Americans have been trying (and failing) for years to rein in the overreaching executive branch of the federal government.
The latest example comes from U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Texas, who recently issued an order for Department of Justice lawyers to attend mandatory ethics training. The ruling comes after DOJ lawyers knowingly misled Judge Hanen about a major component of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
According to Fox News, attorneys had told Hanen that a key component – an expansion of a 2012 program to protect illegal immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children – hadn’t been implemented. But officials later revealed they had given more than 108,000 people three-year reprieves from deportation under the expanded rules, as well as work permits.
Hanen accused the DOJ of a “calculated plan of unethical conduct.”
"Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word 'Justice,'" Hanen said.
The DOJ’s response? They don’t want to attend ethics training, and they’ll be fighting the order in court.
For nearly a century, We the People have fought an overbearing, abusive federal government, and Washington, D.C., has done nothing but gain power. The American people need a solution that goes beyond sending the “right” people to D.C. and token punishments for those who abuse their power.
The Founders provided just such a solution, and it can be found in Article V of the Constitution. Article V describes a Convention of States, which can propose constitutional amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and restore the balance of power between the states and the feds.
Politicians will always abuse their power, but a good system can keep them in check. The system in D.C. is broken, and only a Convention of States can begin to fix it.