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  • Whatever Happened to the Articles of Confederation? Part IV

    01/18/2017 2:06:05 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 18th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Road to Philadelphia. Most narratives on the events leading to the federal convention in Philadelphia begin with the Mount Vernon meeting of 1785, in which delegates from Virginia and Maryland discussed various issues involving commerce along their common border, the Potomac River. Other narratives, like those from Article V opponents, start with the congressional call to convention in February 1787. Both neglect earlier attempts to correct the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation (AC). In previous posts to this series, we learned that congressionally proposed amendments to the still-to-be-ratified AC regarding nationwide taxation and regulation of commerce went...
  • John F. Kennedy’s Right Answer For Our Future

    01/16/2017 8:57:40 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 1/16/17 | Mike Dempsey
    “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” -John F. Kennedy, 1958 This quote is bantered around a lot on the internet by some who, I’m guessing, are middle-of-the-road or don’t like all the animosity between the parties. What most of us who yearn for less conflict blissfully overlook is an omitted sentence before the quote and Kennedy’s challenge at the end of his speech. First, his quote in the speech is prefaced...
  • Whatever Happened to the Articles of Confederation? Part III

    01/16/2017 1:42:49 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 16th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington knew like no other man of the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation (AC). From the despair at Valley Forge in 1777-78, and a congressional recommendation that he plunder the Pennsylvania countryside for supplies, George Washington and his men felt the full measure of inadequate government. On March 15th 1783, Washington prevented a mutiny of his army encamped at Newburgh NY that would have changed the course of American history. The Revolutionary War did not end with victory at Yorktown; British troops still held New York, Charleston, Savannah, and western outposts. Ironically,...
  • How Nevada politicians violate the state constitution’s taxpayer protections

    01/13/2017 12:21:52 PM PST · by VegasVictor · 2 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | January 12, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    Legislators have been skirting the Nevada Constitution to pass tax increases for 20 years, and it’s time to expose their scheme. They’re violating the Gibbons’ Tax Restraint Initiative, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that requires the support of two-thirds of lawmakers (or a majority vote of the people) on any bill that “creates, generates, or increases any public revenue.” Nevada’s local governments already can’t raise taxes unless the Legislature approves first. That should provide state taxpayers with a double firewall against local tax increases. But big government worked out an end-around. After the initiative went into effect in 1996, the Legislative...
  • Hiring Eric Holder to fight Donald Trump violates state constitution, California Republican says

    01/13/2017 11:53:10 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 24 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | Jan.12, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    A California GOP lawmaker is challenging the hiring of former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to fight the Trump administration, saying it may violate the California Constitution. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has asked the California Attorney General’s office to investigate whether legislative Democrats ran afoul of the law by retaining Mr. Holder and his law firm, Covington & Burling, for $25,000 per month to do a job that can be performed by state employees.
  • Cubans on road to U.S. distraught about newly closed border

    01/13/2017 8:53:25 AM PST · by usconservative · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/13/2017 | Lizabeth Diaz, Reuters
    [Excerpted] Cuban Jose Enrique Manreza, who sold his house and belongings to embark on a epic journey by plane, bus and on foot in pursuit of the American dream, is now stranded in a Mexican border town after Washington abruptly ended a lenient immigration policy.
  • Understanding Your Most Fundamental Rights - Part 3

    01/12/2017 9:03:03 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 1/12/17 | Bill Norton
    Your property is the sum of, or fruit of, your life and liberty. You purchase your property, not with money, but with your life and liberty. Say you make $60,000 per year and you purchase a car for $30,000 and someone steals that car. If you never get the car back what else will you also never get back? The thief has not only stolen your car, but has stolen six months of your life and liberty. You will never get that six months back or the liberty you used to work for and purchase the car. Remember your algebra...
  • Whatever Happened to the Articles of Confederation? Part II

    01/12/2017 1:41:25 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 12th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Without a formal league until just a few months before the climactic battle of Yorktown in October 1781, the fledgling independent republics of the Revolutionary War somehow managed to frustrate the most powerful nation on earth. On March 1st, Maryland, under threat of invasion by General Cornwallis, joined twelve other states in confederation. As Maryland illustrated, the first purpose of the confederation was common defense from the English Army and Royal Navy. The Articles of Confederation (AC) formalized the powers of a pre-existing congress of the states. With one vote each, Rhode Island had as much influence as Virginia. Congress...
  • School districts wants to eliminate requirement that new teachers show knowledge of Constitution

