I invite you to read The Law, by Frédéric Bastiat. It is not very long, but is a tour de force of vital political philosophy.
Wake up America! It is all about their voting records! Contrary to popular belief, the final floor vote on an issue or bill is not always the most important one. There are lots of votes that happen before any floor vote in the State or U.S. Legislature. There are committee votes, procedural votes, and amendment votes. All of these determine what legislation actually comes down to that final floor vote and the final form the legislation appears in. MANY legislators/congressmen vote completely contrary to the clear wishes of their constituents in the VITAL preliminary votes only to vote “the right way” on the final floor vote. This gives the appearance that they are faithfully serving the will of their constituents when in fact they are actively thwarting them. All of these votes are matter of public record, do your research people. Wake up, you are being played for fools!
Please read this, the text of Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution VERY carefully, then I am going to try to explain Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, also very carefully. I have found that too many people, including some conservatives, are spreading a serious misunderstanding concerning it.
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; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
This article defines exactly TWO avenues for amendments to be PROPOSED to the constitution.
1) Amendments to the constitution may be proposed by 2/3 of the Congress (i.e. 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate must agree to do so.)
2) Amendments to the constitution may be proposed by the States when 2/3 of the state legislatures agree to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments.
3) Please note that in either case amendments are only being PROPOSED. The second method via the States is only to bring together a convention for the purpose of PROPOSING amendments, not for in fact amending the constitution.
4) There is nothing in Article 5 even suggesting a mechanism for calling an actual constitutional convention by which the constitution would be directly amended. People are suggesting that an Article 5 States convention would or could do this, this is FALSE and to spread such an idea is either a deliberate lie or a serious misunderstanding.
5) There is also nothing in this amendment to suggest that Congress can deny the rights of the States to PROPOSE amendments via the States route. The States do not need Congress’ approval and if States proposed amendments are then also ratified by the States as set forth in Article 5, the U.S. Constitution is duly amended – PERIOD.
6) By either route of PROPOSING amendments, the PROPOSED amendments must still be RATIFIED by 3/4 of the States in order to become actual amendments to the U.S. constitution. Neither the Congress nor the States can do it other that through the TWO STEPS of PROPOSING amendments and then the States RATIFYING them.
5) Amendments are RATIFIED by either 3/4 of the State legislatures OR by 3/4 of State conventions. Which ratification mode, state legislatures or state conventions, is determined by the congress Congress. However, just because the Congress may determine which ratification mode is used, it may not ignore the fact that the states are by the necessary proportions proposing amendments and thwart ratification. Article 5 does not give Congress that power.
So, please LIKE and SHARE this as broadly as you can so as to help put aside the fear and uncertainty being spread concerning the power that the States do in fact posses to amend the Constitution per Article 5. https://www.facebook.com/wallenpb/posts/4638923630515
Also, see this additional comment: Congress cannot legally block this process by the states. http://wa5pb.freeshell.org/motd/?p=869#comment-150
Also, see this article: The Myth of a Runaway Amendments Convention http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/08/m-the_myth_of_a_runaway_amendments_convention.html
Also, see this article: Jurisprudence of the Amendment Process http://constitution.i2i.org/2013/02/27/how-the-courts-have-clarified-the-constitutions-amendment-process/
I have been asked by quite a few people who I intend to vote for President in 2012. I tell them all that I am voting ABO, that is Anyone But Obama. I am really at the point that I do not believe that we can do much worse that this would be despot that now occupies the White House. He is a Marxist, a liar and a demagogue. So, I will vote for anyone running against him. That means I will vote for a Republican, any Republican. That does not mean that the eventual Republican candidate will necessarily be my all-time favorite candidate. Likely far from it, but any of them will be vastly superior to Obama. At this time, my favorite of the Republican candidates is Newt Gingrich. While he does have some baggage, he is clearly the smartest and best prepared person for the office of the Presidency. So, GO NEWT!
