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  • An Appeal to Union

    08/11/2016 2:07:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 11th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    When various objections to the draft Constitution arose in the fall of 1787, James Madison asked his fellow citizens to shun despair. The future was bright if Americans did not listen to those who claimed our problems were insurmountable. In similar fashion, America 2016 can avoid disunion if the sovereign people utilize Article V to meet their problems head-on. From the last portion of The Federalist #14, by James Madison: I submit to you, my fellow-citizens, these considerations, in full confidence that the good sense which has so often marked your decisions will allow them their due weight and effect;...
  • Dealing With Constitutional Change

    08/09/2016 2:18:57 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 9th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    If we pause for a moment and consider the grand, historic sweep of governing forms in England and America, the conclusion must be that action is needed now to save what precious little remains of free government. Freedom for our English ancestors waxed and waned in cycles as the Roman empire, Saxon kings, Vikings, William of Normandy, Magna Charta, the rise of Parliament, religious wars came and went. By the mid-18th century, no people on earth were more prosperous than the American colonists of King George III, yet our forebears revolted when they viewed the approach of hard tyranny. Having...
  • A Convention of States. Now.

    08/05/2016 1:59:09 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 5th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The American republic is on its knees. No methodical and orderly process like that in Article V can keep up with the pace of unconstitutional executive branch and scotus derived amendments to the Constitution. What is to be done? Apply for a Convention of States for one purpose? Events are moving far too fast to be limited by artificial bounds imposed on Article V that serve to delay a state convention. While Washington disregards the supreme law of the land, we are expected to follow it to the letter. How many decades must go by before the sovereign people respond...
  • On the Inevitable Changes to Republican Forms

    08/01/2016 1:42:52 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | August 1st 2015 | Rodney Dodsworth
    If there is one aspect of the crisis that Convention of States supporters and opponents can agree on, it is that our governing institutions have been corrupted from their constitutional purposes to “ . . . form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty . . . “ Where the two sides differ is what to do about it. Regular readers know of my admiration for the late Stuart-era martyr for free government, Algernon Sidney. The fundamental thread of his voluminous Discourses Concerning...
  • Article V: Let Experience be Our Guide

    07/30/2016 2:04:37 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 30th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Article V opponents often echo, from The John Birch Society and Eagle Forum talking points, an admonition to “Just enforce the Constitution we have.” On the other hand, our Framers, the most brilliant thinkers in political history were not so conceited as to believe their design was perfection on earth. The existence of Article V is self-evident proof of their humility. In previous posts I cited the republican lessons that Niccolo’ Machiavelli, Charles De Montesquieu, Algernon Sidney and Cato’s Letters drew from history that pointed toward the necessity of eternal vigilance, of using experience to inform our actions toward keeping...
  • Convention of States for the United Kingdom

    07/28/2016 1:59:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 28th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The trend toward reform of western governing systems through federalism may be catching on. In view of the oh-so-close decision by Scotland in 2014 to remain in the United Kingdom (UK), and last month’s decision by England to exit the European Union, a constitutional reform movement in England hopes to head off possible dissolution of the UK! The Constitution Reform Group (CRG) is a committee initiated by academics and politicians whose immediate purpose is to blunt continuing efforts by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to exit the UK, and to ultimately pass a new “settlement” that preserves the union. Like...
  • Donald Trump: The Echo of Our Framers’ Uncorrupted President

    07/22/2016 2:01:49 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 22nd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Our Framers don’t get the credit they deserve. Their presidential electoral system was designed to avoid the road to ruin so typical in republics: popular election of a demagogic strongman who promises to quell that which he foments, meaning societal discord and anarchy, by rewarding his supporters and destroying his opponents. How in the world did our Framers come up with the method in Article II to elect a president? Contrary to popular belief, there are two central purposes to their outwardly clumsy and confusing process. First, it was to elevate men of only the highest virtue, wisdom and talents...
  • Who Will Protect the American People?

