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Cruz Proposes Constitutional Amendment…

Article V of the United States Constitution states, “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

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Republican/Tea Party (GOTP) Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has said he will propose a Constitutional amendment where the country will hold judicial retention elections every eight years for Supreme Court justices saying, “When they (the Supreme Court) violate the constitutional amendment and the law, the American people can remove them. We are not governed by a judicial priesthood. We are not governed by judicial tyranny.”

There are a few obstacles to Cruz’s dream of upending the Supreme Court.

First, in order to get an amendment through the Congress he would have to garner 2/3 of both houses, that would be 357 members of the House and 67 members of the Senate, meaning he would have to get 112 Democratic members of the House to go along with him – that is flat out never going to happen –  and additional to that he would need 13 Democrat Senators to vote with him, also never going to happen. He would – if he could get it to pass Congress – need 38 State Legislatures to ratify it, meaning at least seven legislatures not controlled by Republicans would have to ratify – yeah right.

Let us suppose he goes the State Conventions route. He would need 34 states out of the 50 to vote for the amendment, meaning at least three states not under GOTP control would have to go along with the Snake Oil Salesman from Canada.

Cruz is posturing, just posturing – either that or he is certifiable.

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Posted by on June 28, 2015 in 2016 Election

 

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Putz to introduce constitutional amendment

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) favorite, Ted Cruz has decided he’s going to answer the recent Supreme Court decision to not hear five cases regarding same sex marriage – effectively establishing it as the law of the land within the near future – by introducing a constitutional amendment barring the Federal Government and courts from overturning state marriage laws.

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So, let’s review how this would happen.

First, the Senator from Canada – oops Texas – would introduce his amendment.

Next, he would need to get a two-thirds (supermajority) from both Houses of Congress. That would be 67 votes in the Senate (meaning at least 22 Democrats would have to vote in support) and he needs 290 votes in the House (meaning at least 48 Democrats would need to side with him). Neither of which would ever happen, however, let’s suppose he does manage it.

Next, the distinguished Senator from Cuba – oh sorry, Texas – would have to persuade three-fourths of the states, or 38 state legislatures to go along with his scheme. Well, there are about 14 states which are solid Republican (Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina) leaving him at least 24 states short straight out of the gate.

Cruz is doing this to play to his homophobic base and nothing more; he’s proving once again he’s nothing but a showboating putz.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Constitution

 

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