Dump your Constitutional Rights into the Swamp with Convention of States : SIOI.JPP25

….aka  Article V,  aka Con Con,  aka COS, aka Amendment Convention, aka Convention of States, …I’m going with ConCon.

Tyranny treading softly throughout Our Rule of Law  land is rearing it’s very ugly head once again, this time in the covert coup on our Rights that calls itself the Convention of States, with only four states left to go.

Stop insulting our intelligence, it is an amendatory process that cannot be limited or controlled. It is a Con-Con of the highest order.

Now before you get in a big huff about how smart you are and what you think about COS right now, consider this fact; like anything potentially good, it’s been hijacked.

Other good things before they were hijacked by corruption and greed is a big list;

Schools became Indoctrination Centers. Wellness Vaccines devolved to malaise fomenting.  Natural Food was engineered to be poison . Water is Fluoridated to calcify pineal glands and blood vessels. Air is Chemtrailed. Congress has been throwing IOU’s into SS since the 1970’s.Taxation escalated to theft.  Administrative Government for Civil Services by Public Servants….

The Alphabet Agencies  comprising Shadow Government morphed into becoming the Shadow Government and Deep State(Intel Agencies), but began as a sound principle. Governments should run the post office, deploy a standing military, build bridges.  Should all 50 states test food, research every disease and every vaccine for that disease, working with states to line up a highway crossing a state line.  No, that would create wasteful redundancy. Our shared Republic resources perform services for Our Benefit. I have a crappy neighbor with unrelenting desire to move his yard boundary fence onto my property, yes we need administration! But Our Government of We The People is For Us and By Us. We cannot tolerate any  drive  into totalitarianism.    Trump and his mighty sword of Truth and Budget is making fast work of the cabal that sought to completely corrupt our American Rule of Law Government.

And He needs our help more than ever. Trump needs our full support in putting  the brakes on Convention of States, among other pressing needs.   By performing our vigilant citizen civil duty and getting the right candidates elected  in mid-terms, we can give him the Congress he needs to permanently clean up D.C..

When Progressives were threatened in 2012, from mainly conservatives backing COS, they were as loud mouthed about the “dangers of COS” as anyone could be, and they were correct, for once.  COS, with ill intended delegation from either party, could wreak havoc by using little known mechanics such as Clarification Clauses to “adjust the amendments”. The early adopter Conservatives saw what we saw, a train wreck of Government pre-Trump, but now we are moving in the right direction.

Even The Framers had their doubts as to the inclusion of a Con-Con. The vagueness of this method led Madison to oppose the proposal at the Constitutional Convention: “difficulties might arise as to the form, the quorum etc. which in constitutional regulations ought to be as much as possible avoided.” Combine that with the fact that no such amending convention has ever occurred, and too many serious questions are left open and unanswered.

Framers doubt was so deep we could keep our Republic and the nature of Government in check, they also included Common Law Grand Jury.  Jury Nullification to make sure if we had any bad apple oath takers including all Congressman, Judges, Sheriffs, State electorate .  We have Term Limits Now with Nullification! We could dispense with their public service by a jury of people so we wouldn’t need to hang them for Treason, we could try them for treason instead by Notice of Liability with Nullification.  (See KrisAnneHall liberty Tree and NationalLibertyAlliance.org for more info).

Consider this: What if COS was totally uncorrupt, and it did acheive Term Limits? Well, if I am a 6 yr Senator and I am exposed for corruption in the first quarter of my term;  with Nullification and Prima Facie evidence, I can be held responsible, and within 90 days, after being served Notice in an Article III court,  I will be nullified. Game Over! Therefore, I can no longer commit fraud, as I will be nullified. THIS IS ALREADY IN THE CONSTITUTION!!!!  However, COS can remove nullification, and therefore We The People will lose the only Constitutional mechanism we have, nullification, to remove the fraudster.  Further, if we have Term Limits, Fraudster Lawmaker can still serve out their other 5 3/4 term, but would be limited to new terms.  So how have we gained anything from COS?

Nullification is Your Power.  According to Amendment V:

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…”  

Which courts have Grand Jurys? IRS? Family Court? Traffic Court? What Administrative Government has a Grand Jury? y

The latest timeline of adopters of the Con-Con reveals something I found fascinating:

After a quick round of calls to four states, the directors have mostly changed, not totally unusual.  Staunch Conservative early adopters like Michelle Malkin, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz all gone from the movement.  Tomi Lahren walked in one strong direction, away from Beck, so did Loesch. Who slotted in recently at CON CON instead? Dennis Prager, Glenn Beck and  Young Turks, WolfPAC.

American Constitution Society (ACS).  ACS is the main organization behind the Con-Con movement to ensure a more “progressive” constitution, having received more than $2,201,500 from Soros’ Open Society since 2002.  The funders for ACS are the Barbra Steisand Foundation, the Sandler Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

If you have been following Prager/Beck, you would see their move away from Conservatism leaning to Centrist positions. So who is funding Young Turks and WolfPAC?  Foe of Freedom George Soros at the bottom of the pile!

In fact if you look at Mark Meckler, we find under it all he was ousted from Tea Party for what?  Some would call it corruption, others radicalism.  Are his strong ties to Move On, another Soros entity, revealing of his true nature? Jim Demint, booted from Heritage Foundation early 2017, but still going strong with Con-Con?  A.B West hanging on because he has nothing else, POTUS give that man a job will ya(Nope! Because he is a social liberatarian!)  Prager started out good, but in late 2017 what appears to be a sell  to Google to keep his stuff on you tube, then extended a weak apology to Trump supporters 2/2018, game over! You are either with us or against us.   Prager now promoting ConCon. The only support clinging to CON CON feels like annoying armit pilings on a cheapie tourist tshirt after the 3rd wearing, looked good when I bought it.

Just like ConCon, looked good when I bought into it!  I wa a petiton signer in 2012, but once began asking the hard questions in 2016 post election, I was blocked…..hhhhmmmm.

