The Left Is Apoplectic about “American Sniper”

An NBC correspondent said some of what motivated Cris Kyle overseas was a “racist killing spree”.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/397481/nbc-reporter-chris-kyle-went-racist-killing-sprees-iraq-brendan-bordelon

Anything that “offends” Progressives (please keep it up) involves racism. There’s no bottom to the low they’ll go, no idiotic rationalization they won’t use.

Michael Moore said snipers are cowards.

Elite liberals are devastated that they have no influence on ordinary Americans and it’s eating them alive to see pro-American “American Sniper” possibly become the biggest R rated movie of all time. They’re pathetic at Traditional Values and in Business.  They stink at everything.

Ten times more Americans than first estimated will lose employer-based health insurance under Obamacare: CBO

Ten times more Americans than first estimated will lose employer-based health insurance under Obamacare: CBO

By Rick Moran

The latest data on Obamacare analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office shows that 10 million Americans are likely to lose their employer-based insurance by 2021 as companies dump their workers onto the Obamacare exchanges. That’s 10 times the number originally projected by the CBO. About 1 of every 16 workers will be affected.

The latest CBO report has not garnered a lot of attention, even though it contains the modestly good news that Obamacare is not costing as much as the CBO thought it would in 2010. That said, another reason the left and the administration may not be touting this news is that the report also says that after a decade of Obamacare, there will still be 31 million people without health insurance – a number that has gone up every year the CBO has issued a report.

via Blog: Ten times more Americans than first estimated will lose employer-based health insurance under Obamacare: CBO.

Former Defense Intel Chief Blows the Whistle on Obama

From AmericanThinker.com

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/01/ten_times_more_americans_than_first_estimated_will_lose_employerbased_health_insurance_under_obamacare_cbo.html

“Former Defense Intel Chief Blasts Obama,” Jan 27, 2015 • By Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard

Lt. General Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, blasted the Obama administration’s approach to the War on Terror in a hard-hitting speech to a meeting of intelligence professionals.

“The dangers to the U.S. do not arise from the arrogance of American power, but from unpreparedness or an excessive unwillingness to fight when fighting is necessary,” Flynn said, in an unsparing critique first reported by the Daily Beast.

Michael Flynn

The Obama administration doesn’t understand the threat, Flynn said, noting that the administration refuses to use “Islamic militants” to describe the enemy.

“You cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists,” he said.

The administration, he continued, wants “us to think that our challenge is dealing with an undefined set of violent extremists or merely lone-wolf actors with no ideology or network. But that’s just not the straight truth.”

via Former Defense Intel Chief Blows the Whistle on Obama –.

ANSWERS TO ARGUMENTS AGAINST A CONVENTION TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

COS RESERVATIONS ANSWERS TO RESERVATIONS
BETTER and “SAFER” ALTERNATIVES TO COS

To restore Constitutionalism it’s more effective to focus on education about Liberty/Civic Duties/Heritage, Citizen Mobilization, Nullification by states, support/recruit/endorse Constitutionalists in local and national elections, publish and explain both our Constitutional emergency and Constitutional literacy through every outlet and forum possible.

Are there any other remedies to restoring the Constitution on the scale of Article V?

The only convention needed is “one which will correct the mindset of millions who believe that a member of their favored political party who votes unconstitutionally is better for our country than a member of the other political party who votes the same way.”

Why not an “all the above”, including COS (which Shane Krauser encourages so often)?

Isn’t Article V the Constitution’s own emergency self-repair tool?

Is our society so deformed that the remedy which the Founders’ prescribed through 1 of only 7 Articles, devoted just to the two option amendment process, which was so critical in their prophetic foresight (about the states option), and without which ratification would have been impossible?

A video demonstrating the mathematical impossibility of ever achieving a majority of Constitutionalists in Congress.

There’s no potential remedies to restoring adherence to the Constitution on the scale of Article V; though it should certainly not be the only strategy and possibly could not succeed without multiple other movements of liberty underway.  But its magnitude, I believe, is contributes to the evocation of Conservative opposition to it.

“We can continue to do only what we have been doing, with continuously worse results—-or we can use the tool the Founders gave us to address the situation. Unlike some Americans, I’ve not been beaten so badly into submission to limit myself to the former or to fear the latter.”

