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Cruz: ‘We Need Quite A Few Constitutional Amendments’
Daily Caller ^ | 01/09/2016 | Kerry Picket

Posted on 01/09/2016 8:17:09 AM PST by Isara

MASON CITY, Iowa–Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz wants to add a number of amendments to the U.S. Constitution. He told reporters Friday at the Praise Community Church he would like to see amendments added pertaining to a balanced budget, term limits, and restoring power to state legislatures.

“We need quite quite a few constitutional amendments,”Cruz said. "I will fight hard for a balanced budget amendment including also a term limits amendment. I think a term limits amendment is absolutely critical. If you look at the abuses of power we're seeing in Washington-term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme court."

He added, "Beyond that, I've introduced a Constitutional amendment restoring state legislators to define marriage as one man and one woman. And there are many more amendments we need, in part because the federal government and the courts have gotten so far away from the original text and our original understanding of the Constitution."

Cruz first wrote about amending the Constitution back in July when the Supreme Court ruled for same sex marriage to be recognized in each state.

The Texas senator’s remarks come as Texas Governor Greg Abbot called for a Constitutional Convention to take back states rights.

"If we are going to fight for, protect and hand on to the next generation, the freedom that [President] Reagan spoke of ... then we have to take the lead to restore the rule of law in America," Abbott said during a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Policy Orientation.

The Dallas Morning News reports Abbot will ask lawmakers to pass a bill allowing Texas to join other states calling for a Convention of States.

The Convention of States (COS) Project is organized in each states with almost one million volunteers, supporters and advocates, their website says. Alaska, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama passed the organization’s Article V resolution, which proposes amendments to the U.S. Constitution on issues pertaining to limiting the power of the federal government and establishing term limits for federal officials, since the project launched in 2013. In 2015, the COS Project filed their resolutions in 37 states.


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The Constitution Strikes Back
1 posted on 01/09/2016 8:17:09 AM PST by Isara
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To: Isara

I’d like to see senators placed back under the control of the state legislatures.


2 posted on 01/09/2016 8:19:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.)
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To: Isara
We could also use an amendment that restricts the president's executive order/executive action capabilities. Almost 8 years of an Obama dictatorship is more than enough.
3 posted on 01/09/2016 8:19:47 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Isara

For many politicians, reading and complying with it would be a good start. If the SCOTUS ignores it and the left is intent on shredding the rule of law, what good will more laws do?


4 posted on 01/09/2016 8:20:39 AM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: cripplecreek

I’m not being sarcastic here. Will that make a difference? If it does, how? I mean, looking at the state legislators in my own state, it won’t change a thing.


5 posted on 01/09/2016 8:21:08 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: Isara

I’m against a balanced budget amendment which sooner or later will be used by these demagogues as a constitutional excuse to raise taxes to “balance” the budget ON THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

THE ANSWER: CUT THE $4 TRILLION FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BY AT LEAST 80% AND GET IT BACK INTO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL CAGE. THAT will fix the deficit issue.


6 posted on 01/09/2016 8:22:46 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: fatnotlazy

What has been done can be undone.


7 posted on 01/09/2016 8:23:02 AM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Isara
MORE ammendments?
Hmmm, I see it as more laws to ignore or break, with lawyers getting EVEN richer.

Perhaps I am being too negative.

8 posted on 01/09/2016 8:24:15 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: ex91B10
What has been done can be undone.

True enough.

9 posted on 01/09/2016 8:24:42 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Isara

A few of my favorites:

Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments

Require all states to be bicameral and the upper house State Senate be composed of one senator for each county and be elected from within that county.

Require Congress and Congress only to set the uniform value of currency.

Limit Federal ownership of land within a state to no more than 10% of the total lands of that state.

Require States maintain a separate election roll of voters that is purged 30 days after the new president is sworn in. Require ID to reestablish presence on the roll and require ID to cast a vote.


10 posted on 01/09/2016 8:24:43 AM PST by taxcontrol ( The GOPe treats the conservative base like slaves by taking their votes and refuses to pay)
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To: cripplecreek
I’d like to see senators placed back under the control of the state legislatures.

Definitely.

11 posted on 01/09/2016 8:25:06 AM PST by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Isara
he would like to see amendments added pertaining to a balanced budget, term limits, and restoring power to state legislatures

Cruz has what Trump doesn't.


12 posted on 01/09/2016 8:25:58 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Isara

“restoring power to state governments”...the founders used all the words at their disposal to limit the power of the feds. Over two and a half centuries, the wordsmiths have contrived to redefine enough words to render the original intent meaningless. Stare decisis insures that once the camel’s nose is under the tent, the camel is protected from expulsion in perpetuity. Human nature guaranteed that outcome.


13 posted on 01/09/2016 8:26:41 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: ex91B10
Not with Obama, but we should be able to prevent future tyranny.
14 posted on 01/09/2016 8:27:48 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Isara
It is always good campaign fodder to call for something you personally never have to deliver on. Personally, I think the Constitution is just fine as it is.

How about Cruz explaining how he intends to get our jobs back after his vote on TPA, giving Obama his support on Obamatrade. Just give me some meat 'n potatoes on what is vastly important to the average schmuck trying to live right by his family.

15 posted on 01/09/2016 8:29:45 AM PST by Lagmeister ( false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders Mark 13:22)
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To: Spok

Start with Article II and lets clean that up so Cruz can be president.


16 posted on 01/09/2016 8:29:46 AM PST by WENDLE (Trump is not bought . He is no puppet.)
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To: taxcontrol

An amendment I’d like to see is that candidates can only accept campaign donations from individuals that are legally allowed to vote for them.

No union donations, no corporate donations, no PAC donations. Only donations from individual persons that can vote for them.


17 posted on 01/09/2016 8:30:58 AM PST by Tailback
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To: cripplecreek

I’d like to see senators placed back under the control of the state legislatures.


I could not agree more. Selecting the Senators by statewide election gives the advantage to Senators with strong support in the urban centers of each state. That consolidation has also introduced a lot of outside money into those races.


18 posted on 01/09/2016 8:31:08 AM PST by GeaugaRepublican (Angry yes, mad, no.)
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To: Isara

Also instead of trying to do the wrong thing the right way, how about just doing the right thing.

Get to the root issue: the feds have NO constitutional right to meddle in marriage. The Constitution gives the feds NO authorization to meddle in marriage. Simply enforce the Constitution that if it’s not an enumerated power, the feds can’t do it and NULLIFY THESE UNCONSTITUTIONAL FEDERAL ACTS.

We don’t need constitutional amendments to do that. In fact some of these proposals would actually have the effect of validating the original unconstitutional federal acts.

Ted Cruz is a good guy, but he went to law school where they teach you (brainwash you with) UNconstitutional law. You have to manually and carefully sort out the truth from the lies they give you in law school. Few do that. (To the extent I have been able, I have, and continue to do so.)


19 posted on 01/09/2016 8:31:38 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Isara

I’d like to see an amendment that mandates the death penalty more than 1 year after conviction of a capital crime, and reinstate RAPE as a capital crime.


20 posted on 01/09/2016 8:32:48 AM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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