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  • Outflank the Uniparty - Article V

    05/26/2017 2:14:52 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 26th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Court and Country. Article V opponents and some proponents view the Article V COS movement through the lens of our national political parties. The time is long past to dislodge oneself from this paradigm. To remain in this mindset is unhelpful at best, and destructive at worst, because the two national parties are one Uniparty incapable of reforming the racket that serves its members so well. Professor Angelo M. Codevilla coined the term, “Uniparty” in 2013. His explosive article nudged many conservatives to accept what they long suspected, that among the top echelons of the two parties there is...
  • After Manchester Jihad Massacre, UK Troops to Occupy…UK

    05/24/2017 1:26:31 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | May 23rd 2017 | Robert Spencer
    UK to deploy troops after attack, risk now ‘critical’: May,” Reuters, May 23, 2017: Britain’s armed forces will be deployed to boost security, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, as the country raised its terror threat to the highest level of “critical” after a suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children. May said members of the armed forces would be positioned at key sites to free up police for patrols and military personnel might be deployed at public events such as concerts and sports events as a further attack was seen as potentially imminent. May said...
  • Tom Coburn's New Book Explains How an Article V Convention Can Bypass a Corrupt Congress

    05/23/2017 4:06:30 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 21st 2017 | Jeff Reynolds
    Saying that Washington, D.C., is irrevocably broken and is structurally incapable of fixing itself, former Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has long advocated for an Article V Convention of States to propose new amendments to the Constitution. Now, Senator Coburn has written a book about it. In Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government, Coburn explains how an Amendments Convention would bypass a corrupt Congress to return the federal government to the control of We The People as it was intended. According to Coburn, there are lots of symptoms, but the disease is a...
  • Faith in Truth

    05/22/2017 1:46:45 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 22nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Over the course of my life I watched the Left evolve from a counter-culture phenomena into authoritarians. Along their journey, they necessarily deny self-evident truths. When I was a kid, the Left engaged in discourse. I watched them on William F. Buckley’s Firing Line. All of the big libs showed up to engage Mr. Conservative. I learned that while groundless opinions are eventually destroyed, rational arguments and judgments are confirmed over time. I believed that for most of my life. Today, I’m not as sure. In a new high school course on the Constitution during my junior year (1971), I...
  • Loathing and Loving the Congressional Review Act

    05/19/2017 7:09:20 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 19th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: How to Neuter the Administrative State. Newt Gingrich’s 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA) is a Constitutional counterthrust to an unconstitutional fact of life. Presented in the form of regulations, the executive branch writes most of the laws we live under, in violation of Article I § 1. Loathing the CRA. In this inverted reality of legislative power, unelected bureaucrats write the laws for the nation. Agencies do not submit proposed regulations for congressional approval. Instead, in our corrupted system, regulations go into effect unless congress and the president stop them! I loathe the CRA because, without saying, it elevates...
  • Federalism, Globalism, and Islam

    05/15/2017 1:53:58 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 15th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The four bullets below are from a lengthy column by blogger Fjordman at the Gates of Vienna. He makes the case for federalism, of local free government by an engaged demos, people with common traditions and values. It’s a great term. In future posts I will use ‘demos’ frequently and interchangeably with We the People, and the sovereign people. Thank you Mr. Fjordman: • There must be a demos. That is, there must be a group of people with a shared pre-political loyalty. This common understanding would include mutual identification and trust between leaders who implement policies and the general...
  • Justice v. Social Justice Part II

    05/12/2017 2:27:45 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 12th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Missing Preamble. In Part I we examined Justice from the standpoint of the Declaration of Independence, and concluded that no law or scotus opinion can be just if it violates Natural Law. Laws and scotus opinions which harm society violate Natural Law, the first of which is self-preservation, and are therefore unjust. Here, in Part II, from the same viewpoint of justice v. social justice, we will inspect the Preamble of our Constitution and scotus corruption of first principles. In the Preamble, We the People issued a mission statement, the reasons the demos of the United States joined...
  • Justice v. Social Justice Part I

