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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Trump, The Election, And COS (Vanity)

    01/02/2017 11:05:07 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 26 replies
    January 2nd, 2017 | W. Scott Hightower
    A Letter from a Convention of States Volunteer. The election has brought lots of thought and opinions to me. Even the need to exhale after holding my breath for a long time. The need to see and have a change in my country has overtaken me in the last year. The thought as to what kind of country I would pass along to my grandchildren has been at the foremost part of my mind for a long time. Trump’s election to the presidency put a lot of Americans at ease, even the feeling of relief and there seem to me...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Disgruntled Democrats Want A Constitutional Convention To Leave The Union

    12/06/2016 12:54:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 149 replies
    ntknetwork.com ^ | December 6, 2016 1:57 pm | Staff
    On Tuesday, disgruntled Democrats held a forum to discuss the possibility of replacing the Electoral College. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) conceded that Democrats could not get rid of the Electoral College due to the way the United States Constitution is written. “I don’t think we can sustain our American democracy by having the majority ruled by the minority. And so the question is how to fix this since the Constitution is written in such a way that it’s almost impossible to amend,” Lofgren said. Lofgren went on to say she is open to a Constitutional Convention, “We are three states...
  • Publius Huldah vs. Article V: Part IV

    12/05/2016 2:21:39 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 27 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 5th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Conspiracy Everywhere. Publius Huldah, “If we have a convention now, George Washington, James Madison, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton won ‘t be there to protect you.” (Timeline: 24:00-30:20. View her speech.)Rodney Dodsworth Response. These leading soldiers, patriots, statesmen and others of equal caliber led the Continental Army, and served in the Confederation Congress and state governments. Yet, such men, the best of their times, were unable to keep, as per Article II of the Articles of Confederation (AC), “security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare.” The failure of the AC to achieve its ends, despite the enormous...
  • 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...
  • Publius Huldah vs. Article V: Part III

    12/02/2016 1:21:52 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 2nd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle – Article V to Avoid a General Convention.Publius Huldah. Upon declaring Independence in July of 1776, the states operated under the Articles of Confederation (AC). (Timeline: 22:00 – 24:00. View her speech.) Delegates to the federal convention of 1787 disobeyed congress and their states when they went beyond their orders to draft revisions of the AC. Ms. Huldah cites Article XIII of the AC as governing authority. As demonstrated in Philadelphia, convention delegates then as now have inherent authority to do as they please. Therefore, it will be impossible to stop similar antics at a future convention of states.Rodney...
  • The Real Electoral College Reform

    11/29/2016 7:57:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2016 | Bruce Walker
    The familiar whining about the popular vote in presidential elections and the implicit anachronism of the Electoral College ought to be turned on its head by constitutional conservatives. The greatest problem of politics and government in our country today is Washington, and the only answer to that problem is the restoration of true federalism, making state governments a vital player in national elections. The Constitution conferred three special powers on state legislatures to make sure that the federal government was held in check: enacting constitutional amendments, choosing members of the Senate, and choosing the method of selecting presidential electors. Until...
  • The States' Trump Card against the Fed

    11/29/2016 3:26:53 AM PST · by expat_panama · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2016 | Fritz Pettyjohn
    A fourth branch of government was created by Article V of the Constitution, superior to the other three. It consists of 7,382 voting members, distributed in the 50 States. In order to act, this fourth branch, which I call the Federal Assembly, must organize itself into a two-thirds supermajority of the States in order to make a proposal. Majorities in both houses of a state legislature in 34 states must agree on the subject matter... ...three-fourths supermajority of states is required to adopt it. It's hard, and it's never been done in the 229 years we've had the Constitution –...
  • Publius Huldah vs Article V Part I

    11/23/2016 1:50:46 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 11 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 23rd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    From the Introduction, Publius Huldah gave a lecture on October 29th in which she outlined her opposition to an Article V Convention of the States to propose amendments to our beloved Constitution. The link will take you to a YouTube hosted by the aptly named Patriot Coalition Against All Enemies. Over a fifty-minute span, followed by a Q&A, Ms. Huldah explains why she regards COS and Article V supporters not as misinformed, but rather, as conspiratorial enemies. Publius Huldah. She opened her speech with “The con-con lobby wants to get rid of our Constitution and impose a new one.” She...
  • Publius Huldah vs. Article V: Introduction

