The Folly of a Convention of the States

There is an increasing call as of late to get states to sign on to the idea of commencing an Article 5 convention to change the Constitution of the United States of America. The people who support this say that the states need to initiate this action so we can rein in the federal government’s corruption. They propose to put term limits, a balanced budget amendment and an amendment limiting the power of the federal government. This idea is heavily flawed. What this idea will really do is allow the criminals we have in office, and their handlers, to change the Constitution to suit their purposes. There are some changes to the Constitution that could be good for America, but this is not the time to allow our politicians in office the keys to the Constitution.

Here is Article 5 for reference:

“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.”

The real problem we face is the ignoring of the Constitution. Most of what Washington DC does is unconstitutional by definition. The very existence of most of the departments and agencies that we have now in Washington DC prove that. The Federal Reserve for instance. Congress is delegated the power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin”. They have illegally allowed the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, to wield this power. The Congress passing “laws” to change the Constitution is by definition unconstitutional. Only through an Article 5 convention could this power be changed, because the Constitution itself needs to be changed.

Add to that list the Departments of Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Transportation, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development. None of these departments are authorized by the Constitution and exist unlawfully. The problems we face are employees of the federal government not abiding by their oath to office and their complete disregard for the Constitution of the United States of America.

Article 5 of the Constitution was written for one reason, to change the Constitution. It has nothing to do with making our government employees comply with the law. It is not an enforcement mechanism for the people. It exists simply to change the Constitution when good ideas need to be enacted.

Instead of working to make our government employees follow the law, these people think that changing the law is the proper course of action. If this was the sum total of the action I would say go for it. But it is not. When a convention is called by the states, no one knows what will be proposed. The Convention of States Project completely ignores or gives out misinformation to allay the people’s fears. They state that their applications are binding and that only items stated in the applications can be addressed. That is a lie. Refer back to the Article itself for clarification on this point. “shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments”. When the convention begins is the time that amendments are proposed. There is no truth in the binding of delegates nor of a limited convention.

There has never been a convention called by the states under our current Constitution. Every amendment has been proposed by Congress and ratified by the states. The closest thing that we have witnessed in our history was the Constitutional Convention of 1787 which gave us our current Constitution. Originally described as a convention to amend the Articles of Confederation, it was rapidly turned on its head and became a convention to give us a new Constitution. The same thing could happen today with a convention of the states.

Even more alarming in 1787 was the ratification process for the new Constitution was changed. Under the Articles of Confederation, all of the states, 100% of them, had to agree to changes to make them law. In the Constitutional Convention they changed that to 3/4 of the states, or nine states out of the thirteen. In modern times a new Constitution could be created and the ratification process along with it. Is our Constitution so flawed it needs to be replaced or even changed? Or is it the rejection of our Constitution by those in power which is the problem?

The purpose as stated by the Convention of States Project was originally three fold- term limits, balanced budget, and the limiting of federal power. They have changed their tune depending on the state legislature they are soliciting. Two out of these three items are already found in the Constitution but are being ignored. These idea presented by the convention of states project are the window dressing to fool people into supporting this misguided effort.

Term Limits. We already have term limits, it is called the vote. The electorate is the problem here, not the Constitution. We the people already have the ability to term limit our elected officials but for whatever reason we choose not to in most cases. If we did get a term limit amendment it would do nothing to make the people already in office comply with the law. Changing out 535 elected officials of the federal government will do nothing to rein in the other 1,7000,000+ employees that are already employed at the federal level.

Balanced Budget. Article 1 Section 8, the enumerated powers of Congress, already covers this topic. We have Congress funding entities which are not prescribed by the Constitution. Where is healthcare in Article 1 Section 8? How about Planned Parenthood? Common Core? How about infrastructure repair? None of this is found in Article 1 and is thus unconstitutional and funding unconstitutional entities is breaking the law. Even worse, the idea of a balance budget ignores the unlawful nature of these entities. This amendment would allow for the funding of these unconstitutional agencies and departments in defiance of the words already contained in the Constitution. Why do we need another amendment for the our elected officials and their minions in Washington DC to ignore or use as an excuse for unlawful activity?

Limiting power of Washington DC. The whole of the Constitution describes what a lawful government is. Where in the Constitution is the Administration for Community Living, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau, Amtrak, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, the Chemical Safety Board, the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, the Commission of Fine Arts, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Council of Economic Advisors. the Council on Environmental Quality, the Delta Regional Authority, the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security, Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Employment and Training Administration, Energy Information Administration, Energy Star Program, Environmental Management, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Export-Import Bank of the United States just to name a few ( I stopped at “E” under federal agencies listed by the government at https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/a ) authorized by our Constitution? They are not. It has been a slow but steady creep to create the unconstitutional bureaucratic monstrosity we witness today.