    05/08/2017 1:43:04 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 8th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The enduring crime of scotus is the enshrinement of social justice feel-good nostrums as rights. Over the course of two posts, I will differentiate between justice and scotus-derived concoctions, social justice that assault our senses and society. To this end, my attention is drawn to the Declaration of Independence and Preamble of our Constitution. I will connect the ‘just’ of the Declaration and ‘Justice’ of the Constitution’s Preamble, and their mutual reliance on Natural Law. We will find that no court decision can legitimately harm the societal foundation of our republic. Equivalently, if a newly discovered 'right' from scotus harms...
  • On Republican Education

    05/05/2017 1:53:55 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | May 5th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Perhaps the most prominent commonality among conservative authors and bloggers is their emphasis on first principles, and the application of them to modern times. Everything flows from first principles. Since laws and traditions connect to the past, great truths will not appear until we see the chain which links them to others. Our Framers studied the past, yet were not slaves to it. They let experience be their guide as they applied first principles to their British and colonial heritage. As Charles de Montesquieu showed, and our Founding generation demonstrated, the first principle, the spring from which republics emerge and...
  • Revenge of the Bureaucrats, Part II

    05/04/2017 11:02:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Convention of States ^ | May 4th 2017 | Convention of States Project
    Under the Obama administration, non-elected bureaucrats worked to expand their power over the daily lives of the American people. Now they have a new target: President Trump. The Washington Free Beacon reported today that a White House security analyst had his top-secret clearance revoked as retribution for Trump’s appointees and policies. That analyst will no longer be permitted to work for the White House, and the Trump administration will have to find someone to replace him. This incident is part of a potentially larger move by D.C. bureaucrats to politicize security clearances to punish President Trump for appointing conservative aids...
  • Charlie Brown Republicans

    05/02/2017 2:37:48 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 2nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    I cast my first vote in 1972. I was four months into my eighteenth year, and pulled those levers with pride. Unlike republican Rome, America doesn’t have a formal coming of age ceremony in which teenagers leave adolescence, don a toga, and are recognized as men worthy of self-government. When I voted for Richard Nixon, I felt the rush of being a citizen, of one burdened yet privileged to partake in the civil society and having a say in local, state, and national affairs. Since then, I never missed a congressional election . . . until 2016. While I voted...
  • Sloppy Joe Society

    05/01/2017 1:37:42 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 36 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 1st 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Recollections from Pre-Politically Correct America. A welcomed respite from the drudgery of learning multiplication tables in my third grade was Thursday lunch at the school cafeteria . . . sloppy joes! Forget today’s lean beef craze; this delicacy was wonderfully greasy and delicious. Notwithstanding Michelle O’s national lunch menus, I don’t recall a single fat kid in my homeroom class. The working-class neighborhood of my youth was multi-ethnic. In Leftist terms, it was diverse. My friends were mostly second and third generation Italian, Irish, and Polish. Of course, we called each other Dagos, Micks and Pollacks and somehow never...
  • The Ideal of Non-Party Government

    04/28/2017 1:40:58 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 28th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Among the features of the ideal republic is the absence of factions and political parties. As per James Madison, a faction is a group of citizens, either a majority or minority, united and actuated by some common passion or interest adverse to the rights of other citizens or the aggregate interests of the community. A political party is typically a collection of factions. Imagine if every representative, senator, president, and bureaucrat took the Preamble of our Constitution to heart, and selflessly dedicated themselves to secure the Blessings of Liberty to themselves and their posterity. This is the public virtue hoped...
  • 230 Reasons to Support a Convention of States

    04/25/2017 1:34:26 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 41 replies
    Convention of States ^ | April 24th 2017 | Mark Meckler
    You can tell a lot about a man by his enemies, and I’d say the same thing is true about an organization. The Convention of States Project is using Article V of the Constitution to save the Constitution, because our Founders predicted the federal government might grow so large, corrupt, and unwieldy that it would never voluntarily restrain itself. They realized the citizens would need to reel it all back, so they gave us a tool in Article V to do just that.  Though we are just a grassroots organization, we are animated by the spirit of our founders –...
  • On the Corruption of Liberty

