Articles Posted by Jacquerie

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  • By Virtue of Their Silence

    09/16/2014 5:10:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 14 replies
    As the November elections approach, we’ve heard nothing but deafening silence from the GOP as to why the electorate should put Congress in its hands. Now, I have nothing against the ages-old stratagem of not interrupting an enemy in the process of making enormous mistakes. But, we’re not simply considering a ‘my team good’ vs. ‘their team bad’ situation, as if the outcome was nothing more than a sporting event to be remembered until the next big game. Some fundamental American freedoms have been under assault for decades, and Obama and his party have accelerated the trend. Where is the...
  • Executive Powers, Barack Obama v. Charles I of England

    09/04/2014 12:54:20 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    The Framers of our Constitution were well versed in the lessons of the mid-17th century English Civil War. It was in revolution that Parliamentary forces denied certain powers to Charles I. Obama, the pretend President of a formerly Free Republic, has claimed powers denied to an English king 370 years ago. During negotiations between royalist and parliamentary forces in 1643, Charles I itemized his demands and authority: 1. Charles I proclaimed to be limited by law and parliament. From his past actions, parliament knew this was a specious, dishonest assertion. Obama often recites his fealty to the law. Not even...
  • No One Voted

    08/29/2014 3:13:35 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Everyone has wondered if his vote would be the one that put a candidate president, senator, . . . county commissioner over the top. We vote more out of habit and tradition, rather than a conviction that “our guy” will work toward restoration of the American republic. Can the November election reverse Obama’s law making, treaty making, his control over spending, and oppression of conservative groups? Who can name the powers Obama does not have? Of course, my title implies something that could never happen. Not a chance. But what if wide swaths of the American people become so disgusted...
  • A Presumption of Liberty

    08/24/2014 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Should I be charged with a felony and end up in a courtroom, I know that as an American I am presumed innocent. There is a presumption of liberty. I may not be deprived of freedom or property unless I forfeit them through violence or fraud. In order to lose personal liberty, the state must prove my guilt. If I’m found guilty, the liberty of one person is affected. Step back for a moment and consider, “presumption of liberty.” When federal courts hear cases that may detrimentally affect the liberty of millions, where is the presumption of liberty? It doesn’t...
  • Washington is divided Because it has Abandoned Federalism

    08/18/2014 1:40:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 14, 2014 | Philip Klein
    It may sound pedestrian to point out, but it’s critical to restate why it’s so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America. The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government. To preserve this balance, the Founders put a number of checks in the U.S. Constitution, most notably creating the Senate, which allows for equal membership from every state, thus preventing states with larger populations from running roughshod over the interests of...
  • James Knowles Ferguson v. Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia

    08/16/2014 7:44:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    There was a time when some mayors and police commissioners knew their duty. First and foremost, protect lives. Second, protect property. Unlike Ferguson Mayor James Knowles, Frank Rizzo knew how to keep the peace and what to do with rioters. "Throughout his career, Mr. Rizzo seemed to embrace controversy. "I'm going to make Attila the Hun look like a faggot," he once told a newspaper reporter." Check out the following 1991 NYT column on the life of Philly Police Commissioner and Mayor Frank Rizzo: Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia Dies at 70; A 'Hero' and 'Villain'
  • Patrick Henry on Kings and Presidents

    08/08/2014 2:22:27 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Sometime this summer, Obama is expected to violate federal statutes, usurp congressional authority, and grant some form of legal residency to millions of illegal aliens. As our once republic holds its breath waiting for Obama to assume more despotic power, I thought a short read from June 5th, 1788 might be of interest to fellow patriots. At the Virginia Ratifying Convention, Patrick Henry expressed concern with a new office of the proposed constitution, that of executive powers in a President of the United States. The purpose of this post is not to revisit the worn out Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate at FR....
  • The United State of America

    08/05/2014 4:18:49 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 31st, 2014 | Richard A. Epstein and Mario Loyola
    The tug of war between the president and Congress is steadily escalating. The most recent sign of incipient institutional breakdown is House Speaker John Boehner’s suit against President Obama for rewriting laws and stepping on Congress’s turf. But lurking in the wings is a second separation-of-powers issue, just as important, that Americans have mostly overlooked—the separation between federal and state government. In many areas, that vital divide is fast disappearing, owing to a relentless expansion of federal power. And both political parties share the blame. Federal officials exert enormous influence over state budgets and state regulators, often behind the scenes....
  • A Question for Article V State Amendment Convention Opponents

