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Trump Love Is No Excuse To Attack Convention Of States

conventionIt is one thing for a Donald Trump devotee to share fake stories from fake websites or to tout the awesomeness and definitive certainty of online polls but it is something else altogether when one uses their love of Trump as an excuse to attack the Article V Convention of States effort.

As of today 8 state legislatures, from Florida to Alaska, have approved applications to hold a Convention of States under Article V of the Constitution for the purpose of debating and proposing constitutional amendments for state ratification.

This is an effort that began gaining traction with the 2013 release of best-selling author and talk show host Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments and has only grown since then and is going to continue in 2017 as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made making his state the 9th to join the effort to reign in the out of control Federal government as top legislative priority of his, a priority he reiterated in new book Broken But Unbowed.

But leave it up to Trump cultist logic to conflate a conservative, principled plan to save the Republic and the Constitution from liberal Statists and crony capitalist RINOs, that began 3 years before Donald Trump was ever a presidential candidate with a plot to harm The Donald that must be stopped.

Illinois Review contributor Nancy Thorner wrote Monday, “”Never Trump” people are the leaders in pushing the Convention of States. They include Eric O’Keefe (who led the delusional effort at this summer’s Republican Convention in Cleveland to deny Trump the nomination) and Michael Farris (who has continued to publicly criticize Trump). These “Never Trump” people are the new RINOS.  Failing to back the Donald Trump, do we want our Constitution rewritten by them?”

Nancy spent the majority of her piece attacking the entire concept of an Article V Convention, basing her attacks primarily off of the work of attorney Publius Huldah, who spoke recently at an Eagle Forum event in St. Louis, arguing that such an invocation of the second amendment method within Article V would result in a Constitutional Convention that would draft an entirely new Constitution.

Nancy also included some good old fashion George Soros and Koch brothers conspiracy theorizing in her piece saying, “What would prevent backers of the Convention of States from engaging in tactics of the Left, such as using secret, undisclosed big donors to finance their ConCon projects.  The secret donors may have received secret promises about what a new convention would actually do.  David Koch of the Koch brothers, who may be funding the project, supports abortion and gay rights, and refuses to support Trump.  George Soros is also pushing for ConCon, using his immense fortune to do so.”

Mrs. Thorner also used the #NeverTrump and Soros/Koch brothers lines of attack in a different Article V hit piece she wrote in July ahead of the GOP National Convention in Cleveland saying, “ConCon supporters are in step with globalists like the Koch Brothers and George Soros who are determined to take over the Republican Party using the never-used procedure of an Article V Convention as a ruse to purpose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.”

Hate to burst a good bubble but George Soros and the Koch Brothers aren’t the ones working to get enough state legislatures to approve applications to hold an Article V Convention, it has been grass-roots conservatives the nation over who have been working their state Representatives and State Senators for 3 years now that have been doing it.

This is an effort that has received scant national support or reportage outside of Mark Levin and Glenn Beck.

And yet this is an effort that has had the support of principled conservatives for a long time.

Just in our current Modern Era, President Dwight Eisenhower backed using Article V to tackle the Federal bureaucracy.

Throughout the 1970s great Free Market thinkers like Milton Friedman supported Article V to get a much-needed(then and now) balanced budget amendment.

In his autobiography An American Life President Ronald Reagan wrote of the need for the American people to use the Article V Convention of States process to get term limits on Congress, a balanced budget amendment, and a Presidential line item veto.

Even Trump surrogates Dr. Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee supported the Article V Convention effort during the GOP Presidential primary. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has also been a major supporter of the effort even before his presidential campaign.

The likes of Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, and the back benchers who will succeed them will never let any constitutional amendment that limits their power, the overall power of the Federal government, or reverses anything the “progressives” have gotten over the last 100 plus years, get the necessary majorities in both the House and Senate for them to be moved on to the states for ratification.

Under the current status quo we will never have congressional, let along, Supreme Court term limits, no state override authority of bad regulations, executive orders, or SCOTUS decrees, no balanced budget, no major tax reform(Fair Tax), no restoration of the 9th and 10th amendments, nothing.  We will continue to be stuck with continuing resolutions that fully fund the liberal agenda, a cumulative debt that will ensure future generations are born into indentured servitude, and career politicians spending a lifetime in Washington.

I’ve been under the impression this past year that Trump and his supporters hated career politicians, why would they then attack a guaranteed way of getting rid of all of them, permanently?

No one man, no one election, is going to stop the nations decay and rot from within, but maybe, just maybe, this “Break in case of emergency” Article V Convention option could if the Trumpsters would take off their blinders and realize we are going to need something with a longer shelf life than a campaign hat to truly “Make America Great Again”.