    07/20/2016 10:50:15 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 13th 2016 | Bill Whittle
    In a short YouTube video (link below), Bill Whittle not only explains why Hillary Clinton belongs in prison stripes, but he closes with some observations all patriots understand: The President will not protect the American people. The SecState will not protect the American people. The DOJ will not protect the American people. The FBI will not protect the American people. The Department of Defense will not protect the American people. All that remains is for We The People to protect the American people. End. Bill is spot on. I would only add that neither congress nor scotus have shown any...
  • Article V More Than Ever

    07/16/2016 1:46:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 16th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Our revolutionary Constitution violated two accepted truths of 18th century political science: stable republics require small territories, and external commerce was detrimental to republics. As to the first, any government that depends on the direct or indirect participation of the people requires a certain commonality in traditions, religion, and culture. This was thought possible only in city-states or across small territories. Yet, not only history, but our experience after 1776 had shown that even small republics had to guard against majoritarian tyranny. All forms of direct or indirect democracies were prone to the rise of factions that would put their...
  • Electoral vs. Sovereign Capacity: American Conventions

    07/14/2016 1:46:30 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | July 14th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    My last post touched on the religious, societal and political upheavals endured by 17th century England. The outcome was twofold: an English Bill of Rights crafted and ratified by a non-parliamentary convention, and the end of the Stuart line of kings. Members of parliament alternatively served as both political representatives and delegates of the sovereign people. To this day, as evidenced by the recent Brexit referendum, the British system does not differentiate very well between the electoral and sovereign capacities of the people. While war and religious turmoil preoccupied the mother country, her colonies on the North American continent fought...
  • Electoral vs. Sovereign Capacity: Introduction

    07/10/2016 2:22:02 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 10th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    One of the concerns expressed by Article V opponents stems from an assumed equivalence between popularly elected representatives to the US House and Senate, and delegates appointed by the states to an Article V convention to propose amendments. With that in mind, it is worthwhile to examine the two dimensions of the American polity, the electoral and sovereign capacities of the people. In the American Republic the people are entrusted by God and themselves to exercise two distinct duties. First, under the guidance of the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, they are to craft and amend as necessary the...
  • When Republics Die

    07/08/2016 1:39:05 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 28 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 8th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    A shiver ran through me as I watched James Comey’s clumsy dance around the edges of why Hillary was guilty of selling out her country, yet would not be prosecuted. Could that day, July the 5th, two days into America’s 241st year be the end of the republic established in 1788? Did we witness THE historic moment of the 21st century? As opposed to authoritarian regimes in which the moment of their deaths is known exactly by the date and time their despots pass on into hell, what of republics? When do republics die? One of the most famous ancient...
  • Hillary and Our Duty To Retrieve Free Government Part III

    07/06/2016 1:43:10 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 6th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In parts I & II last April, I referenced Niccolo’ Machiavelli’s examination of the tough job that awaits good men in corrupt republics to restore free government. Just as a body in motion tends to stay in motion in the direction it is headed, so too do societies and their governments. The government of our republic, dedicated to unalienable rights, has been so corrupted that its next president might be not a hidden traitor, but one who openly sold out her country. Crooked Hillary is a symptom, rather than a cause. Congress long ago perfected the art of exempting themselves...
  • Progressing the Declaration of Independence

    07/03/2016 2:30:16 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 3rd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    One of the reasons I enjoy Independence Day is that it makes Leftists squirm. These citizens of the world are uncomfortable at the sight of unabashed and self-confident patriots celebrating the founding of a nation dedicated to undeniable truths. Tough. Let the micro-aggressions roll as we stand athwart the progressive junking of all that is good and decent. On our nation’s 150th anniversary in 1926, Republican president Calvin Coolidge gave a speech in which he responded to the progressive wave that was muddying the minds of the nation. Only thirteen years after the passage of the destructive 16th and 17th...
  • The Democratic vs Republican Constitutions (Part II)

