Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Article V Conventions, "No Labels,” Trump, and the Constitution: Who Do You Trust?

As we have tried to present in the past, many of the coordinators of the various Article V Convention efforts are far from conservative. Although they present themselves as great, conservative defenders of freedom to conservative and Tea Party groups nationwide, their backgrounds and intermingling with far left groups tells a different story.

A fine example of this happened Monday morning at the No Labels Convention in New Hampshire, where candidates including Donald Trump were invited to speak. Breitbart News correctly identified the No Labels group with their headline, "Donald Trump Defends Tea Party to Left Leaning Crowd". Trump was questioned by the crowd about the Tea Party, funding Planned Parenthood and his stance on women. When he gave the following response, he was audibly booed by the crowd (via Breitbart):

“I love the Tea Party,” Trump responded when an audience member asked about his thoughts on the Tea Party and the House Freedom Caucus, as well as the possibility of a government shutdown over defunding Planned Parenthood.

“These are people in all fairness, these are people that love this country. They do love this country and they want the country to be great,” Trump defended. “They don’t want Planned Parenthood funded… I understand that.”

Clearly, this crowd is far from conservative and no fans of the Tea Party or conservative values, yet No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon was a key part of the Compact for America movement for a Constitutional Convention. Please refer back to our 2014 article, where we illustrated just who Mark McKinnon was, along with other Article V proponents including Lawrence Lessig and Mark Meckler.

Those who are truly familiar with these people and the No Labels group certainly know them to be far from conservative. Rush Limbaugh has been onto them for years. This is a bit of how he described them on today's radio show:

You know the No Labels group?  The No Labels group is basically a bunch of Republican liberals.  They are Republicans who don't like conservatives, and they don't want to be associated with conservatism.  They want to be seen as intellectually elite, scholarly, superior, and they love being thought of as moderates.

They're calling it the Problem Solvers convention.  The No Labels Problem Solvers convention.  The only problem they've ever solved is getting unemployed Republican strategists off the street.  And that's about it.

According to the Breitbart piece, Bryan McCormack would not attend for this reason:

Bryan McCormack, Executive Director at the Cornerstone Policy Research, a pro-family organization,  said he didn’t attend due to the ideology of those attending.

“We at Cornerstone decided not attend the No Labels conference due to the overwhelmingly liberal subject matter. We have to start looking at these groups for what they are, an infiltration of conservative ideals under the guise of a collaborative spirit,” McCormack told Breitbart News.

This is but one example of many. As we have attempted to convey in article after article about the Article V Convention/ConCon crowd, many of these people are far from who they appear to be. If you cannot believe in who they are and what they stand for, than how can you accept their scholarship and recommendations when it could change the very foundation of our nation? You can't.

Note: For a list of various resources on the legalities and the people behind a Convention of States/Article V effort, please visit this link:
The Definitive Study List of Problems with the Article V – Convention of States – Con Con Movement

Friday, July 3, 2015

FDR's "Court Packing" Scheme Now an Inspiration for the Convention of States

Original post at Freedom Outpost.

This past week's Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions were devastating to many, with many areas of grave concern. From homosexual marriage to Obamacare to voter ID, this was a very left-leaning court with decisions that may have dire consequences.

Never letting a crisis go to waste, enter the Convention of States (COS) team, always prepared with an Article V Convention solution for everything. This week, the latest reason for an Article V Convention has become judicial reform. Of course, that was always a goal of leftist radical Lawrence Lessig (adviser to the CFA effort for an Article V Convention), whose outrage over the SCOTUS decision on campaign finance reform has always been his #1 cause. We recall that Lessig was the one, along with the COS' Mark Meckler, who convened the ConConCon back in the fall of 2011 and got the movement rolling.

Among those writing on the recent decisions, with an Article V Convention as the answer, of course, are Prof. Rob Natelson, Michael Farris, and others. What may be the most disturbing part of this comes from the article written by Michael Farris, where he actually suggests using the FDR "court packing" scheme:

FDR's solution to this problem was to limit the power of the individual justices by his famous court-packing scheme. He would increase the number of seats on the Supreme Court—they were old and over-worked and needed help. Armed with new appointments to make, FDR could remake the Court in his own image to achieve his desired political results.
Farris goes on to suggest a few ways something like this could work, using "superior political tactics."

