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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)

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    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 .

To Win Millenials, The GOP Needs To Embrace Its Inner Libertarian

 

 

 

 

” The under-30 crowd doesn’t think much of most Democrats, but it’s got an even lower opinion of Republicans.

Earlier this year, Bobby Jindal, the GOP governor of Louisiana, surveyed the wreckage of Mitt Romney’s sad-sack presidential campaign and told his fellow Republicans that if they ever want to capture the White House again, “We must stop being the stupid party.”

 

   The young of this country have an even greater stake in future government than do we older citizens , after all , they are the ones that are being saddled with a seemingly insurmountable debt . Given the past two presidential disasters brought on by the GOP’s strict adherence to the “Old Boy” network one would think that the establishment would be open to some fresh ideas .

 

 ” … a new report from the College Republican National Committee(CRNC) strongly suggests that another tack would be even more successful: The GOP should embrace its small, youthful, and increasingly influential libertarian caucus that focuses on cutting government spending – even or especially on old-age entitlements — and quit fretting over gay marriage or the need to invade and occupy foreign countries.”

 

    It’s not enough to pretend to represent smaller government in public then behind closed doors vote for ever more spending . It’s time to actually walk the walk .

  

” Despite its endless small-government rhetoric, such a change may be too radical for a Republican Party whose last two candidates were a combined 138 years old when they ran for the Oval Office. But it’s the best way forward for a GOP that’s even less exciting than your father’s Oldsmobile.”

 

   While much is made of the impact of “low information” voters , they are merely a scapegoat and  the failure of the Republican leadership to recognize the fact that the millenial generation holds the key to the future of this country’s governance can do nothing but ensure the GOP’s marginalization .

 

” Millenials, says the report, don’t care much about abstractions such as that favorite Republican bogeyman, “big government.” But they are into cutting government spending and reducing national debt, as they realize both things are strangling their future before it begins. Fully 90 percent agree that Social Security and Medicare need to be reformed now, 82 percent are ready to “make tough choices about cutting government spending, even on some programs some people really like,” and 72 percent want to cut the size of government “because it is simply too big.”

 

 

    The choice is clear , Libertarianism IS the future … at least it is if one wants to win elections and be in a position to bring about the real change that is necessary to restore the principles that our Founders believed in and that made America what it once was . It is not a radical departure … on the contrary , it is a return to our roots . 

While the present GOP pays lip service to the greatness of our forefathers it is the youth and their attitudes , despite generations of public school indoctrination , that would make Thomas Jefferson and James Madison proud .

 

 

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Obama’s Gun-Violence Executive Orders And The Constitution

 

 

 

“As soon as tomorrow, President Obama will announce his administration’s initial steps for dealing with gun violence. It is expected that he will propose measures for congressional action. But recognizing that most legislative proposals will attract powerful resistance, including from some in his own party, the president has indicated that he is prepared to act unilaterally. “My starting point is not to worry about the politics,” the president said. “My starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works.”

Of course we should all want our president focused on what works. We have more than enough dysfunctional and counter-productive federal policies in place, thanks to both Congress and the president. But there is one consideration that is even more important than whether an executive action will work to reduce gun-related violence: whether the president has the constitutional authority to implement it.

The obvious constraint on executive actions relating to guns is the Second Amendment. It is a constraint that applies equally to Congress and to state and local governments. Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller made clear that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms, it left unresolved whether particular regulations on gun ownership and gun use are consistent with that right. Both the president and Congress will get an earful on this topic over the coming weeks and months.”

Illustration By AF Branco