“The amendment proposed by the 1861 Washington Conference Convention, which consisted of commissioners from the state legislatures. The timing was one of extreme division and extreme crisis. It made today’s situation look like a picnic. The convention’s charge was to devise an amendment that could stave off civil war. Despite enormous disadvantages—including the fact that there were no James Madisons in the room—the convention succeeded. Because the states hadn’t applied quickly enough under Article V, however, the Washington gathering had to rely on Congress to do the formal proposing, so it didn’t happen. But if the states had acted quickly enough, and given the Washington convention Article V powers, the resulting amendment might well have staved off the Civil War and (incidentally) put slavery on the route to extinction. Not to act quickly this time is to commit once again the mistake of 1861.”

SHOULDN’T A POTENTIAL CONVENTION PRIORITIZE REPEALING EXISTING AMENDMENTS?

Amendment 14 “validity of the public debt by the United States, authorized by law”

Repealing the 14th, 16th and 17th

What precedents indicate this clause applied to any time period beyond post-civil war?

I’m not knowledgeable enough, yet, to comment on what appears to be these three unlawfully added amendments, but at least the 16th and 17th certainly deserve repeal by new amendments.

The COS organization is recommending that state applications include 3 major subjects for which the convention could propose amendments to provide structural changes that would greatly limit 1) spending, 2) terms of office, and 3) jurisdiction of the central government.

WHY ALTER THE CONSTITUTION? 

“Strict adherence to our current Bill of Rights would accomplish far more than creating new rules to be ignored when inconvenient”

“Using the “tools our founders gave us” on 15 December of 1789, constitutes just as good a plan as a new convention with new tools but with no guarantees of a good outcome”

“Vote out those who ignore the law.”

An Article V Convention draws its authority – and its constraints – from the existing Constitution.

COS is strictly for the purpose of restoring the original meaning of the Constitution through drastically needed structural changes to diminish the extreme extra-constitutional overreach government has been “sanctioned” to gain by over 120 years of faulty Supreme Court interpretation.  Would that the government could otherwise be forced to strictly adhere to the Constitution and we could replace all the lawless legislators!

Among the reasons our Constitution is the longest standing in the world is that it provides the mechanism for its own orderly and lawful revision.

Our Constitution has been Amended 27 times. Each time, the process invoked Article V (part of the 238 year old  “body” of the Constitution, not an amendment).  Article V was written to allow Congress and the States – acting in a Convention of the States – equal standing to PROPOSE amendments.  The States need a way to propose amendments that constrain the Central government – which Congress will not propose.

Perhaps some think that only our esteemed experts in Congress should exercise the Article V right to propose.  The framers recognized that only Congress-friendly proposals would result from Congressional proposals.

UNQUALIFIED DELEGATES

There’s too much risk in allowing a convention that would be administered by commissioners lacking adequate wisdom, knowledge and character with an electorate mostly oblivious to the drastic restoration to Constitutionalism that is needed.

How Do States Choose Their Delegates?

For such a gigantic accomplishment to be attained through a successful application process by at least 68 state houses which would not occur without a huge grassroots movement (granted; not by just Conservatives) making urgent supplication for a COS to their representatives and many Christians like myself praying earnestly as they have done with so many major victories in the homeschooling movement (we homeschooled 5 children); and in light of the many convention precedents (“the debate has proceeded almost entirely without knowledge of the many multi-colony and multi-state conventions held during the eighteenth century [11 between 1776 and 1786]….universally accepted convention practices and protocols….which shaped the meaning of Article V” Robert Natelson, Founding Era Conventions and the Meaning of the Constitution’s Convention for Proposing Amendments, Florida Law Review, May 2013.) and after numerous application attempts by states over the years and all the rulemaking that will accompany the COS; I think it stretches credulity to fear there will not be an adequate percentage of well qualified and prepared delegates and state legislators with numerous safeguards in the entire process and well defined commissions from their state legislatures.  (Read “Reopening the Constitutional Road to Reform: Toward a Safeguarded Article  V Convention” by Michael Stern (previous Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives), published in the Tennessee Law Review and Rob Natelson’s “Convention of States: A Compendium for Lawyers and Legislative Drafters”.

“As the instrument came from them, it was nothing more than the draught of a plan, nothing but a dead letter, until life and validity were breathed into it, by the voice of the people, speaking through the several state conventions.” James Madison in Congress, April 6.

Mark Meckler’s reasons to switch from helping lead the national Tea Party to founding Citizens for Self Governance which is sponsoring COS , is applicable here.

CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE ON COS

How correlated is the moral dimension of liberty to Biblical integrity, in the restoration of a Constitutional Republic?

How committed to Convention of States should a Christian be?

Biblical integrity includes obedience to the mandate to be salt and light, to pursue justice, to counteract evil tyranny, and to uphold/defend our inalienable endowments.  Of all people, Christians should possess the most pragmatically compelling and spiritually/emotionally/intellectually inspiring definition of liberty.  I believe this particular COS movement led by Michael Farris, Mark Meckler and Rob Natelson (there’s at least 8 other major COS efforts underway; mostly Conservative) is bringing a revival of an understanding and accompanying mobilization for liberty; providing a tremendous (if not unparalleled) opportunity to understand liberty in its extremely palpable, practical and dynamic nature. My definition of liberty is the inspiration and power to wield individual moral responsibility.  Unfortunately most people, even most Conservatives, have no definition of liberty, or at least a definition worth defending with our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
LENGTH OF TIME REQUIRED TO SEE THE NEW AMENDMENTS RATIFIED

The potential of consequential amendments being added to the Constitution through a COS within a few years is impossible.

Reaching the 34 states threshold for applications to Congress could be completed by the end of 2015.  I don’t believe it is possible that Congress could either delay the ensuing convention in early 2016 or the subsequent ratification process which could occur as early as 2017.  As soon as 34 states have delivered their applications, I believe there will be tremendous momentum to expedite the process because of such widespread commitment on the part of citizens and legislators, even to the point of Congressional re-elections being jeopardized should they resist  this movement.
GOVERNMENT WON’T CEDE POWER AND WON’T ADHERE TO NEW AMENDMENTS DRAFTED BY THE STATES

John Adams:  “Human passions unbridled by morality and religion with avarice, ambition, revenge, and gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

Congress wouldn’t suddenly obey the Constitution.

COS advocates “believe there is a “magic bean” out there which will suddenly reverse 150+ years of usurpation and criminality.”

“The ignorance, apathy or political party partisanship of the electorate that would place criminals such as we have today right back into positions of power regardless of the results of said convention.”

“Congress currently conducts illegal votes and passes unlawful and unconstitutional legislation.”

“National Debt Relief Amendment…any increase in the debt limit approved by a majority of the state legislatures…that would rely, not on human nature, but on checks and balances. Had we adopted it in the 1990s, we would not have the financial problems we have today.”

“49 state constitutional rules requiring a balanced budget. They began to be adopted after several states went bankrupt from overspending in the, presumably more virtuous, 1840s. They have worked well enough to preserve the states from further bankruptcies—even states run by “criminals”—for over 150 years.”

“Experience shows that the very same people (even “criminals”) can act very differently under different rules and in different contexts. Historically, state legislators, for example, have acted differently in the convention context than in other contexts. Experience also shows that changing the rules both (1) alters who gets elected and (2) alters how people act after being elected. Constitutional amendments have proven particularly effective in changing the rules of the game”

“The amendment rests largely on mutual checks and balances rather than any positive view of human nature.”

“Congress probably would never have been proposed the Bill of Rights had not Virginia and New York made the immediate threat of an Article V convention.”

THERE ISN’T A STRICT PROTOCOL AND JURISPRUDENTIAL MODEL FOR AN ARTICLE V CONVENTION, INCLUDING WHETHER IT IS A FEDERAL OR A NATIONAL CONVENTION AND THE PROCESS FOR SELECTED DELEGATES

Article V Conventions have evolved through numerous rebrandings.

Ratification is no guarantee; it, too, can be changed in convention.

The convention could “runaway” or otherwise not conform to historical legal precedent and pre-determined rules.

The 1787 Constitutional Convention was initiated without complete conformity to the requirements of the Articles of Confederation. The delegates exceeded their state and federal requirements.

A Convention to propose amendments could produce a completely new Constitution.

US Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger wrote in 1983:  “‘There is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional  Convention…it will be too late to stop the convention if we don’t like its agenda’ “

The extensive historical record (though largely documented by Federalists) reveals much consistency in convention methods, procedures and rules with none of the efforts under national control.

Fortunately, as the book “Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution” says, “the historical record is massive”

The convention is strictly for the purpose of proposing amendments, not for determining the ratification process.

“Those who continue to promote the “runaway scenario” have not chosen, or have not been successful, in overcoming the obstacles for reviewed scholarly publication. Given that the obstacles are not all that high, I attribute that failure mostly to the weakness of their case.”  Amendments outside of the assigned subjects could be proposed for consideration but could not be ratified.

