Are we being Con-Conned Out of our
2nd Amendment Rights to Keep and Bear Arms?
Practice our chosen religion? Educate our children?
In the summer of 1992 I read a newsletter detailing the facts about the on going effort to dismantle our constitution. I was shocked to my very core, frightened and puzzled. “Why didn’t we know about this?!!” Since that time I’ve heard the same question in those exact words dozens and dozens of times. 1
Our constitution is hanging by a thread and has been since 1993 when Missouri legislators passed a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con). “What’s that?” some of you might ask; and “What’s the danger?”
The U.S. Constitution in itself simply lays out the structure of the Federal Government and what it can do. The first ten Articles of Amendment (Bill of Rights) are the ties that bind — the cage if you will — that restricts the potential power of that government to run amok (think Soviet Union and other dictatorial countries). The Bill of Rights tells the federal government what it can not do.
A con-con would open the door to tinkering, tweaking and even totally rewriting the entire constitution, leaving out the Bill of Rights and granting privileges in its place. A “privilege” is a concession given by some higher authority; the granter of privileges can take away a privilege on a whim. As a matter of fact, the Bill of Rights does not give us our rights, it protects our already God-given rights.
In answer to the question, “Why didn’t we know?!” — that is because it has been a quiet, sneaky, deceitful effort beginning in 1964 when the Ford Foundation funded a commission, calling upon the expertise of a hundred “social experimenters”, to write a new constitution for America.
Ten years, $25,000,000 and forty drafts later they were finally satisfied with their efforts. That final draft was published in a book titled, The Emerging Constitution, by Rexford G. Tugwell (Harper & Row, 1974). Remember that year: 1974
Before we go further into the details of their ongoing efforts to dismantle our constitution, let us see what life in America — our lives, our children and grandchildren’s lives — would be like under the Constitution for the Newstates of America: 2
Article 1A Sec.8 – “The practice of religion shall be privileged”.
Article 1-A Sec.11 – “Education shall be provided at public expense for those who meet appropriate tests of eligibility.”
Article 1B Sec. 8 – “Bearing of arms shall be confined to the police, members of the armed forces, and those licensed under law.”
We will undoubtedly lose our homes and farm lands. That plan was revealed in 1934 by Rexford Tugwell, author of The Emerging Constitution, mentioned above. In an article by the Phillip County News, Malta, Montana, 4 January 1934, titled
“Tugwell Predicts New Regulations for Land With Federal Control” (excerpted)
“Use of all land, public and private will be controlled by the federal government in the future, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Rexford Tugwell predicted this week. . . he concluded, ‘Private control has failed to use wisely its control of the land. We are preparing a land program not merely for the benefit of those who held title to it but for the greater welfare of all the citizens of the country’.” 3
That land control issue is covered in the Newstates Constitution:
Article 1A Sec.12 – “No property shall be taken without compensation.” (notice it does not say “just” or “fair” compensation)
Article II, Sec.9 – “Taxes on land may be at higher rates than those on its improvements.”
Article 9 Sec.2. – “Areas necessary for the uses of government may be acquired at its valuation and may be maintained as the public interest may require “
Article 9 Sec.16. – “To acquire property and improvements for public use at costs to be fixed, if necessary, by the Court of Claims.”
The “Newstates” under this new constitution are “regions”, combining some and dividing some, which will eliminate the present states, their boundaries, state legislatures, etc. Appointed bureaucrats bear titles such as Regulators, Watchkeepers, Overseers and Protectors.
ARTICLE II Sec.1 – “There shall be Newstates, each comprising no less than 5 percent of the whole population.”
Article XII Sec.5 – “For establishing Newstates boundaries a commission of thirteen, appointed by the President, shall make recommendations within one year.”
In 1974 — the same year The Emerging Constitution was published — then V.P. Nelson Rockefeller engineered a resolution calling for an unlimited Con-Con to be held in 1976. The Newstates Constitution was (and still IS) waiting in the wings. Public opposition killed that effort, so the proponents began lobbying states to pass a resolution calling for a “limited” Con-Con under the ostensible purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment.
