Since I left the staff of the John Birch Society last July, I have been unemployed and looking for a job. I have filled out numerous applications on-line, in person, took tests, conducted job interviews, attended workshops, etc. Usually, I receive nice E-mails thanking me for applying and interviewing but I am not what they were looking for. I can’t blame them. I will be 58 years old in a few weeks, and most companies don’t want to invest in the time and training for someone who may not be with them very long. And, in this very left-wing environment, (Boston, MA), a man with my background is as welcome as a can of Raid at a cockroach convention. Meanwhile, we at Camp Constitution have been in the process of raising funds to make a full-time camp director position available for me. A few weeks ago , I was finally offered a full-time job that was somewhat decent. I verbally accepted the job, and told a few friends and family that I was going to start this job Monday February 13.
One person I told was my good friend, mentor, and “a brother from another mother, Rev. Steven Louis Craft. He strongly urged me not to take the job, but to do Camp Constitution full time. He said that God tested me when I was given an ultimatum by the CEO of the John Birch Society, and that he is testing me now. Well, after discussing things with my wife and children, I decided to take his advice, and pursue Camp Constitution full time I have a peace about the decision. Interesting enough, I received two other full-time job offers including a job that I applied for in July.
Camp Constitution has received the support of many people who are donating on an annual or monthly basis to make my full time position possible. We still have a way to go, but I am trusting God. Over the last six months, many doors have been open to us. Here is a link to an article about the camp’s progress and goals: http://campconstitution.net/camp-constitutions-2016-review…/
I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to advance the camp’s mission spelled out in its motto: “Honor the Past…Teaching the Present and…Preparing the Future…” Thank you to all those who have helped make this position possible. I will honor your confidence and generosity, and pray that God will continue to richly bless our efforts.
Article V convention supporters seem to think they are oh! so clever when they accuse those of us who oppose an Article V convention of “fear mongering”.
Well, I graduated from “fearfulness” long ago – now I’m in the HORROR stage: Under the North American Union (NAU), Canada, the United States, and Mexico merge and a Parliament is set up over them. This was President George W. Bush’s plan, cooked up during 2005 at his ranch in Texas with the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of Mexico.
But in order to set this up, they need a new Constitution which transforms the United States from a sovereign nation to a member state of the NAU.
How do they get the new Constitution? At an Article V convention.
How do they get an Article V convention? Tell the American People that at an Article V convention, they can get Amendments to our existing Constitution which will “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government”.
And, as ordinary citizens who support an Article V convention give daily proof, such tactics work. People don’t think – they follow what popular people tell them, and then they repeat it as if they know all about it. And they insult, revile and marginalize the people who do tell them the Truth (as they have been programmed by their Conditioners to do).
Americans don’t know that delegates to an Article V convention have “PLENIPOTENTIARY POWERS” and thus have the power (recognized in the 2nd paragraph of our Declaration of Independence) to throw off our present Constitution and establish a new one with a new (and easier) mode of ratification.
Americans don’t know that in Federalist Paper No. 40 (15th para), James Madison invoked this clause in the Declaration of Independence as justification for what they did at the federal convention of 1787: Instead of proposing Amendments to the Articles of Confederation (as they had been instructed to do), they wrote an entirely new Constitution which created a new government.
Americans don’t know that because of these plenipotentiary powers, Delegates to an Article V convention can do whatever they want. It doesn’t matter whether they were sent to the convention for “the sole and express purpose” of proposing a balanced budget amendment, or a term limits amendment, or a countermand amendment, or some other designated purpose – they are not bound by those spurious limitations.
Americans don’t know that “faithful delegates” laws are a joke: Not only do delegates have plenipotentiary powers and sovereign immunity for whatever they do; it is a simple matter to circumvent “faithful delegate” laws.
So that’s how a Constitutional Republic is destroyed and replaced by a global government.
You can read about the NAU here. Read the Task Force Report. Heidi Cruz was on the Task Force which wrote the report.http://www.cfr.org/…/building-north-american-community/p8102
Questions: Is Senator Ted Cruz in on this plan to move us into the NAU? Is Governor Greg Abbott of Texas in on this plan to move us into the NAU? Is Lt. Gov Dan Patrick of Texas in on this plan?