The Constitutional Convention was a result of the five states at the Annapolis Convention asking their state legislatures to appeal to the other 8 states to hold a convention of “the several” states to render the federal constitution “adequate to the exigencies of Government and the preservation of the Union”.  The delegates did not exceed their home state-designated authority.  Two states restricted their delegates to only propose revisions to the Articles of Confederation.  Some states chose to require approval by Congress in order to participate.  Congress immediately approved the convention but without legal authority to control it.

“The mode preferred by the convention, seems to be stamped with every mark of propriety.  It guards against that extreme facility, which would render the constitution too mutable; and the extreme difficulty, which might perpetuate its discovered faults.”  James Madison, Federalist 43.

Renaming the Convention is part of the fear campaign.  Those who oppose the Framers’ would have you believe that an Article V Convention makes law.  An Article V Convention drafts PROPOSALS – which must then be Ratified by the States’ legislatures.

Each State will have its own method for commissioning delegates.  This is appropriate:  They are sovereign entities and they have complete jurisdiction over this process.  (We are the United States of America, not the Uniform States of America.)

Conventions of the states were common in the Founding era.  As a result, there exists an entire body of law governed by precedent.  Among the most important:

1.      Each Sovereign Entity (State) gets One Vote without regard to population size or # of delegates sent to the Convention.  Were it a popular vote, the most populous states would have the greater say.  The framers intended that this Convention empower the combined State Legislatures in counterweight to the Federal Government.

2.      Mason’s Rules Of Order

3.      Assembly of State Legislatures is convening regularly to study the historic record

Misnaming the Convention infers that a Convention called under Article V is unmoored from Constitutional constraint. Warren Burger does not take the provisions of Article V into account in this opinion.

The scope of Convention is fixed by the application language of 34 state applications which Congress recognizes to be in simultaneous agreement. No other proposals qualify for subsequent ratification.

CONGRESS HAS TOO MUCH CONTROL OVER THE ARTICLE V “CALL” FOR A CONVENTION. 

Congress makes the rules for the convention.

Article V says Congress “calls” the convention. Does this mean they control the Convention and choose the delegates?

This is a gross, a-historical, misinterpretation of the “call” which Congress never exercised with control over the proceedings.  It consists only of naming the time and place for the Convention.
THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION COULD BE SCRAPPED OR WEAKENED BY A COS COS is not a Constitutional Convention at all.  It can only draft reform proposals that don’t exceed the scope defined by the essentially identical convention applications of at least 34 states.

ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF STATES CONSTITUTIONAL EMERGENCY ACTION RESOURCES!

I hope and pray you realize that your Federal Constitution Article V State Legislature bi-partisan responsibility, in light of our central government’s drastic violations of the Constitution, compel you to support a Convention of States.

Dear Colorado State Affairs Committee member,

I hope and pray you realize that your Federal Constitution Article V State Legislature bi-partisan responsibility, in light of our central government’s drastic violations of the Constitution, compel you to support a Convention of States.

You have no higher duty to Colorado and your constituents, despite your extensive State Legislative responsibilities (like my own Representative, Don Coram).

Some are intimidated by the magnitude of an Article V Convention but what solution do you propose for restoring our Constitutional Republic that compares with the magnitude of our Constitutional Emergency?  If you’ve researched this you know there’s extensive legal tradition and precedents for state conventions, preceding and following 1987.

Would you kindly notify me whether you are supportive of Lori Saine’s Resolution for the Colorado General Assembly to apply to the U.S. Congress for a Convention of States? 

Here’s the essence of the application Lori (and Kevin Lundberg) is proposing: “The legislature of the State of Colorado hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States 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.”

Hundreds of Colorado Convention of States’ volunteers are following up our State Director’s (Patricia Anthone) mailing to each of the Legislators in which she sought your pledge to support Lori Saine’s resolution. It would be a great service to your constituents to help us focus our time and energy appropriately by notifying us of your position and for you to take leadership on this issue of massive and historic importance.

Three states have applied to Congress for a Convention of States.  Thirty more states have legislators advancing a COS resolution.  The leaders of COS believe a Convention for proposing Amendments could occur in 2016.  Over 80,000 citizens from 95% of the 4,861 U.S. State House districts have signed the online Petition at www.conventionofstates.com to compel their State Representatives to support COS.

