Greetings, everyone, from South Florida.
I’m back down here spending time with my wife, Angela, and youngest daughter, Austen. I was last down here over Labor Day weekend, right before Hurricane Irma. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support for the South Florida community. Austen is doing well in her junior year at Florida International University, and Angela is just not ready for that empty nest thing.
Now, speaking of empty nests — or rather, empty rhetoric — a recent interview with Hillary Clinton caught my attention. The reason was that ol’ Hillary started spouting off about something totally unrelated to the interview, and rambled on with some empty talking points. The topic of her rant was very interesting: the U.S. Constitution’s Article V, and the convention of states.
Just this past Sunday, we celebrated — well, some of us did — the 230th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution. And that esteemed document, which forms the rule of law for our Constitutional republic, lays out the duties and responsibilities of our federal government.
James Madison, a future president; John Jay, our first Supreme Court Chief Justice; and Alexander Hamilton, future secretary of the Treasury, did a phenomenal job of improving upon the failing Articles of Confederation, and silently created a new governing construct. They came up with the three branches of government, or the separation of powers, and a system of checks and balances. What they accomplished was based on French political philosopher Charles Montesquieu’s book, The Spirit of the Laws.
One of the critical aspects of our Constitution is that it’s a restraining document on the powers of the federal government. The Founding Fathers knew that government was made of men, and that men —
I’m not being sexist here — can become corrupt and focus on themselves and on special interests rather than on the interests of their republic.
And since we exist under the concept of federalism, the Founders knew that something had to be put in place in our Constitution to preclude exactly what we have today: a runaway federal government. The mechanism the Founders implemented is called Article V, Convention of States.
In essence, if two-thirds (today, 34) of the state legislatures agree on a new amendment, it can be brought before the U.S. Congress for a vote. If three-fourths (today, 38) of them agree on it, then they can actually amend the Constitution of the United States.
Yes, these are very high marks to attain — which precludes rogue states from taking this course of action.
And so I found it interesting that, all of a sudden, Ms. Clinton was bringing up the Convention of States, unsolicited, during an interview. As I say to y’all, I’m always looking for trends, indicators, and warnings from the progressive, socialist Left .. yep, I’m profiling them.
And guess what — viola! — I found it, because the left always acts on dog whistles, and then they all begin barking about the same thing at the same time, with the same tone.
As reported by WND in an article April 2017, “George Soros appears to have fixed his eye on a new enemy – a proposed Article V Convention,”
Operatives from Soros-funded organizations have been caught on camera lobbying state legislators in at least two states to oppose an Article V Convention resolution.
Anthony Gutierrez of Common Cause Texas, a Soros-funded group, testified against Article V Convention legislation before the Texas legislature, and Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, sponsored by Soros’ Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, lobbied against such legislation in the Mountain State. Common Cause and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities have also put out policy papers attacking the effort to call an Article V Convention.
In fact, 230 left-wing organizations have organized to oppose an Article V Convention. The groups include the Brennan Center for Justice, the Center for Media and Democracy, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Democracy 21, People for the American Way and the League of Women Voters.
These 230 organizations, many of which are funded by Soros, put out a statement calling an Article V Convention “a threat to every American’s constitutional rights and civil liberties.”
David Super, a Georgetown law professor who served as general counsel to Soros’ Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, has also attacked the idea of an Article V Convention through op-eds in multiple major media outlets.
I submit to you, Exhibit A.
The dog whistle has gone out and the leftist chuckleheads are all howling at the moon, in unison. It’s a response to a successful state legislative session in which the Article V Convention of States movement reached several state legislatures — and was passed.
I’m proud to say that it passed in the state I now call home, Texas, that Lone Star beacon of liberty and freedom. What I find most interesting is the oxymoronic nature — emphasis on moron — of the liberal, progressive, socialist left.
Here they are ranting about neo-nazis, when the person funding most of their insidious organizations and antics is a doggone Nazi: George Soros. Now, will someone from the left do me a favor and please “‘splain it to me Lucy”?
Why should we take these delusional, misguided children seriously when they’re constantly contradicting themselves?