    06/30/2016 1:17:10 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    http://articlevblog.com/ ^ | June 29th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In my last post, Professor Randy Barnett described the Left’s conception of We The People as a collective, a single mass that expresses its sovereign will through congress. Here, first comes government, then come rights. Rights are what We The People collective say they are. The Republican Constitution. On the other hand, We The People of a Republican Constitution are composed of sovereign individuals. The people we send to government are fellow citizens and servants who exercise limited, enumerated, and “just” powers. Their purpose isn’t to reflect majoritarian will, but rather to secure the unalienable rights we all possess. A...
  • The Democratic vs. Republican Constitutions (Part I)

    06/28/2016 1:35:09 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    http://articlevblog.com/ ^ | June 27th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    This squib began as a review of Professor Randy Barnett’s latest work, Our Republican Constitution. However, once I got into his explication of the two contradictory visions of the Constitution and what it means for Western Civilization, I decided to linger on the high points. If the Leftist avalanche of executive branch lawmaking, group rights, collegiate snowflakes, moral relativism, and horrid supreme court decisions under a Constitution designed to secure unalienable rights leaves you puzzled, then Professor Barnett’s latest book will help clarify the insanity that is modern progressivism. For those familiar with his previous works going back to The...
  • Keeping the Constitution: No Broken Windows Allowed

    06/24/2016 1:19:22 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    http://articlevblog.com/ ^ | June 23rd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    For those not old enough to know, New York City’s crime rate prior to the Mayor Rudy Giuliani era was so bad that a sci-fi movie, Escape From New York (1981) did very well at the box office. In this dystopian story, Manhattan was walled off and filled with the worst criminals from across America. Mayor (1994-2001) Giuliani famously put into practice a “no broken windows” (NBW) theory of law enforcement. His police no longer ignored misdemeanor violations of the law. The criminal element soon realized that not only were petty crimes prosecuted, but prison time for felony violations was...
  • John Locke: On the Dissolution of Government (II)

    06/22/2016 12:26:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    http://articlevblog.com/ ^ | June 21st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In view of the increasing failures of national, state, local government from San Jose, CA to Sweden to protect their citizens from thugs, both secular and religious, where do innocent people turn when the institutions designed to serve the community fail to do so, or worse, actually turn against the people? From my last post, John Locke explained in Chapter XIX of his Second Treatise, the legislative power, or, simply the legislative, granted by society to government is the essence of republicanism. When any force, from outside or within, alters the legislative, government is dissolved. Locke writes: "When the legislative...
  • Phyllis Schlafly vs. Article V

    06/18/2016 11:08:48 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 56 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 17, 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    From the 1776 Maryland Declaration of Rights and the 1783 New Hampshire Bill of Rights we are reminded of the proper American attitude toward a government hostile to freedom: The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. In a recent post to her Eagle Forum website, the highly respected and admired Phyllis Schlafly unfortunately resorted to a lot of snark and little reason in her decades’ old opposition to an Article V convention of the states to reclaim free government. Beginning with her title, “Failed Republicans Want...
  • Phyllis Schlafly vs. Article V

    06/17/2016 1:43:04 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 17th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    From the 1776 Maryland Declaration of Rights and the 1783 New Hampshire Bill of Rights we are reminded of the proper American attitude toward a government hostile to freedom: "The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind." In a recent post to her Eagle Forum website, the highly respected and admired Phyllis Schlafly unfortunately resorted to a lot of snark and little reason in her decades’ old opposition to an Article V convention of the states to reclaim free government. Beginning with her title, “Failed Republicans Want...
  • Serf or Citizen

    06/16/2016 2:17:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 16th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Many American minds have been twisted by a hundred years of progressivism. A once proud and independent people have become increasingly meek and dependent on the decisions and goodies disbursed by faraway masterminds. Part of that twist moved our attention and expectations from the dispersed power in our states, and toward a single focal point in Washington, DC. For any real or imagined problem, the perceived answer no longer resides within our communities or states. No, there must be a national program to deal with and regulate everything. This top-down imperial approach, that treats the fifty states no better than...
  • Tacitus: The Annals

