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  • Is it Time to Repeal the 17th Amendment? Two Huge Names Believe it is

    08/09/2017 1:28:17 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 57 replies
    Convention of States ^ | August 7th 2017 | COS Project
    Former Governor Mike Hucakbee and Col. Allen West believe it could. Gov. Huckabee pointed out in a tweet last week that repealing the 17th Amendment, which instituted the popular election of Senators, would ensure that Senators work for their states and respect the 10th Amendment. "Time to repeal 17th Amendment," he said on July 28th. "Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid." Col. Allen West made a similar point in a much longer piece on his website: Imagine if those GOP senators who blocked the repeal of Obamacare could be...
  • A COS to Restore the American Tradition

    08/07/2017 9:36:26 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 7th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Hundreds of articles and blog posts since the COS movement emerged a few years ago deal with the impossibility of reform emerging from those who profit so well from DC corruption. Other posts, like those scattered about this ArticleVBlog, examined the historic foundations of free government from the 17th century English philosophers down to our Revolution and Constitution. When taken together, all the events and ideas which shaped the American psyche since publication of the King James Bible in 1611 may be grouped together by the term, ‘Tradition’. Today, I appeal to that which gets so little attention, but is...
  • Obama’s Army – Organizing for Action

    07/31/2017 1:51:03 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 31st 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Both the Convention of States (COS) Movement and Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action (OFA) pursue change, but from entirely different foundations and for opposing purposes. The former works to restore the best of the American Tradition; the latter works to destroy what is left of it. I fear we are losing the war for the American Soul. While the foundations of the American Tradition are beyond reproach and easily defended, the Obamatons simply out-organize us. When I visited the OFA website [] , I foolishly expected a bold mission statement of Progressivism, a smack between the eyes with exactly what...
  • The Nature of the Law of Nature

    07/17/2017 1:44:48 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 17th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As the Article V movement grows, we COS volunteers are asked ever-more questions about Article V. While the COS website has a fine Q&A about the amendment process and safeguards, I wish to delve a little deeper here in support of a successful COS convention and subsequent state ratification debates. To the point, we will never make our goal, the return to free government, unless we are firmly grounded in America’s first principles and can explain them to others. Our nation is searching for its soul. Few are aware of the Natural Law basis of our founding and governing system....
  • NATO and Cyberwar: Will Britain Invoke Article 5?

    07/03/2017 4:23:32 PM PDT · by Twotone · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 3, 2017 | Jed Babbin
    On November 19, 1919, Congress rejected the Versailles Treaty ending World War I and with it the charter of the League of Nations which was a key part of it. Principal among the reasons for the treaty’s rejection was a provision that committed the United States, along with the other members of the League, to the mutual defense of any member that was attacked militarily. Because treaties are the supreme law of the land — second only to the Constitution — Congress refused to surrender its power to declare war. Almost thirty years later, Congress ratified the NATO Treaty despite...
  • Revolutionary Forebears: Sidney & Alinsky Part I

    06/26/2017 2:36:20 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 26th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Two little-known men had enormous influence during America’s runup to revolution. Algernon Sidney (1623-1683) and Saul Alinsky (1909-1972) were students of history and political science. Both advocated revolution when necessary, but toward opposing ends. In his Discourses Concerning Government, Sidney set out lessons learned since Biblical times in the hope that future generations would recognize and reverse emerging threats to free government. He encouraged men to be skeptical of their magistrates and institutions in order to improve them, to prod them always back toward the first principles of the nation. When the admirer of Sidney saw corruption, his first impulse...
  • Can’t fix our nation by shaking its constitutional tree

    06/17/2017 8:27:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    Often people can only take so much pressure before they seek to release it in rash and sudden ways, throwing caution and a careful consideration of consequences to the wind. There were good signs when President Trump was elected that many Americans were entering into that kind of moment. And now, with millions realizing just how widespread and deeply rooted are the problems cool-and-collected President Obama had helped us emotionally paper over, the urge to find release in rash words and deeds is kicking into overdrive. There’s talk of a “cold civil war,” a bitter longing for “national divorce,” and...
  • Death Struggle: Christianity vs. the Koran

