Requests for an Article V Convention MUST BE STOPPED in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire House members (mostly Republicans) have already introduced three Article V convention applications for 2018:
All three resolutions have a hearing scheduled before the House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee on consecutive Wednesdays in January: HCR 12 on Jan. 17; HJR 4 on Jan. 24; and HCR 10 on Jan. 31.
Here is a list of sponsors of ALL the above:
HCR 10 – SPONSORS: Rep. Wallace, Rock. 33; Rep. Abear, Belk. 2
HCR 12 – SPONSORS: Rep. Wallace, Rock. 33; Rep. Howard, Belk. 8
HJR 4 – SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37; Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Rep. True, Rock. 4; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17
In this excellent JBS video (at 4:24), Robert Brown shows in 5 minutes the absurdity of a term limits amendment when he explains why it should be called the “Lame Duck Amendment.”
This article – Term limits: a palliative, not a cure and this article (HJR4) – The Proposed “28th Amendment”: Another Terrible Idea by PH explain why term limits and HJR4 are terrible ideas–they not only won’t solve the problem, they’ll create new ones.
HERE is a flyer explaining why NH legislators should oppose any Article V convention resolutions.
Please contact THE SPONSORS OF THESE BILLS, in addition to all 20 members of the House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee and ask them to vote NO on HCR12, HJR4, and HCR10.
Find them HERE.
10 Republican Representatives:
1 Libertarian Representative:
9 Democratic Representatives:
Thank you for defending our Constitution!
This article originated from the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition’s blog: http://www.nhteapartycoalition.org/tea/2018/01/15/concon-must-be-article-v-convention-must-be-stopped-in-nh-in-nh/
Mark Affleck, our camp newspaper editor and the co-creator of the Sam Blumenfeld Archives, shows how to use the Alpha-Phonics:
The “Convention of States” ConCon is one of the biggest political scams of our time, fueled by dark money laundered through (c)(3) organizations. As they ramp up their push for ConCon legislation in 2018, they will seek to avoid hearings that could expose the dark money behind their scheme.
Each year Mark Meckler files his IRS Form 990 at virtually the latest time possible, at or near the extended deadline of November 15 for the prior year. This concealed for nearly an additional year how his (c)(3) organization paid $108,200 to Michael Farris in 2015 for “PR SERVICES.”
“PR SERVICES”??? The lead advocate for Convention of States legislation, Michael Farris, was supposedly in the business of merely providing PR services to an obscure (c)(3) organization??? To the tune of $108,200??? That is an absurd characterization of Farris’s work.
Meckler himself raked in $220,200 (and more from a related organization) from that same obscure (c)(3) in 2015. Yet he has been spending his time going around the country demanding that state legislatures enact Convention of States, which is not a legitimate priority for a (c)(3) organization.
Tom Coburn’s massive compensation is even more cleverly concealed. He failed to fulfill his obligation to voters to complete his Senate term, and instead quit early to make big bucks from the ConCon scheme. Jim DeMint, who also quit the Senate early, is now being funded through a new (c)(3) front group.
The obscure (c)(3) that funded Meckler and Farris in 2015 was the “John Hancock Committee for the States,” which claims on its form that it is doing business as the “Citizens for Self Governance.” The Koch network deliberately makes it very difficult to trace their dark money.
Two of the Kochs’ biggest issues are amnesty for certain illegal aliens, to get the cheap labor for their companies, and expanding legalized marijuana, which was a libertarian goal back when David Koch ran as the libertarian candidate for vice president. They are working with billionaires on the Left on both issues, and this is what their secret agenda for a constitutional convention to limit federal power means: less border control and fewer limits on illegal drugs. No thanks.
The funding of the Convention of States legislation is deceitful and probably illegal in laundering dark money through (c)(3) organizations to push for state legislation. Let’s get Meckler, Coburn, Farris and DeMint answering questions under oath about this at a legislative hearing this year, and watch them skip town instead. Let’s demand full committee hearings before any votes are taken in 2018.
Andy Schlafly Readers are encouraged to visit the web site of Andy’s organization The Phyllis Schlafly Eagles: http://pseagles.org/
Sam Blumenfeld’s speech from the mid 1980s on why American schools can’t teach children to read. Sam concludes that literacy isn’t on the agenda:
In the novel “1984,” George Orwell’s unsettling prophecy of a totalitarian society, Newspeak was the official language of Oceania. It was devised to limit freedom of thought. New words were invented, undesirable words eliminated, and the remaining words redefined or limited in scope to further the Party’s ideology. If something can’t be said, it can’t be thought, making a diverging thought unthinkable.
So too, the Convention of States Project (COS) uses Newspeak to manipulate people into believing that the convention provided for by Article V of our Constitution is really a “convention of the states” that is controlled from start to finish by State Legislatures.
