IT COULD HAPPEN TOMORROW!
Oklahoma is just one of twelve states, today, that have either introduced
or are ready to introduce
the Article V Amendment Convention resolution.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC – for conservatives) has been trying to get this done since 1974. They hired Lawyer, John Armor to Lobby the states and by 1983 he had persuaded thirty-two (32) of the thirty-four (34) states needed to pass the resolution. Their helping hand was the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL – for liberals). Today, they’re both involved again, and once again our Constitution hangs by a few threads.
They tell legislators, over and over again, that an Article V Amendment Convention will not, can not become a runaway Convention.
“the fact that it may be abused. . . isn’t an argument against using it !!”
Thank Heaven the legislators on that committee were informed and intelligent enough
to vote it down.
There is no safeguard from a runaway convention, regardless of what you’ve been told.
who wrote the ALEC Handbook, knows that. He admitted on page 2 of his book, “Amending the Constitution by Convention,” that:
“of course, abuses of the Article V amendment processes are possible!”
Oklahoma legislators have passed some wonderful and powerful bills in the past year. Let us pray they’re awake to this present scam. Otherwise, it could be a death knell for the Constitution, Bill of Rights, for them
and all of us, the people.
FACT: There is no provision in Article V empowering state legislators to choose the delegates to a Constitutional Convention or to “limit” the scope of a Con-Con. There are no rules, no regulations nor instructions, and once a Convention is underway, the delegates answer to NOBODY!
According to Corpus Juris Secundum 16 C.J.S 9 (a compilation of State Supreme Court findings)
The members of a Constitutional Convention are the direct representatives of the people (1)
and, as such, they may exercise all sovereign powers that are vested in the people of the state. (2)
They derive their powers, not from the legislature, but from the people: (3)
and, hence, their power may not in any respect be limited or restrained by the legislature.
Under this view, it is a Legislative Body of the Highest Order (4)
and may not only frame, but may also enact and promulgate, Constitution. (5)
“Enact and promulgate, Constitution”. It happened in 1787 when delegates met to “amend the Articles of Confederation”. It can and most probably will happen today unless every one of you reading this
makes the calls.
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Govenor Mike Levitt (Utah) said it outright in his 1994 White Paper, re: the planned Conference of States, to be held in “historic Philadelphia” in ’95:
“CONGRESS TRIED TO LIMIT THE CONVENTION’S AUTHORITY by stating it would meet ‘for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation’.”
“As we all know, the delegates to the great Constitutional Convention in 1787 in Philadelphia did much more than that.
They threw out the Articles of Confederation and drafted a new constitution.”
Governor Levitt also claimed that our government is:
“… outdated and old fashioned… not suited for the fast-paced, high-tech, global-marketplace we are entering. There is a better way”.
In 1995 twelve states had the resolutions passed by the middle of January! They suspended rules, brought it to the floor for a voice vote and it was DONE!
The lie that time was that it would “put the teeth into the 10th Amendment”. Once again, given the truth, the legislators refused to pass the resolution. That move was pushed by NCSL, with ALEC passing a resolution in favor of.
For the past 225 years the Constitution has been amended without a convention, because the risks of a repeat of 1787 has been, and still is,
a well-known FACT.
Information on the Bill and Resolution
HJR1016: A Joint Resolution calling for a convention to propose amendment(s) pursuant to the provisions of Article V of the United States Constitution; making findings; and directing distribution.
Both HB1530 and HJR1016 were assigned to the States Rights Committee on February 5, 2013.
If these are brought up in committee, they could could call for an immediate vote! They’re referring to it as “AN EMERGENCY”!
Sponsor of this bill is Representative Gary Banz: (405) 557-7395
Denise Manek, his Legislative Assistant’s, phone number is (405) 557-7395.
His email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please call him and ask that both these bills (HB1530 and HJR1016) be tabled. Share above information with him – WHY he should table these bills!
Please call as many on the States Rights Committee as you can. You can find their contact information below. Call the Chairman first.
Chairman, Rep. Lewis Moore: (405) 557-7400
(most important to contact)
Message for Chairman Moore: Please stop forward action on HB1530 and HJR1016. It is dangerous and puts us in risk of losing our Constitution. Article V of the Constitution does not provide any way to limit an “amendments convention.”
Message for the others on the States Rights Committee: If HB1530 or HJR1016, the call for a Constitutional Convention, comes to a vote, please vote NO. Do not put our Constitution at risk by asking Congress to “call a Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments.” Article V of the Constitution does not provide any way to limit an “amendments convention.”
Vice Chair, Rep. Sean Roberts (R) (405) 557-7322
States Rights Committee Members:
Rep. Ed Cannaday (D) (405) 557-7375
Rep. Dale DeWitt (R) (405) 557-7332
Rep. Dan Fisher (R) (405) 557-7311
Rep. Kay Floyd (D) (405) 557-7396
Rep. Elise Hall (R) (405) 557-7403
Rep. Tommy Hardin (R) (405) 557-7383
Rep. Kevin Matthews (D) (405) 557-7406
Rep. Jason Murphey (R) (405) 557-7350
Rep. Dustin Roberts (R) (405) 557-7366
Rep. Mike Shelton (D) (405) 557-7367
Rep. Ken Walker (R) (405) 557-7359
Question: How can you expect the government to pay any attention to an amendment when they’re trampling the whole Constitution right now? Please don’t risk our Constitution.
Vote “NO” on HB1530 and HJR1016
May our Heavenly Father Bless America, and may He Bless and Guide our Work.
Please FORWARD THIS ACTION ALERT TO YOUR ENTIRE LIST: TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, & OTHER GROUPS. ASK THEM TO MAKE THE CALLS.
Securing the Blessings of Liberty,