    06/05/2017 6:22:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 5th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    While I don’t recall the first time I saw a hijab-clad woman, I know it was years after the Muslim surprise attack on September 11th, 2001. Similarly, I admit to viewing my first mosque, a shiny new one, just a few months ago. Why, only recently, and over a decade after 911, is Islam ascendant in America? The spark for this squib is Daniel Boorstin’s 1992 book, The Creators. In Chapter Eight he explores “The Uncreated Koran,” which sheds light on why Islam cannot coexist with American free government. For the moment, put aside the ongoing Ramadan Bombathon (Fifty-five worldwide...
  • Algernon Sidney and Corrective Self-Government

    06/02/2017 3:15:36 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 2nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    When governors take their nation down an obvious path to tyranny, the governed have the right and duty to apply the best remedies as they see fit. Among America’s founding generation, Algernon Sidney (1623-1683) was a favorite radical, when, almost a hundred years after publication, his Discourses Concerning Government were regarded as the textbook to the American Revolution. Standing athwart Stuart tyranny, he paid for his opinions with his life. Sidney denied Divine Right, of sovereignty in one man. Authority to rule is derived from the people for the purposes of their own safety and happiness. He further observed that...
  • Outflank the Uniparty - Article V

    05/26/2017 2:14:52 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 26th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Court and Country. Article V opponents and some proponents view the Article V COS movement through the lens of our national political parties. The time is long past to dislodge oneself from this paradigm. To remain in this mindset is unhelpful at best, and destructive at worst, because the two national parties are one Uniparty incapable of reforming the racket that serves its members so well. Professor Angelo M. Codevilla coined the term, “Uniparty” in 2013. His explosive article nudged many conservatives to accept what they long suspected, that among the top echelons of the two parties there is...
  • Tom Coburn's New Book Explains How an Article V Convention Can Bypass a Corrupt Congress

    05/23/2017 4:06:30 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 21st 2017 | Jeff Reynolds
    Saying that Washington, D.C., is irrevocably broken and is structurally incapable of fixing itself, former Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has long advocated for an Article V Convention of States to propose new amendments to the Constitution. Now, Senator Coburn has written a book about it. In Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government, Coburn explains how an Amendments Convention would bypass a corrupt Congress to return the federal government to the control of We The People as it was intended. According to Coburn, there are lots of symptoms, but the disease is a...
  • Faith in Truth

    05/22/2017 1:46:45 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 22nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Over the course of my life I watched the Left evolve from a counter-culture phenomena into authoritarians. Along their journey, they necessarily deny self-evident truths. When I was a kid, the Left engaged in discourse. I watched them on William F. Buckley’s Firing Line. All of the big libs showed up to engage Mr. Conservative. I learned that while groundless opinions are eventually destroyed, rational arguments and judgments are confirmed over time. I believed that for most of my life. Today, I’m not as sure. In a new high school course on the Constitution during my junior year (1971), I...
  • Missouri is state #12 to adopt Convention of States!

    05/12/2017 4:00:58 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 56 replies
    Published on May 12, 2017 On May 12, 2017, the Show Me State became the 12th to successfully adopt the Convention of States Article V application to impose fiscal restraints, term limits, and other limits on federal overreach. Thank you to the thousands of COS Missouri warriors!
  • Justice v. Social Justice Part II

    05/12/2017 2:27:45 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 12th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Missing Preamble. In Part I we examined Justice from the standpoint of the Declaration of Independence, and concluded that no law or scotus opinion can be just if it violates Natural Law. Laws and scotus opinions which harm society violate Natural Law, the first of which is self-preservation, and are therefore unjust. Here, in Part II, from the same viewpoint of justice v. social justice, we will inspect the Preamble of our Constitution and scotus corruption of first principles. In the Preamble, We the People issued a mission statement, the reasons the demos of the United States joined...
  • Justice v. Social Justice Part I