    11/21/2016 2:15:53 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 50 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 21st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In an October 29th speech to a small gathering, Publius Huldah discussed her perceptions of the dangers posed by an Article V Convention of the States to propose Constitutional amendments. After viewing the entire talk, I understand why the leading figures of the Convention of States movement (COS) haven’t responded in depth to her various accusations. Her conclusions are often at the fringes of reason and she carries a deep and personal animosity to the leaders of the COS. Since the COS leadership choose not to address most of her accusations, please allow me, your humble blogger, to take up...
  • Scotus and Societal Corruption

    11/11/2016 1:54:23 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 11th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    A common concern among Article V opponents is that society is too corrupt to be trusted with amending the Constitution. Perhaps they are right. If so, how did this corruption come about? Is it as bad as many believe? I say the corruption of our culture did not grow upward from the people; corruption rained downward from elites. I place the blame for societal corruption largely on scotus. Scotus not only regularly ignores or violates the written supreme law of the land, it often does the same with Natural Law, the Law of Reason. Scotus has normalized its judicial reach...
  • Just Take It

    11/04/2016 2:14:51 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 14 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 4th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Non-Resistance and Passive Obedience. The people who spout ‘diversity is our strength’ have cast a mind-dulling net of intellectual conformity across our nation. Thought police don’t just troll the halls of academe; they have infiltrated society so deeply that violence from those offended by supposedly hurtful thoughts or words is sanctioned by the highest levels of government and popular institutions. Trump supporters can find themselves beaten up. Municipal police in San Jose CA just watched and stood idly by as Trump rally attendees were assaulted. Since Trump is obviously a racist, then so are his followers. Opposition to racism is...
  • The New Americana vs. James Madison

    11/02/2016 2:01:39 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | November 2nd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Raise your hand if you knew that James Madison opposed the second method in Article V to amend the Constitution. The New Americana (TNA) recently published a misleading and insult-laden column regarding the Article V state convention amendment process and Convention of States (COS) supporters. It illustrates how the most effective deceptions are built around an element of truth. The TNA shamelessly attempts to deceive the reader into believing the very opposite of the truth, that the man who shepherded the Virginia Plan to fruition as a new Constitution of government opposed taking appropriate measures to keep it. As a...
  • Freedom to Think

    10/31/2016 2:06:09 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 31st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    While one can read recent works by respected academics such as Victor Davis Hanson, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams regarding modern Leftist speech codes, thought police, white privilege and other assorted and dangerous nonsense, I want to make the effort here, at the risk of using a Leftist term, to likewise show how truly regressive the modern Left is when it comes to simple reason and our freedom to think. Background. During England’s tumultuous 17th Century, the freedom to use one’s reason to sort out man’s relationship to God and country emerged in a whirlwind. This freedom collided with Stuart...
  • On the Pursuit of Happiness

    10/28/2016 1:58:24 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 28th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Let’s step back for a moment from the depressing media-generated noise and nonsense surrounding this presidential election season. Forget that a crime family might be installed in the highest reaches of power. Instead, let us take refuge and solace in an uplifting first principle of our Declaration and Constitution. An occasional criticism of Thomas Jefferson’s edited Declaration of Independence is the substitution of ‘pursuit of happiness’ for that of ‘property.’ Both are Lockean terms well-suited for our Lockean Declaration. While we may never know precisely why this was done, the pursuit of happiness conceptually encompasses a wider universe of unalienable...
  • Election Angst

    10/24/2016 1:58:59 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 24th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    On November 8th, the last ballots will be cast for Representatives, Senators and a President. At the risk of betraying my age, I recall when nearly all voting was done on election day, and local newspapers and TV devoted as much time to reps and senators as they did to presidential campaigns. Election coverage shared space with other important national and world news. No more. Reps and senators get comparatively little press exposure. World news, to the extent that it is noticed at all, is colored to cause the least embarrassment possible to Obama. Most news from all sources is...
  • Scotus: Judges or Oracles?