    01/11/2017 9:48:39 AM PST · by VegasVictor · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | January 10, 2017 | Victor Joecks
    State law requires prospective teachers to understand the U.S. and Nevada constitutions. If the Clark County School District gets its way, new teachers won’t have to.
  • Confirmation Hearings Begin Today – Senator Jeff Sessions 9:30am – General John Kelly 3:30pm…

    01/10/2017 8:08:37 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 7 replies
    The Conserative Treehouse ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Sundance
    The confirmation hearings for President Trump’s cabinet posts begins today with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on behalf of the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Judicial Committee Hearing Link The Attorney General confirmation hearing begins at 9:30am will be broadcast on CSPAN-3 LINK HERE
  • FRC: Libs Try to Unhinge Trump's Cabinet

    01/10/2017 7:02:44 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | January 9, 2017
    Libs Try to Unhinge Trump's Cabinet After eight years of fundamentally transforming America, most liberals aren't exactly thrilled to see it transformed back. Desperate to keep their legacy of lawlessness alive, the Left is taking the surest path to protecting their "progress:" fighting the leaders who would unravel it and return law and order to America. With the New Year came a new intensity to knock down any cabinet nominees of President-elect Donald Trump's who pose a threat to President Obama's radical gains. To their disappointment, that seems to be almost everyone. The cabinet Donald Trump is assembling has been...
  • Whatever Happened to the Articles of Confederation? Part I.

    01/10/2017 2:02:28 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 10th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Question of Sovereignty. Didn’t the Framers violate the Articles of Confederation (AC) when they drafted the Constitution? Weren’t the AC the supreme law of the land? This is the view of many Article V opponents. From Article VI of the confederation, “No two or more States shall enter into any treaty, confederation or alliance whatever between them, without the consent of the united States in congress assembled . . . “ Furthermore, from Article XIII, “Every State shall abide by the determination of the united States in congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted...

    01/07/2017 11:56:46 AM PST · by knarf · 12 replies ^ | January 7, 2017 | Kris Anne Hall
    22 minutes of "you were ready for this"
  • Chuck Schumer’s Supreme Court bluster

    01/08/2017 9:54:28 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jan. 8, 2017 | New York Post Editorial Board
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer played the tough guy last week, vowing to leave a vacancy on the nation’s highest court unless President-elect Donald Trump taps a judge he and his fellow Democrats like. But trash-talk is easy. “If [Trump and his staff] don’t appoint someone who’s really good,” Schumer huffed, “we’re going to oppose them tooth and nail.”
  • Whatever Happened to the Articles of Confederation? Introduction

    01/06/2017 2:15:00 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 6th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    “Why just do what you can overdo?” is an insider joke in my family when one of us unnecessarily complicates an otherwise simple task. Over the next few posts, I’ll look at the Articles of Confederation. Brent Dunklau, Convention of States District Captain, (HD 33 Texas) provided the spark for this series. Like many in the COS movement, he has encountered pushback from Article V opponents who fear an Article V convention will replace the Constitution, just as the events of 1787-1788 replaced the Articles of Confederation (AC) with the Constitution. To opponents, these events were like a hostile takeover,...
  • Understanding Your Most Fundamental Rights: Part 2

    01/05/2017 9:04:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 1/4/17 | Bill Norton
    Suppose you, as a good neighbor, noticed an imbalance between a couple of families down the street. The Smiths — husband and wife, no kids, yet they have two cars. Then there is the Jones family — husband and wife, five kids and no car. A difficult life the Joneses have, hard to get to work or to the store, difficult to get the kids to school. You would like to help, because you are a kind, compassionate and merciful individual, but you only have one car for yourself, your wife and three kids. You decide one day to talk...
  • Gohmert: Dems Were Basically Pardoned For Gun Sit-In

    01/05/2017 7:55:18 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 1/4/2017 | Juliegrace Brufke
    Under the new rules, those caught streaming live video or taking photos on the floor will face a fine up to $500 for their first offense, which would them climb up to $2,500. Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of New York argued the fines were an infringement on the freedom of speech, The Hill first reported. Gohmert suggested Democrats got off easy as the new rules aren’t retroactive.
  • Senator Cruz, Rep. DeSantis Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Impose Term Limits

    01/04/2017 9:42:30 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-01-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    This is an amendment every rational thinking conservative and libertarian can and must support: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) today proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. In other words, if the amendment is eventually added to the Constitution, congressmen can remain in office for a maximum of six years while senators can do so for 12 years. Presidents are already bound to two...
  • The Founders Anticipated ‘Fake News.’ Here’s What They Did About It.

