TO CON-CON OR NOT!
American’s as a whole don’t have much time left as Americans as our liberties are being stripped away, little by little, piece by piece on a daily basis.
Our legislators, although mostly responsible for the mess we are in, will try to tell you they can control this – but wait! State legislators have for years voted against calling on Congress to convene an Article V convention over the past several decades because of the “lack of control”.
Advocates claim they can control such a convention and it would be a “limited” convention. Limited in what way and by whose leadership?
All over America parents are finding their wishes and desires for their children being ignored. We ask our legislators not to sign treaties among other things and they ignore us. We are seeing legislation that should be left to the State’s being taken over by the Federal government. I believe this is happening because of the $$$$ pouring into certain people’s pockets rather than the “good of the people as a whole” being their primary consideration. This is being perpetrated by both men and women on both sides of the political halls. We Americans are finding it harder and harder to tell one from another.
Why do I say that? Because History, (you remember that don’t you?) is repeating itself and we are following the same old dog down the same road “making the same mistakes” over and over again about everything that is being legislated – and what do you get? The same results – sometimes even worse!
Over the past fifty plus years America has been on a course of destruction not only by the leadership of elected leaders and their egos, but those from outside our boundaries who wish to erode our very life, liberty and existence.
I believe it is time for the American people to really focus on the 2014 ballot boxes and make the commitment to replace any elected official who has been involved in bringing this country to her knees in the name of Money, Power, Control and the 21st Century! And that will be almost all of them, both parties, no matter how long they have been elected.
The talk about a “Constitutional Convention or Convention of the States” (Con-Con) quite frankly frightens me to death. The part that bothers me the most is the total lack of control on our part – the taxpaying “non-delegates”.
There is a strong surge in this movement and I can only hope it is because “they” believe they are doing what is best for America but they haven’t done their research. The actions they are planning on taking if they garner enough support is like “pouring gasoline on a full-fledged fire”.
If our elected legislators were doing their jobs in representing us we wouldn’t even be having this discussion. There would be no need for a Con-Con. Congress has allowed the president to rule our country and legislate by Executive Orders along with defiling the very existence of the Constitution on a daily basis.
Our Constitution sets the “agenda” for the federal government. The agenda the Constitution sets restricts the federal government to war, international relations & commerce; and domestically, the establishment of a uniform commercial system: a monetary system based on gold & silver, weights & measures, patents & copyrights, a bankruptcy code, and mail delivery (Art. I, Sec. 8, cls.1-16).
And because NONE of the House Republicans seem to know that our Constitution sets the agenda, and they also don’t know that our Constitution enumerates the powers delegated to the President, they are allowing Obama to carry out his “agenda” to transform our Country into a fascist dictatorship.
The powers of the President are “carefully limited” and precisely defined by our Constitution. In Federalist Paper No. 71 (last para), Alexander Hamilton asks the question:
…what would be feared from an elective magistrate of four years’ duration, with the confined authorities of a President of the United States?
The answer to Hamilton’s question is this: There would be nothing to fear if Presidents obeyed the Constitution, but he doesn’t obey it because the dolts in Congress don’t make him obey it!
The granting of the “executive power” to the President is not a blank check giving him power to do whatever he wants. The “executive power” is merely the power to put into effect – to implement – those Acts of Congress which are within Congress’ enumerated powers.
So now we are back to the fact the current president of the United States is “usurping” his authority according to the Constitution of the U.S. However, Congress is ignoring this fact and “allowing” him to continue with these actions on his “Friday afternoon Executive Orders”. This country is being run by edicts or Executive Orders rather than legislation.
We as taxpayers have seen our elected officials, both locally and nationally, over the last 20+ years totally ignore our wishes and desires. Why would any smart, logical thinking American believe that we could put our trust in something as important as this with our legislators being the ones to pick the delegates to represent us? There is no guarantee in this process. We already have a “cart running loose across this country without a horse leading it” – who do we think is going to be in control of a Con-Con?
Most conservative proponents of a Con-Con have claimed that they only want to bring on a constitutional convention for the limited purpose of proposing one or a few amendments, such as a balanced budget amendment, a national debt relief amendment, term limits, etc. We have been told any such constitutional convention would not be limited as to which amendments would be considered, how they would be changed, which one’s would be eliminated and therefore it could become a “runaway convention.”
And will they take a vote from the voters as to what Amendments they want changed or in regard to any new ones – the answer to this is NO! Prior approval – NO!
In recent years one prominent Con-Con proponent argued that in a close historical study of how states choose and instruct delegates to various conventions in the founding era including the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and how these conventions were conducted, proves that there is no danger of a runaway constitutional convention in our day.
This argument is not very persuasive given in 1787 all of those men participating were NOT politicians, had no alternative agenda’s and were forming a new government and country. That is not the case today. Ruled by POLITICIANS rather than PATRIOTS, the majority of our elected officials are serving self and not the people.