    06/11/2016 1:43:40 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    http://articlevblog.com/ ^ | June 11th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Not long ago, certainly within the last couple of years, I yielded to the urge to start a squib when the US senate punted another enumerated power to president Obama. It might have been the power of the purse or maybe the treaty power, but in any event, I opened Tacitus’ (55-117AD) Annals, and tapped out a few notes below. Throughout the imperial period, Roman emperors kept up the façade of republicanism. They pretended to consult the senate and be guided by its votes. The senate in turn, pretended it had a will of its own. If men are willing...
  • The Confessions of Congressman X

    06/10/2016 2:03:03 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 10th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    My copy of Congressman X* arrived in yesterday’s mail. Since the identity of congressman X is anonymous, I should be hesitant to accept anything inside. But, since nothing I read contradicts my personal beliefs which took decades to form, I admit my bias in accepting his accusations against congress, party leadership, the president, and the typical voter. Simply put, government is a lie. Voters are too ignorant see through the gauze, the hype, the smoke, the deceptions to realize that everyone in Washington, DC looks out for themselves first, last and always. Money is everything. Worry about the country? Don’t...
  • Sitting Out the November Congressional Election

    06/08/2016 1:39:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 8th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Lest anyone jump to an erroneous conclusion, I’ll participate in the upcoming presidential election process and vote for Trump. Since Hillary is the sum of every corrupt quality, every character flaw that cannot be allowed in the Oval Office, nothing will keep me from supporting the opponent of this vile traitor. As a registered Republican I receive regular emails from GOP candidates standing for election to Florida’s second congressional district. The candidates appear to be honest men and women of conservative bent who oppose all things Obama. Ditto for the eventual Republican senatorial nominee. Anyone who promises to do his...
  • HistoricMilestone-Petition signatures received from 100% of state house legislative districts in U.S

    06/07/2016 12:07:10 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 88 replies
    Convention of States Action ^ | June 7, 2016 | Posted by Convention of States Project
    Full title. HISTORIC MILESTONE: Petition signatures received from 100% of state house legislative districts in U.S. Supporters of the Convention of States Project from every state house legislative district in the United States have signed their name to the Convention of States petition, achieving an historic milestone for the Project. The petition calls for an Article V Convention of States for the limited purpose of proposing constitutional amendments that restrict the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, propose fiscal restraints, and impose term limits on federal officials. In less than three years, the COS Project has achieved this historic...
  • Of The Laws Which Establish Political Liberty

    06/06/2016 1:36:42 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 6th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In Book XI of The Spirit of the Laws, Charles de Montesquieu touched on the nature of liberty and representation in republics. While the term ‘liberty’ is somewhat ambiguous, he ascribed to it tranquility of mind arising from the opinion each person has of his safety. In order to have this liberty, it is requisite the government be so constituted as one man need not be afraid of another. To foster liberty, free men send representatives to deliberative bodies to craft laws on their behalf. The great advantage of reps is their capacity to discuss public affairs in the course...
  • Spirit of Governments

    06/05/2016 1:19:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    On February 18th, 1792, James Madison posted an anonymous squib in his newspaper, the National Gazette. He asked: May not governments be properly divided, according to their predominant spirit and principles, into three species of which the following are examples? First. A government operating by a permanent military force, which at once maintains the government and is maintained by it; which is at once the cause of burdens on the people and of submission in the people to their burdens. Such have been the governments under which human nature has groaned through every age. Such are the governments which still...
  • A Presumption of Liberty

    06/04/2016 1:30:53 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 4th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    This squib goes hand-in-hand with my two earlier posts that made the case for an annual Article V state convention, here and here, to defeat both an out control administrative state and runaway scotus. My vision is a regular convention that will examine in detail the past year’s congressional statutes, regulations issued under the auspices of the president, as well as supreme court decisions. Those that infringe upon our liberty can, if recommended by the convention, be repealed or overturned by thirty-eight subsequent state ratifying conventions or state legislatures. What prompted me was the outrageous Obergefell v. Hodges scotus decision...
  • Democrats, Democracy and Article V