    10/21/2016 1:37:45 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 21st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    We roll our eyes today in disbelief of odd, ancient, pagan practices involving animal sacrifice, various gods, and oracles. Yet the Greek mythology developed around such practices shaped early western civilization. Decades ago, as a tourist in Greece, I visited the site of the Oracle of Delphi. Over some twelve hundred years, Delphic oracles gave governing advice to kings and statesmen. While under the influence of hallucinogens, oracular advice took the form of gibberish, which priests subsequently interpreted for the supplicants. Lycurgus famously designed the government of Sparta around what he learned at Delphi. I draw an only slightly tongue-in-cheek...
  • Trump Calls for Constitutional Amendment to Set Term Limits For Congress

    10/18/2016 2:19:39 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 112 replies
    Lawnewz.com ^ | 10/18/16 | Chris White
    GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced on Tuesday his intention to push for a constitutional amendment setting term limits for members of both chambers of Congress. Speaking to a crowd at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Trump spoke about his desire to “break the cycle of corruption” in Washington, D.C. if he elected president. The GOP nominee told the crowd it was time to “drain the swamp” of special interests. He recited portions of his newly unveiled ethics reform proposals and then told the crowd another major announcement which is part of his plan. “If I am elected president,...
  • Our National Daddy

    10/17/2016 2:07:54 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 9 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 17th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The ideals of our revolutionary era were heavily influenced by the Enlightenment soldier, politician, ambassador, polemicist Algernon Sidney (1623-1683) and the philosopher John Locke (1632-1704). They wrote their best works at the height of Stuart tyranny. Sidney’s manuscript of Discourses Concerning Government cost him his head in 1683. Locke chose to keep his head down, fled to the Netherlands, and delayed release of his Two Treatises of Government until 1690. Even then, in fear of Stuart return after the Glorious Revolution of 1688, he did not acknowledge his authorship until two weeks before his death. What is less well-known is...
  • Convention of States Simulation and Virginia Ratification

    10/10/2016 1:52:50 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 10th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Over the course of my three years in support of an Article V State Convention to propose amendments, a regular fear expressed by Article V opponents is that the convention will conduct itself in the same Animal House atmosphere of our sorry US Congress. While no one can predict the future of such things with certainty, recent experience points to a different place, one where ladies and gentlemen firmly, yet decorously, stood to express the will of the state legislatures that commissioned them to restore the American republic. I wouldn’t have bothered with this post had not 137 commissioners from...
  • The Article V Convention: What are they not telling you?

    10/06/2016 8:43:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 20 replies
    John Birch Society ^ | December 22, 2015 | JBS
    Check the date, December 2015.I've never heard THIS angle before
  • Progressing the Constitution: One Man, One Vote II

    10/05/2016 2:12:45 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 5th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    (cont. from part I) If the 14th Amendment demands adherence to one-man-one-vote, the electoral college and US Senate operate in clear violation. Why didn’t scotus demand US Senate membership according to population? Because, unlike amending the constitutions of fifty defenseless states, the US Congress has the power to visit unremitting hell on a Supreme Court that pulled such a stunt. From the decision, “The superficial resemblance between one of the Alabama apportionment plans and the legislative representation scheme of the Federal Congress affords no proper basis for sustaining that plan since the historical circumstances which gave rise to the congressional...
  • The Prospects of a Constitutional Convention

    10/03/2016 5:30:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/3/2016 | Bruce Walker
    Regardless of the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, our republic needs a powerful redress against the unconstitutional usurpation of power by the federal government and particularly by the Supreme Court and the president. Restoring federalism is the answer to every significant problem in our republic because federalism produces the marketplace of governments that reward states with honest, efficient, and unobtrusive and which drives wealth and voters out of leftist nanny states. While Republicans at the federal level ought to embrace and to push this agenda, the narcotic of federal government power and printing presses makes it hard for any...
  • Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments Part IV