    04/24/2017 2:29:44 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 24th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The meaning of words change over time, which presents problems to historians and patriots alike. Liberty, being so important to the American psyche, is one such word. With that in mind, hang on for a rocky read. Few words conjure more and varied impressions than the word, ‘liberty.’ Long before the American Revolution, liberty was the means to overthrow a tyrant, or alternatively, of appointing a chieftain whom all were obliged to obey. In the 17th and 18th century, no other political ideal was invoked more often, but with less precision. As opposed to today, where many view liberty as...
  • As the Anti-Constitutionalists Mount Their Opposition . . . (to Article V COS)

    04/23/2017 1:39:36 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 25 replies
    Convention of States ^ | April 17th 2017 | Convention of States Project
    Full Title: As the anti-constitutionalists mount their opposition, be sure to stay informed with our Article V resources. The anti-constitutionalists are getting nervous. Radical activists on both the left and the right who support the status quo have realized that the Article V movement is taking off, and they're beginning to mount an opposition. Don't get caught flat-footed. Get informed. Be prepared to defend the Founder's solution to federal overreach with the resources located on the Responses to Opposition page on our website. Here you'll find clear, concise answers to all the most common objections to an Article V Convention...
  • Federalism, Freedom and Diversity Part II

    04/21/2017 1:03:00 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 21st 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Federalism Thwarts Consolidated Government. Federalism describes the vertical division of power between the national and state governments. When Constitutional government is limited to its enumerated powers by a federal senate, the states are free to develop and retain their uniqueness, to keep their largely homogenous interests, habits, and mores. This is diversity. THIS is how republican government is sustained across a vast continent. Federalism keeps consolidation at bay, and makes diversity a reality! However, overnight, the Seventeenth Amendment transformed a stable, federal republic into a wild and unstable democratic form. Being unanchored by senators formerly loyal to the Ninth...
  • Federalism, Freedom and Diversity Part I

    04/17/2017 3:45:38 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 17th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Can an extensive nation keep free government, promote diversity, and avoid centralization? In 1787-1788, the Anti-Federalists didn’t think so, and the Federalists couldn’t be sure. Charles de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755) wrote in The Spirit of the Laws, “It is natural for a republic to have only a small territory; otherwise it cannot long subsist. In an extensive republic, the public good is sacrificed to a thousand private views.” Only in small republics, ideally of the Greek city-state size, are private interests and abuses minimized, and the general welfare of the public is better understood and within the reach of...
  • Where Les Deplorables?

    04/14/2017 1:50:37 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 14th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Hillary Clinton ignited a firestorm a few months ago when she publicly called half of Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables.” Hillary’s saggy speech was on September 9th, and is worth watching again, both for her hubris, and for the reminder of what our nation and the world avoided. Recognizing a hanging curveball when they saw one, Team Trump jumped at the opportunity, and hit a grand slam, Deplorables Unite (Do you hear the people sing) one week later. ‘Welcome to all of you deplorables!’ Trump boomed as thousands screamed ‘Trump! Trump! Trump!’ and ‘We love you!’ Trumpsters embraced the...
  • My Email to Filibustering Nebraska Senators

    04/10/2017 12:31:31 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 10th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    A quick blurb. It is flashing red siren alert time for the Convention of States movement. Hopefully everyone who is signed up with COS received an email to contact six Nebraska senators who are filibustering LR6, the Convention of States Resolution. Should the single house legislature pass this resolution, Nebraska will be the eleventh state to apply for an Article V convention. For what it is worth, below is my email to these senators: Senator Lydia Brasch: Senator Matt Hansen: Senator Tony Vargas: Senator Bob Krist: Senator Sue Crawford: Senator Adam Morfeld: Dear Senator,...