    01/03/2017 7:30:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 30, 2016 | Jarrett Stepman
    Following the presidential election, numerous stories surfaced about how “fake news” influenced the results. This prompted a reaction from the media and a concerted effort by the social media giant Facebook to crack down on the phenomenon—announcing that it would in part by using liberal fact-checkers to distinguish the “real” from the “fake” news.The truth is that while the American media landscape has been in a constant state of change over two centuries, the spread of hyperpartisan, scurrilous, and even phony news stories has been more common than uncommon throughout the history of the republic.Ultimately, despite the increasingly Wild West...
  • Is Trump’s Tariff Plan Constitutional?

    01/03/2017 5:57:32 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 101 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 3, 2017 | REBECCA M. KYSAR
    Among the first steps being floated by the incoming Trump administration is a 5 to 10 percent tariff on imports, implemented through an executive order. It’s the sort of shoot-first, ask-questions-later action that President-elect Donald J. Trump promised during the campaign. It’s also unconstitutional. That’s because the path to imposing tariffs — along with taxes and other revenue-generating measures — clearly begins with Congress, and in particular the House, through the Origination Clause. When presidents have raised (or lowered) tariffs in the past, they have tended to do so using explicit, if sometimes wide-ranging, authority from Congress. The founders thought...
  • The Problem with Representation

    01/03/2017 2:14:36 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 3rd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As opposed to corruption of the US Senate, I’ve paid little attention over the course of this blog to the House of Representatives. The House isn’t involved with high profile treaties or appointments, and is far too infrequently involved with impeachments. Aside from hoping it doesn’t fall into democratic hands, it’s just sort of “there.” We dutifully vote every two years for the congressman of our choice, and that seems to be that. While few today give much thought to the topic of representation, it was high on the list of concerns during the Framing era. At the federal convention,...
  • National Sheriffs’ Association Supports Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General…

    01/02/2017 3:49:53 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 10 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 2, 2017 | Sundance
    little known fact most are not familiar with – within your local jurisdiction, unless removed by State legislative construct, the County Sheriff is the highest recognized constitutional officer in your area.... VIA TRUMP FACEBOOK) Every day members of the law enforcement community come to work prepared for anything. They understand that they are the thin blue line between a safe public and criminal activity — and each moment presents a new challenge.
  • Obama could use 5 minute window to FORCE SCOTUS PICK Garland!

    01/02/2017 1:41:47 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 121 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Jan. 2, 2017 | Ryan Saavedra
    Obama has one last chance to force his pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, on to the highest court in the land. Obama will have a 5 minute window known as “intersession recess” when he can force the move.
  • WI: Kremer Pushes Campus, Constitutional Carry for 2017

    01/01/2017 7:58:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin has made incremental progress in restoring the right to keep and bear arms in the last few years.  Representative Jesse Kremer has been an active Second Amendment supporter in the legislature. He was re-elected in the 2016 presidential year.  The state has built on the Constitutional amendment passed in 1998, with 74% of the vote. The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose Representative Kremer seems to believe that the amendment, now Article 1, Section 25 of the Wisconsin state constitution, means what it says. Wisconsin...
  • States: Tribunes of the People

    12/30/2016 2:09:06 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 30th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Along the way of researching my last two posts, I ran across The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States (1913), by Illinois Senator James Hamilton Lewis. I was hesitant to open this online book because from his Wiki bio, Lewis supported both Woodrow Wilson and The New Deal. Bleh. But, I gave him a shot and I’m glad I did. While his conclusions squint Leftward, mine do not; his portrayal of Roman government and politics struck me as factual and neutral. His text found a home on my online reference bookshelf. The takeaway lesson is that republican societies...
  • Vanity: President Trump, we need to go to Mars.

    12/29/2016 11:43:27 AM PST · by rlbedfor · 77 replies
    President Trump, we need to go to Mars. That is all.
  • Harvard Launches Fellowships in Islamic Law to Sway U.S. Policy [Heads Up!]