    10/01/2016 1:50:02 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 27 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | October 1st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Number IV of a four-part series. In response to executive abuses by King George III, our early state constitutions were overly democratic and featured legislatures that casually breached the inadequate walls that separated them from the judicial and executive branches. From a review of pertinent numbers of The Federalist in the second and third squibs, it is evident that the 1787 US Constitution was written with eye toward better defining and checking the legislative power. That Constitution has been justly and unjustly amended many times over the course of the past century such that today, the executive and judicial branches...
  • Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments: The Federalist II

    09/29/2016 2:03:49 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | September 28th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    I’m perplexed that Article V opponents have not, from time to time, embraced Federalist Numbers 49 & 50. Taken together in isolation from 48 and 51, a superficial read of 49 and 50 might lead one to conclude that James Madison actually opposed, for most situations, Article V state amendment conventions. Number 49. Occasional Conventions. Beginning once again with Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Madison gives due credit to Jefferson’s brilliance; he then politely disagrees with Jefferson on the proper remedy to a stronger branch’s encroachment of a weaker branch. Encroachment, or the assumption of a power of...
  • Official proposals of the Simulated Convention of States

    09/26/2016 5:38:58 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    patheos.com ^ | 9/26/16 | Nancy French
    Fiscal Restraints Proposal 1: SECTION 1. The public debt shall not be increased except upon a recorded vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress, and only for a period not to exceed one year. SECTION 2. No state or any subdivision thereof shall be compelled or coerced by Congress or the President to appropriate money. SECTION 3. The provisions of the first section of this amendment shall take effect 3 years after ratification. Federal Legislative & Executive Jurisdiction Proposal 1: SECTION 1. The power of Congress to regulate commerce among the several states shall be limited to the regulation...
  • Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments: The Federalist I

    09/26/2016 3:31:47 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | September 26th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As Mark Levin explained in Chapter One, he undertook his project not because he believed the “Constitution, as originally structured, is outdated and outmoded, thereby requiring modernization through amendments, but because of the opposite – that is, the necessity and urgency of restoring constitutional republicanism and preserving the civil society . . . “ In this squib, we’ll examine the observations of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton as they apply to keeping, and if necessary, restoring constitutional republicanism. Number 33. Laws Judged Against the Constitution. What if the new government overstepped its authority through the exercise of a power reserved...
  • Convention of States Simulation Today 8:45 AM Eastern

    09/23/2016 1:50:43 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 35 replies
    Three state legislators from every state in the nation have been invited to this Simulated Convention, forming a first-of-its kind network of state representatives working to call a Convention of States for the purpose of limiting the power of the federal government. Article V empowers state legislators to be the ultimate check on the abuses of Washington, D.C. This Simulated Convention will educate and empower them with a vision as to how they can use an Article V Convention of States to restore liberty and return the power to the states and the people. Our nation has drifted far from...
  • Article V and John Locke

    09/19/2016 1:49:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | September 19th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    When the time arrived to put independence into writing, our Founders turned to John Locke (1632-1704). Given the simplicity of Locke’s fundamentals, and the exposure he received as 18th century events cascaded into our Revolution, one doesn’t need a PhD in philosophy to grasp the elements of his theory. America 2016 would do well to embrace the precepts of the man who so influenced our revolutionary era, for within his framework is the salvation of the American experiment in free government. In his Two Treatises of Government, Locke starts from a standpoint not questioned seriously until recent decades: “When men...
  • The Road to Restoring Our Republic

    09/17/2016 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 17, 2016 | Shelby Williams
    Why do we have a government? What is its purpose? Our founding documents give us the reasons in plain English: to secure the unalienable rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" (the Declaration of Independence) and "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" (the preamble to the Constitution of the United States). In other words, our government exists to secure the liberty of its citizens. There is a reason why the word "Liberty" appears...
  • Donald Trump: The Machiavellian Man

    09/15/2016 1:25:03 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | September 15th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    America 2016 is in a bad place. Our once republic of laws, in which carefully designed institutions served the noble ends enumerated in the Preamble to the Constitution, has been rendered into something resembling a criminal enterprise in which rulers serve their ambition and avarice while the nation suffers. What to do? While over the course of this blog I have rarely approached extra-constitutional means to restore free government, recent events demand a look at all options. What prompts my reevaluation are Hillary’s get-out-jail-free card from the FBI, and the administration’s ongoing efforts to silence, if not criminalize, political opposition....
  • Article V and The Machiavellian Moment

