There is Little Risk in an Article V Convention of States

By: the Common Constitutionalist

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It’s not often that I disagree with my fellow conservative authors. And if I do, I rarely if ever outwardly express that disagreement. But I’m making an exception to voice my disappointment of one “conservative” author who wrote about the potential “dangers” of an Article V Convention of States.

The article is entitled “A Convention of States is Not Without Risks.”

Right off the bat, I thought – oh here we go – another attempt at persuading the less informed of the dangers of an out-of control, free-for all, convention. As if anyone can propose anything and the idiot States will just line up in favor, like so many lemmings.

The author begins by attempting to win over the right, by writing that, “Patriots and Constitutional Conservatives across America are sickened and disgusted by our Federal Court Judges and our Cowardly Congress filled with ‘Demon-crats and RINO’s’ who have largely ignored the will and wishes of the citizens and voters for decades.”

This of course will cause “Constitutional Conservatives” to stand up and cheer.

But then he ventures down the road that many fearmongers have by stating that, “We must recognize however, that there will be ‘deep blue liberal’ states present at any such Convention; Deep Blue New York, for example, is, alongside Deep Red Texas are two of the eleven states whose legislatures have called for a Convention of States.”

The 11 States that have made application are, in no particular order, AK, GA, FL, ND, TN, LA, AL, IN, MO, OK, AZ, and of course TX. Funny, but I don’t see NY there. read more

So Who is Really in Charge of Immigration

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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It’s obvious and has been demonstrated repeatedly as of late, that the Democrat Party cares less for American citizens than it does for foreign visitors and illegal immigrants.

The Party has also exhibited a willingness to flaunt or outright break the law in doing so.

Being that the Common Constitutionalist is not an actual Constitutional scholar, I cannot say for certain if President Trump’s temporary ban of people from seven foreign nations is or is not Constitutional – anymore than I can say Obama’s was. But I can read…and think.

However, the larger and longer lasting issue is that of illegal immigration, and States and cities refusal to follow federal law. However some would consider this a gray area.

If one were to look to the Constitution, which should always be first consulted, we would see that the word immigration doesn’t appear anywhere. What does is Article I, Section 8, clause 4, which states that, “Congress shall have the Power To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization…” read more

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How state Republicans are wielding Trump power

In case you haven’t noticed, the left is in full panic mode. They are rapidly losing what was thought not long ago to be an iron grip on American politics and culture. But Heir Obama has squandered their historic pre-eminence, preferring to concentrate only on his legacy. I suppose we should thank him for this.

Americans have what seems to be a penchant for concentrating only on presidential elections. Maybe because it’s easy. We have two, maybe up to four choices for the office, and that’s it. It requires almost no effort on the part of the electorate to decide between two candidates. read more

In 2016 – State Elections are of Equal Importance

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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If we are to believe the polls, it would appear that Hillary Clinton has the 2016 presidential election virtually locked up.

As the election draws closers, polls historically become more accurate. The reason for this is that the companies who conduct polls have in their best interest to not only pick the winner, but to be as close as possible to predicting the margin of victory.

Professional polling companies live and die by polls, so accuracy is key to a good reputation – which leads to elite status amongst pollsters and to many more future contracts.

Early on, pollsters have a lot more leeway to get things wrong and even skew the election to the candidate they prefer. But as time becomes short, their livelihoods depend on getting it right. You will see a shift from polling just “adults,” to polling “registered” and “likely voters.”

Knowing this about polls and barring anything such as a Bradley/Wilder effect, this is Clinton’s election to lose. For those unfamiliar, the above “effect” is a circumstance when those being polled say they are voting for one candidate, due to not wanting to appear racist or sexist, or what they may perceive as peer pressure, but actually cast their ballot for another.

Yes, just saying President Hillary Clinton does lend itself to suicidal thoughts, I know. read more

Podcast – Obama Administration puts the Screws to Small Business – A Third Secret Agreement with Iran is Revealed

Obama’s labor department has decided it cannot wait for Congress to act, so it has enacted a rule to demand all employers, who have federal government contracts or who work on federal property, be forced to provide up to seven paid sick leave days per employee. Whether the employers can afford it is not the government’s problem. It’s part of what they claim is a social compact between government and the people.

It was well publicized that the U.S. paid a large ransom to Iran to release the hostages they snatched in January. It was part of two agreements secretly signed in Geneva, Switzerland. What most don’t know is that was another – a third agreement signed and the details have just recently surfaced. read more

Thank Heavens for the Bill of Rights

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Republicans in the Senate do occasionally find their backbones and were able to display them as they rejected four pieces of anti-gun legislation. Thank you Republicans and thank you founders for giving us the Bill of Rights.