    12/28/2016 4:03:59 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 40 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | December 25, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PhD
    [Undermining the Constitution and the US legal system -Sharia Step #1 (my comment)] Harvard Law School has announced the launch of a series of paid fellowships for research on issues of Islamic law during the 2017-2018 academic year, aimed at influencing public discourse and U.S. policy on Sharia. According to.... Harvard’s Islamic Legal Studies Program, Intisar Rabb, the launch of the new program comes “just in time” for the beginning of the Trump administration and has the goal of “building a community of Islamic law scholars in the academy” as well as informing “policy and media discourse about Islamic law.”...
  • Obama uses last weeks to grab guns from seniors

    12/27/2016 9:03:00 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 36 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/27/16 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    In what the NRA is calling "Obama's attempt to implement the largest gun grab in American history," senior citizen veterans on Social Security very well may have their Constitutional right to own guns stripped from them. Approximately 177,000 military veterans have been snared by this gun grab already as the VA has implemented a program which prohibits vets owning a firearm if they collect Social Security and have a "representative payee assigned to their accounts to help them manage their payments and receipts." By this method, the Obama federal bureaucracy will effectively implement just what the US Supreme Court decision...
  • Understanding Your Most Fundamental Rights, Part I

    12/26/2016 9:15:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/26/16 | Bill Norton
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers by the consent of the governed,…” That quote, from the Declaration of Independence sums it all up—we all have equal rights from nature and nature’s God and laws are established with our consent to protect those rights. Once understood, these simple truths make it easier to understand the proper role of government...
  • Wanted: An Aristocratic Senate

    12/26/2016 2:10:30 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 26th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Despite our best efforts, we occasionally stumble along the way of life. On the discovery of our mistakes, we correct them, learn, move on, and hopefully avoid repetition. As our capacity to learn improves with age, we learn from the mistakes others as well. But, perhaps the wisest among us learn from the successes of others. To avoid as many of life’s natural pitfalls as possible, pay attention to the examples of the successful, good, and virtuous. That which applies to our personal lives extends to society and that expression of society, republican government. Few republican governments of any extended...
  • John Adams on Aristocracy, Democracy, and Tyranny

    12/21/2016 1:53:34 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 21st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    My previous posts regarding repeal of the horrid 17th Amendment were built on a simple republican foundation; members of republics are represented in the lawmaking body. The Constitution acts on the people and states, and both had their place in congress until 1913. In its wake, the 17th Amendment left behind a federal Constitution without a federal government. Here, I take a different tack as to why the 17A must go. I will show from the standpoint of balancing society's natural proclivities, we must reestablish a federal senate of the states. Without a strong middle institution to repel democracy, the...
  • NY Times calls for end to Electoral College

    12/20/2016 2:32:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 176 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/20/16 09:00 AM EST | Rebecca Savransky
    The New York Times is calling for an end to the Electoral College. Americans would prefer by overwhelming majorities to elect a president using a popular vote system, the newspaper’s editorial board said in a piece published Monday. “They understand, on a gut level, the basic fairness of awarding the nation’s highest office on the same basis as every other elected office — to the person who gets the most votes,” the editorial said. …
  • Politics In last-shot bid, thousands urge electoral college to block Trump...

    12/17/2016 5:37:10 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/17/2016 | Robert Samuels
    Pressure on members of the country’s electoral college to select someone other than Donald Trump has grown dramatically — and noisily — in recent weeks, causing some to waver, but yielding little evidence Trump will fall short when electors convene in most state capitals Monday to cast their votes. Carole Joyce of Arizona expected her role as a GOP elector to be pretty simple: She would meet the others in Phoenix and carry out a vote for Trump, who won the most votes in her state and whom she personally supported. But then came the mail and the emails and...
  • Let's Fight Tyranny

    12/17/2016 11:40:10 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/17/16 | Walter Williams
    The following article was published in the Jewish World Review on November 16th of 2016. By Walter Williams For more than a half-century, it has become abundantly clear that our nation faces increasing irreconcilable differences. At the root is the fact that there is one group of Americans who mostly want to be left alone and live according to the rule of law and the dictates of the U.S. Constitution while another group of Americans wants to control the lives of others and ignore both the rule of law and constitutional restraints on the federal government. Should those Americans who...
  • [Copied and retitled by blogger "Papa Giorgio" onto personal YouTube account ] Mark Levin Discusses

