Weapon Wednesday – Article V Convention of States: Backstop against Runaway Statism

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

A few years ago, former South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said: “The United States is a terminal patient on an unsustainable course. Calling an Article V Convention of States would be too risky not to attempt.”

He is more right today than even then.

The left has always been opposed to a Convention of States (COS), provided for in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, but over the last several years, as the COS movement has grown in popularity, conservatives too have come out against it. read more

WND Exclusive – If Democrats sweep, here’s an alternative to civil war

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

We have a rather odd opportunity this election season with up to four scenarios to consider, as I see things.

Unfortunately, none of our options is great.

First option is that Donald Trump wins the presidency, the Republicans retain the Senate, and the Democrats keep the House. In other words, status quo.

Second option is Trump wins, but the Senate is lost to the Dems, and the Dems retain the House.

Third option is that Trump loses, but Republicans retain the Senate, Dems retain the House.

And the fourth, what conservatives fear the most and what I will concentrate on, is Trump loses, the Dems also take the Senate, while retaining the House, giving them full control of government. read more

WND Exclusive – The Koch Brothers’ plan to rewrite the Constitution

Last week, the International Business Times wrote that the Koch brothers – yes the evil Koch brothers – “Want a New Constitution – And They’re Closer than You Think.” With a headline like this, there is little doubt of IBT’s intent.

The article regards one of my favorite topics, Article V, Convention of States. For a while now, leftist “news sites,” have been trying to scare their readers into opposing such a “radical” departure from the norm of centralized governmental authority – and largess.

Of course, they don’t describe the Convention of States in such a way. IBT, as does every other progressive outlet, must lie about the purpose of Article V and never mention the reasoning behind the article by the founders. read more

The People Must Regain the Consent of the Governed

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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We often hear, especially from the left, arguments either for or against American democracy. If you’re like me, every time I hear the word democracy mentioned as the correct form of American government, I roll my eyes and wonder if the politician or pundit is purposely trying to plant the notion in the viewer’s or listener’s mind that this is in fact our form of government, or do they just not know we have a representative republic.

I fear that in a lot of cases they just don’t understand the difference, despite being “Representatives” themselves.

Dr Larry Arnn and some students at Hillsdale College briefly covered this very topic in Hillsdale’s new online course – “Introduction to the Constitution.” Specifically, it was lesson five entitled, “Representation of the People.”

I would invite and encourage everyone to watch these short presentations and discussions, for this is not your average Introduction to the Constitution. They cover some pretty heady stuff. There are 12 segments, or mini-courses, averaging only about 9 minutes in length.

Watching these videos also allows for a fascinating juxtaposition of the knowledge of Hillsdale students vs. the pampered know-nothing snowflake variety from “mainstream” and supposed elite schools.

Having thrown off rule by the King of England, the founders had to decide on a form of national of federal government. Their choices were of course, a monarchy, a democracy or a representative republic. Obviously they were not going to return to rule by monarch, but a democracy, as attractive as this sounds, where everyone has a voice and a vote, was utterly impractical. In order to accomplish anything, every citizen would have to be present for every vote. This was as unworkable then as it would be today.
There was no way of assembling all Americans in one place every time a vote was required. read more

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

My WND Weekly Exclusive

The other reason to vote for Trump

Last week I made a choice. I made a conscious decision to cast my ballot for Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election. I wrote an article explaining my reasoning.

It appeared to be a relatively popular article, as many read it. Many also commented on it, either in the comment section, or direct email. Some of the comments were positive – however, many were not. To those who believe I have sold out – oh well. I made my case as logically and dispassionately as I could, and that, as they say, is that.

However, as the article was already fairly long, I also made a choice not to delve into the secondary issue of why I will vote for the Trumpster. There is another reason, and this is more strategic, for want of a better term – one voters may wish to heed before casting their ballot.

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Statist Blowback of the Liberty Amendments

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

I know I’m not supposed to think this and revenge is neither sweet, good nor charitable, but would it not be a wonderful spectacle to witness and be part of a movement that helps restore America and watch as all branches of the federal government can only sit by helplessly as their power begins to erode?

 

Recently, thanks in no small part to Mark Levin’s latest bestseller, The Liberty Amendments, there has been a resurgence of interest in the Constitution and states rights.

 

The states have it seems, all of a sudden, begun to reassert themselves. It’s as if we all forgot that the Constitution was written by and for the states and to protect the citizens from the very thing that afflicts us, and oppressive centralized authority.

 

I’ve written many times about how, I believe, the founders of this country were truly a gift from God, for their wisdom and prescience has not been repeated since.

 

Who else could have predicted the mess we currently find ourselves in?

 

Yet they foretold it. Why else would they have inserted Article V into the Constitution? read more