STATE LEGISLATORS AND ARTICLE V…OUR LAST BEST HOPE

“I wish the Constitution which is offered, had been made more perfect; but I sincerely believe it is the best that could be obtained at the time.  And as a constitutional door is opened for amendment hereafter, the adoption of it, under present circumstances of the Union, is in my opinion desirable.”  George Washington, letter to Patrick Henry, Sept 24, 1787

“Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.”  The Declaration of Independence

“The Constitution’s Framers foresaw a day when the federal government would exceed and abuse its enumerated powers, thus placing our liberty at risk.”  September 21, Jefferson Statement

“Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.”  The Declaration of Independence

“Continue to execute all the express provisions of our National Constitution, and the Union will endure forever, it being impossible to destroy it except by some action not provided for in the instrument itselfAbraham Lincoln

All three branches of our Federal Government have frightfully expanded their jurisdictional boundaries since Franklin Roosevelt’s statist “New Deal”. Constitutional safeguards against tyranny such as limited Enumerated responsibilities for the Federal Government, Separation of Powers among the 3 branches and the Equal-Sovereign status of the States are disappearing. The purpose of that pocket-sized document was simply to grant powers sufficient for the protection of our unalienable liberties, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence. The New Deal’s beguiling, good-intentioned Progressivism displaced both rugged individualism and our Constitutional Republic’s legal bulwark with collective “security”, central planning and a permanent ruling class. “We’re the government and we’re here to help you.”

Government’s drift from its founding principles coincides with a cultural erosion of liberty, dignity, prosperity and virtue. The values of those who are government-centric, Secular-humanist, Multi-Cultural, Collectivist and Morally Relative have supplanted the original meanings of individual and state sovereignty, the purpose of law, the Constitution’s original meaning and the framework of self-evident truths upon which the country was founded.

“Washington, D.C., will never voluntarily relinquish meaningful power—no matter who is elected. The only rational conclusion is this: unless some political force outside of Washington, D.C., intervenes, the federal government will continue to bankrupt this nation, embezzle the legitimate authority of the states, and destroy the liberty of the people. Rather than securing the blessings of liberty for future generations, Washington, D.C., is on a path that will enslave our children and grandchildren to the debts of the past.” (Senator Tom Coburn)

Our progeny are being forced into serfdom and taxation without representation by 90% of our Federal budget going only to entitlements and to paying interest on a debt of 18 trillion dollar, plus another 80 trillion due for unfunded mandates. There is no hope that remedial strategies such as electing more lawful leaders, states nullifying Federal intrusions and an increasingly aroused citizenry, will restore Constitutionalism. The video link below proves the mathematical impossibility of gaining a Constitution-adhering majority of Congressmen that include too many statists that would rather rule over a bankrupt and crippled nation which they could mold into their utopian vision than entrust it to the Constitutionalists. This video also demonstrates the superior advantage of creating Amendments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3sL2ATSoAI&channel=UCK8DVVhA07L98kbiEQ-cReQ

Our Federal Government is peopled by a dynastic ruling class operating as if their authority were unlimited with their only priority being getting re-elected. Congress has balanced the budget 5 times in 55 years, subsumed responsibility from the states in their unconstitutional grab of plenary power and rammed through Obamacare in their deceitful alliance with the President. The Executive Branch is issuing unlawful Executive Orders and Presidential Memorandums, violating religious freedom, releasing illegal alien criminals and rapists from prison, refusing to secure our borders, overturning states’ efforts to stem the tide of illegal aliens, not conducting adequate counterterrorism and discouraging domestic energy development. And worst of all, the President and Congress are rationalizing their lawlessness using invalid interpretations of our Constitution made by the lifetime appointed Supreme Court which has repeatedly failed to uphold its original meaning, especially the commerce and general welfare clauses. But hallelujah, there is a solution.

The Constitution provides a tool in Article V that’s as powerful as this societal crisis is overwhelming. In the final Federalist Paper #85, written to convince the states that the Constitution deserved ratification, and using Article V as the supreme selling point, Alexander Hamilton wrote: “We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.” The state legislators are our last best hope.

