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Twenty-Six States Pave the Road to Freedom
Convention of States ^ | October 24th 2013 | Laura Fleming

Posted on 10/27/2013 3:07:35 AM PDT by Jacquerie

In early September, the Convention of States Project began searching the country for citizens who recognized the brokenness of D.C. and were ready to be a part of the solution. Since the release of its Volunteer Leadership Application, the Grassroots Team has reviewed hundreds of names. Each application highlights a common desire to serve the nation and defend its freedoms for future generations.

We are excited to announce that twenty-six states now have active leadership in place.

One recently-appointed leader explained, “I don’t want to take the chance of sitting aside thinking that perhaps someone else will jump in and do it – and then not have it happen. So I am putting myself out there and am offering my time and my talents to help get this going.” Every day, citizens, no longer willing to sit on the sidelines, stand up and take tangible steps to return rightful power back to the states.

State Directors are now active in: AL, AK, AZ, AR, GA, IA, KS, MD, MA, MN, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, and WV.

Legislative Liaisons are working in: AZ, DE, IA, NH, NC, TX, and VA.

Coalitions Directors are looking for organizations who will partner with COS in: AL, AK, AZ, CO, GA, IA, KS, MD, MT, NY, OH, SC, and TX.

It’s not too late to join the growing ranks of citizens who are taking their place amongst the great leaders in American history. United we will stand. Undivided we will be successful. Together we will save the future of our homeland.

Join us.

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KEYWORDS: articlev; constitution; conventionofstates; statesrights
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It is time to act!

It is time to go around the consolidated government. It is time to use the Article V power we reserved to ourselves in 1787.

On October 16th, the GOP couldn't find the courage to stand foursquare against an immensely unpopular and unconstitutional outrage, Obamacare.

Even worse, for practical purposes, the GOP surrendered its power of the purse to Obama. That was the last weapon we had to stop the runaway train wreck that is Washington, DC.

1 posted on 10/27/2013 3:07:36 AM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Girlene; Resolute Conservative; VerySadAmerican; Nuc 1.1; MamaTexan; Political Junkie Too; jeffc; ..

Article V ping!

2 posted on 10/27/2013 3:09:02 AM PDT by Jacquerie (An Article V amendment convention is our only hope.)
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To: Jacquerie

This is FANTASTIC!! I see there isn’t one in my blue state of CT - but of course what good would it do here? Still, I am SO happy and encouraged that Mark Levin’s suggestions in “The Liberty Amendments” are being acted upon. Wonderful!!

3 posted on 10/27/2013 3:16:12 AM PDT by madmominct
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To: 2nd amendment mama


4 posted on 10/27/2013 3:19:05 AM PDT by basil (
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To: Jacquerie
I wonder if under article V's last sentence and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

I wonder if this can be used against foreign campaign donations to State politicians .... It dilutes the states voter influence of which campaign donations are part of. So, if you can't vote for the politician you should not be allowed to contribute to their campaign. Once you repeal the 17th amendment, some states may still opt for statewide elections of the Senator.

5 posted on 10/27/2013 3:20:11 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: madmominct

If you’ll note, MA is on that list. If they think it can work in ultra-blue MA, then there’s no reason it can’t work in CT.

6 posted on 10/27/2013 3:42:59 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: All

Interesting idea...

Something to study...

The only thing I have at this time is why does anyone think anyone in elected office is going to listen, much less alter their approach to the political operations (shinanigans) being perpetrated by both sides (political parties) in D.C. today???

This is going after everyone, not just the democrats...

Now, don’t get me wrong there are a TON of republicans that need to be replaced...And telling them these neat littel details about the Constitution, is all well and good, very few will gove more than lip service to your efforts...

The only thing we really have is to keep everyone engaged and ready to strike in November of 2014...Nothing done until those polls open/close that day will matter...

I’m not throwing rocks at the organization, some of these people (leaders) I have heard of,and know their works...They will have NO allies in D.C. when they really turn up the heat...Not that that really matters...

So what really is their endgame???