 

Louisiana 8th States To Pass Article V Convention Of States Application

conventionIn the middle of the week the Louisiana state House approved, in a 62-36 vote, becoming the 8th state to sign on to calling for an Article V Convention of States to propose and debate possible amendments to the US Constitution to limit the federal government and restore power back to the states.  The bill calling for an Article V Convention had passed the Louisiana Senate previously.

Louisiana’s legislature joins, Florida, Alaska, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Oklahoma in backing use of the Constitutions second method for generating constitutional amendments to secure such long sought after things as congressional and Supreme Court term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and reigning in the federal bureaucracies regulation writing power.

The Article V movement first began to gain steam following the publication of nationally syndicated talk show host Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments.

When the Texas legislature reconvenes next year, that state is easily likely to join those state legislatures calling for a Convention of States. During a radio interview during the week Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that recently concluded Texas GOP convention passed a priorities list for the legislative session, and adoption of the Article V application was near the top.

It takes two-thirds of the state legislatures passing Article V applications for a Convention of States to be called and any amendment that such a Convention produces still must be ratified by three-fourths of the states before it can become law of the land.

Oklahoma Becomes 7th State To Approve Article V Convention Of States Application

conventionTuesday the Oklahoma legislature became the 7th in the nation to adopt an Article V Convention of States application in the hopes of limiting the power of the federal government, balancing the budget, and placing term limits on Congress(and Supreme Court).

With the Oklahoma Senates 30-16 vote it joins, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Alaska, Indiana, and Tennessee in the effort begun in part by Mark Levin’s best seller The Liberty Amendments to get two-thirds of the states to agree to hold a Convention for the sole purpose of debating and possibly sending on to the states for ratification amendments to the constitution that would restore the system of checks and balances, give states back their rights, and right some of the other wrongs of 100 years of progressivism and socialism.

The momentum for additional states to join in the effort is gaining steam as in the last few weeks several key Democrats in the Illinois legislature voiced their support for their Article V application.

Convention of State supporters in Arizona appear to be one hurdle(as in one stubborn legislative leader) away from passing their Article V application.

Any amendment that might come out of an Article V Convention still requires the ratification of three-fourths of the states for approval.

Indiana Becomes 6th State To Pass Article V Application

conventionOn Monday the Indiana legislature, following a vote by its House of Representatives, approved its application to call for an Article V Convention of States to discuss, debate and possibly move on for ratification by the states amendments to the Constitution.

Indiana is the sixth state to file its application inline with the goals and language of the Convention of States project, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recently announced Texas Plan.

An Article V convention can be called for following the application of 2/3 of the state legislatures. Any amendment coming out of a convention would still require ratification by 3/4 of the states.

Indiana joins Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, and most recently Tennessee in signing on to the Article V effort.

Jeb! Bush Endorses Article V Convention In Breitbart Interview

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

In an interviewed that aired Friday morning on the Breitbart Daily News radio program on Sirius/XM former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave his full endorsement to the Article V convention of states process as a means of getting congressional term limits, a balanced budget, and a pet favorite of Bush’s a line item veto power for the President on budget matters similar to that sought by President Ronald Reagan in the ’80s.

In recent weeks Tennessee became the fifth state to apply for an Article V convention to debate and propose possible amendments to the Constitution that would restore the power of the states, and strenghten the system of checks and balances; joining Alabama, Alaska, Florida, and Georgia.

Jeb is also the latest in a line of GOP presidential candidates to support the Article V convention process which requires two-thirds of the state legislatures calling for a convention and three-fourths to ratify any possible amendments.  Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson have all given their support to the use of Article V.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has also recently gotten strongly behind the Article V movement with his Texas Plan to convince state lawmakers on the merits of calling for a convention and some possible amendments to restore the Republic.

Tennessee Legislature Approves Article V Application

conventionThursday the Tennessee legislature became the first state in 2016 to approve an Article V application calling for a Convention of States to propose reform amendments to the Constitution that would reign in a run away federal government.

Tennessee’s actions come weeks after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled his Texas Plan to convince state legislatures around the country to join in the state based effort to fix the messes Washington DC has created.

The Article V movement has gained momentum in recent years following the publication of best selling author and nationally syndicated talk show host Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments which spells out how and why state legislatures need to take advantage of the second means by which to amend the Constitution. It takes two-thirds of the state legislatures to call for a Convention under Article V. As with amendments proposed by two-thirds of the members of Congress, and amendment that came out of the Article V Convention would still require ratification by three-fourths of the states.