People! Your guides are leading you astray and are confusing the path you should take. You better start using your own heads – and you better start doing it today. We are close to having Congress call an Article V convention. You better get with your State Legislators and educate them about the dangers and give them the Facts.
If you continue to refuse to hear the Truth; and if you continue to revile those who do tell the Truth, then the blood of a great many people will be on your head.
Hell is just around the corner. Look at Western Europe – how has the EU worked out? Americans better wise up now. Stop an Article V convention. Tell your State legislators to rescind the applications for a convention your State has already passed; and tell them not to pass any more applications. For an unofficial list (by State) of applications to Congress which have already been passed, go HERE.
Mark Meckler, Co-founder of the Convention of States Project has been very busy over the past few years lobbying state legislators to pass resolutions applying for an Article V Convention. But a visit to the Living Room Conversations web site, we find an interesting quote from Mr. Mecker:
Mark Meckler, cofounder, Tea Party Patriots. “I am an enthusiastic champion for Living Room Conversations because over the last several years I’ve come to realize that the largest divide in this country is not between the citizens of one party or another, but between the citizens and the Ruling Elite in Washington, DC and the state capitols. Those in power want us to hate each other, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, and state against state. They like conservatives to hate liberals, Democrats to hate Republicans, and they want us hating each other over any issue where they can foment discord. They do this because it is profitable for them. While the majority of Americans say that Washington, DC and government in general are broken, the majority of those in office think things are working well because they gain money, power and prestige from the division they sow. The status quo does not serve the people of this country and Living Room Conversations is a critical step in helping people to see that they have a lot in common with those they’ve been told by the politicians and the media that they should hate. Only by learning to respect each other, and work together in this way is real change possible.”http://www.livingroomconversations.org/champions_2
He makes a claim that there is a ruling elite not only in Washington, D.C, but also at the state capitols. When he testifies in front of state legislators, he doesn’t seem to mention these “Ruling Elite” who are in power. If he is correct, then why would he believe that an Article V Convention would be free of the Ruling Elite who want us to hate each other?
Camp Constitution Speakers Bureau hosted a tour of Robert Brown, constitutional scholar and creator of “The Constitution is the Solution” DVD series in New Hampshire and Maine last week January 24-26. His engagements included two in-studio radio interviews, two press conferences, luncheon presentations to elected officials, and several evening presentations. The most interesting of all of the events was the press conference held at the Maine State House. Unlike the press conference we held for Rev. Steve Craft last fall where we enjoyed the presence of reporters from four T.V. stations, and several from Maine’s daily papers, not a reporter was on hand to cover the event. However, on hand were Mr. Ken Quinn, regional director of the Convention of States, one of the leading organizations promoting an Article V Convention, with 15 or so supporters of Convention of States. Mr. Brown did an excellent job handling the questions of the attendees.
Special thanks to Adrian Villa, Patricia Truman, Rich Girard host of the Girard at Large Show, Karen Testerman, host of The Right Group, NH state reps Al Baldasaro, and Jeannine Notter, and Mrs. Jeanette Wheeler.
Camp Constitution Speakers Bureau will host a speaking tour for Mr Robert Brown of Montana on the dangers of an Article V Convention. Mr. Brown, a Constitutional scholar and creator of the DVD series “The Constitution is the Solution,” will tour New Hamphire and Maine from Tuesday January 24 to Thursday January 26. His schedule:
Tuesday January 24:
-8:30 AM In Studio interview with Rich Girard of “Girard at Large Manchester NH
11:00 AM: Press Conference Legislative Office Building 33 North State St Concord, NH
12:00 Noon Private Lunch with NH legislatures
4:00 PM In Studio Radio Interview with Karen Testerman Manchester
7:00 PM Presentation Nashua Public Library 2 Court St. Nashua, NH Free admission
Wednesday January 25,
1:00 PM Press Conference Maine State Capitol Building Welcome Center
6:30 PM Presentation Lithgow Library 45 Winthrop St Augusta, MA Free admission
12:00 Noon Private Lunch with Maine Legislatures
7:00 PM Presentation American Legion Post 181 Jefferson St. Waldoboro, ME Free admission
For more information on this tour, please call Camp Constitution director Hal Shurtleff (857) 498-1309 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Constitution recently interviewed Mr Brown on the “Girard at Large Show”
Camp Constitution had its busiest year since its founding in 2009.
