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"The Liberty Amendments", written by scholar and talk-show host Mark Levin,
spawned a movement to amend the Constitution without the cooperation of
Congress. At the same time, it brought to the surface a myriad of COS
issues making it clear that the process will not be simple and
Some Outcomes of the
Preliminary Assembly in Indianapolis Comments from Sen. Long and others
The preliminary assembly in Indianapolis was a very successful first step in the effort to eventually put together a convention of the states to amend to U.S. constitution. No actual amendments were considered this week. Instead, lawmakers focused on the procedures needed to hold an amendment convention in the future.
Col. Allen West Endorses
Convention of States Project The latest conservative thought leader to
endorse the Article V of Constitution provision
“The US Constitution was written placing restraints upon the federal government. Today, the federal government is growing beyond all bounds ever imagined by the founders. This is something I clearly experienced being a Member of the 112th Congress. However, the founding fathers realized this could be an issue in the future and enabled States the power to restrain and put the federal government back in the Constitutional box,” he said.
George Will wants to Amend the
Constitution to control federal spending.
He proposes a constitutional convention carefully called under Article V to enact a balanced-budget amendment written precisely enough to preclude evasion by the political class.
WORDS MATTER It's NOT a Constitutional Convention! Article V of the Constitution says "The Congress ... on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments ...". There is no mention a "Constitutional Convention"
Opposition movements with an 'agenda' use the words. "Constitutional Convention" when speaking of a "Convention of States" or a "Convention for proposing Amendments". It is an attempt scare people into thinking the Article V Movement can throw-out or re-write our Constitution.
The other term they use is "Con-Con". This one is obviously loaded with negative connotations as in pro and con; convict; con-man; con-game etc. Words have meaning and words are powerful. Call a Convention of States by what it really is and correct others who are attaching a negative label to it. It just might stick - and that will be hard to reverse. 4/11
A Vermont Senator says:
"The Convention of States resolution
is an attack on free speech" I agree ... but it's not the Resolution for
smaller government etc.
On March 20 the Vermont Senate voted in favor of an Article V convention of states to overturn Citizens United, the landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the First Amendment right of corporations and other groups including labor unions to spend money on political campaigns.
In an interview with Vermont Watchdog, Vermont Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning, R-Caledonia blasted the resolution. “I see it as an attack on free speech,” Benning said. “I did not want to give my vote to something that clearly restricts free speech, because I think the First Amendment is one of the most important amendments we have, if not the most important.”
Wolf PAC, a left-leaning political action committee dedicated to ending the influence of money in politics, says a convention of states is necessary to end “corporate personhood” and “restore true democracy.” The group advocates a 28th Amendment that would undo Citizens United. Other left-wing groups seeking a convention of states include Code Pink, Sierra Club and Progressive Democrats of America. more . . . -/-
Georgia Is The First State to Pass
A Convention of States resolution SR 736 passed the House by a vote of 107 to 58.
The Georgia House of Representatives joined the Georgia Senate today in passing a historic call for a convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution to impose fiscal restraint upon Congress, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and establish term limits for federal officials.
Sen. Mike Lee Supports
Article V Initiatives
to Amend Constitution Our greatest strength is in our numbers
and our commitment to take back our government
Sen. Lee used to oppose attempts to use Article V Process 2 because he thought the results were too unpredictable. After its publication in August, 2013, Sen. Lee read Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments three times(!), and he has had multiple conversations with Mark Levin.
David Barton supports
Convention of States
Wallbuilders Founder David Barton has authored a letter expressing his support for a Convention of States. Alongside his co-host on Wallbuilders Live Rick Green, Barton says he has spent years researching a Convention of States and is urging Americans to support this legislative effort to limit the scope of the federal government. more . . . 2/5
Glen Beck Supports Mark Levin
And The Article 5 Process
Neither Glen Beck nor Mark Levin are known for their subtlety so enthusiasm from Glen Beck is no surprise, but Glen's promise to support the A-5 efforts are 110% because he is a "huge supporter" of the Article V. Beck was a guest on Levin's radio program.
An Easy Choice:
Burger vs. Reagan on Article V Constitutionalists must choose
between the interpretation of Article V
favored by Warren Burger and that of Ronald Reagan
Reagan wrote: "We can't depend on Congress to discipline itself . . . we must rely on the states to force Congress to act on our amendment. ... And yet, there are constitutionalists who would rather rely on Chief Justice Warren Burger in opposing Reagan. ... And yet, there are constitutionalists who would rather rely on Chief Justice Warren Burger in opposing Reagan. ...