By the Way, the leaders of  the movement forbid fans to use the term con-Con, instead they insist on the name Amendment Convention.  Hannity, did you get so busy rescuing Truth from surefire Death by lamestream media you forgot to say goodbye? Nope! We see Hannity surfacing in  a number of questionable areas, is nothing sacred?

In 2010-2016, Conservatives were all gung ho on COS Article V, why?  They saw what we saw: Corruption, Bad Actors and runaway government.  Progressives of that timeline were calling the Con-Con for what it was, a promise for specific changes that weren’t necessarily in Progressive best interests. BINGO!** At that time, they wanted what all Progressives want, gun control, entitlement protection, open borders.  Both parties want term limits, the Conservatives understand to stay free we need to enforce the Constitution we have, as it is written.

So isn’t that the essence of a federal convention? Essence or not, the organizers are quick to deny they are hosting a constitutional convention, or even laying the groundwork for one. They even give people the exact words to say, excerpted from below:.

…” petitioning for a call (for the States) to hold an Amendment Convention.
In our discussions with the public it is important to use the wording “Amendment Convention” because of some confusing it with a Constitutional Convention. The Article V Convention of States process consists of two parts. First is an Amendment convention to propose amendments to the constitution. Second is the ratification procedure, which—at the discretion of Congress—can be either by the State legislatures, or by a ratification convention held by each State.

When telling someone about how an Article V Amendment Convention can fix our broken Federal government, that person will often say that they don’t think a Constitutional Convention to change or rewrite the Constitution would be a good idea. Your reply can be, “No, you didn’t hear what I said. I said an Amendment Convention. Congress has amended our Constitution 27 times, the last amendment being ratified in May, 1992. That didn’t cause you any pain, did it? Our project is going to do the exact same thing Congress has done 27 times before, except that this time it is going to be done by the States, which have been abused by the very Federal government that they created in the first place.”

That said, advocating an Article V convention as part of a state-based strategy to press Congress to pass a constitutional amendment is not unreasonable, you could even say it worked! Anyone desirous of an outcome for our country as such we were blessed with, you have arrived! Destiny fulfilled, unless you are a Progressive who still doesn’t get you have no freewill choices  anywhere but America.

A Constitutional Scholar had this to say:

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In a video of Meckler rallying the ConConned Troops in 2016, he convinces CONCON fans are modern day Hancocks, Madisons, The Washingtons, The Jeffersons…. The 1775 Jefferson, or the moving on up to the eastside variety? Stop Right There!  Are you kidding?  The people “adjusting” your Constitution at the 2018 COS are eating Tide Pods, demanding gratification from their single point of view video games and are most likely collecting on at least one entitlement with their pants at their knees.  Further yet, if they are under 50, there is a good chance they couldn’t even recite 3 of the 10 Bill of Rights. Our History was rewritten or removed from the History books!!! The Constitution may have been read, but it was never taught in classes after 1969 when Civics class was rolled into Social Studies.

Now you have the facts on the Rule of Law Government that Globalists made sure faded into a distant memory, do us all a favor. Prevent a takeover of zombified Amendment Adjusters.  Enforce the Constitution as is!

What you achieved while in COS til now :

  •  Elected President Trump who has DHS cleaning up Voter Fraud, rendering Term Limits with elections.
  •  Rescued our ConstitutionAS IS by calling attention to the obvious perils of ConCon
  •  Was a part of organizing a stand for freedom #ItMattersHowYouStand
  •  Stopped 4 states left to gather a majority, contact your friends and tell them no CON CON as of 2/16/2018. ACTIVATE!
  • Beared Witnesses to the bi polarization of The Cabal selling Individual Liberty and Rule of Law Freedom as one package to the Left (Adjust the birthright  Rule of Law right out from under people’s noses) and another to the Right (fueling adoption by confusing Term Limit Contract with authentic 2030Agenda and promises that will be erased.)

When they are marching us to the Liberty ovens, it will be too late to say we do not consent!

Not convinced? Show them this, the Globalists  behind CON CON have framed their gun control as “regulating dusty muskets”.  Nevermind the 2nd Amendment was really to insure  a well armed militia to shoot anyone taking Our guns. It’s ManKind‘s right to have any guns we want.  Just HuMan? Nope, not a right! If  people need a cause, tell them they are free to direct their efforts to change the rampant Godlessness and the Deviant Nature of Man(Color of Law codes). Bad Guys never get the memo when it comes to laws, especially Rule of Law.

 

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***Called “a radical right proposition” by Huffington Post in 2013.

**** All the same bad actors we know backing it from near  and afar since 2013:  Eric Holder, Janet Reno, Council on Foreign Relations, Koch Brothers, Trilateral Commission, Grover Norquist, unless you have lived under a rock, you can’t beleive anything good can come of this!

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Want more proof this is a free pass on the Globalist Monopoly board? Here’s what the fine print states:

The members of a Constitutional Convention are the direct representatives of the people, and as such

(1)  They may exercise all sovereign powers that are vested in the people of the state. 

(2)  They derive their powers not from the legislature, but from the people. 

(3)  Their power may not in any respect be limited or restrained by the legislature.

(4)  Under this view, it is a Legislative Body of the Highest Order and may not only frame, but may

                also enact and promulgate.    

Need more info to not pass Go? JBS.org has some good articles and explainer videos.

We have seen what a Muslim president (who take an oath to taqqiya, see janepublicproject.org JPP26) did for Our Christian Nation, where Truth is coveted…..

Patriots, I’m calling you home from CON CON. Tidy up loose ends then Activate! Let everyone know this is a scamming of our rights! Take up your new post on mid-term elections, let nothing distract you.  Soros just poured $18B into Get The Vote Out, and they are paying $15-20/hr to get registered Democrats to register more democrats.  they’ll never stop.

I’ll leave you with this. When Our Congressman arrive in Washington as a  newly minted electorate, they have training to become legislators.  All this indoctrination is done by the Cato Institute.  Cato Institute   George Soros Open Society Foundations is a funder of Cato Institute and both are members of the State Policy Network.

