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  • Article V Congressional Amendments or a Convention of States?

    05/14/2018 1:39:01 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | May 14th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In the latter half of 1788 the man whom history praised as the “Father of the Constitution” opposed an Article V general convention of the states. Recall from last week’s squib the various state demands for a convention after the establishment of the first Constitutional congress. While few were entirely comfortable with the draft Constitution of September 17th 1787, Federalists in several states won over enough Anti-Federalists once they felt confident the new government would call an Article V convention to sort out the various amendments recommended by most of the eleven state ratifying conventions. Although to all outward appearances...
  • The Battle of the Coral Sea

    05/08/2018 4:22:18 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 38 replies
    Warfare History Network ^ | September 15th 2016 | John Wukovits
    World War II was less than six months old when the American public, already stunned by the debacles at Pearl Harbor and Guam, faced one of its darkest moments. Thousands of miles across the Pacific, the American commander in the Philippines, Maj. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, surrendered to the Japanese. But the tides of war often turn dramatically. Within 72 hours, American ships, planes, and sheer guts would turn gloom and despair into optimism and hope in a little-known portion of the South Pacific. The naval encounter in the Coral Sea, the lustrous waters bordering Australia’s northeast coast, would knock the...
  • Article V - Saving the Constitution

    05/07/2018 1:16:57 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | May 7th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Among the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation was the near impossibility of amending them to meet pressing needs regarding taxation and commerce. In 1787-1788, the lower threshold to amend the Constitution per Article V overcame Anti-Federalist reluctance to form a new Union. From the time the federal convention sent the draft Constitution to the Confederation Congress and states, many Anti-Federalists demanded a second convention, preferably before federal elections and the establishment of a new government. Not only the Anti-Federalists, but very few Federalists were entirely satisfied with the Constitution as written. The difference was that Federalists were satisfied that...
  • On Congressional Oversight of Lower Federal Courts

    04/30/2018 1:16:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 30th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Do Bing or Google search on “Federal Court Blocks President Trump . . . ,“ and you’ll find one lower federal court after another blocked the Trump administration from rescinding Obama’s illegal DACA, delaying the start of an EPA rule, cracking down on sanctuary cities, banning trannies from our military, and keeping dangerous jihadis out of the US. If America had a congress as institutionally proud as our Framers intended, federal district courts wouldn’t stop President Trump at nearly every turn. Our system wasn’t designed for a complacent and neutered legislature that stands by and watches judicial usurpations and tyranny.1...
  • My Cheat Sheet to The Federalist Papers

    04/27/2018 1:39:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 27th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Long ago I made the mistake of wading unprepared into The Federalist Papers. In 1970 your humble blogger was a high school sophomore who bit off more than he could chew. I found Publius’ prose thick and rambling with incomprehensible sentences the length of paragraphs. Little did I know then that the style of the primary writer, Alexander Hamilton, is among the toughest for modern readers to comprehend. Unfortunately, Glenn Beck’s The Original Argument was forty-one years into the future. Had it been around in 1970, I would have devoured it.1 So, I tossed the Papers aside and didn’t revisit...
  • Between the Confederation and the Constitution

    04/23/2018 1:30:20 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 23rd 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    James Madison and Federalist supporters of the Constitution carried the day in the Confederation Congress. Although Congress did not express explicit support, it sent the Constitution anyway to the states for submission to ratifying conventions. Most notably, Congress did not attach the amendments recommended by Virginia’s Richard Henry Lee. To Lee, amending the Constitution before ratification made simple sense. Just a few preventive amendments may mean the difference between a republic and an aristocracy likely to slide into oligarchy. So, as the Anti-Federalist forces gathered, the nationwide question remained: Should an imperfect Constitution be amended before the ratification of nine...
  • Andrew McCabe Earned Trump Tweet