    06/03/2016 1:29:28 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 3rd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Democrats just love democracy. Who could possibly oppose democracy? Didn’t progressive icon Woodrow Wilson inform the nation that the purpose of the United States was to make the world safe for democracy? What reasonable person could be against all power to the people? I am, and I am in good company. Our framing generation had enough experience with overly democratic state governments to figure out that majoritarian abuse of minorities was just as harmful and dangerous to freedom as the executive tyranny of George III. Benjamin Rush famously said that while the state constitutions of 1776-1780 barred the front door...
  • Toward an Annual Article V State Amendments Convention (II)

    06/02/2016 1:54:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 2nd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In Part I, I examined how and why an Annual Article V State Amendments Convention should become a regular feature of the American governing scene. To further support my thesis, I shall illustrate here the impropriety of allowing scotus to be the sole arbiter of our rights. The right and duty to define them and determine their practical reach ultimately belongs to We The People when acting in our sovereign capacity via Article V. I will show that scotus fails to keep to its own standards of what constitutes legitimate law, rights and liberty interests. To scotus, the notion of...
  • Failed Republicans Want to Rewrite the Constitution

    05/29/2016 1:44:33 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 15 replies
    The Eagle Forum ^ | May 25, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Did you ever wonder why unsuccessful candidates merely “suspend” their campaigns after losing a key primary, instead of terminating them? Surely all those candidates knew that it’s impossible to restart a presidential campaign once it’s been suspended. In the famous words of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice Longworth, “You can’t make a soufflé rise twice.”
  • The Value of Virtue (II)

    05/29/2016 1:16:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    In yesterday’s blog, I related the founding generation’s assumptions regarding the necessity of virtue in stable republics. Many conservatives today believe our early years after Independence was an idyllic era of strong private and public virtue. Some tend to disbelieve the 1787 Constitution was necessary. Resting on that belief, the same conservatives look about today, see nothing but corruption of public virtue, and throw their hands up in despair of ever returning the US to freedom. Contrary to common belief, the first dozen years after Independence were something of a governing and political mess. Right out of the chute in...
  • VICTORY: Louisiana becomes the eighth state to call for a Convention of States

    05/26/2016 7:22:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 39 replies
    cosaction.com ^ | 5/26/16 | Mark Meckler
    The hard work of volunteers and supporters like you is making all the difference, and I'm thrilled to report yet another major victory. Yesterday afternoon, the Louisiana state legislature became the eighth state in history to pass the Convention of States resolution! For too long the “elite” in D.C. have acted with impunity, disregarding the will of We the People and crushing state sovereignty. Now the people of Louisiana have joined with Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, and Oklahoma in this historic fight to restore the rightful authority of the people and the states.
  • Cato’s Letter #115: The Encroaching Nature of Power, Ever to be Watched and Checked

    05/26/2016 5:48:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    This letter is among Cato’s best. Like Machiavelli in a few of his Discourses on Livy, Cato touches on the nature of despots, and the measures taken by the Roman Republic to hold on to liberty. The lesson for America 2016 is that we must take measures, as did the Romans, to restore free government. The essence of republicanism is the checks the people put upon their governors. Keep the governors within certain bounds and nations are free. Without checks on government, men are slaves because the magistrates make their own rules and follow their lusts. Only those nations who...
  • A Constitution Gone Wrong

    05/25/2016 1:37:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    On the eve of troubles with George III in the 1760s, His Majesty’s subjects on the North American continent regarded themselves as among the luckiest people on earth. Charles De Montesquieu praised the English constitution for its mixture of monarchy and republican spirit. Not only were colonials prosperous, they enjoyed a level of liberty not seen perhaps since the best days of the Roman Republic. To be enlightened in the 18th Century was to be interested in antiquity, and to be interested in antiquity was to be interested in republicanism. Many of the men destined to become the statesmen and...
  • A Nation in Denial

    05/24/2016 1:34:51 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Men naturally seek to better their conditions and protect what is theirs, among which is their country. I’m continually surprised that so many do not take a look at history, ours and that of other past republics, for clues to help reverse the despotism that is America 2016. Long-lived republics such as Rome and a few Greek city-states fell on hard political times in which freedom was threatened, yet they bounced back from the brink of ruin. No republic, including ours, just coasted along for hundreds of years on their original governing structures. When liberty was threatened, republican men went...
  • The John Birch Society vs. Article V