Annual Family Camp
We enjoyed the largest attendance in our camp’s history with about 120 people participating. Our featured instructors were Mrs. KrisAnne Hall, and John McManus. Mr. Mert Melfa, and Michael Smith did an incredible job videotaping the classes and activities and uploaded on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jnzBzBiNYAKi9OYzt61K83fjwGrxP0 Mr. Mark Affleck did an excellent job as the camp’s newspaper editor and made copies available on the camp’s website https://s3.amazonaws.com/camppictures/CampArchive/index.htmllhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/camppictures/CampArchive/index.html
We had information tables at two home school conventions: Homeschoolers of Maine’s annual convention held in mid March, and the Mass Hope Home School Convention which is the largest homeschool convention in New England. We hosted a workshop at the Mass Hope Convention entitled “Dangers of an Article V Convention.” Our presence at these two conventions led to new families attending our summer camp, the distribution of hundreds of copies of the U.S. Constitution, and our publications and reprints.
We had a float in the Dedham, MA Flag Day Parade for the 2nd year in a row where we passed out over 500 copies of the U.S. Constitution, and Camp Constitution brochures. Thanks to Dan McGonigle and Emily Shurtleff, we manned an information table on July 4th at the Boston Common with the theme “Honoring the Signers. We challenged folks to name the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and distributed copies of an article on the signers of the Declaration of Independence and their sacrifices.
We held information tables at two venues on the same day Saturday September 17th in Boxboro, MA and Nashua, NH. The Boxboro event was the first annual “Reclaim America Rally” and the Nashua event was the National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies’ annual Constitution Day Celebration where Camp Constitution’s director, Hal Shurtleff, was one of the speakers. Volunteers for these events were Rich Seron, Bob and Nancy Seeley, and Dr. Kishore.
Thanks to the Ferretti family, we were invited to participate in an all day (and evening) event celebratating the Constitution in Hyde Park, NY in mid September.
Pastor Scott Lively invited Rev. Craft, Dr. Kishore, and Hal Shurtleff to participate in the first annual New England Biblical Values Summit where we had an information table, and were panelists.
Our newly created speaker bureau hosted Dr. Duke Pesta for four presentation in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, a speaking tour of Dr. Kishore and Rev Steve Craft in Maine, and a presentation on the dangers of an Article V Convention in the Boston area. Many of these presentation have been videotaped and are uploaded on our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7ME18Q1xiqcrPEn5h5FbA
We sponsored a press conference for Rev. Steve Craft to speak on the drug addiction and race issues in Maine which resulted in front page coverage in most of Maine’s daily newspapers, and four TV stations.
Sam Blumenfeld Archives
Thanks to the efforts of Mark Affleck, and Eric Conover, the camp’s webmaster, we launched the Sam Blumenfeld Archives on our web site and are averaging over 150,000 views per month. People from all over the world are making use of the excellent resources on this page. http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/
We did a special project for Mr. G. Edward Griffin-videotaping a presentation of Dr. Willie Soon ,and will be in the credits for Mr. Griffin’s documentary exposing the global warming fraud,. We will be in another documentary on the Dr. Kishore Story directed by Joaquin Fernandez. He interviewed Rev. Craft and Hal Shurtleff . We also compiled some footage from Dr. Kishore’s speaking tour in Maine that will be in the documentary.
Camp Constitution Press
Camp Constitution Press reprinted “Color, Communism, and Common Sense” by Manning Johnson, and have made plans for a speaking tour by Rev. Craft on this topic of how our nation’s enemies are using race to destroy our nation. We also attended and videotaped the first annual Nativity Celebration at the Massachusetts State House.