    07/18/2014 12:50:57 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 100 replies
    To Free Republic opponents of Article V, I put this question, “what infringement of our natural and constitutional rights, or other high crime against our republic, could compel you to support an Article V state amendment convention to propose amendments to our constitution?”
  • Progressives Understand The Constitution

    07/14/2014 2:13:14 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Over the past century, progressives have demonstrated they know the nature of republics, of the dying constitutional republic they are killing, very well. In their quest to create the new man, they learned they first needed to recognize the nuts and bolts of the American Republic. Once they understood the foundation and structure of our great experiment in freedom, they could identify the critical supports, that if pulled, would collapse it. The framing generation of 1787 fretted intensely how to form free government over an extensive territory that avoided the classic problem of republics, their degeneration into democracies in which...
  • Wind & Pressure Chart of Hurricane Arthur

    07/04/2014 9:46:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    I pulled this chart from the national data buoy center, buoy 41036 south of Morehead City, NC. Arthur passed almost directly overhead. Pretty cool.
  • Delegates Aiming at December Finish for Rules (COS)

    06/15/2014 2:00:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | June 13th, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | The Assembly of State Legislatures concluded its work at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, having tasted the difficulty of getting different states to agree on even minor matters, but still optimistic about the prospects for a future Convention of the States. The 94 delegates from 29 states spent the morning polishing a resolution officially changing the group's name from the Mount Vernon Assembly and urging other states, especially states with Democratic legislatures, to join the mostly Republican members of The Assembly of State Legislatures at its planned December session. Questions over whether delegates to the December meeting should...
  • The 17th Amendment and Consent of the Governed

    06/14/2014 2:02:26 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 64 replies
    From Charles de Montesquieu Spirit of the Laws, “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils, but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles.” There is a fundamental contradiction in the structure of our government that is responsible for the increasing turmoil we’ve witnessed these past few years. Media pleas to “get along” and compromise reflect snowballing social and political tensions. Unimaginable only a decade ago, our rulers in Washington, DC prepare for societal collapse. Rather than deal with the sickness that afflicts our republic, they respond to the...
  • Delegates Begin Planning for Changes to U.S. Constitution [Mt. Vernon Assembly : See Article V]

    06/12/2014 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 92 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | June 12th, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | Representatives and senators from 29 states met Thursday in the Indiana Statehouse to begin planning for the first state-led revisions to the U.S. Constitution since the nation's fundamental governing document was enacted in 1789. The significance of the work undertaken by The Mount Vernon Assembly to prepare for a future Convention of the States was not lost on the 94 official and participating delegates, mostly Republicans, who filled the House chamber. "Nothing like this has occurred in over two centuries, though certainly the founders of this nation assumed it would have happened long ago," said Indiana Senate President...
  • Dem to Help Plan State-Led Revisions to U.S. Constitution

    06/12/2014 5:10:40 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 118 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | June 8th, 2014 | Dan Carden
    State Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, will join some 105 delegates from 33 states at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday and Friday for the second meeting of the Convention of the States planning group dubbed The Mount Vernon Assembly. Arnold did not attend the group's first session in December at George Washington's Virginia estate, but said he jumped at the chance to participate this time when Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, an organizer of the planning group, asked Arnold to join him and state Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, as Indiana's delegation. However, because an Article V convention never has been...
  • Linda Brickman and the Battle for Arizona (Convention of States)

    05/14/2014 1:41:58 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Convention of States ^ | May 12th, 2014 | Liberty Davidson
    It’s five o’ clock on a weekday morning, and Linda Brickman is up before the Arizona sun. Not one to waste time, she gets to work answering phone calls and emails from the East Coast. Soon the sun is up, reminding her today is another day to work for what she believes in. She leaves to spend the day at the Arizona Legislature, where she spent yesterday, and where she’ll spend tomorrow. “I’m being told on a regular basis that I’m too passionate for what I do,” she said. “But I won’t do something I don’t believe in.” Brickman became...
  • Constitutional Amendment Group to Meet in Indiana

    05/11/2014 8:25:04 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    AP link only. Group eying Convention of the States, constitutional amendments to meet in Indiana in June.
  • C-Span’s Benghazi Omerta. Day 5.

