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  • North Dakota becomes 27th state calling for federal balanced budget amendment

    03/27/2015 6:04:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 3/25/15 | Mike Nowatzki
    North Dakota has joined 26 other states in passing a resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, though some Republican lawmakers feel it doesn’t go far enough to rein in Congress and other branches of the federal government. The state Senate passed a resolution Tuesday asking Congress to call a convention for the sole purpose of proposing an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. “If we want fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C., it has to come from the states. We have to be bold in our approach to them,” said Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, a sponsor...
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Ken Buck call for Article V Convention

    08/04/2020 11:37:35 PM PDT · by RandFan · 38 replies
    Twitter ^ | Aug 4 | Rep. Matt Gaetz
    Fascinating discussion between Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) following HBO's "The Swamp" (I didn't see it). Gaetz & Buck want a Convention of the states to introduce federal term limits and a balanced budget amendment. They also discuss a range of other topics regarding Congress and how things are done. Click Excerpt Link then play the video (discussion starts about 5 mins in)...
  • We can't trust SCOTUS to give us liberty and self-governance

    06/21/2020 12:12:51 PM PDT · by Nateman · 57 replies
    Convention Of States ^ | June 18, 2020 | Convention Of States
    By now you've heard about this week's decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. Conservative Review's Daniel Horowitz sums them up well in a piece entitled, "Conservatives get massacred by fake 'conservative' SCOTUS": Within 35 minutes today at 10 a.m. Eastern, what some thought was the most conservative Supreme Court of all time concocted a fundamental right to transgenderism in the context of labor law, erased the Second Amendment, and interfered with a state death penalty case, but declined to interfere with a California law that criminalizes law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents. Taken in totality, the “conservative” legal movement,...
  • The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping

    04/22/2020 6:30:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    The Washington Post via SFGate ^ | April 22, 2020 | by Isaac Stanley-Becker and Tony Romm
    The ads on Facebook sounded populist and passionate: "The people are rising up against these insane shutdowns," they said. "We're fighting back to demand that our elected officials reopen America." But the posts, funded by an initiative called "Convention of States," were not the product of a grass-roots uprising alone. Instead, they represented one salvo in a wide-ranging and well-financed conservative campaign to undermine restrictions that medical experts say are necessary to contain the coronavirus - but that protesters call overkill and whose economic fallout could damage President Trump's political prospects. A network of right-leaning individuals and groups, aided by...
  • Article V - Assert our Sovereignty

    01/27/2020 12:47:57 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | January 27th 2020 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Use it or lose it. Article V opponents believe America is too corrupt to be trusted with a Convention of the States. They believe We The People fulfilled Ben Franklin’s fears and are no longer fit for self-government, which if true, means we don’t have any business voting either. Nonsense. Thanks to our collective failure to demand Article V Conventions of the States when necessary, We The People slowly, over decades, relinquished our sovereign authority to Scotus. I challenge anyone to explain the practical limits of the Supreme Court of the United States. On paper, our system provides mutual checks,...
  • Convention of States (Limit the Federal Government Via State Legislatures)

    12/14/2019 3:05:15 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 27 replies
    Convention of States ^ | 12 14 2019 | Convention of State
    Convention of States Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster. What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC. The Convention of States Project; a national effort...
  • Yes - The Constitution was Necessary

    11/25/2019 1:34:38 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 25 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | November 25th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Matter of the Mississippi River. A not inconsequential percentage of Article V opponents, like those in the John Birch Society, identify as Anti-Federalists. They question the 1780s need for the vigorous government of our Constitution. Those familiar with the era know of Shays’ Rebellion. According to modern Anti-Federalists, Shays’ was the pretext for nationalists like George Washington and James Madison to justify the 1787 Philadelphia Convention. There were other problems facing the infant United States to which the Articles of Confederation proved inadequate. For instance, most of the great European and New World ports were closed to American...
  • Fear Scotus, not an Article V COS

    11/04/2019 1:36:24 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 14 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | November 4th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    It’s easy to amend the Constitution. It’s been done dozens of times since WWII. Send the right case with the right litigants at the right time to an adequately Leftist-leaning Scotus and voila’, amend the Constitution. Pretty slick, eh? Through their silence, this is the end-run around the Constitution that Article V Opponents defend. When did We The People, through Article V, ensconce abortion and homosexual marriage as rights? We The People never empowered the early Administrative State and later the Deep State which threaten our republican existence. Since the 1950s we’ve witnessed the detrimental effects of Christianity’s absence from...
  • Algernon Sidney’s Advice for Article V Opponents

    10/21/2019 1:57:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | October 21st 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Our Founders’ textbook to revolution was Algernon Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government. Alongside John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government, these famous works were refutations of another influential 17th century book, Patriarcha by Sir Robert Filmer. In Patriarcha, Filmer invoked the Bible to defend the English monarchs’ divine right to rule. Among his arguments, he painted dire consequences to the established order if the people ever attempted to limit kingly prerogatives. In the background to these works was the 1649 execution of King Charles I. Monarchists could point to the subsequent short-lived English commonwealth, a volatile republic with a written constitution and...
  • Why the Electoral College is Bad for America - Part I

    09/23/2019 1:32:51 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 64 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | September 23rd 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    A book by George C. Edwards III, 2004. Democracy is always an easy sell. If you admire democracy, if you feel that America is or should be a democracy, you’ll enjoy this book. If the 2000 election angered you not because Al Gore sought to extend recounts until Florida “got it right,” but instead because he won half a million more votes nationwide than George Bush and still lost, then this book is for you. Purpose of the Electoral College. However, if you believe the Framers’ system served a distinct and noble purpose, that of providing an endless succession of...
  • Why the Electoral College is Bad for America - Part II