    Mark relates a Harvard professors view on the matter... then he reads from an excellent article at WaPo entitled, "In defense of the electoral college" ( I include a call from a typical Lib just for some shits-n-giggles.
  • Stop Whining about the Electoral College and DO SOMETHING (Amendment)

    12/16/2016 5:15:29 AM PST · by StAntKnee · 35 replies
    National Archives ^ | 1787 | Founders
    Hate the Electoral College? Act now to amend the United States Constitution. Instructions are simple. Article V of the Constitution explains, in only 143 words, how to change the parts of the document that brings you to so much pain. Here it is, in full: Article V 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...
  • Publius Huldah vs Article V Part VII

    12/16/2016 1:55:48 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 16th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Restore the Republic. In conclusion, Publius Huldah repeated, “Our Constitution is a miracle; there is nothing wrong with it except for some amendments that Americans got conned into supporting.” Ignorance is our problem. It is our duty to know and enforce the Declaration and Constitution. View her speech here.Rodney Dodsworth Response. Every worldly creation endures wear and tear, and eventual breakdown if not purposely maintained. Government is no exception. All of them are subject to corruption by their administrators and neglect of their creators. Our Framing generation knew perfection was not a quality of our Constitution. As Thomas Jefferson wrote,...
  • The upcoming religious freedom battle of 2017: Why the First Amendment Defense Act Is Not Anti-Gay

    12/15/2016 8:08:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/15/2016 | Tyler O'Neill
    Last week, Utah Senator Mike Lee announced that he would re-introduce the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in 2017, and his office said it expects the bill to pass under a Trump presidency. Democrats and LGBT activists have attacked the bill as "anti-gay" and as a smokescreen for discrimination against LGBT people. Nothing could be further from the truth. "Nothing in this bill enables discrimination against LGBT people in any way," Lee spokesman Conn Carroll told PJ Media in an email statement. "This bill would simply preserve the status quo, ensuring that federal bureaucrats do not take discriminatory actions against...
  • Publius Huldah vs. Article V: Part VI

    12/12/2016 1:37:22 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 12th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Nullification. Publius Huldah. The Bill of Rights and Constitution are ignored. Our Framers advised two remedies to enforce the Constitution. First, James Madison said our constitution requires a virtuous people to select men of virtue and wisdom to office. The second remedy is “don’t go along with the lawlessness.” State legislatures must oppose violations of the Constitution instead of eagerly taking handouts to implement violations of our Constitution. (Timeline 36:00 – 43:00. View her speech here.) Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison wrote that each state has the natural right to nullify unconstitutional federal laws on their own....
  • 2017 is Best Chance for Permitless "Constitutional" Carry in Indiana

    12/11/2016 7:56:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Permitless, or "Constitutional" carry has become an expanding trend in 2016. The number of states that do not require a government permission slip to carry a weapon for self defense, open or concealed, has jumped from seven to eleven. The four states added in 2016 were Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Indiana has always been a good candidate for permitless carry. It was one of the first states to have a shall issue permit. That was because of a judicial ruling on the Indiana Constitution, not legislative action.  From In Schubert v. DeBard (1980) Ind. App., 398...
  • Publius Huldah vs. Article V: Part V

    12/09/2016 2:05:03 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 9th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Publius Huldah. Near 30:30 minutes into her speech, Ms. Huldah posits that James Madison opposed the state convention method in Article V. She cites The Federalist #49, and a private letter from Madison to a Virginia legislator named George Lee Turberville. Rodney Dodsworth Response. Considering that Madison made provision for amendments in his Virginia Plan of Government, and his notes of the federal convention do not reflect hostility to Article V, the bar must be set high for anyone to claim that Madison opposed a state convention to propose amendments. Ms. Huldah failed to clear the bar. Those who rely...
  • TX: Constitutional Carry Bill HB 375 Filed

    12/08/2016 4:21:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Many people view Texas as an extremely gun friendly state. Texas has been becoming gun friendly, but the image has not been entirely deserved. The Texas Legislature only restored partial open carry rights last year, after banning most open carry for a hundred and thirty years after Reconstruction.  Open carry still requires a permit from the state. The permit fee is $140, putting it out of the reach of many people.  State Representative Jonathan Stickland wants to change that. From “It’s time in Texas to restore our Second Amendment rights to their originally intended level,” said state Rep....
  • The Election's Ominous Results