My article “Constitutional Emergency” is at https://climber.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/state-legislators-and-article-vour-last-best-hope/

Please let me know if you’d like to receive any of the following:

1) A meeting with our Legislative Liasion, Rick Radditz (Rickrad@me.com303-720-9913) to explain more about COS.

2) An extensive list of resources for researching Article V.

3) A list of arguments rebutting underinformed, cynical, fear-based views against a Convention of States.

Do you believe America’s State Legislators and Citizens don’t have the wisdom and virtue to accomplish this?  Why not use this huge movement to help counteract Constitutional illiteracy?

Here’s an extremely helpful 2 minute video on COS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdsjrVR-JUk#t=21&channel=UCC0eXtGEMvjxpdYQl2LUiVw

How will our government be restored to its Constitutional mandate (that’s all an Article V Convention would address) without State Legislatures using their Amendment V power to:

1) Reduce Congressional and Supreme Court terms of office

2) Reduce government jurisdiction (restore the correct application of the welfare clause and the commerce clause)

3) Reduce Government pillage of the taxpayers and not enslaving your children to our national debt.

Thank you very much for your prompt response of “Yay” or “Nay” and thank you for serving all the people of Colorado, as well as our entire nation.

–Jeff Hogan

Colorado Convention of States District Captain

deltanorthfork@gmail.com

www.about.me/jeff.hogan

www.conventionofstates.com

957 Well Sourced Examples of Obama ‘s Corruption. Yes, Nine Hundred Fifty Seven. Just as bad as Bush eh?

Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of. His campaign promises were so much better sounding than anyone else’s – no lobbyists in his administration, waiting five days before signing all non-emergency bills so people would have time to read them, putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN, reading every bill line by line to make sure money isn’t being wasted, prosecution of Wall St. criminals, ending raids against medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, high levels of transparency. Obama’s promises of these wonderful things sounded inspiring and sincere. They sounded so much better than the promises of any other President. So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.

via 957 Well Sourced Examples of Obama ‘s Corruption.

A nation united: 11 states considering Article V, more to join in coming weeks – Convention of States

It is so often said that the nation is “divided,” or “polarized.” The pundits and politicians tell us the fight is between the left and the right, conservatives and liberals or Democrats and Republicans. They are very wrong. The nation is indeed divided, but the divisions are not really the ones they want you to believe.

The divisions they promote are designed to create a fake fight. It is manufactured spectacle in order to divide We the People against ourselves, so that the ruling elite in Washington, DC, and those who feed the spectacle and profit from it in the media can maintain their power. The real fight in America is between the ruling elite, and We the People. And for the most part, We the People are united against that ruling elite. Need evidence?

This week the Convention of States project has demonstrated a unity of purpose against the overreach of the federal government that spans all regions of the country. Literally in only the last week, resolutions were filed calling for a Convention of States to limit the power of the federal government in Massachusetts and New Hampshire (New England / Northeast), New Jersey (East), Virginia and South Carolina (South), Missouri and Nebraska (MidWest), North Dakota (North), Wyoming (West), Arizona (Southwest), and in Montana (Northwest). Many more states will be filing in the coming weeks. We the People are united in our fight against the overreach of the federal government.

We the People are standing up, fighting back, and reclaiming our heritage, and that national heritage knows no state or regional boundaries. The states created the federal government, and gave it limited enumerated powers. Congress and the President have far exceeded these powers, with the cover of the federal courts. But We the People have reached the limits of our patience and tolerance. And we intend to use the power reserved to our state legislatures in Article V to call a convention to propose amendments to restrain the federal government.

via A nation united: 11 states considering Article V, more to join in coming weeks – Convention of States.

In Memoriam – James O’Keefe Sr.

James O’Keefe, the most effective investigative journalist there is, exposing corruption in high places, tells about the legacy of his Grandfather.

“This month we are in the process of building our field operations into an elite unit of highly trained highly skilled videographers to be deployed at moments notice any place in the country. We’ve hired an Emmy award winning TV producer, field directors, the best lawyers and support staff with the financial support of thousands of people constantly and generously giving to us.

While money is necessary, the price tag for a successful investigation is also drive and courage of our reporters whose raison d’etre is to make the status quo do the impossible — with a mission to bring veritas to the vulgate, or truth to the people.”

via In Memoriam – James O’Keefe Sr. – deltanorthfork@gmail.com – Gmail.