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  • Progressing the Constitution – One Man One Vote IV

    07/16/2018 2:54:04 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | July 16th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The first distinction between Progressives and Constitutional Originalists is their polar opposite emphasis on process. Progressive couldn’t care less for constitutional process. Oh, they’ll utilize constitutional processes if they can arrive at the desired progressive conclusion, but it ultimately doesn’t matter whether they arrive at social justice via popular referendum, statute, administrative regulation, or judicial decisions. Constitutional Originalists cherish proper processes, and the most important process in the American republic is lawmaking, and limited lawmaking, by Congress. To paraphrase Edmund Burke, Originalists sniff out tyranny with every regulation or court decision, regardless of its perceived social justice benefit, which has...
  • Missouri Court Ruling Supports Convention of States as a Constitutional Option

    07/08/2018 1:51:18 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 25 replies
    Convention of States ^ | June 28th 2018 | Unknown
    Jefferson City, Mo., June 28, 2018 – A Missouri court has handed the Convention of States Project a major victory. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon E. Beetem has ruled a constitutional challenge to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4 (SCR4) is without merit. The SCR4 lawsuit was filed in September 2017. It claimed the Missouri legislature failed to follow its state constitution when it passed the COS Article V Resolution in May 2017. SCR4 is the Missouri legislature’s application to Congress calling for a Convention of States for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Calling a Convention...
  • After President Trump

    06/25/2018 12:54:59 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 14 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | June 25th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    If President Donald J. Trump (PDJT) keeps up with the winning, he’ll be the toughest presidential act to follow since George Washington. Like General Washington, PDJT didn’t come up through party ranks and didn’t owe anything to anyone when he took the oath of office. Being without political baggage and with incredible wealth before assuming office freaks out the Swamp PDJT promised to drain. Who today could possibly step up and replace him in few years? I’m not saying such a man or woman doesn’t exist. Maybe one or more are out there. If there is, and considering the rabid...
  • The John Birch Society vs. Article V Part II

    06/18/2018 1:17:05 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | June 18th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The logic that decades ago led the John Birch Society to condemn communism, big government and the welfare state mysteriously ends when it comes to the slow strangulation of liberty in post-17th Amendment America. Sad to say, but a soft relativism seeped into an organization known for stalwart defense of the republic. [snip] Relativism of a soft yet noticeable sort has, unfortunately, beset the patriots at the JBS. To the JBS, the material differences between the governing structure of the 21st century Constitution and the Framers’ 1787 Constitution are insignificant. Just enforce the Constitution we have.1 It is said the...
  • Independence, John Locke and Article V

    06/13/2018 1:04:22 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | June 13th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    When the time arrived to put independence into writing, our Founders embraced the principles of John Locke (1632-1704). Given the simplicity of Locke’s fundamentals and the popularity of his works as 18th century events cascaded into our Revolution, one doesn’t need a PhD in philosophy to grasp the elements of his theory. America would do well to relearn the precepts of the man who so influenced our revolutionary era, for within his framework is the salvation of the American experiment in free government. In his Two Treatises of Government, Locke’s starting point was not seriously questioned in America until recent...
  • Louisiana Passes Commissioner Selection Resolution for Article V Convention

    05/27/2018 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Convention of States ^ | May 22nd 2018 | Bryce Barras
    In the waning minutes of the Louisiana Legislature’s 2018 regular session on Friday evening, Louisiana legislators gave final passage to the Commissioner Selection resolution (HCR 4) offered by the Convention of States Louisiana team! The resolution provides for the selection and authority of commissioners representing the state when a convention is called to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution under Article V. This resolution (and other similar resolutions already passed in several other states) means a runaway convention is impossible. This resolution says Louisiana will send five commissioners (aka delegates) to the convention, all selected by the state legislature. Three...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Article V photoshop thread.