It is finally here, the 2010 midterm elections. That a midterm election has become such a big deal is significant in its own right. However, the reason for that is even more significant. Frankly, the people are not happy – not in the least. The people have seen their country hijacked by Barack Hussein Obama and his Socialist cohorts in the Congress and do not like it one bit. The people have reawakened with a desire to return to constitutional governance after decades of freewheeling growth in the federal government. The people want their country back and they want the country, the Republic, that the Founding Fathers intended. From this passion has arose the TEA Party movement, and it is sweeping the country. What began primarily as a tax revolt, has turned into a greater political movement to return to the principles of our country’s founding and the Constitution. It is about time! If you have not gone out to vote yet, please do so. Exercise your right to vote and vote for the most conservative candidate you can.
“In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.” – John Adams
House Minority Leader, John Boehner, delivers final opposition just prior to the disastrous health care bill vote in the House of Representatives on 03/21/2010. I am so proud of him. Among TRUE PATRIOTS, it may be remembered in the tradition of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech.
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry – March 23, 1775
THESE PEOPLE, THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS, ARE DESTROYING THE REPUBLIC!!!!
IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU!!!!
YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY OF DESTROYING THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC AS THEY ARE.
YOU, ALL OF YOU, WERE WILLING TO TRADE SECURITY FOR FREEDOM!!!!
YOU DESERVE NEITHER.
YOU HAVE BETRAYED THE REPUBLIC.
YOU HAVE BETRAYED OUR FOUNDING PRINCIPLES AND CONSTITUTION.
YOU HAVE BETRAYED THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF THE ENTIRE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT.
FOR THIS YOU SHALL NOT BE FORGIVEN!!!!
THIS IS WAR…
PREPARE TO BE DEFEATED IN NOVEMBER!!!!
I WILL SPEND THE REMAINDER OF MY DAYS IN THE EFFORT TO DESTROY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND ALL OTHER PROGRESSIVES AND SOCIALISTS IN AMERICA – WITHOUT REGARD TO PARTY, AND SEE THAT YOU ARE CAST UPON THE POLITICAL BONFIRES OF HISTORY.
I AM DEVOTED TO YOUR POLITICAL EXTERMINATION, FOR YOU ARE ALL POLITICAL VERMIN!!!!
My U.S. Representative from Texas, John Carter, promises Constitutional challenges to Obamacare.
The following address was delivered by Mark Levin at the 10th Annual Hillsdale College Churchill Dinner in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2009. Mark Levin’s speech begins at 6:29 into the video.
At the “health care summit” the other day, while talking about his options to get the health care bill he is pushing through congress, President Obama made it clear that he would push it though in any way possible and that if folks did not like “that’s what elections are for”. Yes sir Mr. President! I got your message loud and clear! That is what elections are for!! Mr. President, I believe you must be the most arrogant and self centered leader America has ever had. You do not even care that you just double dared the American people to vote out your party in 2010 and you in 2012. Yes Sir! Message heard loud and clear! I have already early voted in the Republican Party primary here in Texas and am working doubly hard to vote your party and yourself into political oblivion. I hope you enjoy being a lame duck. QUACK! I wonder how many House Democrats facing reelection in November this year appreciated his comment?!?
Majority of Americans now say NObama second term
First, there was the scandal of the hacked emails revealing scientist proponents of Global Warming engaging in scientific fraud.
Next, a leading global warming scientist claims he has “misplaced” his data about global warming due to “poor organisation”.
Finally, THE RETRACTION! Global Warming scientists now have to formally retract an article in a leading science journal that predicted rising sea levels due to global warming.
Hello! Anybody paying attention?? You have been conned. Plan and simple, the current Global Warming craze is a junk science con that is rooted in “climate scientists” and assorted agencies desperately trying to justify their jobs and statist governments and leaders around the world using the big “global warming scare” to inject much more government control and regulation into our lives. WAKE UP PEOPLE! IT IS A SCAM!!!
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Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century
We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.
These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.
Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America’s principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.
Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn’t this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?
The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature’s God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man’s self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.
The conservatism of the Constitution limits government’s powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.
A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America’s safety and leadership role in the world.
A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.
If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.
We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America’s founding principles.
February 17, 2010