What will really be a product of their efforts that November 2014 cannot produce, IF WE KEEP THE CONSERVATIVE VOTING PUBLIC ENGAGED!!!

I do not see that as anywhere near a practical focus, or implied jeopardy to what is sitting in those kush offices right now...They do not feel threatened at all, their longevity is secure, as long as they keep the politically atuned voters in the dark as long as possible...

Just my initial opinion, and it doesn’t mean I will not get involved...I just involve myself in things I know will put pressure on where it needs to be applied...If we have enough people doing that...There is nothing that cannot be accomplished...

Just my opinion...

7 posted on 10/27/2013 3:57:23 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends's how thin it is.)
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To: Jacquerie

Obama should be worried. Only 31 states left in the dark.

8 posted on 10/27/2013 4:23:47 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

The way this works is if Palin / Cruz succeed in 2013, and then get fully invested in pushing the idea once in office—making for a truly historic Presidency.

9 posted on 10/27/2013 4:32:01 AM PDT by LALALAW (one of the asses who's sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: stevie_d_64

Right on the short term. However, they are corrupted faster than we can vote them out. The system itself is corrupt and the Constitution MUST be restored or the US is toast—no matter how many RINOS we primary. So, the long term fight must be undertaken NOW— and won. Term limits is tops on my list—but repeal of the 17th Amendment, Balanced Budget, states rights, and the other LIBERTY AMENDMENTS all have to be addressed.

10 posted on 10/27/2013 4:36:13 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: IbJensen

according to Mr itelligencia “I can multi task many different problems on many different levels” obama 31 states out of 57

11 posted on 10/27/2013 4:38:47 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: stevie_d_64
Voting for conservatives is necessary but insufficient. As per Woodrow Wilson's dream, the vast majority of government is out of the hands of our elected reps and senators. One hundred years of experience under popularly elected senators has proved the inadequacy of elections. When it comes to conservatives’ focus on national elections, I'm reminded of Einstein's definition of insanity. As in banana republics, elections here are becoming the Left's tool to legitimize tyranny. "Obama won, get over it."

Obama is consolidating all powers. He makes laws, executes laws and increasingly can adjudicate law through administrative courts or his corrupt DOJ. In 2012, every administrative agency was, or potentially was, of service to his campaign. It is way past the time to return un-enumerated powers to where they belong, to the states.

Levin's amendments are superb. They would make the government much more federal than our framers’ design.

Until the national/state division power is once again secured by a senate of the states, there is no hope.

12 posted on 10/27/2013 4:47:11 AM PDT by Jacquerie (An Article V amendment convention is our only hope.)
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To: stevie_d_64
They will have NO allies in D.C. when they really turn up the heat...

Senator Mike Lee on Levin's show last week said a return to federalism is our only hope. I don't put it beyond the possibility that a few Tea Party senators on the floor of the senate might call for repeal of the 17th.

The national media could not ignore it. Wouldn't it be great for the good guys to control the debate?

13 posted on 10/27/2013 4:57:44 AM PDT by Jacquerie (An Article V amendment convention is our only hope.)
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To: Jacquerie

(copied and pasted from the website)
-Frequently Asked Questions-

Why Do We Want to Call a Convention of States?
Washington, D.C., is broken. The federal government is spending this country into the ground,
seizing power from the States and taking liberty from the people. It’s time American citizens took a
stand and made a legitimate effort to curb the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. The
Founders gave us a tool to fix Washington, D.C. – Article V of the U.S. Constitution. We must use it
before it is too late.

What is a Convention of States?
A Convention of States is a convention called by the state legislatures
for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution.
They are given power to do this under Article V of the Constitution.
It is not a constitutional convention.
It cannot throw out the Constitution because its authority is derived from the Constitution.

How Do the State Legislatures Call a Convention of States?
Thirty-four State legislatures must pass a bill called an “application”
calling for a convention of states.
The applications must request a convention of states for the same subject matter.
They submit these applications to Congress.

Can Congress Block a Convention of States?
As long as each States applies for a convention that deals with the same issue
(i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government),
Congress must call the convention.
Congress can name the place and the time for the convention.
If it fails to exercise this power reasonably, either the courts
or the states themselves can override Congressional inaction.

