Skip to comments.Maine sets record by becoming 36th state to file the Convention of States application
Posted on 05/06/2015 4:08:44 PM PDT by cotton1706
Maine recently joined 35 other states this year in filing the Convention of States (COS) resolution calling for an Article V convention limited to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limits terms of office for its officials and members of Congress. The Convention of States Project now holds the record for filing the most identical Article V resolutions in a single year --and it demonstrates that state legislators are realizing their power to correct our nations most pressing problems through this long-neglected constitutional process.
As Alexander Hamilton said of Article V in Federalist 85:
Nor however difficult it may be supposed to unite two thirds or three fourths of the State legislatures, in amendments which may affect local interests, can there be any room to apprehend any such difficulty in a union on points which are merely relative to the general liberty or security of the people. We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.
So far, the state legislatures of Georgia, Alaska, and Florida have answered that call of duty to help erect barriers against the encroaching national authority by completely passing our Article V resolution. And many of the 35 filings this year are still working their way through committees and legislative bodies. Although some are no longer active for this legislative session, COS has seen major progress in its efforts among the states in the two short years since Citizens for Self-Governance started the project. In states where our resolution does not complete the legislative process this year, we will work with our sponsors to re-introduce it at the start of the next legislative session.
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It is important that they be identical. Isn’t this only one state short?
The count is still 3 down, 31 to go, as far as getting applications past both houses of state legislatures.
See Post #4. It has to get past both houses of a state legislature. Filing the bill in a state legislature isn’t the same as passing it.
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
"Article V only authorizes a convention for proposing amendments to this Constitution; therefore, the Constitution of 1787 is locked in place forever."
For those who think the Article V process is too risky, I ask, "What other options do you see?"
To summarize from a previous post by GraceG:
1. Elect More Republicans - Failed due to RINO/Uni-party confluence.
2. Article V Convention of States to propose Amendments - Needed to try to take power from the federal government back to the states and reel in the federal leviathan.
3. State Nullification - Last ditch effort to try to take power back from the federal monster, though by this point it may be too late.
4. State Secession - Could either end up peaceably like the breakup of the Czechoslovakia in 1993 or a brutal:
5. Civil War II like the first one.... The longer we wait on #2, the more likely #3, then #4 and finally #5. .
So, do we do nothing and just wait for # 5?
Quick review: We need 34 states to pass an application, then Congress shall, by law, call a Convention of States as soon as it receives applications from 2/3 of the State Legislatures. That's 34 states. We now have 30 working on it. Amendments are proposed and voted on at the convention. Each Amendment must be ratified by ¾ of the states in order to become part of the US Constitution. Thats 38 states.
There are far more political and legal constraints on a runaway convention than on a runaway Congress. - Robert Natelson
Most FReepers are aware of these links, but I post anyway for review and for people new to Article V. It is our responsibility to make Article V the most understood aspect of the US Constitution.
****Please see this summary video from Alabama first: Convention of States - Alabama Way to go Alabama! A great introduction!
Convention of States Live! with Mike Farris
The Case for an Article V Convention. Great explanation of an Article V convention to the Massachusetts State Legislature.
**** Convention of States Lots of information here.
Call a Convention A call for a Convention of States
Missouri state senator delivers amazing testimony (video) Reasoned speech on why we need an Article V Convention.
Article V Project to Restore Liberty Another good source.
A Summary of Mark Levins Proposed Amendments by Jacquerie
Citizens for Self-Governance: Convention of States Project Youtube hub Lots of educational videos here
We can fight the uniparty! States, the Natural Second Party by Jacquerie
Congress Present Duty to Call a Convention:
Ulysses at the Mast: Democracy, Federalism, and the Sirens' Song of the Seventeenth Amendment by Jay Bybee. Repeal the 17th ! Shorter Abstract here: Ulysses at the Mast, one page Abstract
****For those of you that still have doubts about the Article V process, please review: Responses To Convention Of States Opposition My initial concerns were resolved after reading these articles. My attitude now is Go For It!
A Single-Subject Convention Addresses the runaway convention fear.
John Birch Society Denies Its History and Betrays Its Mission The original Birchers were for an Article V Convention.
Update: Convention of States by the numbers The current State count
Article V Handbook - for State Legislators An important resource.
**** State Legislators Article V Caucus State Legislators, Join up at this site!
Most State Legislatures are in session now. Send this list of links to your State Representatives and Senators here: Contact your State Legislators.
Excellent Article V Letter to a State Assemblyman by Jacquerie
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke.
Lets all work together to get this going!
Great! But remember that the 2/3 of state legislatures Threshold for calling the constitutional convention now requires 38 states, not 34. (This, because Dear Leader informs us there are a total of 57 states now - a number he clearly picked up from the international organization for Islamic states and terrorist organizations, incidentally, but there it is. — 2/3 of 57 states means we need 38 legislatures now instead of 34. So please plan accordingly. )
Just because a resolution has been filed, does not mean it will get passed. I do not seen the Maine House which is dem controlled passing such a resolution.
God help us. With all the corruption in our government and the psychotic press reporting on this, I fear nothing good will come of it.
It’s design is wonderful. It’s the application and mutations I worry about.
This is good news. But lets not forget that all parents have to start homeschooling their children on the federal governments constitutionally limited powers, under two pages of such powers, since their children probably arent going to learn it from the schools.
Thanks for posting this list of Article V links.
“Its the application and mutations I worry about.”
Sibley files Federal AVC Lawsuit against Congress
Yes, Loud Mime. This will be interesting.
Thanks to all posters/linkers/educators/researchers.
Read the full article too.
Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States. Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
Note that if unconstitutional federal taxes are stopped then although federal taxes should go down drastically, state taxes must rise if citizens want their states to provide same government services that the corrupt feds are now unconstitutionally providing.
But since the states hopefully wont have the administrative (ahem) costs of federal services, state taxes should not rise nearly as much as fed taxes should fall.
The 17th Amendment needs to disappear.
Unless Sibley is a state attorney general, his suit will also not be granted cert by the federal courts.
Sadly, Mr. Hamilton was incorrect.
<>We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.<>
Odd isn’t it, that 21st century states are called upon to correct the mistakes made by them in the 20th century?
Article V now!
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