    02/03/2018 4:03:54 PM PST · by Nateman · 38 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Feb. 3 2018 | Nateman
    Many threads here on FreeRepublic use one of the images I've made in support of a Convention Of States (COS). I'm reaching out to the mass mind here for any ideas Freepers have for pro-Article V graphics. Better yet would be to post some graphics of your own. If you are part of the Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) crowd please post somewhere else. I'm 100% behind the COS and you have little to zero chance of changing my mind.
  • David Horowitz: Why Conservatives Need to Amend the Constitution Now

    02/03/2018 1:30:12 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 111 replies
    Convention of States ^ | February 1st 2018 | David Horowitz
    What do the John Birch Society, Eagle Forum, Common Cause and Planned Parenthood have in common? They all oppose the states’ use of Article V of our Constitution to impose and enforce constitutional limits on Washington. While it is no surprise that Marxist-leaning groups would fight, tooth and nail, to resist any plan for breaking the federal government’s virtual monopoly on policy-making, all conservatives agree that this monopoly is a perversion of our federal system. But, sadly, the Left’s propaganda and junk history have brainwashed some conservatives into opposing the states’ use of constitutional power to check federal overreach. Having...
  • A Senate of the States – The 17th Amendment Part III

    01/04/2018 2:10:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 4th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Progressives Blow Up the Framers’ Constitution. Despite the lessons of history, Progressives promote ever more democracy, which, unless tempered and limited, is like turning one’s household over to the majority rule of teenagers. Is this household arrangement fair? Sure. It is also idiocy which no parent would consider. A senate of the states, and not the parchment barriers of the Constitution stood athwart democratic rule by social justice emotions little different from that of the typical teenager.What was the 17th Amendment (17A) supposed to do? The post-17A senate was to respond to the people’s needs, and free the senate...
  • A Senate of the States: July 3rd – 10th, 1787

    11/20/2017 1:46:19 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 20th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As John Locke related in his Two Treatises of Government, the legislative power is the essence of republicanism. Despite the lessons of the great Enlightenment philosophers and the Framers’ long experience in colonial and free republican affairs, they experienced much difficulty in designing a suitable, stable, effective legislature for a young and growing society. 1 Yesterday’s grand committee met to address the basis of representation in the legislature. What compromise could overcome large state objections to parity among the states in the senate? Recall that large states feared small state dominance over taxation, and that the small would disproportionately burden...
  • A Senate of the States: July 2nd, 1787

    11/16/2017 2:15:11 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 16th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Gouverneur Morris Warns of a Uniparty. The convention slogged on as the large/small state standoff continued over the question of representation in the senate. I will follow a different course today and let a little-known Framer, Pennsylvania’s Gouverneur Morris take center stage. We can thank Morris for the precise text and prose of our Constitution. As chairman of the Committee of Style, he not only smoothed and connected resolutions, he occasionally inserted clauses on his own initiative, which the convention typically accepted as written. Where history tagged James Madison as the father of the Constitution, Morris was its acknowledged...
  • A Senate of the States: June 27th – June 28th 1787

    11/06/2017 1:26:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | November 6th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In fits and starts, often one step forward and two steps back, the convention slowly shaped the pieces to its constitutional jigsaw puzzle. Incredibly, as a few delegates seemingly wished to flip the table over and scatter the pieces, enough of the remaining delegates stood fast to grind out our beloved Constitution. On June 27th, rather than address the question of congressional powers in Resolution 6, the convention mired once again in the nature of representation, Resolutions 7 & 8. On the question of an equitable ratio in the House of Representatives: From Madison’s notes, Luther Martin (MD), the State...
  • A Senate of the States: June 14th – June 18th, 1787

    10/23/2017 2:11:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 23rd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    June 14. William Patterson (NJ), spooked by the developing Virginia Plan, asked for a one-day adjournment to work on an improved federal design. June 15. He submitted the New Jersey/Patterson Plan. The Committee of the Whole will take up the amended Virginia and New Jersey Plans tomorrow. June 16. Since I previously blogged my observations of the New Jersey Plan here, I intended to overlook the proceedings of June 16th. However, the day had an impact on the issue of proportional v. equal representation of the states in the senate and is therefore worth a look. John Lansing (NY) and...