Tennessee joins Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Alaska in filing for an Article V convention specifically seeking to restore the system of checks and balances on the federal government, over the last 30 years about 20 other states have submitted Article V applications solely seeking to advance a balanced budget amendment.

In addition to Gov. Abbott, GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, and the recently dropped out Mike Huckabee have all given the endorsement to the Article V process, Rubio being the most recent doing so in a major op-ed.

 

5 GOP Candidates Supporting An Article V Convention More Important Than Ted Cruz Birther BS

conventionThe continuos chatter and endless stories this week by many of the top sites on our side about this birther BS surrounding Ted Cruz is as Mark Levin has been putting it all week “stupid”.

The ridiculous-ness got to the point on Friday that the Cruz campaign had to release the birth certificate of his mother, to satisfy the mindless drivel some are peddling.

The facts are not in dispute, it is the ability of many Cruz birthers, and the Obama birthers as well,  to accept reality and something called law, over their preconceived notions.

Yes Cruz was born in Canada, his mom is an American, his dad’s Cuban, they were working in Canada at the time.

Does that make Ted Cruz a natural-born citizen under the constitution and thus eligible to be President?

YES!

Everything from British common law, to the first immigration act passed by the every first Congress, to the words and opinions of the Founders themselves, and the law at the time of Cruz’s birth all say that the second he came out of his moms womb he was an American citizen because she was.

And that is the absolute end of the discussion.(the birth right citizenship of illegal immigrants children born in the US in a different matter for another time.)

Something else that has come up this week is an infinitely more important subject to talk about and that is the emergence on the Presidential campaign trail of the need for the calling of an Article V convention of the states to propose amendments to the constitution for possible ratification by the states.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has come out in favor of having two-thirds of the state legislatures submitting applications for an amendment convention. He wants to get Congress term limited as well as see a balanced budget amendment.

On Friday Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged his legislature to do the same, outlining his Texas Plan to restore the powers of the states and to put more checks and balances on Congress, the President and the Supreme Court.

As the Convention of States Projects website notes 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee endorsed the use of Article V quite some time ago and has mentioned it numerous times on the campaign trail this time around.

They also write that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has gone so far that he:

 testified before the Kentucky state legislature, telling legislators that they should write the rules for a future Article V convention to prepare for a balanced budget convention.  Paul said the balanced budget amendment is necessary “to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.”

Paul has also expressed support for a convention of states for term limits

When Mark Levin’s best selling book The Liberty Amendments was released in 2013 the current leader of the polls in Iowa Texas Sen. Ted Cruz whole heartedly endorsed the idea of a convention.

Dr. Ben Carson has also supported the endeavour which would  have the state legislatures send delegates to meet to debate ways to balance the federal budget, term limit Congress and the judiciary, put a veto check on the Supreme Court, reform the way government regulations are done, and otherwise revive the 9th and 10th amendments and the system of checks and balances vital to our republican form of government.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal who has since dropped out the presidential contest has also given his support to the Article V effort.

Talking about this.

Talking about having state legislatures many, if not all of whom have state representatives and state Senators running in primaries and later in general elections, being the ones to put term limits on Congress and to get our nation towards a balanced budget, and our grand children a future where they might be able to handle the debt, getting the federal government smaller, and putting society engineering lawless liberals in black robes under control should be what is all over the news and the talk of the town/water cooler.

Substance matters.

 

 

With The Support Of Sen. Rubio And Texas Gov. Abbott An Article V Convention Is Gaining Steam

Gov. Greg Abbott(R-TX)

Gov. Greg Abbott(R-TX)

Speaking at a public policy meeting in Austin, Texas Friday Gov. Greg Abbott released his “Texas Plan” a 100 page package of 9 potential amendments to the Constitution that would restore liberty and revive the system of checks and balances in our federal government.

Abbott’s plan echo’s that of nationally syndicated talk show host and author of the best selling The Liberty Amendments Mark Levin, in that they call on the state legislatures to use Article V of the constitution to call for a convention of states to debate and propose amendments for possible ratification by three-fourths of the states.  In order for an Article V convention to be called two-thirds of the state legislatures need to submit applications calling for one.

Abbott is the second major political figure in recent weeks to embrace the use of Article V to advance such things as congressional and judicial term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and other measures that would restore the powers of the states and to curtail the power of the federal government.  Prior to Abbott Florida Senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio also endorsed the notion of an Article V convention.  Fellow GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has long been a fan of the Article V convention process.