    04/16/2018 12:07:04 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Howie Carr Show ^ | April 16th 2017 | Howie Carr
    Despite what some grammar purists say, sometimes it is appropriate to use all capital letters to deliver a message. Consider Friday afternoon, when President Trump tweeted out his take on the official Department of Justice reports on the gross misconduct of crooked FBI agent Andrew McCabe: You may consider that hyperbole, but not if you’ve actually studied the 35-page report. I’ve read a lot of perjury indictments over the years, but I have never seen anywhere close to the number of ways in which the Inspector General of the Justice Department describes McCabe’s “lack of candor,” as he puts it...
  • The Constitution and the Confederation Congress

    04/16/2018 2:04:21 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 16th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: When to Amend? Congress, that poor substitute for an actual government, was on the verge of collapse in 1787. Not a single state complied with the tax requisition of 1786. When the Federal Convention in Philadelphia adjourned on September 17th, the prospects of adequate tax collections for 1787 were equally dim. James Madison wrote, “The Treasury Board seems to be in despair of maintaining the shadow of government much longer. Without money, the offices must be shut up, and the handful of troops on the frontier disbanded.” Nothing but the hope of better things inspired by the convention did...
  • Kiwi Shoe Polish

    Over the years, Kiwi has been owned by a variety of corporations. For the first six decades of its existence, it was part of iterations of an Australian corporation with Kiwi in its name, all based in the state of Victoria, including Kiwi Boot Polish Co. (1913–1916) and Kiwi Polish Co. (1916–1971). The company then joined with Nicholas International Ltd, a Melbourne based pharmaceutical company producing international brands such as Aspro and Rennie. The new company was renamed Nicholas Kiwi. In 1984 it was acquired by American-based Sara Lee (at the time known as Consolidated Foods Corporation) who eventually sold...
  • Restore the Framers’ Deliberative Senate

    04/02/2018 12:51:43 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 2nd 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    To the extent that the world’s once most deliberative institution performs its duty at all, the US Senate is reactive rather than deliberative. It reacts to crises of the moment such as school/church shootings and short-term continuing spending resolutions. Unless your Congressman or senator is Ryan, Pelosi, McConnell or Schumer, it’s unlikely your representative or senator had a say in one of Congress' most important duties: appropriations. The bill was presented to the rank and file Congress on a Wednesday, which gave them scant time to read the ginormous thing before voting on Friday. This insult to the sovereign people...
  • Rule of Law Agency Reform

    03/26/2018 4:08:33 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Sue and Settle. Over the years, special interest groups skirted the regulatory process by using lawsuits that seek to force federal agencies – especially EPA – to issue regulations that advance their interests and priorities, on their specified timeframe. During this process, known as “sue and settle,” EPA would get sued by an outside party that asked the court to compel the Agency to take certain steps, either through change in a statutory duty or enforcing timelines set by the law, and then EPA would acquiesce through a consent decree or settlement agreement, affecting the Agency’s obligations under the statute....
  • Senator Mike Lee & the Article I Project

    03/26/2018 2:15:33 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | March 26th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Thanks to the 17th Amendment, which slowly neutered the senate and eventually the entire congress, an administrative state performs legislative, executive and judicial functions. Congress goes far out of its way to avoid lawmaking and oversight of the agencies it created. The final straw should have been Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Obamacare Death Panels. These agencies were set up to operate beyond the reach of the institution that created them. As such, they are even further displaced from the electorate than previous executive branch agencies. As an additional outrage, the fees and penalties the administrative state inflicts...
  • The Question of Lawmaking II

    03/19/2018 1:35:09 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | March 19th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Outsourcing the Law. Imagine turning off the news media. Imagine not just turning it off but isolating yourself from it for a month. A fishing and hunting trip without any electronic devices would do the trick. Upon your return, you find out that congress had charged, tried, and found guilty all the higher echelon Obama administration officials who abused their offices to overthrow candidate and President Trump. You are told that because the executive and judicial branches wouldn’t do their jobs, congress decided to step in and punish Obama, Rice, Lynch, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Priestap and Page. Of course,...
  • Government v. Society

