Even though Jim DeMint has left the United States Senate, he continues in his tries to influence Washington. His impetus? The Conservatives' inability to push their agenda in the nation's capital. He was seen again in the city with yet another new proposal. He has lofty ambitions. DeMint wants to amend the Constitution of the United States.
DeMint's pet project is individual states wanting to call for a convention which could write and also propose the necessary constitutional amendments for a balanced budget. The changes will also impose on members of Congress their term limits. Federal judges will also be restricted by identical rules. The power of the federal government will be limited not only in power but also in jurisdiction.
DeMint has more than adequate political experience to do what he wants. He represented the state of South Carolina in Senate for about eight years- 2004 to 2012. He has previously represented the 3rd District in the US House of Representatives for six years- 1998 to 2004. He then gave his signature to be a senior adviser to Convention of States Project in June 2017.
DeMint arrived at State House accompanied by 76 convention activists to pressure the S.C lawmakers so that they support this idea. This resolution, at present before Legislature, will put South Carolina in a list having about 12 other states which have already requested a constitutional convention. The former Representative said that the states could join and clarify the federal power if there is an absence of political will to stop the spending or give the states much more flexibility related to healthcare, education or infrastructure.
For DeMint, his work is easier than many outsiders think. A few lawmakers are already convinced. This list includes names like State Representatives Bill Taylor and Jason Elliott of Aiken and Greenville respectively. Both are Republicans. Both support the resolution asking for the constitutional convention. Taylor claimed that this move has the support of those who wrote the US Constitution.
As per Article V of the Constitution, 34 states or two-thirds of total American states can request a convention without a Congress act. Any proposed amendment of the Constitution which is passed by convention should then be approved by 38 or three-quarters of total US states. If this is done, then it would be a part of Constitution.