    05/07/2014 4:03:36 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Omerta – A code of silence among criminals. That old mafia term certainly applies to the general media blackout of all things that could possibly affect the public aura of Obama. I haven’t bothered to determine when the House of Representatives last announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the executive branch, but it is without question a newsworthy event, unless one is part of the outer ring of Obama’s defense, part of the hometown political cabal that will defend him at all costs. That is the unspoken purpose of C-Span’s daily “Washington Journal,” probably the last Leftist...
  • C-Span’s Benghazi Omerta. Day 4.

    05/06/2014 4:03:50 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Omerta - A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization. That old mafia term certainly applies to the general media blackout of all things that could possibly affect the public aura of Obama, The One, Hisself. I haven’t bothered to determine when the House of Representatives last announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the executive branch, but it is without question a newsworthy event, unless one is part of the outer ring of Obama’s defense, part of the hometown political cabal that will defend him...
  • C-Span’s Benghazi Omerta Day 3

    05/05/2014 4:03:24 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    Omerta - A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization. That old mafia term certainly applies to the general media blackout of all things that could impossibly affect the public aura of Obama. I haven’t bothered to determine when the House of Representatives last announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the executive branch, but it is without question a newsworthy event, unless one is part of the outer ring of Obama’s defense, part of the hometown political cabal that will defend him at all costs....
  • C-Span’s Benghazi Omerta Day 2.

    05/04/2014 4:02:11 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 14 replies
    Omerta - A rule or code that prohibits speaking or divulging information about certain activities, especially the activities of a criminal organization. That old mafia term certainly applies to the general media blackout of all things that could impossibly affect the public aura of Obama. I haven’t bothered to determine when the House of Representatives last announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the executive branch, but it is without question a newsworthy event, unless one is part of the outer ring of Obama’s defense, part of the hometown political cabal that will defend him at all costs....
  • Fight to Expose the Benghazi Crimes. Do it For Free on C-Span.

    05/03/2014 4:58:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    When was the last time the House of Reps called for a special select committee to investigate the executive branch? (IIRC, Clinton faced a special prosecutor.) Whenever it was, it isn’t news today to Obama’s Praetorian Media. This morning, C-Span didn’t think the formation of a select committee headed by former prosecutor Trey Gowdy was newsworthy. As expected, the Left is fast circling their wagons. Mafia Omerta is nothing in comparison to the lockdown we know the Left has and will put on the crimes surrounding Benghazi. Dozens of Republican politicians are gauging how to respond. If it appears the...
  • How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy (Barf Alert)

    04/18/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Michael Waldman
    With Congress paralyzed, President Obama has promised to use his “pen and phone” to overcome the ongoing dysfunction and get some work done. And the White House has already acted several times to help improve America’s economy. But such policies, no matter how valuable, will achieve little if we do not fix our broken democracy. Allow me to suggest some ideas for how the president can do just that. First, some historical context. Presidents have long acted within their authority, from Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana without consulting Congress to Lincoln’s freeing the slaves by proclamation. In recent decades, at a...
  • Progressives Don't Grasp the Constitution

    04/18/2014 2:13:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 21 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 12th, 2014 | George Will
    In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty. The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom, and those whose fundamental value is the right of...
  • A Frankenstein Constitution

    04/16/2014 2:47:01 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 74 replies
    A common concern among Article V opponents is fear that a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments will result in an oppressive constitution. All we need to do is enforce the constitution we have. Elect the right people to implement our written constitution and all will be well. As logical and appealing as that approach appears to be, it ignores some horrible realities, and actually promotes our headlong dive into tyranny, for the anti-constitution, the unwritten Frankenstein constitution rules. First, aside from the occasional heat politicians take from an outraged populace, our legislative and executive branches in the...
  • The Constitutional Amendment Process

    04/11/2014 3:35:48 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 38 replies
    I post the following to address a common concern of Freepers who oppose an Article V state convention. The authority to amend the Constitution of the United States is derived from Article V of the Constitution. After Congress proposes an amendment, the Archivist of the United States, who heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is charged with responsibility for administering the ratification process under the provisions of 1 U.S.C. 106b. The Archivist has delegated many of the ministerial duties associated with this function to the Director of the Federal Register. Neither Article V of the Constitution nor section...
  • The Proper Pace of Political Change.