    08/31/2016 2:20:01 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 31st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Through a series of lessons arranged in three Books, the thrust of Niccolo’ Machiavelli‘s Discourses on Livy deals with how nations in general, and republics in particular, can design, keep, and if necessary, restore free-government. The media for this exercise are the experiences, trials, successes and failures of the Roman Republic as related by Titus Livius (59BC – 17AD). J.G.A. Pocock, an historian at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri, coined the term “Machiavellian Moment” to identify the commencement of clear thinking in which civil society realizes that unless it takes corrective action, the corruption into which the nation has...
  • Article V For a Republic Worth Keeping

    08/26/2016 1:59:32 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 39 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | August 26th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As I recall from Gibbon, the Western Roman Empire went out with more of a whimper than a bang. By the time of Alaric and his Visigoths in 410 AD, Rome was so corrupt and weak there was little to stand in his way. In broad strokes it is fair to say that Roman society declined simultaneously with government. Long before the fall, Roman republican citizenship was a precious possession, a jewel of unsurpassed value. As such it was held closely and kept in short supply, for among other privileges, the Roman citizen wasn’t taxed. He was exempt from the...
  • The John Birch Society vs. Article V

    05/22/2016 5:24:35 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Near the core of John Birch Society opposition to an Article V Convention of the States is mistrust of the American people. Dig further and one cannot avoid the conclusion that JBS opposes the essence of republicanism, the right of all peoples to determine the structure and boundaries of their government. While JBS has no apparent problem with the exercise of the people’s electoral capacity at polling places every two years, they curiously stand athwart the exercise of the people’s sovereign capacity via their states to frame their government. This isn’t to say JBS doesn’t support amending the Constitution –...
  • Toward an Annual Article V State Amendments Convention (II)

    06/02/2016 1:54:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | June 2nd 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In Part I, I examined how and why an Annual Article V State Amendments Convention should become a regular feature of the American governing scene. To further support my thesis, I shall illustrate here the impropriety of allowing scotus to be the sole arbiter of our rights. The right and duty to define them and determine their practical reach ultimately belongs to We The People when acting in our sovereign capacity via Article V. I will show that scotus fails to keep to its own standards of what constitutes legitimate law, rights and liberty interests. To scotus, the notion of...
  • Electoral vs. Sovereign Capacity: Introduction

    07/10/2016 2:22:02 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 10th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    One of the concerns expressed by Article V opponents stems from an assumed equivalence between popularly elected representatives to the US House and Senate, and delegates appointed by the states to an Article V convention to propose amendments. With that in mind, it is worthwhile to examine the two dimensions of the American polity, the electoral and sovereign capacities of the people. In the American Republic the people are entrusted by God and themselves to exercise two distinct duties. First, under the guidance of the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, they are to craft and amend as necessary the...
  • Electoral vs. Sovereign Capacity: Where the Sovereign?

    07/12/2016 1:49:56 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 12th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In the introduction, I sketched out the distinctions between the electoral and sovereign capacities of the people. Many states inappropriately burden their citizens with a duty for which they are unfit: in no government beyond the size of small towns should direct democracy be utilized to enact statutes or ratify state constitutional amendments. This problem, the conflation of the electoral and sovereign capacities of the people isn’t new; it goes back to the mid-17th century English Revolution and was only sorted out in the minds of some men just as the 1787 federal convention was under way. While our Framers...
  • Article V More Than Ever

    07/16/2016 1:46:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | July 16th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Our revolutionary Constitution violated two accepted truths of 18th century political science: stable republics require small territories, and external commerce was detrimental to republics. As to the first, any government that depends on the direct or indirect participation of the people requires a certain commonality in traditions, religion, and culture. This was thought possible only in city-states or across small territories. Yet, not only history, but our experience after 1776 had shown that even small republics had to guard against majoritarian tyranny. All forms of direct or indirect democracies were prone to the rise of factions that would put their...