    05/22/2016 5:24:35 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Near the core of John Birch Society opposition to an Article V Convention of the States is mistrust of the American people. Dig further and one cannot avoid the conclusion that JBS opposes the essence of republicanism, the right of all peoples to determine the structure and boundaries of their government. While JBS has no apparent problem with the exercise of the people’s electoral capacity at polling places every two years, they curiously stand athwart the exercise of the people’s sovereign capacity via their states to frame their government. This isn’t to say JBS doesn’t support amending the Constitution –...
  • Reclaim Our Stolen Sovereignty

    05/18/2016 1:25:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    A visitor to America, say a modern Alexis de Tocqueville, might conclude that the American form of government is despotic. Considering we have presidential elections every four years, our imaginary visitor could further refine his observations and determine America 2016 to be an elective despotism. And why not? Obama’s speeches ooze with “I” and “me.” His cabinet secretaries and party have demonstrated loyalty to his person and not the Constitution. Notwithstanding his oath of office, which is a solemn promise to see that the laws be faithfully executed, he pledged to fundamentally transform America. These are mutually exclusive, and we...
  • Thoughts on the Internal Police Power

    05/17/2016 1:28:57 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    At least two historic American statesmen attempted to insert the guarantee of internal police power to the states in both the Constitution and Articles of Confederation. Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman to the Federal Convention tried several times to prevent federal interference with any state’s “Internal Police.” On his final attempt, the motion failed bigtime by an 8-3 vote. What is Internal Police, why was its retention by the states not made explicit at the convention, and what effect could such a clause have had on American governance two hundred years later? Under Internal Police, a government has the power to...
  • States, The Natural Second Party

    05/16/2016 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    While political parties ideally represent the common interests of their members, a contradiction has developed within the GOP over the past twenty years. Leadership and rank-and-file members work toward irreconcilable ends: the retention of power, wealth and status at any cost on the one hand, and change that restores economic prosperity and social cohesion on the other. For years, GOP leadership worked handily with democrat leaders Obama, Pelosi, Reid. Behind closed doors, this common senior leadership develops many thousand page omnibus spending bills. In turn, these assaults on the traditional appropriations process are presented to a membership that is cajoled...
  • Inmates of The Two-Party Prison

    05/15/2016 1:38:32 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    If memory serves, I recall an entertaining essay or chapter from perhaps a Stephen Hawking book from a couple of decades ago. Being designed for the mathematically challenged, it sought to introduce his thoughts on the nature of the universe without intimidating the reader. The essay involved a thought experiment where people lived in two dimensions. A people with no height navigated in an X-Y coordinate system-on-a-sheet-of-paper sort of world. It was all they knew. Hawking wondered of the people’s reaction if a third dimension, the Z, was introduced. In any event, he was certain that a surprised people would...
  • On Our Constitutional Compact

    05/14/2016 2:11:15 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Beginning with “We the People,” the Constitution is a compact, an agreement among equals, the people of the American civil society. The events of 1787-1788 could have been scripted straight out of John Locke’s Second Treatise. A preexisting civil society came to the conclusion that its current form of government was inadequate to secure its unalienable rights, which, as per the Declaration (also a Lockean document), is the broad purpose of government. Through state sponsored conventions, special delegations of the sovereign people debated the pro/con of establishing a new government. Just as Locke described the steps that men, emerging from...
  • The Overthrow of Reason

    05/13/2016 2:00:28 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    Our Declaration of Independence was not only illegal, it was an act of treason. Like today, most men in 1787 worldwide equated that which is legal with justice. Who could argue against the idea that justice is joined with statutory law? Equate the legal with the just, and the law can be whatever presidents for life, oligarchs, or a majority say it is. Mankind can be fragmented into a welter of nations, each with its own morality. Might makes right. Justice is rendered relative among the nations of the world. Since there is no single standard of justice, all standards...
  • The Rise of the Politburos: A Fifth Branch of Government