    04/08/2014 4:17:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    April, 1913 | Senator Elihu Root
    Coincident with ratification of the 1913 amendments to the constitution, New York Senator Elihu Root expressed his concerns in a series of lectures at the alma mater of James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University. He was one of the most respected and influential politicians of the early 20th century. Senator Root spoke freely, without hesitation, the language of our framing generation. As a tidal wave of progressivism swept across America, he clearly feared our overnight transformation from a federal, to a democratic republic. Senator Elihu Root: The Proper Pace of Political Change. (Excerpts): In this country we have set...
  • America Betrays Her Revolution

    04/07/2014 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    To Freepers, our statist government is a daily “fingernails across the chalkboard” experience. Why is Obama able to sweep judicial, and legislative powers into the executive? Why did our national government morph from one designed to protect our freedoms into one of increasing political and social oppression? Why did the federal government generally remain within its Constitutional bounds prior to WWI and not thereafter? Thank the 17th Amendment. Tomorrow is its one hundred and one year anniversary. It fundamentally altered the Constitution; it pulled the keystone from the arch of our Framers’ structure. The structure upon which our freedoms depend...
  • Florida Senate Passes COS Application to State Amendment Convention

    04/03/2014 3:02:31 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    That the Legislature of the State of Florida does hereby make application to Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States to call an Article V convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States which: Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. Limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. An identical resolution will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
  • If You Think Presidential Elections Matter

    04/02/2014 6:51:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    Elections matter in republics. I question the practical, modern purpose of American elections. Their traditional purpose was to determine who will represent us in a law-making congress and who the electoral college appoints as President. Subsequently, these people were to promote the general welfare and happiness of a free people. Is that what we have? Is it our recent experience? Does Congress draft, debate and send to the President the rules that govern a free people? Instead of responsible, accountable government, we endure a lawless executive whose perception of constitutional powers is that which he and his handlers believe he...
  • Democrats Oppose Article V State Amendment Convention in FL Senate Rules Committee Vote

    03/20/2014 3:17:52 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 71 replies
    Today, Florida took another step toward reclaiming federal powers foolishly given away in 1913. The Senate Rules Committee passed by 8-5, the following resolution: Amendments to the Constitution of the United States; Applying to Congress to call a convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States which impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. Every Republican voted yea, every Democrat nay.
  • Florida Senate Rules Committee: Call to an Article V Amendment Convention.

    03/18/2014 2:32:32 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 80 replies
    The Rules Committee of the Florida Senate will take up SM476 this coming Thursday, March 20th at 10:30 AM. SM476 is an application to Congress for an Article V state amendment convention: Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: (1) That the Legislature of the State of Florida does hereby make application to Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States to call an Article V convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States which: (a) Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. (b) Limit the power and...
  • Michael Farris and the John Birch Society Square off in Oklahoma (Article V)

    03/17/2014 1:12:43 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 47 replies
    Convention of States ^ | March 17th, 2014 | Jordan Sillars
    If you’re interested in the Convention of States Project and enjoy a good, old-fashioned debate, you’re in for a treat. Convention of States Project director Michael Farris will join Oklahoma State Senator Rob Standridge on March 19 and 20 to debate leaders of the Oklahoma John Birch Society on the efficacy of calling a Convention of States to stop the abuses of Washington, D.C. Questions have been swirling around the Convention of States issue, and Michael and Rob look forward to answering many of them. A Convention of States is our best chance to stop the overreach of the federal...
  • C-Span to Ignore Lois Lerner Testimony

    03/05/2014 4:31:07 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    I checked today's C-Span 1, 2, 3 and Radio schedules. Lerner's 0930 appearance before Issa's committee will not be carried live. Today's C-Span Washington Journal hostess Greta made no mention of it either. I suppose it figures, since her news sources are limited to the NYT, WaPo and Politico.
  • Answering the John Birch Society Questions about Article V

