Friday, April 3, 2015

Problems Abound With Article V- Convention of States- Con Con Movement: The Definitive Study Links



As the Convention of States movement marches forward, sending their paid staff into state legislatures around the country, many citizens have spent countless unpaid hours researching and writing on the many concerns. Although quickly dismissed by those promoting a "Con Con", it is imperative to read through these resources and become truly informed.

Thank you to Mike Hazard for his excellent work in putting this resource list together.

Follow the Money - citizenaudit.org

Those Who Oppose a Con Con (Article V Convention of States)

Ben Swan

Mark Levin Wants to Play Russian Roulette with the US Constitution
http://benswann.com/mark-levin-wants-to-play-russian-roulette-with-the-constitution/

Cheryl Pass

The Joining of Questionable Characters in the Convention of States
http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/02/joining-questionable-characters-convention-states/

Follow The Money to the Article V Convention
http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/10/follow-money-article-v-convention/

Convention of States, Michael Farris is Grasping at Poison Straws
http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/10/follow-money-article-v-convention/

Sticks and Stones-Advancing Constitutional Principles in the New Media
http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/10/follow-money-article-v-convention/

Michelle Horstman

Compact For America’s Con Con – Yes There Are Big Concerns http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/02/compact-for-americas-concon-yes-big-concerns/

Article V Con-Con Groups in a Coalition – Who is Holding Hands With Whom http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/02/article-v-con-con-groups-coalition-holding-hands/

Michael Farris Justifies Working With Radicals in Convention States
http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/03/con-con-controversy-michael-farris-justifies-working-radicals-convention-states/

Tea parties – It’s time to know the Company you Keep http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/04/tea-parties-time-know-company-keep/

What’s the Outcome Expected From an Article V Convention http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/05/whats-outcome-youre-expecting-article-v-constitutional-convention/

Extremism in the ConCon Article V Movement Cannot Be Ignored  http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest246.htm

Congressional Research Service

The Article V Convention to Propose Constitutional Amendments : Contemporary Issues For Congress    http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42589.pdf

The Article V Convention for Proposing Constitutional Amendments: Historical Perspectives for Congress   http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42592.pdf

Congressional Report Validates JBS Convention Concerns (From Tim Baldwin, who promotes Art. V)
http://libertydefenseleague.com/Articles/tabid/524/ID/494/Common-Sense-Challenge-to-JBS-Rob-Brown-on-Article-V.aspx
and   http://libertydefenseleague.com/Articles/tabid/524/Default.aspx

Constitutional Related Articles

Supremacy Clause Versus the Tenth Amendment  http://law.justia.com/constitution/us/article-6/06-supremacy-clause-versus-tenth-amendment.html

SCOTUS – LESER V. Garnett  https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/258/130/case.html

Marbury V. Madison    http://www.lawnix.com/cases/marbury-madison.html

How the Tenth Amendment Affected the Fifth Article of the Constitution  http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1066652?uid=3739824&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104385321581 

Diane Marie

Con Con – Throwing the Baby Out With The Bath Water  http://newswithviews.com/Kepus/diane105.htm

Diane Rufino

Nullification vs. Article V Constitutional Convention: Where is the honest and Open Discussion
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/rufino/140107

Edwin Viera

Article V Convention: A titanic Irrelevance  http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin263.htm

John Birch Society (JBS)

Republicans and Democrats Working Together to Rewrite the Constitution http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/19082-republicans-and-democrats-working-together-to-rewrite-the-constitution

Working Together to Re-write the Constitution http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/18332-working-together-to-rewrite-the-constitution

Socialists and Soros Fight for Article V Convention  http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17402-socialists-and-soros-fight-for-article-v-convention

Sen. Tom Coburn to Join Push for Constitutional Convention  http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/19064-sen-coburn-r-okla-to-join-push-for-constitutional-convention

The Not-so-Smart ALEC  http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/18081-the-not-so-smart-alec

Levin’s Risky Proposal: A Constitutional Convention http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/books/item/16578-levin-s-risky-proposal-a-constitutional-convention

In Defense of a Con-Con, Meckler Chooses Ridicule Over Rebuttal http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17452-in-defense-of-con-con-meckler-chooses-ridicule-over-rebuttal

Mark Meckler Ridicules Those Opposed to Constitutional Convention http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17652-mark-meckler-ridicules-those-opposed-to-constitutional-convention

Revolutionary Communist party Proposes New Continental Constitution http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/7833-revolutionary-communist-party-proposes-new-continental-constitution