Read the Constitution. Read it to your kids, to your grandchildren, take an online liberty course at Liberty Tree by KrisAnne Hall.  Recite it on the bus going to work. Ask representatives the last time they read the Constitution. Then read  janepublicproject.org jpp24, get yourself strong on Rule of Law.  To take back our country, we must cut through the lies with real truth.

We were Con Conned, all we ever needed was right here all along.

REFERENCES

**Progressives Knew enough not to Trust COS, Response to DailyKOS in 2015:

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**** https://securetherepublic.com/arkansas/2013/12/09/exposing-the-convention-of-the-states-cos-as-an-article-v-constitutional-convention/

Exposing the Convention of the States (COS) as an Article V Constitutional Convention

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The Convention of the States (COS) is an Article V Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) supported and funded by the elitists.

 

 

The Constitutional Convention, or Con-Con, that’s being sold to the legislators is a lie and has to be stopped.  At least three White House advisers and officials, including President Obama’s regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, have ties to an effort funded by billionaire George Soros to push for a new “progressive” U.S. Constitution by the year 2020.  Don’t fall for the lies of the elitists.  Say NO to a Con-Con or whatever label they call it.

 

U.S. Constitution Article V

Under Article V (five) of the Constitution, our founding fathers established two methods for future generations to add amendments to the Constitution.

Method 1:  Two-thirds of both houses of Congress can propose an amendment, and then three-fourths of the states ratify it… or not.  (This is the only safe method.)

Method 2:  Two-thirds (34) of the states call for a federal constitutional convention, and then three-fourths of the states ratify whatever amendments are proposed by the convention.   (This method must be avoided at all costs.  This method could lead to a runaway convention in which our original Constitution would be scrapped and a new Constitution would be substituted consequently stripping us from our bill of rights.)  There is a proposed Constitution already waiting for the New States of America.

 

We Have Been Infiltrated

Many grassroots, Tea Party, and Christian groups are being infiltrated with progressive ideas by people presenting themselves as Conservatives, Christians, or Patriots.   We must all be truth seekers.  Don’t  accept any information without checking out both the message AND the person.  That includes everything.  Just because someone claims to be something, that doesn’t mean they are.  Everyone and everything needs to be vetted.  Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow, but it is the truth.

 

Say NO to a Con-Con

 

The Con-Con is being introduced in various forms, and they are as follows:

1) National Debt

2) Constitutional Convention (Old and Outdated)

3) Balanced Budget

4) Article V Amendment Convention

5) Compact for America

6) National Debt Reduction Act (NDRA)

7) Mark Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments (Article V Amendment Convention)

8) Convention of States (COS)

 

 

The groups pushing for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) are as follows:

1)  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

2)  10 Amendments for Freedom, Inc, chaired by William Fruth, President of POLICOM Corporation

3)  Americans for Prosperity

4)  Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

5)  Goldwater Institute

6)  Trilateral Commission (TC)

7)  Tea Party Patriots (TTP), funded by Freedom Partners and Center to Protect Patient Rights

8)  Career elitist politicians from both the Republican and Democratic parties

9)  Mark Levin – Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity

10) Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG)-  Michael P. Farris, Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies, Head of Convention of the States (COS) Project (connected to Grover G.Norquist, a CFR member.  This is the latest organization that came on line to destroy our U.S. Constitution via a Con-Con.

11) American Constitution Society (ACS).  ACS is the main organization behind the Con-Con movement to ensure a more “progressive” constitution, having received more than $2,201,500 from Soros’ Open Society since 2002.  The funders for ACS are the Barbra Steisand Foundation, the Sandler Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

 

The Convention of States (COS) Project,  along with many other Con-Con groups,  has connections to various elitist organizations. Some of the connections are shown below.  Click on all the hot links below to see the connections.

 

The officers of the Convention of States (COS) are as follows:

Michael P. Farris is Head of Convention of the States Project

Mark Meckler is the President of Citizens for Self Governance and was the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots but has since left that group.

Mark Wohlschlegel II is the Convention of the States Project Executive Director

Laura Fennig is the Convention of the States Project – Coalitions Director

Jordan Sillars is the Convention of the States Project – Communications Director

 

Michael P. Farris Connection

Michael P. Farris is Head of Convention of the States Project or better known as a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) and President of Parentalrights.org in which Council on Foreign Relation (CFR) member Grover G. Norquist is the Director.  Mr. Farris is also the advisory board member of Christian Freedom International.  George Soros is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations with Grover P. Norquist.

 

Grover P. Norquist Connection

Grover P. Norquist is the director for Council for National Policy, Founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform, Executive Director of National Taxpayers Union, Director of American Conservative Union, President of American Society of Competitiveness, advisory board member of America’s Future Foundation, co-founder of Janus-Merritt Strategies, advisory council member of GOProud,  Field Director of Citizens for America, lobbyist for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Inc., contribution editor of American Spectator, member of Council on Foreign Relations, and political ally of Jack Abramoff.

 

Donald L. Nickles Connection

Donald L. Nickles (former Senator from Oklahoma) is an advisory board member of Christian Freedom International with Michael P. Farris.  Donald L. Nickles is a member of Burning Tree Club along with members John A. Boehner, Antonin Scalia, Bob Schieffer, George W. Bush, Robert H. Michel, Jon T. O’Rourke, Tom C. Koroiogos, W. DeVier Pierson, Bryant Gumbel, Stanley Ebner, R. Scott Pastrick, John W. Warner, Lloyd N. Hand, and James C. Free

 

Burning Tree Club Connections

(shows some of the current and former members)  This is a very exclusive “men’s only” club.

Donald L. Nickles is a member of the Burning Tree Club. The Burning Tree Club is a private, all-male golf club in Bethesda, Maryland.  The initiation fee is $75,000 while membership fees are $500 per month.