    02/18/2014 1:39:08 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 60 replies
    Convention of States ^ | Michael Farris, JD, LLM
    The John Birch Society describes itself as a constitutionalist organization, yet it is highly critical of a very important component of the Constitution. The JBS does not like Article V’s provision that allows the States to unilaterally propose and ratify amendments to the Constitution. George Mason demanded that this provision be included in Article V because he correctly forecast the situation we face today. He predicted that Washington, D.C. would violate its constitutional limitations and the States would need to make adjustments to the constitutional text in order to rein in the abuse of power by the federal government. Current...
  • Freedom and the Structure of Government

    02/15/2014 6:09:31 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    In North Korea, an untouchable dictator and tiny cadre of supporters rule every aspect of the lives of tens of millions. In the United States, an untouchable president, and a tiny cadre of cabinet secretaries and federal judges write illegitimate laws that increasingly rule more and more aspects of the lives of hundreds of millions. What happened? Our framing generation knew that undivided power inevitably lead to undivided tyranny. Set aside all the theories of government, and one thing pops out as an historical certainty. The fewer the number of men ruling from one locality, the more oppressive that government...
  • Struggling With Nullification

    02/08/2014 4:37:09 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 87 replies
    Our American Constitution ^ | February 3rd, 2014 | Rob Natelson
    Does a state have the right to nullify federal statutes the state considers unconstitutional? This depends largely on how you define “nullification.” It also depends on what you mean by “right” and what kind of document you understand the Constitution to be. IOW, it depends on your premises. Unfortunately, people often discuss/debate, and attack each other over—the merits or demerits of nullification without making their premises clear. The result is quarreling among people who are fundamentally on the same side. The Constitution has been characterized as: * A compact (i.e., contract) to which only the states are parties, by which...
  • Put America’s First Principle Back Into Practice

    02/02/2014 10:09:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 65 replies
    Conservatives believe, as did our founding generation, a fundamental truth, a maxim that early on differentiated the US from other republics. The first principle of American political society is that government exists to secure our unalienable rights. Our Declaration eloquently expressed it as, “That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, . . . “ That straightforward concept begat the question, “How to best secure those rights?” The answer was to be found in some form of republican government. By that, the founding generation meant the peoples’ representatives consent to all laws. That determination was all well and...
  • Article V Convention: Path of Least Resistance

    02/01/2014 3:48:17 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 98 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1st 2014 | Robert Berry
    In what is taking shape as a sort of Great Awakening, state legislators have begun to learn that they hold equal status with Congress when it comes to proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Indeed, a handful of state legislators from each state, as yet unknown, are destined for the annals of American history the moment the nation's first Convention for Proposing Amendments is gaveled to order. The process, found in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, requires the legislatures of at least two thirds (34) of the states to pass resolutions demanding that Congress call a "Convention for Proposing...
  • Georgia on the Brink

    01/23/2014 12:59:18 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 123 replies
    Convention of States ^ | January 23rd, 2014 | COS Project Team
    Attention COS patriots: Georgia needs your help! Tomorrow, January 24, at 9:30am the state senate Rules Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the COS application. This is a huge step towards passing the application in Georgia, and we need to show the committee we mean business. So here’s what you can do: If you live in Georgia, go to the meeting! It will be held at the Georgia State Capitol in hearing room #450. We need to pack the room so the senators know how many Georgians support a Convention of States. If you can’t make it to Atlanta,...
  • Tell Your Congressional Delegation to Boycott the SOTU

    01/17/2014 2:47:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    On last night's show, Mark Levin called for Republican congressmen and senators to boycott Obama’s State of the Union Speech on January 28th. Obama openly despises our constitutional process. At his first SOTU, he mocked the justices of the Supreme Court with whom he disagreed. From his first day in office, he told the world he would rule with or without Congress. That is one promise he has kept. This past week alone, Obama assumed, for practical purposes, the House of Representatives’ power of the purse. Yesterday, the Senate passed the House omnibus budget. Not a single rank and file...
  • The Encroaching Nature of Power, Ever to be Watched and Checked. Cato's Letter No. 115

    01/13/2014 4:04:56 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Classical Liberal ^ | February 9th, 1723 | John Trenchard
    How did Thomas Jefferson incorporate the theory of England’s seventeenth century John Locke into our Declaration of Independence with such apparent ease? Why were Jefferson’s words, based on Lockean principles and ratified by the Continental Congress, immediately admired and accepted? Were the ideas and conclusions new to the public? No. It wasn’t because the typical colonist in British North America had read Locke’s famous Two Treatises of Government that he understood the prose and purpose of Jefferson’s great work. Books were expensive. To have a home library was a mark of wealth and assumed wisdom. Still, most families had at...
  • Get COS in the News! (Convention of States)