    09/30/2019 12:59:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 33 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | September 30th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    A book by George C. Edwards III, 2004. Criticism of the status quo is easy. What is harder is to create a better alternative. I confess to having little patience with those who fault the 1787 Framers for the condition of our government in 2019. They didn’t write a Bible. They didn’t hand down immutable Commandments. Their Constitution, one that’s consistent with republican principles unique to the American experience, is infinitely amendable. Don’t like it? Amend it. But one must be aware of what one is doing. Nearly all of the twenty-seven amendments are wise and contribute to the lofty...
  • Love of Country - Article V

    07/29/2019 1:14:55 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | July 29th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Why do patriots love their country? Like love of oneself and family, love of country is a natural emotion. From a rational standpoint, what is not to like and love about the greatest force for good, the US, in world history? I find pride in American citizenship. I am not the subject of a king, nor a slave in an islamic or authoritarian hell-hole, nor a proletarian ruled through fear by communist party thugs. To be a citizen is to be equal before law of our own making, not through direct democracy, but by representatives, our agents who craft law...
  • Article V - The Healing Principle

    06/10/2019 1:12:57 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | June 10th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In 1776, Great Britain’s American colonists revolted in response to George III’s corruption of the British constitution. The twenty-seven indictments of him in our Declaration detailed his assaults. Americans didn’t have an Article V or its equivalent to peacefully secure the rights enjoyed by Englishmen in England. Similarly, 21st century America is witness to a dying Constitution in which its open corruption is the subject of endless opinion columns and appeals. Article V opponents curiously admonish Article V supporters to “enforce the Constitution we have.” Through the election of better Representatives, Senators, and Presidents, they say, is the road to...
  • If I Could Speak with Dennis Prager

    06/03/2019 12:46:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | June 3rd 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Framers’ Electoral College. If I could get through to Dennis Prager’s radio show, I’d encourage him to read Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist No. 68 on Presidential elections. Should he do so, I’m confident he would give it airtime. I also believe he would edit his Prager U videos on the Electoral College (EC). While they are informative, his videos do not address the EC’s purposes, the first of which is to appoint men preeminent in their ability and public virtue. Of equal importance is that they arrive in office without political debts to pay. The Framers’ President, like the...
  • Strange Bedfellows – Conservative Article V Opponents and the Radical Left

    05/06/2019 12:59:43 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | May 6th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Article V is the essence of the American Revolution, the right of all peoples to amend their governing form as “shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Conservative opposition groups curiously stand alongside those who, without Article V, handily and regularly amend our Constitution through the levers of a government corrupted far and away from its original and lofty purposes. A common and erroneous belief among Article V opponents equates state delegates to a COS with congressional representatives. Certainly, they reason, since the takeover of the US House of Representatives by the radical Left, no sane people...
  • Machiavelli - Dealing with the Deep State Aristocracy

    04/22/2019 12:51:27 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 22nd 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    America doesn’t have a classic aristocracy. But, does it have an order set above the people? In Chapter IX of The Prince, Niccolo’ Machiavelli paused for a moment from advising kings who clawed their way to the crown through crimes and violence. Instead, in the constitutional principality, citizens elect one of their fellows to the kingship. Mentally replace the words aristocracy/nobility with Deep State when reading Chapter IX, and this lesson is as pertinent today as it was in the early 16th century. In the constitutional principality, Machiavelli observed that one of two groups of citizens make the new prince:...
  • Tidal Wave of Millennials Join Fight to Drain the Swamp (COS)

    04/13/2019 12:14:20 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 76 replies
    Convention of States ^ | April 9th 2019 | Convention of States
    The next generation of conservative leaders have been watching and waiting for a cause where they can make a tangible difference and be a part of history in the making. For years, they felt hopeless. But today, the scene looks very different. Ben Shapiro has teamed up with Convention of States to funnel his millions of young listeners into the fight to call a Convention of States. In a matter of weeks, tens of thousands of young activists have flooded into the movement, taking on leadership positions, and being trained to take back their power from Washington, D.C. These are...
  • Public Virtue & Article V Opponents

    04/08/2019 1:36:23 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 8th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The Golden Age of Virtue which Article V opponents attach to our early republics, never existed. This isn’t to say the literature and political writings by gentry and revolutionary leaders of the day did not appeal to virtue. After Benjamin Franklin wrote, “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom,” he warned that without virtue, people are doomed to ever more oppressive masters. Similarly is John Adams’ famous, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”1 We read these reminders, especially those of John Adams, on a...
  • Minnesota Lawmakers Are Trying to Smuggle in Measure to Subvert Electoral College

    03/29/2019 12:43:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 27, 2019 | Tara Ross
    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again—or just hide your idea in a giant piece of legislation, where you hope it won’t get noticed. The National Popular Vote campaign hopes that Minnesota voters won’t see its sneaky maneuver until it’s too late. Perhaps National Popular Vote supporters feel desperate. They’ve been trying to get their controversial interstate compact approved in Minnesota since 2009, but the legislation always flounders. This year, National Popular Vote is trying something new in Minnesota. Its compact has been introduced as standalone legislation, just as it normally is. Meanwhile, the compact also has been...
  • To Enforce the Constitution We Have

    03/18/2019 1:17:07 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | March 18th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Render the Constitution Enforceable. While we enjoy yet another year of the Trump Renaissance, we should still consider the future. One thing is certain. The Trump era ends no later than January 20th 2025. Then what? Shall we risk our Liberty on replacing President Trump with another person of superior public virtue The horrid fact remains that Congress is but a shadow of its 1787 design. Most members would gladly never cast another recorded vote if it ensured reelection. As a consequence, Congress, through both neglect and assignment, watches without complaint the drift of its powers to the executive...