 

George Soros Connection

George Soros is a member of Council on Foreign Relations along with Grover P. Norquist

 

Kenneth C. Griffin is a contributor to Americans for Prosperity and was also the fundraiser for the 2008 Barack Obama and the 2008 John McCain Presidential Campaigns at the same time.  Mr. Griffin was also a major contributor to the Rahm Emanuel 2011 Chicago Mayoral Campaign.  Mr. Griffin’s wife, Anne Dias Griffin, is the analyst for Soros Fund Management

 

Richard H. Fink  is the Director of Americans for Prosperity, co-founder and Director of Americans for Prosperity foundations, Executive VP of Koch Industries, former co-founder & Director of Koch Industries, member of Freedom Partners which is the funder for Tea Party Patriots.

 

Timothy R. Phillips is the President of both Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

Mr. Phillips is also the co-founder of Century Strategies of which Ralph Reed Jr. is the founder and President

 

David H. Koch is the Chairman of Americans for Prosperity Foundation and a Donor for Americans for Prosperity.

Mr. Koch is also the EVP of Koch Industries.

 

 

Many of the organizations listed below are connected through think tanks and the State Policy Network all pushing for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con).

 

American Constitution Society (ACS)  Eric H Holder Jr. is a board member,  Janet Reno is a Board of Advisor member, and ACS is funded by George Soros Open Society FoundationsBarbra Streisand Foundation, and Sandler Foundation).

 

Americans for Limited Government

 

Americans for Prosperity   Funded by Koch Brothers

 

Americans for Tax Reform

 

American Conservative Union

 

American Society of Competitiveness

 

America’s Future Foundation

 

Cato Institute   George Soros Open Society Foundations is a funder of Cato Institute and both are members of the State Policy Network.

 

Center to Protect Patients Rights

 

Christian Freedom International

 

Citizens for America

 

Club for Growth   CFR Member J. Kenneth Blackwell is one of the Directors with Director Frayda Levin Levy.  Frayda Levin Levy is also a Director of Americans for Prosperity

 

Council for National Policy

 

Freedom Partners

 

FreedomWorks

 

Goldwater Institute

 

GOProud

 

Heritage Foundation 1 of 2

 

Heritage Foundation 2 of 2

 

Janus-Merritt Strategies

 

Parentalrights.org

 

Roe Foundation

 

State Policy Network

 

Tax Foundation

 

Tea Party Patriots

 

 

Reasons against a Con-Con

1) Barry Goldwater said: “[I am] totally opposed [to a Constitutional Convention]…We may wind up with a Constitution so far different from that we have lived under for two hundred years that the Republic might not be able to continue.”

 

2) Chief Justice Warren Burger said: ”There is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the convention would obey.  After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don’t like its agenda.  The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the confederation Congress “for the sole and express purpose.”

 

3) With George Washington as chairman, they were able to deliberate in total secrecy, with no press coverage and no leaks.  A Constitutional Convention today would be a free-for-all for special interest groups, television coverage, and press speculation.

 

Reason why we must NOT promote an Article V Amendment Convention:

There is no provision in Article V empowering state legislators to choose the delegates to a Constitutional Convention or to “limit” the scope of a Con-Con.  There are no rules, no regulations or instructions, and once a Convention is underway, the delegates answer to NOBODY!

 

According to Corpus Juris Secundum 16 C.J.S. 9

The members of a Constitutional Convention are the direct representatives of the people and, as such,

they may exercise all sovereign powers that are vested in the people of the state.

The members of a Constitutional Convention are the direct representatives of the people, and as such

(1)  They may exercise all sovereign powers that are vested in the people of the state. 

(2)  They derive their powers not from the legislature, but from the people. 

(3)  Their power may not in any respect be limited or restrained by the legislature.

(4)  Under this view, it is a Legislative Body of the Highest Order and may not only frame, but may

                also enact and promulgate.    

Citations:

•(1) Mississippi (1892) Sproule v. Fredericks;  11 So. 472

•(2) Iowa (1883) Koehler v. Hill;  14 N.W. 738

•(3) West Virginia (1873)  Loomis v. Jackson;  6 W. Va. 613

•(4) Oklahoma (1907) Frantz v. Autry;  91 p. 193

•(5) Texas (1912)  Cox v. Robison;  150 S.W. 1149

 

 

The U.S.A. is in Danger

Once 34 states pass a bill asking for an Amendment Convention in which they are requesting a Constitutional Convention, we will have the possibility of a runaway convention.

About 26 states have a current resolution calling for some sort of a Constitutional Convention.

There is no way to control a Constitutional Convention or the outcome.

Ford and Rockefeller Foundation spent $25 million and 10 years writing a constitution called “The New States Constitution”.

 

Dangers of a Con-Con

1) With a Constitutional Convention, the whole constitution can be thrown out and a new one substituted  in its place.

2) With a Constitution Convention, it is the delegates that control the outcome.

3) You can NEVER trust the delegates with the Constitution.  The outcome of a Constitutional Convention is always worse and not what you would expect.

 

Hegelian Principle

1) The Hegelian Principle is being used against the people to push for a Constitutional Convention. The technique is as old as politics itself.  The Hegelian principle brings about change in a three-step process: Thesis, Antithesis, and Synthesis.

2) The first step (Thesis) is to create a problem (Old Constitution is outdated, needs grammar changes and is hard to follow because of its many amendments)

3) The second step (Antithesis) is to generate opposition to the problem.  (Government cannot operate if Constitution is not changed and it is hard to follow because of the many amendments)

4) The third step (synthesis) is to offer the solution to the problem created in step one.  (New Constitution that corrects only GRAMMAR and makes for easy to follow constitution)

 

Past History

1) There has been only one Constitutional Convention in the history of the nation – that was in 1787.  At the time, the nation was held together by the Articles of Confederation. The states were having a difficult time performing commerce among themselves. So it was decided to hold a Constitutional Convention to simply discuss how interstate commerce might be better organized. As the delegates were selected, delegations from a majority of states were given specific orders by their states to discuss nothing else beyond the commerce issue.

2) However, some delegates including James Madison had a very specific agenda planned for the convention and as soon as the delegates arrived at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, they closed and locked the door, pulled down the shades and met in secret for a month. When they were finished, they had created an entirely new nation.  We were very lucky that the convention was attended by men like Ben Franklin and George Washington and Madison. They produced the most magnificent document ever devised for the governance of man.