To counter the phony claims that such a convention could “run away” Gov. Abbott explicitly calls for the agenda for any convention to be set in advance and that the convention itself should not discuss anything that isn’t permitted by the state legislatures.  Should any such proposal make it to the convention under Abbott’s plan the whole Texas delegation and participation in the convention would be terminated.

Breitbart Texas has more:

Abbott said “Our government was founded on the rule of law rather the caprice of man. That rule of law flows from our Constitution. That Constitutional foundations is now so often ignored that the Founders would hardly recognize it. Until we fix that foundation by restoring the rule of law all the repairs we seek through the policies you propose will never lead to lasting solutions.”

Abbott noted the acts of this week “show cracks in our Constitutional foundation.” He cited President Obama’s action threatening Second Amendment rights even though the Bill of Rights and the Constitution was designed to protect Americans from invasions of their liberties.

“The problem is these departures from the Constitution are not the aberration, they are now the norm,” the governor charged. He said the President has repeatedly exceeded his executive powers to impose far-reaching and heavy-handed regulations on everything from climate change to healthcare reform and immigration.

The governor also reprimanded the U.S. Congress, adding, “Congress is no better. They used to consider whether a proposed law could be squared with Congress’ Constitutionally enumerated powers.” He said, “Today’s approach is captured by the former Speaker of House. When asked to identify the Constitutional authority for Obamacare she angrily replied: ‘Are you serious?’”

Not to leave the nation’s highest court unrebuked, Abbott said the U.S. Supreme Court is a co-conspirator in abandoning the Constitution. He said, “Instead of applying laws as written, it embarrassingly strains to rewrite laws like Obamacare.” He accused the Supreme Court of frequently departing from the Constitution and amending it by adding words and concepts that are not found in the Constitution.

These increasingly frequent departures from the Constitution are destroying the Rule of Law upon which this country is founded, Abbott said. “We are succumbing the caprice of man that our Founders fought to escape.”

He said the only cure for these overreaches by the federal government and its judiciary is that the states must lead the way. Abbott said these problems will not be cured by Washington, D.C.

To date the state legislatures in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, and Alabama have signed on to an Article V convention like that envisioned by Gov. Abbott and Mark Levin.

H/T to The Right Scoop for video of Gov. Abbott’s full remarks announcing the Texas Plan

*Update: Here are Gov. Abbott’s 9 proposed amendments H/T Twitchy:

I really like #6 requiring a 7 vote majority on the Supreme Court to strike down any law enacted by the states or Congress.

The rest appear to be shorter or condensed versions of what was called for in Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments

CYOGEdHWAAAXCgH

Graham In Iowa: Pushing Constitutional Amendment Banning Same Sex Marriage “Beginning Of Our Undoing”

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham

RINO South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is suffering from the delusion that he’s running for the presidential nomination, was in Iowa Saturday and said that people upset with the Supreme Courts ruling Friday that nationalized and sanctioned same sex marriage are wrong to push for a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriages and that doing so would be the “Beginning of our undoing”

Graham was at the Linn County Fair and according to the QC Times said:

“If we fight for traditional values without animosity, if we pick the right fight we’ll be fine,” the South Carolina Republican said during a visit to the Linn County Fair Saturday afternoon. “If we pick the wrong fight it could be the beginning of our undoing.”

The wrong fight would be to push for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, according to Graham, who is seeking the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

“There really is no pathway forward,” he said about the prospects of getting 67 votes in the U.S. Senate to submit a constitutional amendment to voters.

“I know people are disappointed. People think the country is changing in all of the wrong ways. I understand where you are coming from, but I’m trying to be the president for all of us,” Graham said. “If we can uphold religious liberties and do so without animosity I think we’ve advanced the cause.”

Instead of working to correct a series of horrible Supreme Court rulings this week, the amnesty supporting warhawk wanted people of faith to focus on the threat and danger of ISIS and on the economy instead of same sex marriage.

While Graham is right no amendment is likely to get the votes in the Senate in the immediate future, undoing the Supreme Courts same sex marriage ruling, the effort is and has already been well underway to address the root of the problem(and many others) via the Article V Convention of States effort and Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments.

*Update: Graham continued his attacks on people who oppose the SCOTUS same sex marriage ruling on Sunday’s NBC Meet The Press.. Breitbart has that story.  Note there are reasons, like this, why Graham is polling at 1% in the GOP field.

Sen. Coburn Talks Convention Of States With Greta And Dana Loesch

During the week former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn was on the Fox News Channel with Greta Van Susteren and The Blaze’s Dana Loesch to talk about the need for an Article V Convention of states to reign in an out of control federal government.