How Do States Choose Their Delegates?
States are free to develop their own selection process for choosing their delegates,
who are properly called “commissioners.”
Historically, the most common method was an election by a joint session
of both houses of the state legislature.
Despite how many delegates are sent, each state has one vote.

What Happens at a Convention of States?
Commissioners from each state may propose, discuss, and vote on amendments to the Constitution.
Amendments the convention passes by a simple majority will be sent back to the states for ratification.
Again, each state has one vote at the convention.

How are Proposed Amendments Ratified?
Thirty-eight States must ratify any proposed amendments.
Once States ratify, the amendments become part of the Constitution.

How Do We Know How a Convention of States Will Work?
Interstate conventions were common during the Founding era,
and the procedures and rules for such conventions were widely accepted.
Thus, we can know how a Convention of States would operate by looking at the historical record.
Dr. Rob Natelson has done extensive research on this topic,
and more details can be found in the Handbook.

Is a Constitutional Convention Safe?
The ratification process ensures no amendment will be passed
that does not reflect the desires of the American people.
Additionally, there are numerous safeguards against a “runaway convention,”
all of which can be found in the Handbook.

If the Federal Government Ignores the Current Constitution,
Why Would They Adhere to an Amended Constitution?
When the Founders wrote the Constitution, they did not anticipate modern-day politicians
who take advantage of loopholes and vague phraseology.
Even though the federal violation of the Constitution is obvious to all reasonable Americans,
Washington pretends otherwise, claiming the Constitution contains broad and flexible language.
Amendments at a convention of states will be written with such politicians in mind.
The language they use for these amendments will be unequivocal.
There will be no doubt as to their meaning, no possibility of alternate interpretations,
and no way for them to be broken.
In addition to this, it should be noted that the federal government has not violated
the amendments passed in recent years. Women’s suffrage, for example, has been 100% upheld.

What is the Convention of States Project’s Plan?
The COS Project’s plan is twofold:
1. To call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment,
i.e., to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Instead of calling a convention for a balanced budget amendment
(though we are entirely supportive of such an amendment),
our convention would allow other federal limiting amendments to be brought as well
(such as Term-limits, Tax reform, etc.).

2. To energize the grassroots support!
We are building a grassroots operation in a minimum of 40 states,
getting 100 people to volunteer in at least 75% of the state legislative districts.
Volunteers will contact their State legislators, show up at hearings,
and support the campaigns of those legislators who support COS.

14 posted on 10/27/2013 5:26:20 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: sneakers


15 posted on 10/27/2013 5:45:43 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: Jacquerie

Thanks for posting! Checking it out now.

16 posted on 10/27/2013 6:28:18 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Jacquerie

it takes 38 states.

If united, this amount can throw out the POS POTUS, all of Congress and the Supreme Court.

Nothing can stop them. Nothing.

17 posted on 10/27/2013 6:37:58 AM PDT by bestintxas (Anyone who votes for Obama after these 4 miserable years needs to take a mandatory citizenship test.)
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To: Usagi_yo

Excellent note.

But I believe there are already laws on the books that would more precisely oppose campaign contributions from foreign origin. However, it would take a campaign to fund the legal battles to enforce the law.

States themselves are able to pass laws disclosing and restricting outside state contributions. It need not be confined to foreign origin.

18 posted on 10/27/2013 6:38:57 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: stevie_d_64
The only thing I have at this time is why does anyone think anyone in elected office is going to listen, much less alter their approach to the political operations (shinanigans) being perpetrated by both sides (political parties) in D.C. today???

I think the important point you are missing is that this procedure COMPLETELY bypasses the political elite running the District. The States are the ones that will amend the US Constitution - not the elected buffoons destroying our liberty from DC. ONE of the amendments must impose term limits for Congress and another should return election of Senators to the state legislators.
19 posted on 10/27/2013 7:32:11 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: basil

Definitely something to keep an eye on!

20 posted on 10/27/2013 7:37:16 AM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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