 

Present Day

Today, we have entrenched power forces led by the likes of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid.  And we have notoriously weak leaders like current House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who rarely miss a good compromise to keep the peace.  These are the people who will decide the rules for the convention, including delegate selection.  Do you trust them to follow the rules dictated by state legislatures?  Do you think Pelosi and Reid would pass up an opportunity to set their own rules to guarantee a Constitution to their liking?

 

Rules were changed in 1787

And there’s more.  Concerning the argument that no matter what the delegates produce, the states still must ratify it – thus serving as a safeguard to foolish behavior, consider this fact:  the Articles of Confederation required that any changes be ratified by 100% of the states.  That was the document that was the law of the land – until something else was put into place.  But, when the new Constitution was put to the states for a vote of ratification, suddenly they needed only two thirds to approve it. Why?  The fact is, Article V of the new Constitution was used – even before the Constitution which contained it was approved. Now, what do you think Reid and Obama and company would do with that precedent?  What if the new document produced by the Con-Con said ratification only required a vote of Congress – or of some special commission?  The precedent of 1787 says that could happen.  So much for protection by the states.

 

 

Safe Solution

1) States Must Enforce, Not Revise, the Constitution!

2) Find and support candidates who understand the Constitution, obey it, and agree to work to dismantle the unconstitutional federal apparatus.

3) The states must rein in our out-of-control federal government by enforcing the Constitution through nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, rather than by revising the Constitution through an inherently risky constitutional convention process.

4) States must enforce the 10th Amendment State Nullification.

5) We must be forceful and vigilant in demanding our legislators obey their oath of office to the Constitution. The legislators cannot be allowed to rewrite the very document that is our last protection against total destruction of our God-given unalienable rights.

Say NO to an Article V Amendment Convention (Con-Con)   

 

Ending Statements

1) “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”  Proverbs 27:12

2) “If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival.  There may even be a worse case:  you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

~Sir Winston Churchill

3) Only an Amendments or Article V Convention ITSELF CAN LEGALLY MAKE ITS OWN RULES – not an Interstate Compact, per U.S. Constitution Article V.

4) If Congress willfully ignores the authority of the U.S. Constitution now, why would we expect it to obey the Constitution when amended?

5) A NEW CONSTITUTION was already devised in 1970 by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions and funded by the Ford Foundation!

6) Billionaire George Soros has VOWED to replace the U.S. Constitution by year 2020 and is in a position to take advantage of a convention to do so.

7) The ratification process originally required 100% of the states to ratify amendments.  Now it is set to 75%.  This weakening precedent exists and holds weight in future conventions

 

8) Say NO to all Con-Cons!

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Article citing Palin,Levin and more as

https://www.politicususa.com/2015/03/20/convention-states-destroy-federal-government-kochs.html

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When Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) retired, he joined the Convention of States Project as a senior adviser. If you want to know how serious an endeavor this is, Breitbart informs us that, “Additional high profile supporters of the effort include, Sarah Palin, national radio talk show host Mark Levin, former U. S. Ambassador to the European Union C. Boyden Gray, Col. Allen West, Mike Huckabee and Governor Bobby Jindal.”

So to put it bluntly, Coburn is walking hand in hand with such intellectual giants as Sarah Palin, who took to Facebook in February to support the movement, and the man who put stupid back into the Republican Party, Bobby Jindal, who offered his own endorsement back in November of 2014. You can add Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity to the list of supporters.

By now, you probably already realize nothing good can come out of this scheme, because there are no good intentions behind it. Republicans are supporting using Article V of the Constitution not to propose amendments to the Constitution, but to destroy the government.

On March 16, Coburn wrote at the project’s website that, “I have joined the Convention of States Project because I believe it is our last, best hope for restoring our republic. I cannot sit idly by as my grandchildren’s future is bankrupted by an irresponsible, unaccountable and unrestrained government that was originally — and brilliantly — designed to protect their liberty.”

Which is why the GOP wants to sell the federal government to the Koch brothers? We have yet to see any evidence at all that the GOP is concerned with anyone’s liberty unless that person is one of them. And we call that tyranny, in point of fact.

Calling it a “means to smite the federal Leviathan,” Tom Coburn penned an op-ed for The Washington Times on February 24, claiming that “Our national soul is being corrupted by Washington’s and unconstitutional overreach.” As a response to this overreach, Coburn wrote that,

Our Founders anticipated the federal government might get out of control at some point, and they gave us a constitutional mechanism to rein it in. It’s called a Convention of the States, outlined in Article V of the Constitution.

and they gave us a constitutional mechanism to rein it in. It’s called a Convention of the States, outlined in Article V of the Constitution.

Article V reads,

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.

Coburn claimed that, “Although I am a proud conservative, this is not a partisan issue.” It is, however. The Founding Fathers distrusted government, but they came to realize that the absence of a strong central government was the greater threat to the new nation, and as a result, they gave us the United States Constitution.

And a strong central government. With the ability to tax. And to regulate. And to raise the standing army they had always feared. As Coburn said, the Founding Fathers were brilliant. They learned from their mistakes.

Coburn, being far less brilliant, seems to want to go back to the Articles of Confederation. These did not work in the immensely less complex 18th century. How they are expected to work better now amid the complexities of the modern, interconnected global marketplace, are anybody’s guess. Wishful thinking won’t get it done.

Though Coburn is no doubt right in saying that “Politicians and bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. will never voluntarily relinquish meaningful power — no matter who is elected,” that doesn’t mean a weak federal government is the answer. That fight ended in 1789 with the ratification of the Constitution.

Yet Coburn claimed in his op-ed that, “If there is one thing Americans have always agreed on it’s that government functions best when decisions are made closest to the people. Only through a Convention of States may the clear, unfettered voice of the people be heard and overreaching government be reined in.”