Then there are some agencies that are in direct conflict of the Constitution. The Bureau of Land Management for instance. The Constitution is quite clear the land that the federal government is allowed to own. Article 1 Section 17 describes what the lawful ownership of land is to be:

“To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings”

And yet they are still funded by the criminals in office in defiance of their oath to office and the Constitution itself. The Bundy’s were correct in their assessment of the BLM.

Our government is out of control. What we are witnessing is over a century in the making. We have allowed the government to ignore the Constitution and the results are leading to the destruction of our republic. There are no easy fixes. Changing the Constitution will do nothing to make our government comply with the laws. But it will allow the people who want to fundamentally change the United States of America an opportunity like no other.

Now is the time to fight this foolishness. Do you want the 2nd Amendment removed like former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens? Maybe you just want to have it clarified like some in the COS project have stated? The only way to legally do so would be holding an Article 5 Convention. There are no easy fixes to the problems we face as a nation. A convention of states at this time could have dire consequences with the benefit, IF everything goes correctly, being very minimal. Just say no.

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A Way Support Our Troops

Many people claim to support our troops. They admire the sacrifice our service men and women have made to serve this country. These heroes realize that when they sign up, they are putting their lives on the line to keep us a free nation, and we honor them for that.

Most people will defend them when they are erroneously smeared, and we mourn when they are killed. I believe peoples’ sincerity when they state these beliefs. But there is something we the people can do, and do right now, that would truly be supportive of our men and women in the armed forces—  we could bring them home.

These brave men and women put their lives into others peoples’ hands to protect our country. They take an oath to defend the Constitution from all enemies—  foreign and domestic. That is their charge.

The people who put them in harm’s way, Congress and the President, also take the same oath.  A big problem we have today is Washington sending Americans to various destinations around the world illegally. These politicians are breaking their oath. Invariably, some Americans are killed because their jobs are dangerous. I would think that sending troops around the world to be put into danger and possibly die which is not supported by our laws would upset more people that it does.

Maybe it is ignorance of the Constitution. Maybe they have the erroneous idea that we need to be the policeman for the world. Maybe they haven’t put two and two together yet. Whatever the reason, it is misguided, and it needs to be corrected. The results are the loss hundreds and thousands of American lives to unlawful acts by our government— men and women we supposedly cherish.

To some of us, the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land. We believe that the structure of our government needs to return to its original size and intent. We realize that our politicians are breaking the law on a regular basis, and in this case, the sending of troops to foreign lands without a declaration of war is resulting in the deaths of servicemen.  It is unacceptable.

Every President and Congress since I have been alive has engaged in conflicts that are contrary to our Constitution. The last time we declared war was in 1941 when the United States entered into WW II. Ever since then, every “war” we have engaged in has been illegal and not supported by law.

Either we are a nation of laws or we are not. There is no middle ground.

According to my research, we have between 600-900 bases worldwide. Even one base overseas is too many. None of those are authorized by law. We put American personnel at risk for nothing. Well, not exactly nothing— people make a lot of money because of these deployments. When an ordinance is used, companies make money replacing it. Private contractors who do the jobs the military used to do are employed at exorbitant prices while their employers make even more money. A lot of what is destroyed is often rebuilt by American corporations who profit immensely. Americans overseas equate to large profits for huge corporations. This is another in a long line of unlawful redistributions of wealth, but this one invariably costs us American lives.

President Eisenhower warned us about this on January 17, 1961. In his farewell speech, he warned us of the military-industrial complex. He was very direct in his discussion on this topic. He warned that a large armament industry could lead us to abandon our “peaceful methods and goals.” “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizen can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense, with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty can prosper together.” That was the end of his speech. Powerful stuff coming from a President who was also the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Western Europe during WW II. Why don’t we heed his words?

So what I suggest is that we make it an issue. We need to confront politicians and let them know how we feel. Support the narrative. Bring our troops home. There is nothing of enough value overseas that is worth even one American life.

When more troops are killed, remember that it could have been avoided. That son or daughter, mother or father would be alive today if we abided by the law. Capitulating to the whims of war hawks and those who profit from our unlawful activities is no longer an option. If you truly support the military then do the right thing, support bringing our troops home. The unlawful and immoral actions of those who break their oaths of office to put these true Americans in harm’s way must be stopped. Support the Constitution and the young men and women who swear to protect it. Bring them home.