Thomas Jefferson

"We must make our choice between economy and liberty or confusion and servitude...If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labor and in our amusements...if we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy."--Thomas Jefferson

"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. "
--John Quincy Adams
US diplomat & politician (1767 - 1848)

“Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation”
-James Madison at the Virginia Ratification Debates
"With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

- James Madison's Letter to James Robertson, April 20, 1831

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Case for The Article 5 Convention

Our Founding Fathers and the Framers of the Constitution were brilliant and foreseeing in so many ways it gives me chills when I read and hear their words on what they feared a to powerful central government would become and do to us.

There is no greater example of this than the Health Care Reform (or Destruction) bill that King Barry signed into law this week. This disastrous bill, which I and many others have written extensively about in the last year plus, along with the rest of the liberal/progressive agenda that we have laid back and taken since 1900 or so are well on their way to destroying the very foundation and values this republic was built on and eons from the vision those great men had for us in 1787.

We as true Conservatives and Patriots pleaded, begged, called, emailed, attended town halls, protested, wrote blogs, wrote editorials and every other other possible way we could to get our point across that we want no part of Obamacare. The polls were massively against it and only grew as they continued to discuss it and people found out what was in it. But still they didn't listen and rammed through the biggest nanny state takeover since FDR.

While I agree that these people that supported this, and any future disasters they are contemplating, need to be shown the door in November (or better yet arrested!)under no uncertain terms, I fear that this will only be a band aid and temporary fix to what ails our great Republic. They may only be replaced by people who want to manage the beast rather than what needs to be done--which is destroy and dismantle it. Replacing it with just "Republicans" or so-called Blue Dog Dems (sneer and chuckle) will not stop our ride off the cliff. At best it would just get us there on a tricycle instead of a locomotive (paid for by Obama Stimulus money).

No, our Framers have given us another way to reign in a tyrannical government--peacefully but firmly and return power to the states. That is Article 5 which gives the states and the people a method to force Congress to call a convention to modify the Constitution. Although the Congress can also call such a convention, there is almost no chance of that happening since they have proven they are unwilling to reign themselves in. Again, our Framers knew this was a possibility and they have given us the remedy.

Such a convention could be used to, among other things:
1. Clarify the Commerce Clause so that Congress cannot regulate industry from Washington, but just to make trade and Commerce "regular" between the states--as it was originally intended. Health care is a perfect example of this as Congress could make sure that the conditions are set to allow free and open competition of private insurers amongst all the states to compete for customers thus increasing choice and driving down costs. Isn't this what they supposedly advocate now??
2. Repeal of the 17th Amendment which took away the states role in appointing Senators as the Framers intended and instead gave it to the people, essentially making it just another extension of the House, only with 6 year terms. The Framers purposely had the state legislatures picking Senators so that it was a check on mob rule democracy from within each state and to have the power to recall them if they were not representing the will of the state. It would be highly unlikely that such Senators would go to Washington and vote for things like Obamacare knowing the enormous hardship it would place on the state government and under the fear of being recalled if they did so.

Other possibilities would be to clarify the 14th Amendment (Due Process Clause) which has been massively twisted and abused throughout history and to repeal the 16th Amendment--which was never really ratified anyways! Empower individual taxpayers to bring suit against the Feds for injunctive relief. Require a balanced Federal budget except in a time of war. Allow state legislatures to overturn unconstitutional decisions of Federal judges. The list goes on and on...

Some fear that such a convention could make things worse as they fear liberal states would send liberal representatives there and suggest even more radical, left wing changes. This I believe is not a valid reason to not have such a convention. Why? Because each state, no matter how large and liberal, would only get 1 vote each in deciding on what amendments to send to the states. And once sent back to the states, 3/4 of the state legislators would have to vote to ratify them. And despite what MSNBC tell you, this is a center/right country (just look at the polls over health care!) and I would have no fear that any radical changes would ever be accepted by that majority.

I would suggest that if you are not familiar with such a method, that first you read the Constitution (how novel!) and find out about the process. Then you need to get involved in pushing for it in your state. Contact your state reps that are running and currently holding office and ask them their stance on this and push them to call for it or vote them out! Hell, run for the office yourself then and take the bull by the horns! And get involved directly in the movement with like minded Patriots like these.

This is a golden piece of history and opportunity to finally call the out of control Federal government and courts to the carpet and reign them in! This is our duty and obligations as Americans and our Founders would expect no less from us.

So the final question is: Whose side are you on?

1 comment:

  1. For reference. All 50 states have already submitted over 700 applications for an Article V Convention, far in excess of the 34 application needed to cause Congress to call a convention. The applications can be read at