Camp Constitution’s Youtube channel has close to 1/4 of a million views and over 1,200 subscribers. Our facebook page has over 1,000 likes. We also renewed our Vimeo page, and have increased the number of articles on our Camp blog.
Camp Constitution Radio
Camp Constitution Radio is in its second year. This weekly show broadcasts on WBCQ The Planet Shortwave and http://ipmnation.com/ Guests in 2016 year’s included Lord Christopher Monckton, Professor Willie Soon, Ed Martin, Director of Eagle Forum, Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center, and Joaquin Fernandez, co-director of the documentary “Indoctrination. We also appeared as guest on a number of radio shows including the Michelle McPhee Shoe in Boston, and guest hosted “The Girard at Large Show,: a popular morning show hosted by Rich Girard in Manchester, NH.
We would like to expand our outreach and mission which includes starting other camps around the country, a greater presence at home school shows and other venues. We will be hosting Robert Brown, Constitutional Scholar and creator of “The Constitution is the Solution” in Maine and New Hampshire later this month to speak on the dangers of an Article V Convention, and have made arrangements to have an information table at the Nashua, NH gun show. We have several book projects underway including a book written by our campers.
What can you do?
Attend our 2017 Family Summer Camp and help get other families to attend. Download the 2017 camp brochure: http://campconstitution.net/public-essays/
Host a Camp Constitution speaker in your town and/or encourage local patriotic and civic groups to host a speaker.
Share our Youtube videos.
Promote our website. http://campconstitution.net/
Start a Constitution Club in your home, or local library.
Make a monthly donation via our PayPal account. http://campconstitution.net/set-up-recurring-donations/
And pray that God will continue to bless our camp, and our nation.
Rich Girard, host of the popular mornings drive time radio show “Girard at Large,” offered Hal Shurtleff, who has been a guest on the show over the past few years, an opportunity to guest host the show for a day. Hal took him up on the offer, and along with Camp Constitution instructors Tom Moor, and Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore, drove up from Boston in the early morning hours last Tuesday to be at the studio in time for the 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM show. It was a lively three hours with guests Rev. Steve Craft, Mrs. Diane Gilbert of the National Heritage Center for Constitution Studies, Ed Martin, director of Eagle Forum, Robert Brown, creator of the video series “The Constitution is the Solution,” and climate scientist, Professor Willie Soon of Harvard University. A link to the archive of the show http://www.girardatlarge.com/category/show-archives/page/2/
Camp Constitution attended the 1st annual Nativity at the Massachusetts State House Thursday December 22. This historic event was held in the Hall of Flags, and sponsored by the Renew Massachusetts Coalition and the Massachusetts Family Coalition. State Representative Jim Lyons, Republican from Andover, was able to secure the venue after some help from the Thomas More Society. Speakers included Rep. Lyons, Pastor Stephen Derrick of the Greenville Baptist Church Rochdale, MA, Father Gerald Souza of the Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative, and Pastor Kris Mineau.
This was the first time that a nativity scene was on display at the State House. A local atheist group wasn’t too happy about the event and its spokesman said that the group would have led a legal challenge if its members had more time. The true meaning of Christmas can be proclaimed even ii one of the most left-wing states in the country.
Camp Constitution wishes all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
By Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D.
December 20, 2016
NewsWithViews.com – http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin295.htm
Since the recent Presidential election, the media have overflowed with rather rancorous debates about the legitimacy of the Electoral College, in contrast to a simple count of the overall national votes for the two major candidates, Donald Trump (who, it seems, has won a majority of the Electoral College) and Hillary Clinton (who, it appears, has won a majority of the popular vote). These debates have usually assumed the simplistic form of one side’s contending that, as a supposed “democracy”, America should elect the President by majority vote; while the other side counters that the United States is a “republic” in which majoritarianism is not always desirable, let alone controlling. Both of these arguments miss a crucial point which derives from the federal system in general, and the duties of the States and the powers of the President within that system in particular.
In The Federalist No. 39, James Madison explained that
[t]he executive power will be derived from a very compound source. The immediate election of the President is to be made by the States in their political characters. The votes allotted to them are in a compound ratio, which considers them partly as distinct and coequal societies, partly as unequal members of the same society.