Amendment Resolution Compliments Wolf-Pac Con-Con Plan http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/18609-amendment-resolution-complements-wolf-pac-con-con-plan

No Con Con Plan
http://www.jbs.org/issues-pages/no-con-con

Oklahoma Won’t Apply For Con Con – Votes Not There
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17835-oklahoma-won-t-apply-for-con-con-votes-not-there

AMAC Endorses a Constitutional Convention
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/19265-amac-endorses-constitutional-convention

Article V Promoter Praises Democratic Leadership In Movement
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/18591-article-v-promoter-praises-democratic-leadership-in-movement

Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity, calling for a Con Con
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/16381-levin-limbaugh-hannity-calling-for-con-con

Washington Times

Mark Levin is wrong: A Lawless Government not the Constitution, Needs Nullified
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/american-millennial/2014/jan/4/nullification-vs-article-v-constitutional-conventi/

Kelleigh Nelson

The Constitutional Convention Con – Part 1 http://www.newswithviews.com/Nelson/kelleigh136.htm
The Constitutional Convention Con – Part 2 http://newswithviews.com/Nelson/kelleigh176.htm

Phyllis Schlafly

Good Advice Against a Con Con http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2010/apr10/10-04-09.html

Janine Hansen

“Article V Convention: Pouring Gasoline on the Burning Constitution” http://www.nevadafamilies.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=129:vol-40-no-006-june-2014-2&catid=10&Itemid=107

Publius Huldah

We Don’t need an Article V Convention to “Clarify” Our Constitution http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/09/dont-need-article-v-convention-clarify-constitution/

Mark Levin’s “Liberty Amendments”: Legalizing Tyranny http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/mark-levins-liberty-amendments-legalizing-tyranny/

Article V Convention: How “individuals of insidious views” are stealing our Constitution http://www.newswithviews.com/Publius/huldah127.htm

Understanding the Constitution http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/

Mark Levin Refuted: Keep the Feds in Check with Nullification, not Amendments http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/mark-levin-refuted-keep-the-feds-in-check-with-nullification-not-amendments/

The “Convention of States” Scam, the War Over the Constitution, and how the States Sold the Reserved Powers to the Feds http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/the-convention-of-states-scam-the-war-over-the-constitution-and-how-the-states-sold-the-reserved-powers-to-the-feds/

Parental Rights Amendment: Congressmen Are Selling You and Your Kids Out to Big Government http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/07/parental-rights-act-congressmen-are-selling-you-and-your-kids-out-to-big-government/

Parental Rights: God-Given and Unalienable? Or Government-granted and Revocable? http://www.newswithviews.com/Publius/huldah119.htm
 
Miscellaneous Articles

The Convention of States (COS) is an Article V Constitutional Convention (Con Con) supported and Funded by the Elitists http://securetherepublic.com/arkansas/2013/12/09/exposing-the-convention-of-the-states-cos-as-an-article-v-constitutional-convention/

The Talking Heads Connection to the Con Con       Americans For Prosperity/Mark Levin http://www.defendnotamend.com/apps/search?q=The+Talking+Heads+Connection+to+the+Con+Con+++++++Americans+For+Prosperity%2FMark+Levin

Beware the Convention of Snakes / Article V Convention Campaign http://theintolerableacts.org/wordpress/beware-the-convention-of-snakes-article-v-convention-campaign/

Stop The “Con-Con” Con  http://stoptheconcon.wordpress.com/

Why the Con-Con is a No Go  http://blog.panampost.com/fergus-hodgson/2014/09/18/why-the-amendments-convention-is-a-no-go/

Choose Freedom  Stop a Con Con  https://www.facebook.com/ChooseFreedom.STOPaConCon

 ALEC on Article V Conventions http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/12/1097380/-ALEC-on-Article-V-Conventions

Constitution For the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) http://revcom.us/socialistconstitution/

Partisan Committees Discuss Protocols for an Inevitable Article V Convention
 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/17/Bi-Partisan-Committees-Discuss-Protocols-for-Inevitable-Article-V-Convention

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Strange Article V - ConCon Connections Just Keep on Coming






In previous articles here and here, we have learned of many associations with the leaders of the Article V Convention of States movement which have caused concern for many. In the last few weeks, some of the main architects of this movement testified before a Texas legislative committee, including Michael Farris, Sen. Tom Coburn, Nick Dranias, Mike Stern and Roman Buhler. Just one dissenting voice was included from Pat Carlson of the Texas Eagle Forum, whose concerns were quickly dismissed. Heading this committee was Texas Representative Phil King, who also happens to be the National Chairperson for ALEC. As we have learned previously, ALEC has been instrumental in promoting an Article V Convention.