Well, we have to take them seriously, regardless, because ol’ Uncle Georgie has billions of crony capitalist cash and is using these poor, pathetic, lost adolescents to enact his dangerous globalist, socialist agenda in America.
But you wanna know the irony of this all? Check this out: Soros and his ilk were once in favor of the Article V Convention of States. Yep, go figure. Soros and his ilk have not always opposed the idea of an Article V Convention.
In 2014, several left-wing organizations pushed for a Convention of States to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and end corporate person-hood. Groups that latched onto the effort included Wolf PAC, Alliance for Democracy, Center for Media and Democracy, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America and the Sierra Club.
Former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn noted the hypocrisy of these leftists.
“You ask them the question: ‘Well, if you’re saying all these bad things can happen in a convention, why would you want one for Citizens United?’” the senator asked. “The typical elitist argument is that, ‘We can do it, but anybody else other than us in the elite probably couldn’t do this without us losing all our rights.’”
Coburn considers that a ridiculous argument. “Remember, this isn’t a constitutional convention,” he said. “This is a convention of states making recommendations to the states about things that should be changed in the Constitution. So if you drill down on it, you would have to have 38 states say, ‘We want to do all this bad stuff to the Constitution.'”
Have you ever seen such blatant hypocrisy and threatening behavior Here’s the progressive, socialist
This is what the left now says about an Article V Convention of States: In their statement opposing an Article V Convention, the 230 left-leaning organizations sounded an alarm. “An Article V convention is a dangerous threat to the U.S. Constitution, our democracy, and our civil rights and liberties. There’s no language in the U.S. Constitution to limit a convention to one issue and there is reason to fear that a convention once called will be able to consider any amendments to the constitution that the delegates want to consider.”
The groups urged state legislatures to oppose any resolution to call for an Article V Convention “in order to protect all Americans’ constitutional rights and privileges from being put at risk and up for grabs.”
Yet these are the people — excuse me, chuckleheads — who wanted to use the Article V Convention of States to overturn a Supreme Court decision, not amend the Constitution. Imagine the rancor that would come from the left, namely the organization founded by Margaret Sanger called Planned Parenthood — oh, did I tell you that Sanger was a white supremacist who spoke at Klan rallies? — if pro-life organizations sought to use the Article V Convention of States to overturn Roe V Wade?
Oh my gosh, heaven forbid: They’d be screaming from the rafters.
Here’s what the progressive, socialist elites fear — that the states, which they’re losing, will exert their Constitutional power over the federal government. The critical issues are term limits; a fiscal restraint (balanced budget) amendment; perhaps abolishing the amendment that established the IRS; and the one that changed how we vote for our U.S. Senators, bringing the control back to the state legislatures.
Imagine this: The federal government, since they don’t have to maintain any fiscal restraint or balance a budget, continues to push down unfunded mandates and liabilities on the states. Now, 49 of our 50 States do have balanced budget amendments in their state constitutions; they must maintain fiscal restraint and discipline.
So what happens? in order to keep themselves fiscally solvent, they raise taxes in order to generate the revenue required to cover that which the federal government pushes down — such as the mandate in Obamacare to expand Medicaid.
Ya wanna know why folks are fleeing California? Because the brilliant folks there not only accept the fiscal craziness of the federal government, but they institute their own — like paying for illegal immigrants.
How does California manage? Profligate and onerous taxation. Then the rascals move to “red states” and screw then up by trying to make them more like California.
Folks, we shouldn’t fear our Constitution, or the mechanisms our Founders put in place so that we can maintain, as Franklin challenged us, “a Republic, if you can keep it.”
What we should fear, and fight against, are the progressive socialists who pervert, obfuscate or dismiss our rule of law until it can be leveraged to serve their ideological agenda, which is antithetical to our existence.
The Article V Convention of States is a means by which we can regain control of an out-of-control federal government — something that’s non-debatable. And you can look forward to my being more engaged, involved and vocal on the issue.
Why not; if George Soros is against it, then I’m all in for it!
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]