Given the current state of the federal leviathan, imagine the condition of our individual and states’ rights without the specific declaration of those protections against federal intrusion. Turns out the anti-federalists were right to insist on a Bill of Rights!

We would have no right to own or carry a weapon of any kind without the language expressed in the Second Amendment. We on the right would have nothing specific to argue against the gun-grabbers of the left. For decades we have debated the language and meaning of the Second Amendment, but without it, our argument would be relegated to the abstract, for nowhere else does the Constitution specifically address this right. Given the nature of today’s courts – that would not be nearly enough. Thanks to George Mason and the anti-federalists, we at least have the Amendment specifying this natural right.

Our freedom of speech, assembly, religion, etc. would all be substantially abridged, if not for the First Amendment. We would have virtually no states’ rights left without the Tenth – and so on. read more

Podcast – The Common Constitutionalist Dissects Trumps WSJ Op-Ed

In this episode I sift through, break down and render my own opinion of The Donald’s Op-Ed piece he recently penned in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Let Me Ask You A Question.” In it he makes several points regarding the campaign in general and specifically pertaining to the Colorado primary, such that it was. But what having to do with Trump would be complete without a healthy dose of Cruz bashing. He gave readers plenty of that. The only thing he forgot to mention was his new catch-phrase, “Lyin Ted.” I’m sure that was a mere oversight. read more

Is Glenn Beck the Moses of the Right?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Broadcast pioneer Glenn Beck has done some risky things over the past several years. He left a cushy and high paying position at the Fox News Network. He had a vision of building a better mousetrap. No longer wanting to be encumbered by network politics and such, he left the security (and shackles) of Fox to build The Blaze, which is fast becoming a wholly independent media empire, offering all original content on Radio, TV and the internet.

Not many people would have the guts to attempt such a thing, but Beck appears to be a bit of a visionary in this regard. Now others have followed the path he has mapped, like Newsmax, PJ Media and the latest, Levin TV.

Beck predicted it would be a success and so far, he’s not wrong.

He’s also made plenty of other predictions that, through a combination of tireless research and maybe even some divine guidance, have also come true. In 1999 he told his radio audience that bin Laden would attack America. In 2004 he warned of both the housing bubble and the 2008 banking crisis. That same year he spoke of the Twelve Imam and the rise of the Mahdi in Iran. He was the only talking about it at the time.

He is the first to admit that he’s no good when it comes to timetables – just that these things will occur at some future date, barring substantial change. For this, many have just chalked him up as just that crazy, weepy, religious zealot – that Mormon. read more

Trump’s Seeming Incomprehension of State Primaries is a Big Red Flag

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Why are the Trumpists so angry at Cruz? In fact, doesn’t it seem like they are always angry at something or someone? It’s true. It’s either “lyin’ Ted,” the Washington insiders, the press, which is bit surprising considering how much free air time he is given, or whatever. It almost appears Svengali Trump has figured out that he must continually invent new villains to keep his followers amped up. This reminds me a bit of the leaders of the hard left, who must keep some form of “The Man” in perpetuity, holding down the oppressed democrat faithful, who are then told they must “struggle” against.

After Ted’s sweep of Colorado, Trump and his drones began screeching that Cruz has cheated and stole the state’s delegates. Now he is not just lyin’ Ted, but also cheatin’ Ted. As if Cruz and his people snuck in under cover of darkness, swung a gold pocket watch in front of the delegates and told them, “when I snap my fingers you will all commit to me.”

The Trump campaign, such that it is, may not like how Colorado set things up – heck I think it is stupid too, but it’s not the state – it’s the Republican State Committee – it’s the party – a private entity who set it up and they are perfectly within their rights to do so. read more

Obama’s Eleventh Hour Land Grab

by: the Common Constitutionalist

These last several months of the Obama presidency may be the most dangerous time in America’s history, at least domestically. Having nothing to lose and with time waning, Obama is throwing all caution to the wind as he attempts to push as much of his radical anti-freedom agenda as is possible before his tenure comes to a close.

A large part of his or any anti-freedom agenda is the confiscation of wealth and property from the private sector and Obama is leaving no stone unturned in his want to do so.

CFact is reporting on just one of his parting shot land grabs: the “Endangered Species Act” (ESA).

Once again, Obama and his corrupt White House machine are locking Congress out of the legislative process by using the ethereal power of executive orders (pen and phone). He has ordered the like-minded autocrats at the Interior Department to get busy rewriting and making new rules and regulations to further strengthen the ESA – and weaken us. read more