By no coincidence, many of the same participants promoted the Article V to the January 2015 meeting of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), founded by well known Texas political activist and former founder of KCI, James Leininger. TPPF is part of the national State Policy Network (SPN), which has also been previously discussed in connection with those promoting the COS:

The State Policy Network's (SPN) 2010 meeting encompassed many of these same names, including Drew Ryun, Leo Linbeck III, Nick Dranias (Compact for America's Article V director), Eric O'Keefe, as well as representation from the Texas Public Policy Foundation (part of the SPN) founded by James Leininger. Among the presentations there was one on the Constitutional amendment process by Nick Dranias as well as information and handouts from Ned Ryun on engaging the Tea Party, with some extensive market research on the Tea Party provided. This would certainly help them to "sell" things to Tea Party groups, using the issues and language they know Tea Parties respond to.

As we continue to see ties to the same organizations and Libertarian network, one promoter we have not yet discussed is Roman Buhler. A participant in the original ConConCon convention put together by Lawrence Lessig and Mark Meckler, Mr. Buhler is also an attorney, a Washington lobbyist, on the board of the Advance Arkansas Institute (also part of the SPN) where his Madison Amendment (founded with Edwin Meese) approach is promoted.  He is on the board of the "Rebuild America Campaign", integrated with the MacPherson Investment Group website, where their website slogan is "Invest in the Second American Revolution!" They link to additional projects such as American Revival. His Madison Amendment is listed as one of their projects:

It  has the support of a broad spectrum of political leaders including former Comptroller General of the U.S. David M. Walker, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, McCain 2008 chair Charlie Black, former House Appropriations Chair Bob Livingston, American Conservative Union Chair Al Cardenas, David Keating, Colin Hanna, Lew Uhler, David Keene, David McIntosh, Ted Cruz, Michael Farris, and state legislators in more than 20 states.

David Norcross, former General Counsel of the RNC, Bruce Ash, Chairman of the RNC Rules Committee, John Ryder, Chairman of the RNC Redistricting Committee, and Chuck Bell, Counsel to the CA Republican Party are among the Republican Party legal experts who support the Madison Amendment.

The Madison Amendment has been endorsed by other groups including ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), the National Taxpayers Union, and the NY State Conservative Party.

In addition to investing, green projects and land acquisition, the MacPherson family of lawyers specialize in tax law, working with clients who have problems with tax evasion, offshore tax issues, "creative" ways to deal with impending foreclosures, etc. Examples of their business associations include being part of the Joe Francis legal team, when the "Girls Gone Wild" millionaire was facing IRS problems. They were also working with Maximilian Ferdinand Leopold Prinz von Anhalt of "adoptive"-royalty, promoting his real estate. He is also a lawyer who obtained his royal title after being "adopted" as an adult by Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband, Prince Frédéric of Anhalt. Apparently, Zsa Zsa's husband obtained his distinguished title the same way, in an adult adoption.

Dominionist theology is strongly indicated on the MacPherson site, both in the inclusion and writings of "common Law" lawyer Brent Allen Winters (see below) and some of their own content. The MacPherson sites are peppered with Biblical quotes and the MacPherson site recommends books by Christian Reconstructionist Gary North, well known Ron Paul associate, son-in-law of the late (Dominionist) R. J. Rushdoony, also something that has previously been linked to COS' Michael Farris. Other book recommendations include "That You May Prosper: Dominion by Covenant" by Ray Sutton. Sutton is referenced here by North in this article on Biblical resistance to civil authority and highly recommended on North's website as part of their Christian Reconstructionist reading list.

One of the links included on their "American Vision Magazine" site (right hand column) is to common law lawyer Brent Allan Winters. Winters has been a guest on David Barton's Wallbuilders radio show discussing "common law". His writings include topics such as common law, the Abrahamic covenant, asset protection and Ron Paul, so we are again seeing the combination of Libertarian and Christian Reconstructionist ideas.

After learning about the focus on tax issues and dominionism, we also find that Don MacPherson is listed on "Who's Who in the Freedom Movement" by a sovereign citizen movement called Sovereign Education and Defense Ministries.

The strange intertwining of big money interests, Dominionism, Common Law interpretations and Libertarian networks (and royalty-by-adoption??) continues to repeat itself as we look at the main spokespeople for an Article V Convention of States. It is time to start giving some serious thought to what the real end goal is.

