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  • Progressing the Constitution -The Ninth Amendment Part I

    12/03/2018 1:32:07 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | December 3rd 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Over the next few squibs I will show why Scotus has no Constitutional business fabricating rights. As opposed to its assumed authority to invent rights, it is instead duty-bound to defend the Constitution. Like the rest of the Bill of Rights, the Ninth Amendment deserves equal protection from the Scotus. Despite this presumption, Scotus has generally interpreted the Ninth Amendment in a manner that denies the sovereign people’s prerogative to assert the rights that Scotus is Constitutionally bound to accept.1Background. Thanks to the assurances of James Madison and other Federalists, the draft Constitution made its way unscathed through a rough...
  • Right Seeks Unprecedented Convention to Amend Constitution

    11/03/2018 3:05:27 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 105 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 3rd 2018 | MATT SEDENSKY
    NEW YORK (AP) — Whatever success Republicans have amassed in taking control of all three branches of U.S. government, and whatever fate awaits them as midterm elections near, some on the right are working to cement change by amending the Constitution. And to the mounting alarm of others on all parts of the spectrum, they want to bypass the usual process. They’re pushing for an unprecedented Constitutional convention of the states. While opponents are afraid of what such a convention would do, supporters say it is the only way to deal with the federal government’s overreach and ineptitude. “They literally...
  • Trump backs off executive order threat, says Congress is better path to end birthright citizenship

    10/31/2018 3:03:42 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 31, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    President Trump said Wednesday he’s still committed to ending birthright citizenship for babies born to illegal immigrants, but would prefer to go through Congress rather than use an executive order. That’s a softening of his stance from an interview published Tuesday, where he told Axios, an online political outlet, that he was preparing an executive order to test the boundaries of the Constitution’s definitions of automatic citizenship. Mr. Trump, who during the 2016 campaign had called President Obama’s executive actions on immigration unconstitutional and illegal, also cited those as precedent for his own plans. “If he can do DACA we...
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano Officially Endorses Convention of States.

    10/25/2018 2:25:15 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 56 replies
    Convention of States ^ | October 23rd 2018 | Garrett Humbertson
    Full Title: Judge Andrew Napolitano Officially Endorses Convention of States to Chain Down the Federal Government. The Convention of States Project announces an endorsement from Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst, Fox News Channel and author of nine books on the U.S. Constitution. Judge Andrew Napolitano says, “For generations, long before the Convention of States Project, I have joined many of my ideological and political friends in recognizing the need to call an Article V Convention. American history and human nature teach that Washington, D.C., will never actually restrain itself and restore the foundations of personal liberty that the Constitution...
  • Article V – Dynamic Federalism

    09/10/2018 12:45:15 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | September 10th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Over a long radio career, Rush Limbaugh regularly slammed the Congressional Budget Office for its static analysis of tax cuts. It is natural to think in linear terms. If Congress cuts taxes by X, then government revenue should fall by X. Right? Except, it often doesn’t work that way. Man and men in society aren’t linear thinkers. Sometimes the output is a magnitude larger and opposite to the input. Cut taxes by X and the output isn’t an X tax loss, but typically a dynamic increase in tax revenue several times the tax cuts. Dynamic response isn’t limited to economics....
  • Eternal Vigilance and Article V

    09/03/2018 1:32:33 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | September 3rd 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Sovereignty: Use it or lose it. Sovereignty unattended is sovereignty lost, and We the People have precious little of it left. I challenge anyone to argue that our sovereignty isn’t slipping away. Oh, it is ultimately still ours, and we can always reclaim it through revolution, but the outcome of revolution is far dicier than the minimal risk of holding an Article V COS. What is certain is government officials and institutions are exercising sovereign powers never granted. Through quiet acceptance of rogue federal court decisions and the regulatory and administrative states, We the People silently abandon that which is...
  • John Locke on Trust and Government

    08/27/2018 1:57:10 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | August 27th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Toward an Annual Article V Convention. To most historians of the 17th Century Stuart era, John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government rationalized the Glorious Revolution of 1688. At least one historian, Peter Laslett, disagrees. To Laslett, Locke’s texts were instead a call for revolutions yet to come. Not only did Locke’s philosophy call for our 1776 revolution, it reaches out to us today . . . but with a twist. Where Locke gave little attention to the nuts and bolts of how a community goes about restoring free government after its dissolution, our Framers provided the solution in Article...
  • FED up with creeping socialism, conservatives in BIG push for constitutional convention

    08/12/2018 7:36:28 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 93 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/12/2018 | USA Features
    It’s Time: There hasn’t been one since the earliest days of our founding, but conservatives — increasingly alarmed by creeping socialism, Left-wing courts, and Democratic efforts to overturn the 2016 election are now turning their attention more avidly towards a “constitutional convention.” In the days of the Tea Party movement, a book called “The Liberty Amendments” by constitutional scholar, author, talk host and former Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin sparked a modern-day convention movement that would operate much as the first “con-con” which took place from May 25 to September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia. “I think we’re three or...
  • 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...