The following statement must be verbalized to our state legislators (locally: Don Coram, Ellen Roberts, J P Brown, Gail Schwartz) “For the sake of your avowed integrity, you must prioritize resolving this Constitutional emergency.” http://www.conventionofstates.com/solution “You are sworn to uphold the Constitution and are obligated to defend the rights of the people and win back the sovereign authority of the states.”

You can read about the three leaders of the National Convention of States movement here:

http://www.conventionofstates.com/national_leadership Mark Meckler was the co-founder of the Tea Party. Rob Natelson from Denver’s Independence Institute is the foremost authority on Article V. Michael Farris founded the immensely successful Homeschool Legal Defense Foundation having overcome statist resistance in numerous monumental court victories requiring the mobilization of huge grassroots efforts. This COS movement is driven by an army of volunteers who are recruiting hundreds of citizens to compel their state representatives to submit a Convention of States application to Congress. This rapidly multiplying groundswell effort currently involves 20,000 volunteers and 79,000 supporters in 46 states!

The JEFFERSON STATEMENT, drafted September 11, 2014 by former members of the Reagan Administration, seasoned Supreme Court litigators and Ivy League professors, captures the essence of Article V.

The Constitution’s Framers foresaw a day when the federal government would exceed and abuse its enumerated powers, thus placing our liberty at risk. George Mason was instrumental in fashioning a mechanism by which “we the people” could defend our freedom—the ultimate check on federal power contained in Article V of the Constitution.

Article V provides the states with the opportunity to propose constitutional amendments through a process called a Convention of States. This process is controlled by the states from beginning to end on all substantive matters.

A Convention of States is convened when 34 state legislatures pass resolutions (applications) on an agreed topic or set of topics. The Convention is limited to considering amendments on these specified topics.

While some have expressed fears that a Convention of States might be misused or improperly controlled by Congress, it is our considered judgment that the checks and balances in the Constitution are more than sufficient to ensure the integrity of the process.

The Convention of States mechanism is safe, and it is the only constitutionally effective means available to do what is so essential for our nation—restoring robust federalism with genuine checks on the power of the federal government.

We share the Founders’ conviction that proper decision-making structures are essential to preserve liberty. We believe that the problems facing our nation require several structural limitations on the exercise of federal power. While fiscal restraints are essential, we believe the most effective course is to pursue reasonable limitations, fully in line with the vision of our Founders, on the federal government.

Accordingly, we endorse the Convention of States Project, which calls for an Article V Convention for “the sole purpose of proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”

http://www.conventionofstates.com/the_jefferson_statement

Surprisingly, many people knowledgeable about the Constitution, are propagating a fear of COS because they believe the Article V convention will include too many undisciplined state delegates or they believe new Amendments will be ignored by the Federal Government. “Runaway” is a phrase repeated by those who misunderstand Article V and the precedent of 30 conventions held before the Constitutional Convention and four very significant conventions of states in 1814 (Hartford), 1840 (Nashville), 1861 (Washignton DC), and 1922 (Santa Fe).  700 Article V applications have been adopted by the states with 17 current applications for a Balanced Budget Amendment. They don’t realized the safety in requiring 34 states to submit applications to Congress that contain nearly identical topics for potential Amendments with 38 states then required to ratify any of the proposed amendments (76 legislative bodies). No amendment will pass if only 13 states oppose it. The indictment of “runaway” can only be laid at the feet of all three branches of our current Government. “The mode preferred by the convention seems to be stamped with every mark of propriety.” James Madison

There’s a Republican trifecta in 24 states, 67 Republican chambers, a tremendous grassroots COS movement, several other movements underway promoting restoration of the Constitution, and a growing anti-statist national attitude. All of these dynamics will prevent Convention derailment from leftist delegates.

Join us today and invite everyone you know to share in this fantastic venture of liberty. The resources below will equip you to learn about and promote the non-partisan Convention of States. Lacking motivation? Perhaps you should rethink your definition of liberty. Perhaps you should search your soul for subtle political correctness that has rendered you with no definition of liberty at all, at least not one that is worth defending.

Click here to view a sample application by the states for a convention to propose amendments.

Click here to watch a video of the Colorado legislature’s Keven Lundberg and Lori Saine eloquently promoting COS.

~ Jeff Hogan, December 20, 2014, deltanorthfork@gmail.com, 970-417-4165, 67180 Omar Court, Montrose CO 81401 ~

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