    12/07/2016 5:54:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 7, 2016 | Sha'i ben-Tekoa
    Yes, it is good that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, especially in light of revelations of her private email security breaches and pay-for-play administration of the State Department. If true, she belongs in prison. However, what is ominous is the number of voters who, despite all that was known of her crimes, still voted for her. This is not a sign of a healthy American electorate. It seems the same citizens who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 after his disastrous first four years voted for her. Many people who go the polls in our generation are simply not thinking....
  • Law Professor: 17th Amendment 'Disenfranchised States'

    12/06/2016 2:31:55 PM PST · by george76 · 66 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Amy Furr
    The 17th Amendment, which allowed the popular election of U.S. senators, “disenfranchised” state legislatures and altered the U.S. Constitution's checks and balances, Chapman University Law Professor John Eastman told an audience of state legislators in Washington, D.C. last week. The amendment made it easier for Congress to pass legislation, which eventually led to the massive growth in federal power that the states are still grappling with today... “What the founders did is come up with this counterintuitive notion that adding an extra layer of government would provide less government and greater liberty. And it only worked if those governments were...
  • MARK LEVIN: If you're a mindless DT groupie don't read this

    12/05/2016 5:24:41 PM PST · by conservative98 · 206 replies
    Mark Levin ^ | December 5, 2016 | Mark Levin
    Mark R. Levin Verified account ‏@marklevinshow If you're a mindless DT groupie don't read this An Inconvenient Trump? Ivanka brings Al Gore to Trump Tower to talk climat... Al Gore has Ivanka's ear. And Donald listens to Ivanka.
  • Memo to liberals: You can't burn flags AND ban hate speech

    12/04/2016 10:27:42 AM PST · by 198ml · 30 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12/4/16 | Nate Madden
    The news cycle whipped itself up into a national discussion about flag burning this week after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday. After the now-infamous tweet, countless voices on both the Left and the Right condemned the statement, each making their own arguments, most condemning the act of flag burning while defending your right to do so.
  • The Constitution's Emoluments Clause vs. the Trump empire

    11/30/2016 2:28:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 11/30/2016 | Walter Olson
    In a moment of glory for Constitution nerds, "Emoluments Clause" was trending last week on Twitter. That's the clause in our nation's founding document that bans federal officeholders from accepting favors from foreign governments without the OK of Congress. It has come to the fore in part because the operations of the Trump Organization regularly throw President-elect Trump and his family into business relations with such governments and their representatives. For example, Trump just threw an event welcoming potential customers to his newly opened Washington hotel, which is expected to do a boom business on inauguration week. Some diplomats told...
  • Hillary’s Popular Vote Holdouts on Collision Course with History

    11/28/2016 9:13:13 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 39 replies
    lifezette ^ | November 27, 2016 | by Laura Ingraham
    After complaining for months that our electoral process takes too long, now some commentators apparently want it to take even longer. Lawrence Lessig has written an article for The Washington Post saying that members of the Electoral College should ignore what they were actually elected to do, and should take it upon themselves to give the presidency to Hillary Clinton. His argument is that since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, she is the “people’s choice.” Other commentators have made similar claims, and given the general angst and unhappiness that fills so much of the commentariat these days, we can...
  • Publius Huldah vs. Article V: Part II

    11/28/2016 2:07:16 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 28th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Publius Huldah. Alexander Hamilton wrote, “The people are the natural guardians of the Constitution.” Hamilton expected us, the people, to differentiate between lawful exercise and illegal usurpation of power. If the power is on ‘the list,’ (Article I § 8) congress may do it, otherwise, congress may not. She hammers Scotus for corrupting the commerce, general welfare, and necessary and proper clauses, . . . but the nation doesn’t need an Article V convention. “Just look it up in the federalist papers for original intent,” she says.Rodney Dodsworth Response. Ms. Huldah is well-educated, which leaves me at a loss to...
  • 2.1 million-member privileged class freaking out as Trump plans to make them like people with normal

    11/22/2016 2:17:21 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Federal employees face a long overdue reckoning Give this some thought: We are a nation based on a system of federalism, which means that largely sovereign states are united under a limited federal government that performs only certain essential functions - those enumerated in the Constitution - and leaves all functions not so enumerated to the states by law. That is the idea. So how did we get to the point where a federal government supposedly so limited has 2.1 million employees? And how did that group of federal employees become such a privileged class that they're almost impossible to...