By 1983, 32 of the required 34 states had made the call. None other has been passed since then, and three states have rescinded theirs. It has been said, however, that if just two more states make the call, the advocates of a con-con plan to challenge the rescissions of the three states and throw them into the courts while going ahead with a convention.
In 1993, an all-out effort was made when 12 states simultaneously introduced con-con resolutions. By the grace of God, and thousands of people networking around the country, that effort was defeated.
Not to be deterred, the planners again went back to the drawing board and in ’95 came up with what they believed to be their grande finale: A Conference of States, to be held in historic Philadelphia (where the U.S. Constitution was born).
That was a back-door attempt to open a con-con, and they nearly pulled it off. So sure of success were the powers behind the effort, a Canadian newspaper in 1995 informed its readers that British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, would be out of the country in October, attending an “important convention” in Philadelphia. We discovered later that Margaret Thatcher’s secretary was an advisor to the COS. Obviously, this is NOT a game to the con-con promoters.
4 Entire section featuring all Con-Con and COS articles
What could happen in the event of a “limited” con-con? What will most probably happen?
A Constitutional Convention makes its own rules, cannot be limited, and could indeed throw out the entire structure, including our protections under the first ten Articles of Amendment (Bill of Rights). The unbridled powerof the delegates to a con-con has been acknowledged several times by various State Supreme Courts, 5 and a letter from former U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger confirms the danger.6 In his letter Justice Berger said:
” . . . there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. . . . After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don’t like its agenda.”
[NOTE] According to information we’ve recently received, during these past sixteen years seven more states have rescinded their call. We’re awaiting documents for verification.
Those of us who actively worked to defeat the measures believed/hoped it was finally over. It is NOT over. At present both house and senate in Ohio have introduced con-con resolutions, which as of this writing have not been passed. Also received info that Virginia legislature, which had rescinded the call in 2004 is now considering reopening the issue. We have no idea how many other states may have resolutions waiting to be introduced.
OUR CONCERNS: We believe the time is ripe for those waiting to break into and dismantle the U.S. Constitution. Uninformed state legislators believe – because they’re told – 1) that a con-con can be limited to one subject; 2) that adding a “balanced budget amendment” will fix the economic problems which all states are facing today; and 3) even if a total rewrite should happen “they” would never ratify. What they are NOT told, in that matter, is that there are two modes of ratification; the U.S. Congress decides which mode will be used; and state legislatures can be totally bypassed in favor of “ratifying conventions”!
The Committee on the Constitutional System (CCS), says they want to wait until the U.S. is in a 1929 type depression to call a convention, because only then would the public accept the radical changes they want.
Here we are today, experiencing an economic collapse that financial experts predict will be a 1929 type depression. One stated that it will “make 1929 look like a walk in the park”.
A recent Wall Street Journal article reads: “The worst budget crisis in decades is forcing states to cut funding to cash-strapped cities, which already are slashing police, firefighters and other services.“
We hope to avoid a repeat of 1993; each of the twelve states mentioned were ready and waiting for their sessions to open. The con-con resolutions hit one after another at the biginning of the year. We urge you readers to further educate yourselves and keep abreast of the situation.
Darren Weeks, host of the Govern America radio broadcast, who manages his own website of the same name, and webmaster of the sweetliberty site has spent two 2-hour segments of his broadcast in discussion on this topic. To listen to the archived broadcasts go to www.governamerica.com; under the “on air” section, click on “archives‘, and listen to 12.20.08 and 12.27.08.
NOTE: MP3 AUDIO FILES OF THE HOURS MENTIONED ARE NOW POSTED HERE. RIGHT-CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL HOURS AND SELECT “SAVE FILE AS” TO DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THEM.
May our Heavenly Father bless and guide us all.
January 1, 2009
(up dated January 13, 2009)
1 – The Effort to Dismantle our Constitution sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/effort2dismantle.htm
2 – Proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America – text sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/newstates.htm
3 – Tugwell, Government Will Control All Land sweetliberty.org/tugwell.htm
4 – Entire section featuring all Con-Con & C.O.S. articles sweetliberty.org/concon.htm
5 – Unbridled Power of a Con-Con sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/corpus.htm
6. – U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger letter sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/burger.htm