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Article V Movement Gathers Steam, Critics Seethe

 

 

Amending The Constitution

 

 

” One of the sure signs that your federal government is in a state of disarray is when record numbers of Americans begin turning to the U.S. Constitution to figure out just where it all went wrong. Until recently, these readers might have skipped right past Article V, not noticing that therein lies the most potent of solutions.

  As readers of Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments have learned, Article V includes a lesser-known means by which the states can propose amendments. This was precisely the method the founders intended to be used to check an expansionist federal government.

  Thanks to Levin, ConventionofStates.com, and Lawrence Lessig’s CallaConvention.org, the effort to get state legislatures to demand the first ever amendments convention seems to be hitting its stride.

  But the movement is not without its critics.

  Enter constitutional speaker KrisAnne Hall, who would prefer that states engage in out-and-out nullification of unconstitutional federal overreaches. Though less clear constitutionally, the idea has precedent and is also advocated by the Tenth Amendment Center. But unlike the Tenth Amendment Center, Ms. Hall has decided that an Article V amendments convention competes with nullification, and has taken the position that an amendments convention is a road to disaster because she has discovered a clandestine plot by Congress to take over the amendments convention process from start to finish.”

 

Read the whole illuminating article

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida And Alaska Officially Pass Convention Of States Application

 

 

 

 

This video from Alabama CoS Explains The Process Very Well

 

 

 

” From sea to shining sea, the Convention of States movement is sweeping the nation.

  I’m pleased to announce that Florida and Alaska have both officially passed the Convention of States application to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

  The Alaska Senate passed the Convention of States application (HJR 22) on Saturday by a vote of 12-8, and the Florida House passed the Convention of States application (SM 476) yesterday by a voice vote.”

 

 

 

Story continues at Convention Of States where you can also get further information on this growing nationwide effort to rein in overarching Federal control . Below is a brief explanation of the process for those who desire to be better informed on the subject …

 

 

” Purpose: The Convention of States (COS) Project was founded by Citizens for Self Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government. We believe Washington, D.C., is broken and will not fix itself. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the people.

  We have a solution that is as big as the problem.

  Goal: The COS Project seeks to urge and empower state legislators to call a convention of states. The delegates at such a convention would have the power to propose amendments to the Constitution that would curb the abuses of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution gives them this power; the COS Project will give them an avenue through which they can use it.

  Plan: COS’s plan is twofold

  1. We want to call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment. Instead of calling a convention for a balanced budget amendment (though we are entirely supportive of such an amendment), we want to call a convention for the following purpose: Limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

  2. We believe the grassroots is the key to calling a successful convention. We would like to build a political operation in a minimum of 40 states, getting 100 people to volunteer in at least 75% of the state legislative districts. Only through the support of the American people will this project have a chance to succeed.”

 

 

 

    The reader is invited to visit the Convention of States homepage for all the details on the latest effort in support of the founding principles of State’s Rights .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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” We’re well on our way to reaching our goals for 2014.  We’ve made some great progress, and we’re gaining momentum every day.

States That Have Filed or Pre-Filed the COS Application

 

State Bill #
Alabama HJR49
Alaska HJR 22
Arizona HCR2027
Florida SM 0476
Georgia SR 736
New Mexico HJR 2
South Carolina H 4372
South Dakota HJR 1005
Virginia HJ9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” States That Have Passed the COS Application through One or Both Houses

Georgia (Senate)

States with Statewide Volunteer Leadership

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

Click here if you want to contact your statewide leadership.  Simply create a profile, update your address, and click the “Leaders” tab.

Click here if you want more information about signing up for one of our leadership positions.”

    Bookmark this page and check back often to learn of the progress being made in retaking possession of our government . For the uninitiated go here to learn more about the Convention Of States :

” We see four major abuses perpetrated by the federal government.

  These abuses are not mere instances of bad policy. They are driving us towards an age of “soft tyranny” in which the government does not shatter men’s wills but “softens, bends, and guides” them. If we do nothing to halt these abuses, we run the risk of becoming, as Alexis de Tocquevill warned in 1840, nothing more than “a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” (Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840) “

The four main abuses are :

1. The Spending and Debt Crisis

2. The Regulatory Crisis

3. Congressional Attacks on State Sovereignty

4. Federal Takeover of the Decision-Making Process

    Learn more here and you can watch this very informative video which provides a concise overview of the Convention Of States movement .

    Article V of the Constitution describes the amendment process which can be accomplished in one of two ways . Since Congress is corrupt and can not be expected to make the changes necessary to lessen their own power , that leaves the second method , which the Founders were so prescient in recognizing the need for … granting the states the power to force the Federal Congress to abide by the Constitution . Below is the text of Article V:

” 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, also 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.”

Wikipedia provides us with a synopsis of how Article V works:

” Article Five of the United States Constitution describes the process whereby the Constitution may be altered. Altering the Constitution consists of proposing an amendment or amendments and subsequent ratification.[1]

Amendments may be adopted and sent to the states for ratification by either:

OR

To become part of the Constitution, an amendment must be ratified by either (as determined by Congress):

  • The legislatures of three-fourths (at present 38) of the states;

OR

   Given the state of political corruption and the “old boy” network ruling the halls of power in DC , invoking Article V from the Convention of States point of view would seem to be the most promising hope for bringing about real change in the power structure of this nation and returning us to the principles of limited government as envisioned by our Founding Fathers and restoring us to a Constitutional Republic .

NEARLY 100 LAWMAKERS DESCEND ON MOUNT VERNON TO TALK CONVENTION OF STATES

” Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., Saturday to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.

  Such a convention, as outlined in article five of the Constitution, would allow state legislatures to vote on amendments to add.

  No constitutional amendment has been added this way, but some say the Constitution specifically allows for states to use the convention as a means to push back against the federal government.

  Two-thirds of the state legislatures, or 34, must approve an application for a convention to occur, according to the Constitution’s article five. State legislatures would then send delegates to the convention, each state getting one vote on proposed amendments. For an amendment to pass and become a part of the Constitution, it would have to be approved by three-fourths, or 38, of the state legislatures.”

Dan Long CoS

   You can read much more about the gathering at Red Millennial and here the CoS Facebook page and here is a link to the Convention Of States Project website whose stated goal is :

” The COS Project seeks to urge and empower state legislators to call a convention of states. The delegates at such a convention would have the power to propose amendments to the Constitution that would curb the abuses of the federal government. Article V of the Constitution gives them this power; the COS Project will give them an avenue through which they can use it. “

 

   If curbing the abuses of the federal Leviathan is the goal of the CoS then you can count us in , assuming of course that this isn’t going to be yet another example of governmental “unintended consequences” . On thing we can say about the Convention is that in doing some research into this post we have discovered that the Daily Kos considers it a threat and that the effort has been greatly inspired by both Mark Levin and Glenn Beck .

   That right there is a huge check in the plus column so perhaps this idea has merit . It certainly indicates that we need to be paying more attention to this whole concept . 

   We would very much like to publicize the states and representatives that were in attendance this past weekend at Mt Vernon but could not find such information anywhere in our searches . If a reader knows of such information we would be eternally grateful for a link .