This is an interesting claim, given that what Republicans seem to want to offer us in place of a strong federal government that we control through elections, is a privatized corporate government that does not answer to us but to a board of electors we do not and cannot elect.

Even so, he wrote,

This is a movement whose time has come. In 26 states, citizens are working through their state legislatures to file applications to convene a Convention of States, and three others — Florida, Georgia and Alaska — have already passed the legislation necessary to move the process forward.

Coburn appeared as a guest on Focal Point yesterday and advanced the argument to the American Family Association’s official ambassador of hate, Bryan Fischer. After giving Coburn the opportunity to say nobody in Washington is interested in getting “serious about deficit reduction and control of the federal budget,” Fischer moved on to Coburn’s support for a Convention of States.

(You will have to watch the video (discussion of the Convention of States starts at the 5:09 mark) at https://vimeo.com/122672916 because its privacy settings do not allow us to embed it here)

Fischer: Let’s talk about what this convention of states would look like, what is it, what it would look like and how far along are we to seeing that happen?

Coburn: There is a constitutional way to fix our – Article V of the Constitution gives a way for the states to call a Convention of States. It’s in the constitutional convention. It’s not about a runway, its about what do you need to change to rebalance the liberty, freedom and authority the states were intended to have when the states created the federal government…They put in Article V that says 34 states or three-quarters…I mean two-thirds, decide they want to have a convention of states and they pass identical requests, then they can, nobody can stop that, and there will be a Convention of States with each state sending a delegation of whatever that state decides they want to send. And nothing comes out of that that that isn’t in the original request for the Convention of States. And the one that’s been filed in fourteen states says we request a convention of states to limit the scope, power and jurisdiction of the federal government, to create a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and to put term limits on members of congress. And anything outside of that cannot be considered.

Fischer: So this specifically would be about a balanced budget and term limits and nobody would be able to introduce anything else into that convention. So you’re saying –

Coburn: It would introduce things that would limit the power of the federal government, which would mean, does the FDA and the EPA now have the ability to tell you how long of a shower you will take in a hotel. No. We all know that, but that’s what they’re getting ready to do with their proposed ruling that came out this week. So the whole idea is the limit the scope, limit the jurisdiction, and limit the sovereignty of the federal government and restore it to what it was.

So let’s put this in perspective: Coburn is saying it’s wrong to tell people how long a shower they can take, but it’s okay to take away their health insurance and let them die. It’s okay to poison their water, air, and food, but it’s not okay to limit showers.

Gotcha.

Coburn ended his February op-ed with the cry that, “This battle is just beginning. It’s time to rein in Washington and return power to where it rightfully belongs — with the people,” but there is no evidence that it is to the people the GOP wants to return power. They can’t, when they’ve sold their souls to the Kochs.

Rather, they want to give the power currently held by the federal government to corporations, over which, as I have pointed out, the people have no control. The people do have some control over the federal government through elections, but no American outside of a member of a board of directors, has any control over a corporation. Unless it’s the federal government through its power to regulate. A power the Convention of States Project wants to eliminate.

Then we can celebrate our new found freedom from our own power (now handed over to corporations) by drinking poisonous water, breathing poisonous air, eating contaminated food, and a complete lack of healthcare to keep us alive. Those lucky enough to die will have earned a well-deserved freedom of the grave. The survivors will be condemned to corporate serfdom under the not-so benign ownership of the Kochs and their minions.

 

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https://freedomoutpost.com/mark-meckler-admits-convention-states-wont-solve-problem/

Reporter to Meckler asked “if they won’t follow Constitution now, why would they follow a changed one?  No response.”

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***https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/article-v-convention_n_2951027.html

POLITICS

03/25/2013 05:47 pm ET Updated Mar 26, 2013

Article V Convention To Amend Constitution Pushed By Several States

At least three states are seeking to force a constitutional convention to consider changes to the founding document.

Indiana, Georgia and Kansas have proposed a convention under the Constitution’s Article V, which allows two-thirds of the states to call a convention. The states’ reasons range from balancing the federal budget to overhauling federal powers. A constitutional convention has not been convened since the original one in 1787.

Forty-nine of the 50 states have filed at least one resolution with Congress calling for a constitutional convention. In order for a convention to be held, at least 34 states must pass a resolution on the same subject.

Sanford Levinson, a law professor at the University of Texas who backs an Article V convention, said the process is designed to be hard. “People who don’t like the idea of a convention, which is most people, want to make it impossible,” Levinson said.

Resolutions in Kansas and Indiana call for a constitutional convention to balance powers of states and the federal government. Georgia’s calls for the inclusion of a balanced budget amendment. The Indiana resolution — passed by the state Senate — gives broad outlines, while the Kansas resolution specifies that education, guns, health care, insurance and elections are strictly state powers with no role for the federal government.

“The idea is that the federal government never wants to limit its power,” Kansas state Rep. Brett Hildabrand (R-Shawnee), a sponsor of his state’s resolution, told HuffPost. “Most of the amendments are to expand the scope of the federal government. Except for the Bill of Rights, everything expands power.”

Some backers of a constitutional convention said they worry conventioneers could range beyond resolutions to amend any part of the Constitition. Hildabrand said he had such concerns, but was assured by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), that constitutional safeguards prevent a so-called runaway convention, requiring changes be approved by three-fourths of the states. Similar reasoning was used in the Indiana Senate debate.

Hildabrand said that he and other Kansas backers of a convention plan a national campaign to get other states to join the effort. He said they plan pressure conservative states, including Texas and Wyoming, to pass resolutions similar to the one in Kansas.

Levinson said its unclear whether convention delegates would be elected or picked by state legislatures. He said he wants an Article V convention that would “last for two years and is on CSPAN and holds serious hearings on the whole thing.”

Levinson said he doesn’t see states rushing to join the Kansas plan. “There is no way two-thirds of the states will get behind such a radical-right proposition,” he said.

 

http://dailysignal.com/2011/02/10/dont-be-fooled-by-article-v-conventions/

Don’t Be Fooled by Article V Conventions

We stand with our persevering friends and allies.  But let’s not be fooled.  By the very nature of man and the imperfection of politics, there are no silver bullets.

