Eric Cantor and the Repeal Amendment

Bill Howell, the Speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, wants to amend the US Constitution to give the States more power. His Repeal Amendment would let the States veto any federal law if two-thirds of state legislatures voted for repeal. Evan McMorris-Santoro at Talking Points Memo says this would “blow up the Constitution”, and he calls out Eric Cantor for supporting it.

I don’t know. I’m not against the idea. Maybe for no other reason than I don’t think it would ever actually be used. It would have to be an extreme law to get two-thirds of state governments to agree. And perhaps any such law should be repealed? Honestly, two-thirds of state legislatures is a pretty hefty bill. After the GOP’s very good 2010 election, they control both houses of only 26 states (I’m fudging on Nebraska’s “non-partisan” legislature). So if the goal is to, I don’t know, repeal healthcare reform, I still don’t see how this would accomplish that.

And maybe that’s also the best argument against the amendment: it’s irrelevant. It’s added cruft to our government, a useless check. Redundant too, as the whole point of the US Congress is to represent states.

In the end, this strikes me as part of a general Republican delusion that some unnatural plot has given Democrats control of the Presidency and part of Congress and that if they just find a way to give the American people a REAL voice, everyone will agree with them.

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