    12/30/2013 11:52:09 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Convention of States ^ | December 30th, 2013 | Jordan Sillars
    Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is a great way to spread the word about the COS Project. These letters are read by hundreds of people, and it doesn't take long to write them up and send them in. If you want to help the COS Project, this is the place to start! Here are a few tips for crafting the perfect letter: A letter to the editor doesn’t make news—it comments on news. Try to craft your letter around a recent event or, better yet, a previous article. Skim the newspaper’s online archives to see...
  • How the States Committed Suicide

    12/18/2013 3:43:30 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    RealClearPolicy ^ | December 13th 2013 | Paul Moreno
    How did the once-sovereign states become wards of Washington? They did it to themselves. State politicians came to recognize that they would benefit from a more powerful national government. As scholars like Michael Greve and Todd Zywicki have shown, state actors helped to break down the original constitutional system of "competitive federalism," which kept government limited as states competed with each other to attract business and labor. In its place they contrived a parasitical "cooperative" or "cartel" federalism, in which states extract wealth from each other through the federal government. The first and most important steps came in 1913, when...
  • Democrats and Democratic Tyranny

    12/11/2013 3:19:23 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Democrats just love democracy. Who could possibly oppose it? Didn’t progressive icon Woodrow Wilson tell the nation that its purpose 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 a short, yet sufficient 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 constitutions of 1776-1777 barred the front door to executive...
  • Some News From the Mount Vernon Assembly

    12/09/2013 2:52:26 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 31 replies
    Here is a response from Florida State Senator Alan Hays regarding last Saturday's Mount Vernon Assembly. "We discussed the process of bringing the Article V convention into reality and agreed to meet next year at a time yet to be determined due to the need to meet when state legislatures are adjourned or in recess. That will assure more participation. We also discussed a possible resolution to go to each state requesting their legislatures establish a selection process for delegates to be attending an Article V. Convention." "We recognized the need for wide communication to the public of our work....
  • Rep. Jason Spencer to Attend Mount Vernon Assembly (GA)

    11/27/2013 2:30:56 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    Pike County Times ^ | November 14th, 2013 | Becky Watts
    ATLANTA - State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) will join legislators from across the country to attend the Mount Vernon Assembly meeting on December 7, 2013 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, near Washington D.C. The Assembly is a bipartisan gathering of state legislators whose purpose is to discuss the state-led process for crafting amendments to the U.S. Constitution. “The Mount Vernon Assembly is an opportunity where state legislators from around the country can come together to discuss ways the states can limit federal government overreach,” said Rep. Spencer. “It is the responsibility of the states to check all branches of...
  • Convention of States Sample Letter to Your State Delegation

    11/21/2013 1:50:43 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 43 replies
    Here's the least you can do. Take the initiative that occasionally compels you to contact your federal delegation, and direct it toward your state representative and senator. This is a sample letter you can send about the Convention of States Project. Please feel free to personalize it as much as you like! Dear ______, Almost everyone knows 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 make changes to the federal...
  • My Call to C-Span's Washington Journal

    11/21/2013 5:26:59 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Some True Believer, a rat congressman named Doyle, was just on C-Span. Incredibly, I got through on the first try. My question to him was going to be: "Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said the nation would have to wait until congress voted for Obamacare before we'd find out what was in it. Congressman, do you think it is proper in a representative republic for congressmen to vote for legislation they haven't read?" Halfway through a democrat caller's diatribe, my line went dead.
  • The COS Project Timeline: Phase One (Convention of States)

    11/19/2013 3:28:33 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Convention of States ^ | November 19th 2013 | Anne Reiner
    The Convention of States email account has been flooded with inquiries about our projected timeline: “How many states have applied?” “When will the convention happen?” “We need this now!” We love these questions, but we’d like our volunteers to understand something first: this is not a get-rich-quick scheme. The Convention of States Project is following a carefully planned process, and each step must be given an appropriate amount of attention. The state legislatures have to be in session, our applications needs to be sponsored, and we need volunteer leadership in every key state. This doesn’t mean we’ll sit around spinning...