SCOTUS Reversals By Article 5 Of the 27 amendments, 4 were enacted
to overturn unpopular Supreme Court decisions.
The people, through their representatives in government, can use Article 5 of the Constitution to overturn the Court's decisions. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, 4 clearly were enacted to overturn unpopular Supreme Court decisions. The 11th Amendment overturned Chisholm v. Georgia (1793) by guaranteeing the immunity of states from lawsuits by citizens of another state or a foreign country. The 14th Amendment nullified Scott v. Sandford (1857) by guaranteeing the civil rights and citizenship of African Americans. The 16th Amendment overrode Pollock v. Farmers' Loan and Trust Co. (1895) by giving Congress the power to levy an income tax. The 26th Amendment negated Oregon v. Mitchell (1970) by permitting 18-year-olds to vote in state elections. Many other attempts to enact constitutional amendments to override Supreme Court decisions have failed. ...
Article V Process 2 A Virtual Convention of States
In the event that Big-Government-loving politicians manage to subvert the intent of the Framers by focusing on Article V accidentals, or if fearful reactionaries on the political right manage to paralyze COS and CFA, is there any "Plan B" that might be employed? I argue here that indeed there is, based on the essence, not the accidents, of Article V Process 2.Texas Capitol AustinTo borrow a phrase from Nike Corporation, Plan B is "Just Do It".
A Long Respectful Rebuttal of Convention of States Criticisms
Posted By John DeMayo on Freedom Outposts.
More than 100 state legislators discuss the process to push for a Convention of States.
More than 100 state legislators from 32 states met to begin the groundwork of filing for a Convention of States – an effort that is being pioneered by Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken.
Get COS in the News! How to get your letter to the editor published
Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to spread the word about the COS Project. These letters are read by hundreds of people, and it doesn't take long to write them up and send them in. If you want to help the COS Project, this is the place to start! Here are a few tips for crafting the perfect letter:
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A Message to the Delegates at
The Mount Vernon Assembly Propose Two Amendments
The meeting in Indianapolis might be one of the most important events of the 21st Century; it can determine our future. The delegates will be working out the rules and procedures of a Convention for Proposing Amendments to our Constitution.
Sarah Palin on The Convention of States Posts to her Facebook page
There was good news this week for grassroots patriots working to bring about a Convention of the States for the reasons outlined in Mark Levin’s book “The Liberty Amendments” because this is the tool the Constitution gives us to rein in our out-of-control federal government via a process to amend the Constitution to include things like a federal balanced budget amendment, etc.
Indiana to host planning for state-led
revisions to U.S. Constitution Legislative leaders have been asked to send delegates.
They will gather in Indianapolis for a second discussion on the state-led process for crafting amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and to begin shaping the rules and procedures a Convention of the States that would follow.
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE
CONVENTION OF STATES MOVEMENT
The Convention of States (COS) movement inspired by Mark Levin calling for: "... amendments to the U.S. Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit terms of office for U.S. officials and for members of congress." is not the only COS movement out there.
There are several different COS movements calling for a Balanced Budget and others, including some calling for fiscal restraints and defining marriage. There are some 'liberal friendly' COS applications to Congress including one for same sex marriage and another to reverse the Supreme Court ruling which removed limitations on corporation and unions' contributions to political campaigns.
Each of these movements will bring awareness of the possibilities offered by the the COS option of Article V. The first challenge is to get support for the procedure then we can focus on using it for the right purposes. more ... -/-
The Michigan Vote Will Not
Result In a Convention of States The Opposition To a COS Is Strong
and the Argument For a Convention is Weak. The Convention of States (COS) referred to here is not the one recently spurred by Mark Levin's Liberty Amendments, it refers to a single item COS for a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) which began in the 1980s.
In March 2014 Michigan was the 34th state to call for a COS for a BBA, but 12 of the states that called for the COS have since rescinded their call.
Some people question whether states can rescind their call, but considering the strong opposition by so many in Congress to a BBA I am sure Congress will allow the states to rescind their calls. If this is correct, Michigan is the 22nd state with an active call for a COS for a BBA. source ... 4/7
Coburn to Focus Retirement Efforts
on Article V Convention “I am convinced that I can best serve my children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere.” Last month, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) announced that he will retire at the end of 2014, cutting short his second Senate term by two years. His decision was in part the result of his health struggles related the recent recurrence of prostate cancer.