How can we be sure that the customs and procedures of 200 years ago regarding constitutional conventions will be adhered to today when large portions of the Constitution itself are no longer being followed? In fact, many of our elected officials tell us the Constitution needs to be changed, eliminated, is out dated, not for the 21st Century and that we need to start over!
Our reigning president is supposedly a “Constitutional Attorney”. They say he taught Constitutional Law at the Chicago School of Law but there is no proof of that. I don’t even believe he ever took any classes in college. Given Obama’s refusal in adhering to the accepted formality of releasing his college records, his whole background to me is a sham. I’ve had a feeling that Obama had stand in’s for his lack of personal attendance and it was they who secured his college degrees. I’ve always felt that Obama is a manufactured man. This theory would certainly support no one remembering him having been at Harvard Law School.
And it has been widely reported he is the only person to have ever been the head of the Harvard Law Review and never written a paper. He even lied about having written his own book – Bill Ayers did, but then Bill Ayers and he were not friends just causal aquaintances.
Are you really willing to trust those governing us today to “appoint” delegates to follow OUR wishes to be in “our best interest” or the wishes and desires of the POLITICIANS? We know things are not right, but jumping from the “frying pan into the fire” is never a good idea – especially when you are doing it on blind faith.
One of the “evils” Levin and his cohorts claim would be eliminated by an Article V con-con is the runaway federal spending spree. In fact, Nick Dranias and others have pushed for a con-con that would be empowered specifically and exclusively to consider a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA). Why?
The law requires that, by the first Monday in February, the President submit to Congress his proposed Federal budget for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1. Through the budget process, the President and Congress decide how much to spend and tax in any one fiscal year.
But this has not been done because of pure POLITIC’S! So how is a Con-Con going to solve this problem? At this point in history, all of this is nothing but words and promises.
Let’s look at the promoters of this. What could possibly be the motive for Levin, Hannity and some others for pushing for this? These people have all kinds of researchers at their disposal and they cannot see the danger this would impose on an already damaged country on the brink of Communism imposed by most of those we are expected to trust? Americans may not all be awake, but they are not stupid!
Why instead are they not promoting Patriots for office and thoroughly “cleaning house” of all these long sitting POLITICIANS who could care less about the American people? Because they are part of it! Today they crucify any Patriot that tries to stand up for what is right.
On page 14 of “The Liberty Amendments” Levin quotes from James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention as to Col. George Mason’s forceful argument on September 15, 1787, in favor of adding a provision for the states to have the authority to call a convention for proposing amendments “if the Government should ever become oppressive, as he verily believed would be the case.”
Well, “if the Government has become oppressive”, (and it has) WHY WOULD WE EVER PUT THE VERY PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT OPPRESSION IN CHARGE OF CONDUCTING A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION????
Since the “Declaration of Independence” states “that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness” and since Article V provides a constitutional method for bringing about a convention of the sovereign people of the United States for achieving this, we have to agree that the proponents of an Article V convention have the right to pursue their goal of bringing about such an unlimited convention.
However, we must interject immediately, such an unlimited convention would be extremely dangerous to the Constitution, given the lack of knowledge and lack of commitment to the Constitution on the part of most of the voters and/or legislators who would determine the composition of the delegates.
The solution must be to bring the federal government back into compliance with the Constitution through voter education campaigns and state nullification laws.
I would like to remind you of what George Washington said about the egos of selfish men in his farewell speech. Do we have another George Washington in the wings? Probably – more than one – but the fear of retaliation by those currently in power is probably keeping them silent. Please read Washington’s speech more than once, keep it handy and re-read it and remember what our fore-fathers sacrificed to give us this great country and at the same time think about how our government is being run today.
Immoral, broke, with a lack of principals, and allowing other countries to tell us what direction we should be taking – that is where the majority of this administration want’s us.
Samuel Adams stated in 1776 the founders had done everything possible to make the idea of socialism and communism unconstitutional. “The Utopian schemes of leveling (re-distribution) & community of goods (central ownership of the means of production and distribution) are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic and in OUR government UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”
Think about it! This is one of the best reasons I now of “not to mess around with OUR Constitution! It is a form of protection of which the Communists have been slowly trying to abolish since its inception.
They knew the best way to do that was through our Education system and they have effortlessly been at it since the late 1800’s.
The John Birch Society (JBS) has opposed calls for a modern-day Constitutional Convention for decades and seeks to work through Congress for Constitutional amendments rather than through the state legislatures to amend the U.S. Constitution. Many view a con-con as a quick way to pass amendments they think will stop the big-government juggernaut. Why would politicians suddenly start following an amended Constitution after ignoring and violating the Constitution for so long? The remedy so desperately needed to return our country to good government is to enforce the Constitution, not amend it.
JBS CEO Arthur R. Thompson introduces the Stop A Con-Con campaign and explains its importance in this video.
Ask yourself the question, “Do I trust my elected legislators to do the right thing?” Be honest, if they were doing the right thing as we stand, you would have no need for a Constitutional Convention.
A quick fix with people you don’t trust taking the authority is never a good decision.
“America is great because America is good. When America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Alexis de Tocqueville
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”