My favorite is to follow FDR's court-packing idea but with vigor. Every state should be allowed to appoint a member of the Supreme Court. They could serve for a brief term, perhaps eight years. Removing Supreme Court appointments and confirmations from Washington, DC, is the only realistic way to ensure true judicial independence. Otherwise, you get the power cabal that we have in place which was clearly in play in this week's Obamacare decision. If Congress messes up, don't worry, the Supreme Court has got your back to preserve the relentless march towards the centralization of power.

Of course, all of these changes will require a constitutional amendment. And it would be naïve in the extreme to believe that Congress would propose an amendment to take away the power of their partners in power aggregation.

The only way these kind of changes can be made is through an Article V Convention of States. The Founders told us that there would come a day when the federal government would abuse its power. When that day arose, the States needed the ability to rein in the abuse of federal power by constitutional means.
Even in desperate times, is it the right move to encourage "court packing" and other schemes? If an Article V Convention is meant to correct past mistakes and corruption, should they be using the same underhanded, controlling tactics that FDR tried many years ago? Even many of FDR's supporters at the time refused to go along with it, and he was not able to get it passed. From "Enter Stage Right" magazine:

Everyone claimed some measure of victory. But in the end, the American people won the most because the Senate did exactly what its Judiciary Committee had recommended. The Senate "so emphatically rejected" FDR's court-packing scheme that no similar plan ever has been, or likely ever will be, "presented to the free representatives of the free people of America."
Apparently, Michael Farris and the people at the Convention of States beg to differ.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ParentalRights.org and Occupy, Hacktivists Working Together

(Originally appeared on FreedomOutpost.com)

  On June 5th, protests took place all around the US as well as overseas against Child Protective Services (CPS) and promoting the passage of the Parental Rights Amendment. A more planned follow up event is coming in August. The amendment was authored by Michael Farris, founder of ParentalRights.org, where he serves on the board along with Grover Norquist. According to the many promotional pages on Facebook, craigslist posts and Twitter posts, objectives of the protest were:

Our objective:
*Repeal Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 1997
*Compensation for wrongfully involved families
*Full FBI investigation of CPS/family courts
*The passing of the Parental Rights Amendment
*Transparency in Family Court
*Legal Accountability of CPS

A few of the links to these events can be examined here:





Hacktivists/Anonymous are behind this effort, but the promotional poster also has parentalrights.org across the top as seen here:

Anonymous hacktivists ("We Are Legion") have organized this event. There is no doubt that the organizers themselves are linking it with Farris' ParentalRights.org, as seen in many places. Here, they promote the movie put together by ParentalRights.org:


Most people would agree that there are serious problems with CPS, from both extremes. We have heard of cases where children were unfairly taken from parents as well as many cases where problems were reported and CPS did not act when they should have. Oversight and reform is needed, and few would argue that point. However, if the ParentalRights organization is knowingly teaming up with Occupiers and hacktivists to fight their battles, they are putting us all at risk. There is no doubt that the hacktivist movement has consisted of anarchists and Marxists. Is this the type of solution we are looking for? Do they think this is wise, to work on issues together with people of such radical ideology?

An email inquiry to parentalrights.org received a response from Michael Ramey, their Director of Communications & Research, stating that they were not the sponsors of this event, but they did give permission for their website to be used in the promotions.

"We gave them permission to use our name, since passage of the Parental Rights Amendment is among their primary goals. In that respect, we certainly stand with them."

We have seen this coalition with radical Leftists from Michael Farris and his fellow Convention of States Article V proponents before, and it has caused much concern among many conservatives. As argued here when it regarded Farris and the Convention of States working with radical groups, is there no limit to who you are willing to work with, or is the agenda all that matters? It seems only two conclusions can be drawn from these repeated coalitions. Either very questionable judgement is being used, or these Libertarian "conservatives" may not be conservatives at all.

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

Cheryl Pass

The Joining of Questionable Characters in the Convention of States

Follow The Money to the Article V Convention

Convention of States, Michael Farris is Grasping at Poison Straws

Sticks and Stones-Advancing Constitutional Principles in the New Media

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

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)
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

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

Oklahoma Won’t Apply For Con Con – Votes Not There

AMAC Endorses a Constitutional Convention

Article V Promoter Praises Democratic Leadership In Movement

Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity, calling for a Con Con

Washington Times

Mark Levin is wrong: A Lawless Government not the Constitution, Needs Nullified

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

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