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10 states line up to limit federal power

Constitutional convention needs 24 more to call Washington to account

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By Paul Bremmer

Ten states now have taken the first step toward limiting the power of the federal government.

Officials from Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming have filed resolutions calling for a convention of states that would propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution with the express purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Article V of the Constitution gives the states the power to call such a convention. The article reads, in part:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress.”

Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance, co-founded CSG’s Convention of States Project, which is currently working to convince the necessary 34 state legislatures to pass bills calling for a convention of states.

As long as all of the applying states call for a convention to deal with the same issue, Congress must call the convention into session.

Meckler said that, in addition to the 10 states that have already filed, he expects another 15 to 20 states to file resolutions for a convention in the next few weeks.

“We will have legislation introduced in enough states to get to 34,” Meckler said.

He made it clear that filing a resolution is not enough; a state legislature must vote to pass it in order to make it official.

CSG is employing a grassroots-based strategy to gain support for a convention. The organization is trying to build a political operation in at least 40 states, getting 100 people to volunteer in at least three-quarters of each state’s legislative districts. The organization reported just days ago that volunteers had submitted convention of states petitions in 95 percent of all state house districts in the U.S.

Meckler said the need for the states to limit federal power did not suddenly arise overnight. He believes a convention like this should have been held years ago. But he thinks people are only now beginning to understand the power that Article V gives the states.

“Frankly, most people just didn’t understand that the sovereign citizen had retained that power in the Constitution, and so I think that knowledge of the power that the people have under Article V is just now reaching critical mass,” Meckler said.

Randy Barnett, professor of legal theory and director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, said it’s about time for a convention of the states.

“I think it’s one of the means that the Founders gave us to constrain the powers of the federal government, which is not about to constrain itself,” he said.

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Barnett said if the states can agree to have a convention, they should be able to agree on some amendments as well. The professor mentioned two things he would like the convention to do – impose term limits and give states the power to repeal federal laws.

“There are a lot of good ideas that have been circulated, but it’s going to be a give-and-take like all deliberative assemblies are,” Barnett said.

Meckler agrees that a convention would be able to agree on certain fundamental reforms that members of both parties support.

“Contrary to what the politicians pitch us on, and what the media tends to pitch us on generally, the nation is not as divided as they would like us to believe,” Meckler said.

He mentioned three amendments that he believes the convention would agree on. The first is term limits for congressmen and senators, the second was a balanced budget amendment, and the third was a single subject amendment, which would mandate that every bill Congress passes contain only a single subject. He emphasized that all three of those proposals have broad bipartisan support from the American public.

“So I think what comes out of a convention are things that are what I would describe as very mainstream, non-radical, that the vast majority of Americans will agree upon,” Meckler said.

Still, Meckler realizes some people will oppose a convention of the states. The John Birch Society, for example, challenged the wisdom of an Article V convention in a series of 16 questions. But Meckler is untroubled by the opposition so far.

“We’ve met some resistance, but it’s so far relatively minimal, and the resistance has come from folks who love the Constitution and some folks who mistakenly believe that somehow this opens Pandora’s Box,” he said.

Meckler said he has not yet faced any resistance from establishment politicians in Washington. However, he thinks that’s only because they aren’t paying attention to his movement yet.

“I think that pushback from the establishment will come, because they like the perks and the benefits of centralized power, and we’re trying to disperse that power back to the people where it belongs,” he said.

If the states do end up calling a convention, the historical weight of the moment will not be lost on Meckler. It would be the first time the states had ever exercised their right under Article V to call a convention to amend the Constitution.

“This is a tool that was given to us in 1787 in the Constitutional Convention, and it was literally drafted for moments such as this, when the American public felt that the federal government had exceeded the bounds that were intentionally placed upon it by the founders,” Meckler said.

He continued, “And we’ve never used it before, which is really extraordinary. And so to use it for the first time, to actually call a convention of states, I would say it’s in the top tier of historic moments in American constitutional history.”

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Gun grabbing is NOT gonna fly!  I believe there's enough paranoia surrounding this to put this whole effort on skids.  Personally, I like the idea......... keep in mind that is must be ratified by THREE FOURTHS of the States....... it won't be controlled by the northeast or the large city populations!  Another idea that is being discussed is to sunset the federal agencies.  Wonderful idea!  Term limits: absolutely necessary.  How 'bout tax day being changed from Apr 15 to the first Monday in November... just before the national elections?  Another great idea.  We've tried virtually everything else... and I'm sure there was monumental reticence during the ORIGINAL Constitutional Convention............ my pennies!

Thanks Ralph Wallace for the video link. 

I also checked-out the COS and after a little while I had to quit.   I came upon and now follow - Publius Huldah's Wordpress site and was glad that I bailed on that COS movement.  

