July 31, 2013
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America’s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people’s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the “oppressive power” of the federal government.
The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, “The Liberty Amendments,” out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama’s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and collar inventive judges.
In a copy provided to Secrets, Levin writes that his book is an appeal “to rebalance the constitutional structure for the purpose of restoring our founding principles.”
Levin’s proposal for a grassroots, “We the People” effort focusing on state legislatures is especially appealing to Tea Party members and conservatives riled at Obamacare, snooping scandals and immigration reform. One Tea Party insider said the new book has the potential to reignite the movement.
He is likely to have a big impact. The reason: While Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have bigger audiences, Levin’s is extremely loyal, especially within the Tea Party movement. They helped make his book, “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto,” a mega seller at 1.3 million sold.
For Levin, who is also a lawyer and conservative legal activist through his Landmark Legal Foundation, the idea of a convention of the states to control Washington’s “ruling class” is actually an explicit constitutional option, not a radical idea, established in Article V. He writes that the framers feared the federal government might become oppressive and they provided future generations with a way out. The amendment process enables two-thirds of the state legislatures to convene a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution, and then requires three-fourths to approve the proposals before they become the law of the land.