NOTE: This link will take you to a photo page summing up all of the above, with photos taken with Roman Buhler, Grover Norquist, and Sheriff Mack as well as their pseudo-royal friends. For those who may not be familiar with Dominionism and its' forms, there is a thorough article on it here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Obama Reinvents Healthcare, the Internet, Food - Want to Know What's Next?



The reinvention of America was promised by Obama before he was elected; "fundamental change" was his way of putting it. He has not disappointed, as he has grabbed control of our healthcare and is well on the way to the reinvention of our internet, our diets, immigration law and journalism itself. Whether done through executive action, private-public partnerships or other avenues, they are moving along quickly. As explained in Part One of the Reinventors of America, all of these plans are thoroughly discussed and laid out by radical Peter Leyden's Reinventors Network. Their "roundtables" on reinvention include many of the biggest names from the radical Left, including Lawrence Lessig, Joan Blades, Van Jones, Jose Antonio Vargas, Joe Trippi, Craig Newmark, and many, many more. It is well worth your time to take a look.

Looking through their site and video roundtables, it seems no coincidence that their proposed problems and solutions seem to be right in step with just what Obama is doing. Here are just a few of the ways we are being "reinvented":

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/02/obama-reinvents-healthcare-the-internet-food-want-to-know-whats-next/#LKI2xMTwXjV55kHT.99

The Reinventors of America and Why You Need to Know



Among the infinite number of progressive and Soros funded foundations and think tanks, one active effort you may not be familiar with is hard at work, coming up with ways to "reinvent" your world in every aspect. The Reinventors Network, founded and operated by Peter Leyden, hosts roundtable discussions on every subject for reinvention under the sun, from immigration to civil rights to journalism to the Constitution to food control, bringing in some of the biggest progressive activists around. It is not shocking or new that a group on any side of the political spectrum would be brainstorming ideas. What is of concern with this group are the people involved and the actual enacting of these ideas that is already taking place. They plan to rock your world.

Among the many recognizable names who have contributed to this effort, you will find participants that include Janet Murguia (La Raza), Ali Noorani (National Immigration Forum), Garlin Gilchrist II (MoveOn), Anna Galland (MoveOn), Joan Blades (MoveOn), Valerie Plame (ex-CIA), Craig Newmark (craigslist), Joe Trippi, Jose Antonio Vargas (Define American), Lawrence Lessig, Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos), Sophie Roseman (U.S. Treasury Dept.), NASA and many more. You will find some of the same participants had been "network members" at Peter Leyden's former effort, the New Politics Institute, another progressive think tank.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/01/reinventors-america-need-know/#apFU4OysM1KUTsMV.99

Monday, February 2, 2015

Article V COS Supporters, You Are Being Blatantly Deceived



You can ignore the opposing legal opinions, you can discount other conservative writers and organizations who are trying to reveal to truth, but can you ignore blatant lying and veiling of the truth from your movement leadership?

This week, Virginia state rep L. Scott Lingamfelter, fighting for an Article V in Virginia, sent out a lengthy email on the topic. Just focusing on one small section of that, it is not difficult to illustrate the complete distortion going on here.

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/02/article-v-cos-supporters-blatantly-deceived/#KViLgsCCHEfPBHRV.99

George Soros' Latest Social Justice Tool: Ebola


Looks like Obama and the CDC are not the only ones dismissive of quarantines and flight restrictions, as it concerns the spread of Ebola. Their constant talking points always suggest the only way to contain the problem is by addressing it in Africa, not here. Over and over we have heard this.

Then is it any surprise or coincidence that George Soros' Open Society and World Bank want no quarantines. This early October video from the Open Society Foundation features Dr. Paul Farmer, "Looking past quarantine to community health" as they put it:
As the spread of Ebola continues to unfold, new health and economic challenges will emerge.
But as Dr. Paul Farmer, CEO of Partners in Health, discusses above, we won't be able to keep up with the epidemic without invoking a human rights model.
Note the interesting point of view expressed by Dr. Farmer in the video:
"With the empathy that you're reading about now, put it in place and
cement
it in place. If there were a right to some basic services, I mean, really, a right for everybody, it would be less easy for epidemics like this to spread."

This verbiage is to be expected from Dr. Farmer, who has often expressed that health care is a human right.

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/10/soros-latest-social-justice-tool-ebola/#FWD4AlY6h8z1xoii.99