But Sen. Coburn also cited the dysfunction in Washington D.C., and particularly in the U.S. Senate, in stating: "As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere."
"It's time for me to go do something else," Coburn said. "I know me. I've made lots of shifts in my life, and I know when it's time. My faith comes into that. I pay a lot of attention to what I think I'm supposed to be doing.' ...
He is going to lend his support to a growing effort in state legislatures across the country to call a convention to amend the Constitution with the aim of limiting the size and reach of the federal government.
"I'm going to be involved with the Convention of States. I'm going to try to motivate so that that happens. I think that's the only answer," Coburn said. "I'm just going to go around and talk about why it's needed, and try to convince state legislatures to do it." more . . . 2/11
Rand Paul Calls for
an Article V Convention Congress Is Not Doing Their Job
Rand Paul returns to Kentucky in order to encourage the Kentucky legislature to use the Article V Convention to ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment. In this video clip, he first answers a question about a Balanced Budget Amendment and second, he quashes the conspiracy theory notion of a 'Run-Away' convention by confirming 10th Amendment right of the State legislatures to limit the scope of the Article V Convention to one topic and their right to select delegates, control them and withdraw them if they attempt to discuss unauthorized amendments. more . . . 2/11Sean Hannity interviews Rand Paul Rand Paul has more to say about the Convention of States - sometimes mistakenly called a Constitutional Convention - in the interview on Sean Hannity's TV Show. Senator Paul is a big supporter of Mark Levin's "Liberty Amendments". see the video . . 2/11
Hey nullifiers. Listen up!
Two sides of the same Pro-CHIPS coin Nullification and an Article V convention
are NOT opposing views.
Hey nullifiers. Listen up. A Convention of States is NOT your enemy. Hey COS supporters. Get this: those that support nullification are on your side, to a significant degree.
"The only way to fix Washington
is to have a Convention of the States
and limit their power"
It turns out that Senator Tom Coburn is a big supporter of Mark Levin's new book The Liberty Amendments. When asked about this new 1000 plus page spending bill and the fact that the Senate will vote on it before anyone gets a chance to read it, Sen. Tom Coburn told Mark Levin that you can't prevent this stuff from happening because all we have is a bunch of career politicians who only care about getting reelected. He says the only way to fix Washington is for the states to convene a Convention of the States and limit their power, something he definitely supports. Listen to the interview here . . .
Article V Conventions or Nullification ? An ADULT Conversation
Article V Conventions and Nullification are NOT mutually exclusive, nor is one the magic pill for all our federal problems. Each is a legitimate Constitutional solution, but each has a different aim and application. Each plan has its inherent problems and there are legitimate concerns that should be considered and dangers guarded against. They can be used together in the defense of Liberty as long as we understand each in its own context and consider the pitfalls involved.
Article V Opponents
Deny Liberty To Posterity Article V opponents are wrong, and proponents of Republicanism and Federalism should quit placating the utter falsity of their logic and claims.
A recent federal court (ruling that the National Security Agency's gathering private information without judicial warrant is unconstitutional) shows why Article V opponents to limit or redefine federal power are wrong and are more concerned about agenda than evidence . . .
Phyllis Schlafly Stands
Firmly Against the People Phyllis Schlafly has taken a terribly wrong turn.
Throughout her career she has accomplished so much good. But today, she stands firmly on the side of a huge, unfettered, unconstitutional federal leviathan, along with the icon of the pro-abortion movement, the late Chief Justice Warren Burger.
How Article 5 Came to Be Journal of the Federal Convention
* Mr. Randolph & Geo. Mason wanted States to be able to make amendments without the assent of Congress (May 29, June 11) and in a manner which did not depend on Congress (Sep. 15, 1787).
OJ Simpson Was Found Not Guilty Why an Article 5 Convention of States
Is a Better Idea Than Nullification OJ may have been acquitted because the jurors believed there was not enough evidence to convict him, or maybe because they were righting previous wrongs, personal prejudice or rejection of the police method of investigation. If they believed he was guilty but voted otherwise, for whatever reason, it was jury ‘Nullification’.
Some who are opposed to the Article 5 movement believe Nullification is the better way to fix overreaches of the federal government. They believe that if a state declares a federal law as unconstitutional the state can declare that law null and void within the state borders. It’s an old idea first proposed in detail by John Calhoun when he was vice-president under John Quincy Adams. There was even a Nullification Party . . . click here to read the rest of the commentary
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