97 Legislators from 32 States met on December 7, 2013 in Mount Vernon, Virginia, to discuss the Convention of States (COS) also known as an Article V Amendment Convention (Con-Con).
The Convention of States (COS) is also known as an Article V Amendment Convention or Constitutional Convention (Con-Con). Remember: there are evil forces working day and night to get rid of our existing U.S. Constitution. Say NO to a Con-Con of any type. Don’t let your legislator tell you that they can control or limit a Constitutional Convention (better known as an Article V Amendment Convention). That is not true. We’re not calling this email “Propaganda & Article V” for nothing.
The legislators that are part of this Constitution of States (COS) or Con-Con have sold out to special interests groups. All four of the Arkansas legislators attending the Mount Vernon Convention of States (COS) or Con-Con meeting have connections with or are members of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a special interest group representing corporate America and big business. ALEC writes model legislation and pushes the ALEC members to get the ALEC legislation passed in each state. In exchange, ALEC corporate members kick in big campaign donations into the legislators’ campaign war chests. This is in exchange for the legislator supporting and/or passing the ALEC legislation. Could this be a bribe? In the Arkansas Constitution, Article 5 § 35: Any person who shall, directly or indirectly, offer, give, or promise any money, or thing of value, testimonial, privilege or personal advantage to any executive or judicial officer, or member of the General Assembly; and any such executive or judicial officer, or member of the general Assembly, who shall receive or consent to receive any such consideration, either directly or indirectly, to influence his action in the performance or non performance of this public or official duty, shall be guilty of a felony, and be punished accordingly.
Supporters of an Article V Amendment Convention (Con-Con) are spinning it as a way to limit the power of federal government, but it will actually open the door to negative consequences which We the People will suffer. They may claim that the meeting can be limited in scope, but there’s no guarantee that it won’t become a runaway convention!
Should we ask the state Attorney General to look into this issue? The Mt. Vernon meeting occurred a month ago, and more information needs to be released to us.
The four legislators attending the Mount Vernon Convention of States (COS) from Arkansas are:
Arkansas Representative Randy Alexander District 88, Republican and ALEC member
Arkansas Representative Bob Ballinger, District 97, Republican – has attended ALEC meetings
Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert, District 35, Republican and ALEC member (Note: Jason Rapert would not respond to reporters’ list of questions)
Arkansas Representative Nathan Bell, District 20, Republican and ALEC member
For all the other known American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) members of Arkansas, click here.
Don’t let your legislator tell you that they can control or limit a Constitutional Convention (also known as an Article V Amendment Convention). That is a lie and is deceptive.
Under Article V (five) of the Constitution, our founding fathers established two methods for future generations to add amendments to the Constitution:
Method 1: Two-thirds of both houses of Congress can propose an amendment, and then three-fourths of the states ratify it… or not. (This is the only safe method.)
For Method 2 below, REMEMBER: the U.S. Congress decides the mode of ratification. The state legislators can be circumvented if the Congress calls for ratifying conventions. For the evidence showing the inability of the States to limit an Article V Convention click here .
Method 2: Two-thirds (34) of the states call for a federal constitutional convention, and then three-fourths of the states ratify whatever amendments are proposed by the convention. (This method must be avoided at all costs. This method could lead to a runaway convention in which our original Constitution would be scrapped and a new Constitution would be substituted consequently stripping us from our bill of rights.) There is a proposed Constitution already waiting for the New States of America.
Our legislators have been sold a pack of lies about the Convention of States (COS) that they have NEVER verified.
The evidence presented to pass Montana HJR38 in 2007 called for the canceling of Montana’s standing resolution which called for an Article V Amendment Convention can be found by clicking here.
The evidence presented to pass HJR38 in 2007 was against calling for an Article V Amendment Convention.
The evidence came from the following individuals:
2 former U.S. Supreme Justices: Chief Justice Warren Burger and Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg
Retired U.S. District Judge Bruce Van Sickle and
8 Nationally reputed Professors of Law:
Lawrence Tribe, Harvard University Law School,
Gerald Gunther, William Cromwell Professor of Law, Stanford University
Professor Neil Cogan, School of Law, Southern Methodist University
Jefferson Fordham, College of Law, Utah State University
Charles Rice, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School
Rex Lee, Professor of Law and President of Brigham Young University
Professor Christopher Brown, University of Maryland School of Law
Charles Wright, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin
The Val Emmons Show on KARN radio in central Arkansas covered the Mount Vernon meeting on December 7, 2013, and stated that Senator “Jason Rapert is dangerous when it comes to opening up the Constitution.” The discussion on the Constitutional Convention starts about 7:15 minutes into the 30 minute show. (She gave us permission to use her material.)
Also, Val Emmons mentions Indiana State Senate Pro-Tempore David Long in her show. He joined other lawmakers across the country in December 2013 calling for the convening of a Constitutional Convention pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Please consider doing your own FOIA to your own legislators with these questions. They should be sent to each of the delegates attending the Mount Vernon, Virginia, COS meeting. (The legislators’ names below are of those who attended from Arkansas, and the FOIA specifically mentions Arkansas several times. YOU’LL WANT TO CORRECT IT SO IT REFLECTS THE INFORMATION FROM YOUR OWN STATE. Click here for a U.S. map; then click on your particular state for a link to your state’s legislators home page and other information.)
Arkansas Representative Randy Alexander District 88, Republican
Arkansas Representative Bob Ballinger, District 97, Republican
Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert, District 35, Republican
Arkansas Representative Nate Bell, District 20, Republican
===================Arkansas Sample FOIA Request =========================
RE: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request
Arkansas Senator ______________________ or
Arkansas Representative __________________
Dear Senator _____________________ or
Dear Representative ___________________
1) How were all your expenses to the Mount Vernon, VA, Convention of States (COS) paid for?
2) What group or groups are sponsoring and funding the Mount Vernon, VA, COS meeting?
3) How were the legislators selected to represent our state at the Mount Vernon COS meeting?
4) Please provide a copy of the agenda.
5) Provide a breakdown of all your expenses to attend the Mount Vernon, VA, COS meeting.
6) When is the next COS meeting scheduled, and where will it be?
7) In the next COS meeting, will the same four Arkansas legislators attend?
8) Since Congress is not obeying the Constitution now, why would you think Congress would obey the Constitution if
changes were made?
9) Did you receive any assignment to perform when you got back to Arkansas?
10) What issues were raised at the Mount Vernon, VA, COS meeting?
11) Were all the issues raised addressed?
12) Do you want to be a delegate to the COS? If you were not a delegate, whom would you recommend?
13) Does American Legislative Exchange Council support a COS?
14) What is there in the existing U.S. Constitution that you would like to see changed?
15) Which person or persons will be planning to introduce the COS legislation in Arkansas?
16) Please name the 32 states which had their lawmakers in attendance at the Mt. Vernon, VA, COS meeting.
Please note Arkansas Code 25-19-104 Penalty – Any person who negligently violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
(Your Name and contact info)
================== End of Arkansas Sample FOIA Request =============================================