conservatives sat back and watched. He thinks it’s time for the right to express itself and stand up to the progressives, whom he calls, “regressives.” Mr. Levin insists that we live in a post-constitutional era due to the left’s century of successes.
Levin has written many books outlining his ideas, including, Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America, and most recently, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic. In it he proposes 11 new amendments to the U.S. Constitution in order to re-establish constitutional republicanism (which we don’t have today).
In his new book, the author focuses on Article Five of the Constitution, which states that there are two methods for amendment. One, which has been used for all of the current 27 Amendments, is to apply the legislatures to a two-thirds majority vote. The other way, which has not been used yet, is to call a convention of the states for proposing new amendments. Levin argues that we should use this second method today. This is not radical, because it would require three-fourths of the states to ratify each one.
I agree with Levin’s disgust that the left slowly took over America, by removing many long-held beliefs from the American people, such as ‘limited government.’ He says, “The states created the federal government,” but now “the states live at the behest of the federal government.” I agree with the idea that the centralized bureaucracy should have less power. While his radio personality is a bit acidic for me, I like Mark’s sarcastic sense of humor, and I laugh in our mutual frustration over the way things have gone in this country and, among other things, with the timidity of the Republican Party. Mark Levin comes off as a shy, humble man on TV, and this may surprise people who only listen to his radio show.
Mark Levin’s Previous Book.
Mr. Levin proposes something I think that most Republicans, Democrats, and Independents can all agree on. Term limits for members of Congress, which includes both houses. Twelve years, tops. No more career politicians in the Senate or House of Representatives. “They [the founders] didn’t believe in a permanent legislative class.” Very good! Our re-election rate is higher than England’s House of Lords (it was known for its members rarely leaving). In the ‘tidal wave’ election in 2010, when the Republicans won many seats, 85% of U.S. Congressmen were re-elected!
Many Americans believe that ‘the system’ is broken these days. ”The system is broken because we’re unmoored from the Constitution,” Mark Levin said, on August 16, 2013. Levin cites the imploding and yet expanding federal government, and an out-of-control national debt (unfunded liabilities are approx. $90 trillion – only a few years ago just under $70 trillion). “The notion of limited government was all swept away with a big exclamation mark with Obamacare, and so many laws before it.”
To be continued.
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Mark A. Cohen is a member of the Castle Rock Writers (Check out their Facebook page here) Their web page, www.castlerockwriters.com, will also take you to the Facebook page until the web page is completed.
Mark A. Cohen currently sits on the committee which hosted the previous Castle Rock Writers Conference on October 13, 2012. He is currently their Vice-Treasurer. The group, whose motto is Rock Solid Writing, is seeking their 501c3.
Please save the date: Castle Rock Writers will hold the Castle Rock Writers Conference on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock, Colorado. Please stay tuned for further information.
Mark A. Cohen will soon be a published author, as the Castle Rock Writers are under contract to write and publish The Chronicles of Douglas County, Colorado, in 2014.
Mark A. Cohen spoke for about 20 minutes at the Coffee4Conservatives meeting at the Firehouse on State Road 83, in Franktown, CO, on Oct. 21, 2012.
Mark A. Cohen spoke for about 30 minutes at the Douglas County Republicans’ First Friday Breakfast in Parker, CO, held at The War Horse Inn, on Dec. 2, 2011.
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