“Convention of the States” v. “Constitutional Convention”
On September 24-25, 2011, radical leftist professor Larry Lessig, who has ties to George Soros, and salesman Mark Meckler, who now heads COS, co-hosted Conference on the Constitutional Convention at Harvard. That conference kicked off the current push for the Left and the phony Right to work together to promote an Article V Convention.
But the Convention Lobby soon realized that conservatives had been schooled over previous decades by the John Birch Society and Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum to recoil from an Article V convention, also known as a “constitutional convention” or “con-con,” because it could run amok and replace our existing Constitution.
And despite their attempt to win conservative support by focusing state Article V convention applications on supposedly “conservative” issues like a “balanced budget amendment” or “fiscal restraints,” convention proponents were met with resistance from those who understood that State Legislatures have no power to limit the scope of a convention to specific topics or amendments.1 The same ploy was tried and failed in the 1970s and 1980s for the same reason.2
What to do?
Shamelessly, Mark Meckler and his legal operatives turned to Newspeak. Attorney Rob Natelson, the Newspeak guru of the convention lobby, announced in a speech on September 16, 2010, that he was “going to put our concepts on ‘reset'”:
“I hope this is the last time I’ll say [the words] ‘constitutional convention.’… I often have made the mistake of calling it that, but it is a serious mistake because it causes people to misunderstand what the convention is all about. The Constitution gives the convention a specific name – a convention for proposing amendments – and I think we should call it that or perhaps an Article V convention, an amendments convention or convention of the states.” 3Thereafter, they adopted the term “convention of the states,” defined it as a convention totally controlled by State Legislators, and claimed that a “convention of states” was the same as an “Article V convention,” and different from a “constitutional convention” or a “con-con.”
As Meckler spins the narrative:
“A constitutional [or plenipotentiary] convention has only been held once in the entire history of the country set in 1787…. they can draft a new constitution from scratch….
“[But] This is an ‘Article V Convention of States for proposing amendments.’… They do not have supreme authority. They do not have the authority to redraft the entire [Constitution]…. So, an ‘Article V Convention of States for proposing amendments’ is a convention that is limited by the instructions from the States as to what they can deal with.”4Common Sense
In Oldspeak – i.e., the real world of English grammar and common sense – “constitutional convention” and “Article V convention” are synonymous. Any convention dealing with drafting or amending a constitution is a “constitutional convention.” Also, any convention provided for in a constitution is, by definition, a “constitutional convention.”
But in the Orwellian world of COS Newspeak, a “convention of the states” can’t run away, by definition!
That the Newspeak definition for “convention of the states” doesn’t exist in our founding documents doesn’t matter to the convention lobby. It serves to deceive legislators into thinking that an “Article V convention,” unlike a “constitutional convention,” can’t run away and therefore secures legislators’ YES votes on con-con applications.
Recently in Michigan, 32 Representatives responded to a National Association of Gun Rights survey, saying they were opposed to an Article V Convention, most likely because they were concerned they would lose the Second Amendment at a con-con – a very real possibility. After being exposed to COS Newspeak, some of those same legislators decided they could simultaneously support COS legislation asking Congress to call a “convention of the states”!
“It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control,’ they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink'” – 1984, Part I, Chapter 3“Limit” in Newspeak means “expand,” as shown by amendments proposed by COS supporters. Our Constitution already limits the federal government to the enumerated powers. The amendments proposed by Mark Levin, Michael Farris, and the COS simulated convention would legalize powers the federal government has already usurped and strip States of existing powers and rights.
COS recently promoted itself as “the largest Article V grassroots organization…nationwide.” So, a “grassroots” organization in COS Newspeak is one bankrolled with millions of dollars from mega-billionaires! 5
“WAR IS PEACE; FREEDOM IS SLAVERY; IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” – 1984, party slogans.Another word trick in COS Newspeak would replace “Delegate” with “Commissioner.” A “delegate” is a representative who has power; but a “commissioner” is a person charged to manage some particular subject-matter and is controlled by his superiors. Accordingly, Meckler told Senators at a February 25, 2015, Nebraska committee hearing that they’ll direct their “commissioners” by text messaging during the convention because legally, commissioners are equivalent to hired insurance agents! 6
What COS Fails to Mention
COS operatives and their coterie of attorneys fail to mention that we have another founding document in addition to the Constitution. That document is the Declaration of Independence, which preceded the Constitution.
“It would have been quite impossible to render [the Declaration of Independence] into Newspeak while keeping to the sense of the original. The nearest one could come to doing so would be…the single word CRIMETHINK.” – 1984,
AppendixThe Declaration of Independence, paragraph 2, expresses our founding principles which are above the Constitution: that all men are created equal; that our Rights come from God; that the purpose of government is to secure those Rights; and that, if the government fails to secure our Rights, We the People have the Right “to alter or to abolish” our government and set up a new one.