    05/12/2016 1:40:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    For several decades, conservatives have lamented the growth of the administrative state, aka the fourth branch of government. Created by congress, directed by the president, and armed with semi-despotic powers, these administrative agencies, by the number of regulations they issue, are the real lawmakers in the once American republic. On paper, the fourth branch is accountable to the reps of the people, the House and Senate of the United States. Liberals love the fourth branch, for while these agencies are legally subject to congressional oversight, they are extensions of the will of the president and are, as a practical matter,...
  • Cato’s Letter #38: The Right and Capacity of the People to Judge of Government*

    05/11/2016 12:08:28 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    In this letter dated July 22nd 1721, Cato explained that the world is regularly lead into mistakes by people who profit from them. If the people were properly apprised of the truth, no one would live in slavery. There are lessons here for early 21st century America. In most nations there is neither the light of truth nor liberty. Where they exist, they are inseparable. Destroy one and the other follows. In these nations we find tyranny and deception, ignorance and slavery joined together, such that “Wherever truth is dangerous, liberty is precarious.” Among sciences, Cato regards political science as...
  • A Foreign Spectator’s View of the Constitution

    05/10/2016 1:52:06 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    As colonists, we were proud to be English subjects, the freest people in the world. Our revolution was against Crown corruption of a wonderful system that was seeping from England into her North American colonies which threatened our rights as Englishmen. As American patriots shake their heads in disbelief at the possible return of a thoroughly corrupt, felonious, treasonous Hillary Clinton to the White House, I recently happened upon a 1787 piece which extolled the anti-corruption features of the Constitution. Just four days after the close of the Federal Convention, and over a month before Alexander Hamilton published the first...
  • Learning Locke: More on Cato’s Letters

    05/09/2016 11:33:50 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog
    As touched upon in Part I, and against the backdrop of an orchestrated South Sea Bubble, subsequent economic crash, and unpunished stock-jobbers, Cato interwove Lockean concepts regarding the laws of nature, civil society, and high crimes which were found some fifty and sixty years later in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. What follows are illustrative of the thought train of two foundational truths, from Locke to Cato to our Declaration of Independence, which culminated in the free government design of our Constitution. The Purpose of Government. John Locke: Civil Society comes into being when every individual has resigned up...
  • Fear Not A Runaway Article V State Amendments Convention

    05/08/2016 11:33:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 34 replies
    A government designed to secure our unalienable rights has become something of a black-hole that devours liberty. In the sum total of our three national branches, fewer than 1,500 (One president, 435 congressmen, 100 senators, and about 875 Article III judges) men and women push around over 320 million citizens without restraint or fear for their personal safety. What is to be done? If we weigh the potential benefit, meaning the restoration of our republic, against the remote disadvantages of an amendments convention, there is little reason to avoid one. Some prominent conservatives have expressed concern over the possibility of...
  • Learning Locke: An Introduction to Cato’s Letters

    05/07/2016 10:00:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Thomas Jefferson famously adapted key passages of John Locke’s Second Treatise in his draft Declaration of Independence. An 18th century gentleman could hardly regard himself as learned without the ability to quote a few Lockean passages from memory. Yet, what of the average colonial? Books were expensive imports. How were the yeomanry educated well enough in Lockean concepts to readily understand and accept this radical document, the Declaration of Independence? Through newspapers. Like modern Americans, our colonial forebears were also political junkies. Freewheeling editorials, letters to the editor that criticized parliamentary and colonial governments were standing features of public life....
  • A Balanced Budget Amendment Path to Free Government

    05/06/2016 11:45:52 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    Free Government is that happy condition wherein government respects and protects the unalienable, Natural Rights of the nation, and makes no law without its consent. Under this simple guidance, government is twice limited: by its end, which any of us would have a right to pursue were there no government at all, and by its means, which require our consent. Yes, the presidential campaign season is entertaining. But if the practical extent of our God-given freedom depends on the election of either Bernie, The Beast or Donald Trump, it follows that actual free government is as real and enduring as...