Here, Madison recognized the importance of the States’ continuing positions as semi-sovereignties within the Constitution’s federal system. As such, although they do not retain all of the rights, powers, privileges, and immunities of full and independent sovereignties, they continue to enjoy many of those legal attributes as component parts of that system. See, e.g., U.S. Const. amend. X.
Arguably the most important of these rights, powers, privileges, and immunities—and under the Constitution a duty as well—is for each of the States to maintain an armed force suitable to the “Republican Form of Government” which the Constitution requires each of them to preserve, and all of them, acting in the capacity of the United States, to “guarantee” to one another. See U.S. Const. art. IV, § 4. For sovereignty is the quintessence of political power; and all “‘[p]olitical power grows out of the barrel of a gun’”. Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-tung (Peking, China: Foreign Languages Press, 1966), at 61. This armed force is what the Second Amendment identifies as “[a] well regulated Militia”, which it declares to be “necessary to the security of a free State”. Each of the States must maintain “[a] well regulated Militia” in order to remain “a free State”, and thus to preserve for herself (as well as for her sister States) “a Republican Form of Government”. Moreover, each of the States must maintain “[a] well regulated Militia” in order to secure for Congress the forces the Constitution empowers it “[t]o provide for calling forth * * * to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”. U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 15.
Now, the Constitution invests the President with the status of “Commander in Chief * * * of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States”. U.S. Const. art. II, § 2, cl. 1. Furthermore, except to “engage in War” when “actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay”, the States have at their own disposal no permanent armed forces other than their Militia; for they may not “keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace” “without the Consent of Congress”.
U.S. Const. art. I, § 10, cl. 3. And today, through the mutual “Consent of Congress” and the States, those “Troops, or Ships of War” are organized in the National Guard and the so-called Naval Militia, which in certain circumstances can be brought under the President’s authority as “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States”. Compare U.S. Const. art. II, § 2, cl. 1 with, e.g., 32 U.S.C. § 101(3) through (7). Thus it is entirely fitting—indeed, one would think compulsory—for the President to be elected by a process which to the greatest practical degree maximizes the influence of “the States in their political characters”, as opposed to a simple majority vote within the nation as a whole which more or less disregards or even negates that influence.
For the Constitution plainly contemplates situations in which the States’ “‘[p]olitical power [which] grows out of the barrel of a gun” will be exercised by the President directly. One may question whether the Electoral College is, in abstract theory, the very best means to this end imaginable; but, in practice, it is undoubtedly one efficacious means, and the means the Constitution specifies.
Thus, the arguments put forward by those in Mrs. Clinton’s camp against the political wisdom of the Electoral College and in favor of raw majoritarianism as the best way to select the President are basically at odds with federalism in theory and constitutionalism in practice—and should be rejected on that ground alone.
© 2016 Edwin Vieira, Jr. – All Rights Reserved
Edwin Vieira, Jr., holds four degrees from Harvard: A.B. (Harvard College), A.M. and Ph.D. (Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and J.D. (Harvard Law School).
For more than thirty years he has practiced law, with emphasis on constitutional issues. In the Supreme Court of the United States he successfully argued or briefed the cases leading to the landmark decisions Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, Chicago Teachers Union v. Hudson, and Communications Workers of America v. Beck, which established constitutional and statutory limitations on the uses to which labor unions, in both the private and the public sectors, may apply fees extracted from nonunion workers as a condition of their employment.
He has written numerous monographs and articles in scholarly journals, and lectured throughout the county. His most recent work on money and banking is the two-volume Pieces of Eight: The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution (2002), the most comprehensive study in existence of American monetary law and history viewed from a constitutional perspective. www.piecesofeight.us
He is also the co-author (under a nom de plume) of the political novel CRA$HMAKER: A Federal Affaire (2000), a not-so-fictional story of an engineered crash of the Federal Reserve System, and the political upheaval it causes. www.crashmaker.com
He can be reached at his new address:
52 Stonegate Court
Front Royal, VA 22630.
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