The convention is the highest form of government, having more power than State Legislatures and Congress put together. So even though the Framers met in convention in 1787 “for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation (AOC),” they had the inherent and legal right, as expressed by the Declaration of Independence, to write a new Constitution which created a new government. Moreover, they set a precedent by making the new Constitution easier to ratify than amendments to the AOC.
And with the words “We the People…,” they reaffirmed in our Constitution the founding principles written eleven years earlier. In fact, in Federalist 40, Madison justified writing the new Constitution, which was to replace the AOC, by citing the Declaration of Independence.7
Newspeak, as adopted by the convention lobby, is believed and repeated in State Capitols across America by too many Republican legislators who have set logic and truth aside to buy the false narrative. They believe that the solution to an overreaching federal government that has ignored our Constitution is to change our Constitution! And that an Article V convention called by Congress can’t possibly run away because it is just a “convention of the states” in Newspeak!
And shame on the heavily bankrolled, self-professed “conservatives” at COS, along with their team of attorneys, “constitutional scholars,” and lobbyists who risk our Constitution by selling a bill of goods to well-meaning and unsuspecting legislators. The same propaganda is used to fool ordinary citizens whom COS claims to “represent.”
A runaway convention can’t be prevented with Newspeak! Americans must educate themselves on this deception and be vigilant. Understand the real remedies our Framers said we must use to prevent federal overreach. Once a convention is called, it will be too late to stop a new Constitution with an easier mode of ratification from being imposed. Our existing Constitution and our Liberty hang in the balance.
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free…it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson to C. Yancey, 1816
1 See Judge Van Sickle’s Article, Part IV: https://publiushuldah.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/van-sickle03192017.pdf.
2 “Constitutional Convention called Redux,” Part 4, Kelleigh Nelson 3-22-2013, para 9: https://freedomoutpost.com/constitutional-convention-call-redux-rexford-g-tugwell-the-newstates-constitution/.
3 The State-Application-and-Convention Method Of Amending The Constitution: The Founding Era Vision, Robert G. Natelson, See I (pp 9, 10).
4 Red Eye Radio, scroll to 7/6/17, Part 2 @ 51:25: http://www.redeyeradioshow.com/on-demand/.
5 While we are unable to determine all the sources of the funding for Meckler’s group, the ultimate source of much of the funding for the push for an Article V convention is the Koch Brothers of Texas.
6 Nebraska Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, 2-25-2015, Transcript pp. 47, 52: http://www.legislature.ne.gov/FloorDocs/104/PDF/Transcripts/Government/2015-02-25.pdf.
© Judi Caler
Camp Constitution’s 10th annual family summer camp will run from Sunday August 5 to Saturday August 11 at the Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield, MA
This year’s guest instructors include Lord Christopher Monckton, Professor Willie Soon, one of the world’s top “climate realists,” Dr. Duke Pesta, Pastor William Levi of Operation Nehemiah, and Mrs. Krisanne Hall. The camp offers programs for children of all ages, and is open to entire families and/or unaccompanied minors.
In addition to the classes, campers will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, canoeing, hiking, basketball, volleyball, and an evening campfire. On the last full day of camp, campers will distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution to residents of the surrounding community. Field trip to local historical sites and a visit to Mt Greylock are also planned. For more information, contact Mr. Hal Shurtleff, director of Camp Constitution (857) 498-1309 or visit the web site: http://www.campconstitution.net/
With just a few days left in 2017, we can estimate that the Sam Blumenfeld Archives had 2 million views in 2017, and 75,000 downloads of Sam’ “Alpha-Phonics.” We still have more of Sam’s word to upload.
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Camp Constitution wishes all a Merry Christmas. Please enjoy this video of the 2nd Annual Celebration of the Nativity at the Massachusetrs State House which included an excellent presentation on the history of Christmas by Dr. Paul Jehle of Plymouth Rock Foundation.
He caught a chill riding horseback several hours in the snow while inspecting his Mount Vernon farm.
The next morning it developed into “acute laryngitis” and the doctors were called in.
Their response was to bleed him heavily four times, a process of cutting one’s arm to let the “bad blood” out.
They also had him gargle with a mixture of molasses, vinegar and butter.
Despite the doctors’ best efforts, they could not save former President George Washington and he died DECEMBER 14, 1799, at the age of sixty-seven.
George Washington said
“Doctor, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go”
“I should have been glad, had it pleased God, to die a little easier, but I doubt not it is for my good.”
George Washington, at about eleven o’clock in the evening, uttered his last words:
“Father of mercies, take me unto thyself.”