    03/12/2018 1:53:13 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | March 12th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Article V opponents argue that society is too corrupt to trust to a Convention of States. Aren’t the signs all around? School shootings, fatherless homes, muslim no-go zones, barbaric gang killings, government-sponsored abortion and sale of body parts, creeping proscription of Christianity, coarse manners, illiterate high school graduates, all point to an untrustworthy culture in decline. Not only is the decay evident across the whole of society, but thanks to decades of open borders society itself is fracturing into pieces, pieces of self-serving groups intent on beggaring every other group for government goodies. To Article V opponents, societal corruption begins...
  • Why the Convention of States is the ‘Superbowl of Politics’ and the ‘Next Revolution’

    03/06/2018 2:27:14 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 5th 2018 | Mark Meckler
    Fox New’s Steve Hilton recently aired a segment on his show The Next Revolution about the Convention of States project, and it’s a great way to learn about this revolution that’s sweeping the nation. “The late Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis was famous for promoting the idea of federalism. He liked to refer to the states as ‘laboratories of democracy’ where individual states could pioneer their own ideas on issues like education and welfare. But, we seem to be heading in the exact opposite direction today. Government is getting more and more centralized in Washington D.C. Now, there’s a new...
  • Our Constitution: History’s Guide to Free Government

    03/05/2018 1:54:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | March 5th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Continuing the March of Folly. The eight Obama years felt something like a sequel to Barbara Tuchman’s The March of Folly. Didn’t you scream inside every time he usurped or ignored the law and congress did nothing about it? His election and reelection lent credence to the sorry fact that nations often disregard the lessons of history. This wasn’t so with our Framing generation. From history’s offerings they embraced the good and shunned the bad. By a large measure our Constitution is a compilation of dos and don’ts, of lessons learned from England’s Stuart Age (1603-1714). Without a written...
  • Florida Gubernatorial Candidate and Congressman Endorses Convention of States

    03/03/2018 2:23:16 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 15 replies
    Convention of States ^ | February 23rd 2018
    The Convention of States Project, a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, is pleased to announce an endorsement from Florida Congressman and Candidate for Governor, Ron DeSantis. Rep. DeSantis stated, “I’ve spent years fighting the DC Swamp, and as a candidate for Governor of Florida, I know the states need to use Article V to take the power away from D.C. The permanent bureaucracy will never voluntarily give up an ounce of its power. Florida was the third of twelve states that have already passed the Resolution, and I encourage all other...
  • The Question of Lawmaking

    02/26/2018 1:11:38 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | February 26th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    I can hear the eyes glazing over. From Article I § 1 “We the People,” in a straightforward sentence, loaned limited lawmaking powers to a Congress of the United States. What could be clearer? Despite the clarity, most lawmaking these past hundred years drifted from congress to executive branch agencies. Specialists in various disciplines from the environment, workplace and labor relations, education, energy, and the law itself (DOJ), busy themselves writing progressive regulations on behalf of the President. But, for many, the pace of transformation was still too slow. To speed societal progress, a recent democrat congress infamously exempted a...
  • Article V and Rational Revolution

    02/19/2018 1:26:30 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | February 19th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Must revolution be violent? Must men meet on the battlefield to affect change? Must revolution upend an older society and replace it with a new one? Wouldn’t a 21st century restoration of free American government without resort to violence be revolutionary? Pennsylvania’s Framer James Wilson thought so: This revolution principle--that, the sovereign power residing in the people, they may change their constitution and government whenever they please--is not a principle of discord, rancor, or war: it is a principle of melioration, contentment, and peace. It is a principle not recommended merely by a flattering theory: it is a principle recommended...
  • Give the Anti-Federalists Their Due

    02/12/2018 12:21:41 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | February 12th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In something a flashback from the Eagle’s Super Bowl victory, riot and mayhem also welcomed the draft Constitution when it made the Philadelphia newspapers. Advocates of the new plan held a majority in the Pennsylvania legislature, then in the last days of its regular session, and they attempted to ram through a statute calling for a ratification convention. To prevent a quorum, some of the Constitution’s opponents, the Anti-Federalists, made themselves scarce. The Assembly sent the sergeant-at-arms to seize enough absent members to establish a quorum, and forcibly kept them on the floor of the chamber. It is difficult today...