    05/08/2017 1:43:04 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 8th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The enduring crime of scotus is the enshrinement of social justice feel-good nostrums as rights. Over the course of two posts, I will differentiate between justice and scotus-derived concoctions, social justice that assault our senses and society. To this end, my attention is drawn to the Declaration of Independence and Preamble of our Constitution. I will connect the ‘just’ of the Declaration and ‘Justice’ of the Constitution’s Preamble, and their mutual reliance on Natural Law. We will find that no court decision can legitimately harm the societal foundation of our republic. Equivalently, if a newly discovered 'right' from scotus harms...
  • Levin: Biggest News Yesterday Was Not Obamacare … and 'This Is Going to Be an Earthquake'

    05/06/2017 1:32:13 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 211 replies
    CNS News ^ | 05/04/2017 | Michael Morris
    On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Thursday, host Mark Levin suggested that the biggest news yesterday was not about Obamacare but was instead the fact that Texas joined the Convention of the States movement, and “this is going to be an earthquake.” “You wanna hear the biggest news today, the very biggest news today?” asked Levin. “The Texas House just passed Article V Convention of States resolution. The Senate already passed it. So, Texas is state number 11, state number 11 out of 34 needed. ... “I am telling you, this is going to be an earthquake as we...
  • On Republican Education

    05/05/2017 1:53:55 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    Article V Blog ^ | May 5th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Perhaps the most prominent commonality among conservative authors and bloggers is their emphasis on first principles, and the application of them to modern times. Everything flows from first principles. Since laws and traditions connect to the past, great truths will not appear until we see the chain which links them to others. Our Framers studied the past, yet were not slaves to it. They let experience be their guide as they applied first principles to their British and colonial heritage. As Charles de Montesquieu showed, and our Founding generation demonstrated, the first principle, the spring from which republics emerge and...
  • Revenge of the Bureaucrats, Part II

    05/04/2017 11:02:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Convention of States ^ | May 4th 2017 | Convention of States Project
    Under the Obama administration, non-elected bureaucrats worked to expand their power over the daily lives of the American people. Now they have a new target: President Trump. The Washington Free Beacon reported today that a White House security analyst had his top-secret clearance revoked as retribution for Trump’s appointees and policies. That analyst will no longer be permitted to work for the White House, and the Trump administration will have to find someone to replace him. This incident is part of a potentially larger move by D.C. bureaucrats to politicize security clearances to punish President Trump for appointing conservative aids...
  • Charlie Brown Republicans

    05/02/2017 2:37:48 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 22 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 2nd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    I cast my first vote in 1972. I was four months into my eighteenth year, and pulled those levers with pride. Unlike republican Rome, America doesn’t have a formal coming of age ceremony in which teenagers leave adolescence, don a toga, and are recognized as men worthy of self-government. When I voted for Richard Nixon, I felt the rush of being a citizen, of one burdened yet privileged to partake in the civil society and having a say in local, state, and national affairs. Since then, I never missed a congressional election . . . until 2016. While I voted...
  • The Washington D.C. Axis of Evil and the need for Article V Now

    05/01/2017 12:48:28 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 48 replies
    self | May 1, 2017 | Art in Idaho
    It’s blatantly obvious Trump voters have been betrayed. I’m not blaming President Trump, I’m blaming Congress who just passed a boondoggle pork budget that goes counter to everything we voted for. It has the usual programs intact, plus several funding increases, the EPA, Planned Parenthood, Sanctuary Cities and not one cent towards The Wall. President Trump must be furious, as are we. Their excuse is "It's just part of the 2017 budget process, Trump will do 'his stuff' in the 2018 budget." I don't buy it. How many times have they kicked the can down the road before? It’s blatantly...