A Convention of States Will Not Fix America – part I
Many of the states’ older and more experienced leaders may have simply been too busy with the local affairs of their states to attend the Convention, which had originally been planned to strengthen the existing Articles of Confederation, not to write a constitution for a completely new national government.
1.) It is the Peoples’ duty to enforce the rules in the U.S. and State Constitutions. That can’t happen until the enforcers know what the rules are; the current constitution or any future amended constitution. How will adding another page to the constitution automatically make all pages enforced by the People?
An NFL referee can’t perform his duties to issue penalties to a team for violating the rules in the game of football if he doesn’t understand an illegal formation (5 yard penalty), offensive holding (10 yard penalty), or unnecessary roughness (15 yard penalty). As well, at the beginning of an NFL game, the referee tosses a coin to address which team will choose to receive or kick on the first play – which does not equate to which team is exempt from following the NFL rule book.
Just imagine what America would look like if all the Americans that understand the basic NFL rules also understood the basic principles in the U.S. Constitution. Imagine if those same NFL fans at a super bowl game who zealously scream and sometimes cause blood shed over a perceived false ruling by an NFL referee would also demonstrate the same knowledge and passion over government’s violation of the basic rules in the constitution (Articles I through VII). Or imagine that same NFL fan was familiar with the principles that support the Bill of Rights (first ten Amendments) which only happens to be 482 words (678 words with the preamble included). Better still if we all memorized those 482 words!
2.) A government body cannot police itself.
Although every elected and appointed official in America is required to take an Oath to the U.S. Constitution upon taking office, it is not possible for these officials to police themselves as has been blatantly evidenced with Robert’s Care (aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The Supreme Court does not have the ability to police the body that appointed them to their official position and risk losing their powerful life tenured post by over-ruling the body that can also fire and remove them from their “life tenure”. Why did Chief Justice John Roberts rule the ACA as a “tax”? It’s possible because in 2010 the vast majority of the nine Supreme Court Justices were appointed and confirmed by the very same sitting senate members that passed the ACA. What would have been the fate of these nine life-tenured justices had they defected and ruled the ACA unconstitutional? Would there have been retribution by a majority of the sitting senate members to be the first senate in U.S. history to impeach a member of the SCOTUS?
What would America look like if 51% of Americans penalized government officials for violations and replaced them? Americans can’t referee government if they don’t take the time to learn the rules. Americans can’t penalize government if they don’t watch how their legislators vote. The press won’t reveal all the violations. They only publicize the violations that sell advertising and keep Americans distracted from the more threatening government activities behind the scenes. If it doesn’t have sexually scandalous undertones, Americans don’t relate or have interest. The current day American is dependent on the press for talking points. This same press is controlled by the puppet masters that are perverting our constitutional republic.
Americans can’t enjoy freedom until they understand the definition. The definition is plainly stated in the Bill of Rights and has been summed up by Michael Badnarik in seven words: “Don’t’ hurt me, don’t take my stuff”.
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Without your voice, America is repeating the same actions that will render the same results. Our ship is sinking. Will you board the life boat and let her sink, or will you grab a bucket and start bailing? Take that first step and enforce the constitution we have now. Then, let’s look at another amendment.
What will America look like when the People enforce the greatest governing document created by mankind?
3.) There are rules on amending the U.S. Constitution as listed in Article V. The popular misconception among the People is that the People will have control over a convention of states, and not the same tyrants currently perverting the federal charter. Article V is a short 143 words. Only 56 words address a convention of states. Such a convention is made up of the several state legislatures… and the proposed amendments are ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof. There is no mention of popular vote by the People.
4.) Delegates to such a convention currently violate the constitution. The state legislatures (those charged with proposing and ratifying amendments) are made up of the very people who pervert the Bill of Rights every time they legislate (pass un-constitutional laws).
5.) Levin (author of The Liberty Amendments) proposes to ignore the current constitution and water down the amendment procedure. He proposes to decrease the amount of states required to ratify any future proposed amendments from the current 75% to 66%. The mere fact that he acknowledges breaking the current rules should be a red flag to all the people.
Until absolute answers to these questions are obvious,
an Article V convention must be avoided at all costs:
1. How will the delegates from Texas be chosen, and by whom?
2. Will the delegates from each state be apportioned by population?
3. How many states must agree in convention to submit a proposed amendment to the several states? A majority? A super majority?
4. What bodies in each state will vote “yea” or “nay” to ratify any such proposals? The State Legislators? The People at the ballot box?
5. Proponents of the convention say that one great security against a runaway convention is that only 13 states have to choose not to ratify, thus virtually guaranteeing that bad amendments won’t be ratified. Can you name those 13 states you can count on to oppose such bad amendments? The 16th and 17th amendments were passed with similar safeguards in place. Why didn’t enough States stand up against those amendments to prevent their ratification?
What insures that Article VII will not be amended (do you know what Article VII says)? Some Article V convention advocates suggest further watering down the ratification from 38 states to ratify (three-quarters) to 33 states to ratify (two-thirds). This equates to increasing the number of states by five to resist an undesirable Amendment.
50 states – 3/4=38 to amend (13 to oppose amendments)
50 states – 2/3=33 to amend (18 to oppose amendments)
6. How will the convention chairman and other convention officers be chosen?
7. How will the rules committee be chosen? This body’s work is VITALLY important to ALL aspects of the business of such a convention.
8. How will the rules of the convention be adopted? Simple majority? Super majority?
9. What if states withdraw from such a convention prior to its close of business to effect less than 38 states present and voting?
Only thirty-nine people signed the finished product of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, which is our current constitution. In all, seventy-four people were selected to attend the Convention, but only fifty-five actually attended. Some of these left before the Convention was complete, some for personal reasons, some to protest the Constitution. Others remained at the Convention until the end, but then refused to sign.
10. In convention, how many state delegate “yea” votes will be required for an “affirmative” vote to be valid from that state? Simple majority, super majority, or unanimous among the state delegation?
Our modern day “constitutionalists” know that Article V remains in its original wording, and provides only two processes for amending the U.S. Constitution. In a constitutional republic it is the Peoples’ duty to enforce the constitution, not governments’.
What will America look like when the current constitution is enforced?
How will another page to the constitution
repeal all laws that violate the Bill of Rights?