Such is the case with the proposal to hold an Article V constitutional amendments convention.  A perennial question in American history, it seems on its face to be a simple suggestion to deploy a forgotten option to bring about the changes we seek.

In the course of our work advising state and federal lawmakers and conservative allies across the country, we have been giving this issue close attention and study.  Along with Trent England, the director of constitutional studies at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, I’ve written our assessment of the meaning and status of Article V as part of our Constitution Guidance for Lawmakers series.  Stemming from that analysis, and taking into consideration the circumstances under which we are now operating, we have come to the conclusion that an Article V convention is not the answer to our problems.  The lack of precedent, extensive unknowns, and considerable risks of an Article V amendments convention should bring sober pause to advocates of legitimate constitutional reform contemplating this avenue.  We are not prepared to encourage state governments at this time to apply to Congress to call an amendments convention.

This should come as no surprise. While the congressional method of proposing amendments is unambiguous—Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses deem it necessary, may propose specific amendments—things get murkier with an Article V convention. The vagueness of this method led Madison to oppose the proposal at the Constitutional Convention: “difficulties might arise as to the form, the quorum etc. which in constitutional regulations ought to be as much as possible avoided.” Combine that with the fact that no such amending convention has ever occurred, and too many serious questions are left open and unanswered.

The requirement that amendments proposed by such a convention must be ratified by three-fourths of the states is a significant limit on the process and would likely prevent a true “runaway” convention from fundamentally altering the Constitution.  But we don’t think it is at all clear, for instance, that two-thirds of the states calling for an amendments convention can limit the power of all the states assembled in that convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. Other questions include the many practical aspects of how an amending convention would operate and whether any aspects of such a convention (including going beyond its instructions) would be subject to judicial review.

That said, advocating an Article V convention as part of a state-based strategy to press Congress to pass a constitutional amendment is not unreasonable.  Precisely because of the potential chaos of the process, the very threat of an amendments convention will pressure Congress to act rather than risk having one proceed.  That’s what happened in the 1980s with the unsuccessful push for a balanced budget amendment (good example) but also during the progressive era with the successful push for the direct election of senators (bad example).

Serious scholars will undoubtedly continue to debate the historical record and speculate about the possibility of an amendments convention under Article V.  But the argument that, as a matter of course, we should spend considerable time, money and effort right now to design, plan and implement a convention—despite the unknowns and risks involved—is both imprudent and potentially dangerous.  It is a distraction that inevitably gets bogged down in a debate over technical details, taking valuable attention and focus away from the substance of the constitutional reforms themselves. Claims of the ease and efficacy of an Article V convention are also misleading to the many committed and well-meaning reformers and activists who are serious about constitutional change in the United States.

There are several very good constitutional amendment ideas circulating, and a strong consensus is beginning to coalesce around a few. We should be careful not to undermine those good efforts by tying them intrinsically to the dubious process of an Article V convention.

There may be a time in extremis when an Article V convention is our last option to try to preserve the Constitution.   That’s how Madison at the height of the Nullification Crisis and later Lincoln in the midst of secession and the Civil War looked at it.  But just when there seems to be a national awakening to reestablish constitutional principles, American politics at the state and national level is moving in the right direction and a decisive election is on the horizon—that dark time is not now.

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http://www.sonorannews.com/archives/2015/150812/news-convention.html

AUGUST 12, 2015

National Convention of States Project Launches Legislator Caucus

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The COS Project has recently formed the Convention of States Caucus, a group of state legislators from across the country that will unite and write the suggested rules for the convention. It’s a great tool that will help grease the skids for the convention process. Several hundred have signed up including a number from AZ.

New Arizona Volunteers
The following folks are new volunteers to the AZ COS Leadership team:
Cliff Franks, LD 9: District Captain and Speaker
Jonah Nelson, LD 11: Jonah was a deputy to Dudley Bourne who has to spend more time with his sick wife. He’ll continue to write op-eds and video/audio scripts.
Aaron Ellsworth, LD 26: District Captain
Rick McMullen, LD 15: SIA (IT) and NationBuilder helper taking over for Kevin who’s tackling a new job.
John Gordon, LD 23: Speaker and Political Committee

Thank you all for your contribution.

We the People
By Mike Kapic, State Director

A little over a year ago there were just a handful of us. Today there are more than I can list here. Let me explain who is unselfishly working for you. They’re ordinary folks from every walk of life. They’re working on COS part-time, after their jobs and families, to return your government to you, the rightful owners. Folks who are just like you and me that can best be described as “we the people”.

They are volunteers who believe that the current path of our government is wrong for themselves and their progeny. They toil at work every day, take the kids to the doctor, the dog or cat to the vet at lunch time, and then come home and after homework, work on their COS project.

We have a little over five months before the COS legislative sponsor submits our application to the 2016 Arizona legislative session. We have a lot of work to do between now and then. We’re attempting to accomplish a number of projects and our “we the people” need your help. They need help with radio and TV promotions, writing, website content, training, speaking, and scripting video and audio clips, IT, working with legislators, recruiting, youth mentoring, and more. All of these require knowledge of the field but more importantly a passion for employing your skills and talents toward passing the application.

To minimize the sacrifice, reduce incomplete work or burnout, we’re trying to spread the workload over more part-time volunteers. We can’t do this alone. Please reach out to help us help you.

Stand Up! Speak Up! And Show Up!

New Education Opportunity Announced
By Gary Zimmermann, Training Director

One of the great things about the Convention of States movement is the readily available information and documentation regarding the history, legality, procedures, etc. of the Article V process. Unfortunately though, the sheer volume of available material can sometimes seem overwhelming, causing confusion and making it difficult to know where to begin.

The Arizona Convention of States has remedied that situation, announcing a brand new training opportunity to acquaint citizens with the high-level information that they seek when first showing an interest in the concept of an Article V amending convention.