One of the Q&A's addressed on her site: "The push to impose a new Constitution by means of an Article V Convention (and using a 'balanced budget" amendment as justification) started in 1963 with the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations".  Today, it is pushed by:  Hundreds of progressive (Marxist) groups listed at https://movetoamend.org/organizations and George Soros ... [need I say more?], Michael Farris of Convention of States (COS) ...:    

Article V Convention - "How Individuals Of Insidious Views" Are Stealing Our Constitution:

https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/article-v-convention...

Georgia will certainly be a part of this--

Sorry, I don't agree. There's very little wrong with our Constitution.

'We the People' need to step up and hold our Representatives

accountable to their oaths to 'support and defend' our Constitution.

A National Referendum to hold Special Elections to replace corrupt individuals

would be a more direct way of addressing our problems.

Please make time to watch/listen to Publus Huldah in her address to an

Article V Convention - https://vimeo.com/107933176

Another alternative to Article V would be a motion of 'Nullification' by our elected

Representatives . And if that fails, it's back to 'We the People'.

Civil Disobedience is a third alternative; just refuse to comply with unconstitutional law.

Don't forget, our Natural Rights are there regardless of any manmade law or lawlessness.

Best regards to all !!!

Semper Fi - Molon Labe

Much more productive to join the common law grand jury movement & call all "officials" to accountability in that manner, beginning with compromised corporate court system. Nothing wrong with Constitution, just its practical manifestation, which is via the "hidden fourth" branch of gov't-  We the People empowered via unfettered common law juries and all learning how SIMPLE common law is and executing same in our individual  and community lives.  Knowledge empowers each to make changes.  WE are the CHange agents, & PEACEFUL & LAWFUL restoration of our country is in our hands, feet, minds & Hearts via our voices AND ACTIONS.   www.NationalLibertyAlliance.org

IMO, NLA is nothing but a scam.  I was involved initially but withdrew a couple of months ago.  I have commented about them on the Terry Trussell thread and I still feel the same way.  It is NOT legitimate, IMO.  John Darash is a fraud as far as I am concerned.  Very good arguments have been presented on the OAS site that have convinced me this is NOT a valid effort.

NLA is NOT just about John Darash, but rather WE the People taking a stand for Justice and restoration of same via local clgjs.  THis movement does in deed assist empowering and reinstatement of the "hidden fourth" branch of de jure common law government.  I differ with your opinion that "NLA is nothing but a scam."  I would be interested in specifics of HOW 'tis "NOT legitimate". 

To me that indicates one believes the people are not legitimate holders of True Power and authority, which is most certainly NOT acceptable to me, & many others, I suspect.  One in concert with many others of like mind CAN & DOES in DEED make a difference, if one maintains connection with One and patiently keeps the Faith, continuing in good works for the transformation of one & ALL, imo.  Each chooses who & what one believes and acts thereupon & bears the consequences thereof. 

Blessings & Love to ALL always in all ways... in Peace, Joy, Abundance, Forgiveness, & More   Tricia  :D

I most certainly do believe The People are the legitimate holders of True Power and authority.  I feel the NLA website offers a lot of great information; having said that, as I replied to Old Rooster below, I cannot put my faith in an organization started and headed by anyone who has assumed a different name and was not forthcoming with that information from the beginning.  I signed up and met with one of the state coordinators and even went so far as signing the oath NLA requested.  I became disillusioned after listening to several of the Monday calls and have been following a discussion at OAS which also gave rise to questions in my mind about the legitimacy of CLGJs as envisioned by NLA, not to mention the Terry Trussell debacle.

Judith, I have been involved in a discussion today over on the OAS site involving another issue, but during that discussion I posted a small piece from a Supreme Court case many of us here have already seen and read. Coincidently that article made reference to the Founding Fathers and their familiarity with "Common Law".
"The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall
be natural - born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere
to ascertain [***10] that. At common -law, with the
nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution
were familiar.......

That reference comes from the Supreme Court case of Minor vs Happersett.

This particular case and that writing has nothing to do with the discussions here except that it does make early reference that the Founders knew of and employed "Common Law" practices in writing the Constitution. Common Law is in fact a very important part of the fabric of America.

As to whether or not John Darash is a phony or a scam artist, I couldn't care less. I am not basing my opinions or judgement on him or the NLA. I will stand by the Constitution.

Ah, I have been following that discussion as well.  I would be interested in your opinion of LB's vision as to the legitimacy of the CLGJ, as well as his reply to you on that thread.  He appears to make some valid points.  (Bear in mind, I am a minnow trying to swim in the same waters as the whales!  I think, in all honesty, it will be much better for me to just keep my mouth shut, although I find it difficult not to warn people about John Darash, personally.  IMO, anyone who would change his name and not offer that information, especially with regards to such a serious topic, cannot be trusted.)

Sorry - went back and read your reply to his reply (guess I should quit now - this is getting confusing and I am tired - LOL).  I am curious that you have not been participating in GG and LB's discussion on CLGJ's.

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