The training module, which will soon be available at azconventionofstates.com/education/, will consist of a recorded voiceover presentation playable on all devices. This brief yet informative presentation will explain the reasons, history and procedure of an amending convention, while also offering frequently asked questions and other resources regarding the Article V Convention of States process.

A short quiz will complete the presentation with the option of printing a certificate of completion. All those receiving this newsletter are asked to take few minutes and complete this module, which will be available on the website by August 10. Once completed, please consider sharing the presentation with interested family and friends to help spread the word about this important tool in restoring our nation.

The Amendment Convention
By Ed Goheen

The first goal of the Article V Convention of States project is to have at least 34 States submit resolutions to Congress petitioning for a call (for the States) to hold an Amendment Convention.
In our discussions with the public it is important to use the wording “Amendment Convention” because of some confusing it with a Constitutional Convention. The Article V Convention of States process consists of two parts. First is an Amendment convention to propose amendments to the constitution. Second is the ratification procedure, which—at the discretion of Congress—can be either by the State legislatures, or by a ratification convention held by each State.

When telling someone about how an Article V Amendment Convention can fix our broken Federal government, that person will often say that they don’t think a Constitutional Convention to change or rewrite the Constitution would be a good idea. Your reply can be, “No, you didn’t hear what I said. I said an Amendment Convention. Congress has amended our Constitution 27 times, the last amendment being ratified in May, 1992. That didn’t cause you any pain, did it? Our project is going to do the exact same thing Congress has done 27 times before, except that this time it is going to be done by the States, which have been abused by the very Federal government that they created in the first place.”

We are NOT going to change or rewrite the Constitution; we are simply going to amend it, as has been done many times before!

Endorsements
Several Presidential candidates have expressed support for COS including:
•            Dr. Ben Carson
•            Bobby Jindal
•            Mike Huckabee
•            Rand Paul
•            Ted Cruz
Additional endorsements have come from:
•            Michelle Malkin
•            Dr. James Dobson

AZ COS Help Needed
Positions are available for a youth leader, speakers, DCs and deputy DCs, a media leader, and writers. Contact us for more information on how you can help.

AZ COS Leadership & Contact Info:
State Director
Mike Kapic
mikekapic@gmail.com
(775) 846-4948

Legislative Liaison
Tom Sinyard
sinyard@msn.com

Education Director
Dustin Romney
ddromney@gmail.com
(480) 352-5256

Coalitions Director
JB Files
mail@jbfiles.com

Social Media Director
Dawn Brunson
dawn.brunsonc21@gmail.com

IT
Rick McMullen
rickmcmullen@cox.net

Media Liaison
Tracy Middleton
tracymiddleton@msn.com
(623) 850-3188
Skype: tracylea

Gary Zimmermann
Training Director
gzimmermann@hotmail.com

To submit a short article or make a comment, contact:
Newsletter Editor
Tom Eidukonis
AZHD12@cosaction.com
949-230-1710

Convention of States Action • 100 Congress Ave, Suite 2000, Austin, TX 78701, United States

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https://noconcon.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/convention-of-states-had-problems-back-in-1995/

“Convention of States” had problems back in 1995!

For the past 200 years, efforts to call a federal convention have been firmly opposed by legal scholars and citizens alike. Although a con-con is a legal mechanism established by the Constitution, it is an amendatory process that cannot be limited or controlled.

In spite of assurances by [Utah’s] Governor Leavitt that the Conference of the States will not be a con-con, he openly advocated one in his first position paper and in public statements. The Salt Lake Tribune for April 25, 1994 reported:

On Thursday, the governor unveiled a proposal to gather support for an amendment to the U.S, Constitution giving states authority equal to the federal government’s. He took his plan for an informal states’ conference and a possible constitutional convention to the Western States Summit in Phoenix. The proposal is a manifesto that urges states to organize against their “subordinate status” under the current federal system.

Leavitt’s speech was not well received by the audience. Here is the reaction of one state representative, Utah’s Met Johnson, as quoted by the Salt Lake Tribune: “Mike got all wild and weird on us with this constitutional convention speech in Phoenix. The Constitution isn’t broken; we don’t want to open it up …. This is about the federal government regulating us into oblivion, and when he talked about that constitutional convention stuff, he made a lot of Westerners really angry.”

While a lot of Westerners were indeed angry and concerned, apparently no one at the intergovernmental level objected to the governor’s con-con plan, which is to be presented to an unsuspecting public, not as a con-con, but as a Conference of the States. After the Western States Summit meeting, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that “Leavitt also said he has rewritten his position paper, deleting any reference to a constitutional convention, which he said had been misconstrued.”

Although Mike Leavitt has toned down his speeches, his carefully written plan still comprises every ingredient needed to harness the powers of a federal convention. The choice of language makes the Conference seem harmless to many state legislators who have been quick to pass “Resolutions of Participation” that are being introduced in one state after another.

A constitutional convention is a meeting authorized by the several states and comprised of delegates appointed by their legislatures for the purpose of considering and adopting amendments to the federal Constitution. To avoid being presumptive concerning the role of this new convocation, we hereby quote from the “Action Plan” of the governors:

A Conference of the States would enable State representatives to consider, refine and adopt proposals for structural change in our federal system.

So isn’t that the essence of a federal convention? Essence or not, the organizers are quick to deny they are hosting a constitutional convention, or even laying the groundwork for one. We agree that their conference is certainly not being called pursuant to Article V of the Constitution, which, in addition to defining the procedure that authorizes Congress to initiate amendments, establishes an alternate route (circumventing Congress) for state-initiated amendments. Yet, neither was the Convention of 1787 called according to the established rules of the day. The original 13 states ignored the amendment process established in the Articles of Confederation. The delegates who attended the 1787 convention were vested with power by their state legislatures, power that extended far beyond their constitutional mandate

 

“All laws, rules and practices which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” Marbury v. Madison, 5th US (2 Cranch) 137, 180

That statutes which would deprive a citizen of the rights of person or property without a regular trial, according to the course and usage of common law, would not be the law of the land”. Hoke vs. Henderson,15, N.C.15,25 AM Dec 677.

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