Heads Up: U.S. Two States Away from Constitutional Convention

….issued! The Ohio state legislature is expected to vote as early as Dec. 10th, to call for a Constitutional Convention (Con Con). If Ohio calls for a Con Con only one more state need do so and Congress will have no choice but to convene a Convention, throwing our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights up for grabs. Ohio’s vote today poses a grave threat to the U.S. Constitution. Please immediately call the Ohio lawmakers listed below. ACT FAST – time is of the essence!

I apologize! This malignancy most foul remained undetected by our radar until a good friend brought it to our attention yesterday. The hour is late, but WE MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

It does not matter where you live. Ohio’s vote today endangers everyone in every state in the Union, so we must pressure Ohio lawmakers to discard this disastrous legislative effort.

Thirty-two (32) other states have already called for a Con Con (allegedly to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution). 34 states are all that is required, and then Congress MUST convene a Convention.

The U.S. Constitution places no restriction on the purposes for which the states can call for a Convention. If Ohio votes to call a Con Con, for whatever purpose, the United States will be only one state away from total destruction. And it’s a safe bet that those who hate this nation, and all She stands for, are waiting to pounce upon this opportunity to re-write our Constitution. We dare slumber no longer; we must take immediate action to preserve this nation!

Certainly all loyal Americans want government constrained by a balanced budget. But calling a Con Con risks a revolutionary change in our form of government. The ultimate outcome will likely be a new constitution; one that would possibly eliminate the Article 1 restriction to the coinage of real money or even eliminate gun or property rights. So what may look like a good idea to the legislators driving this effort – all Republicans – will certainly make them prey to the law of unintended consequences – at the very least insuring the U.S. will never have a balanced budget – while destroying what vestiges of liberty the government still allows.

You may have heard that some of those 32 states have voted to rescind their calls. This is true. However, under Article V of the Constitution, Congress must call a Constitutional Convention whenever 2/3 (or 34) of the states apply. The Constitution makes no provision for rescission. We’ve been told advocates of the convention are waiting to capture just two more states – Ohio, and one other. They can then challenge the other states’ rescissions in the courts while going ahead with the Convention. Congress alone then decides whether state legislatures or state conventions ratify proposed amendments.

You may have heard the states can control the subject of any convention. In truth no restrictive language from any state can legally limit the scope or outcome of a Convention! Once a Convention is called Congress determines how the delegates to the Convention are chosen. Once chosen, those Convention delegates possess more power than the U.S. Congress itself; if it were not so they would not be able to change the U.S. Constitution!

We have not had a Constitutional Convention since 1787. That Convention was called to make small changes in the Articles of Confederation. As a point of fact, several states first passed resolutions requiring their delegates discuss amendments to the Articles ONLY, forbidding even discussion of foundational changes. However, following the delegates’ first agreement that their meetings be in secret, their second act was to agree to debate those state restrictions and to declare the Articles of Confederation NULL AND VOID! They also changed the ratification process, reducing the required states’ approval from 100% to 75%. There is no reason to believe a contemporary Con Con wouldn’t further “modify” Article V restrictions to suit its purpose.

As former Chief Justice Warren Burger said in a letter written to Phyllis Schlafly, President of Eagle Forum:

“…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. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the convention would obey. After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don’t like its agenda. The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the confederation Congress…” (emphasis mine)

We were blessed in 1787; the Con Con delegates were the leaders of a freedom movement that had just cleansed this land of tyranny.

Today’s corrupt politicians and judges would like nothing better than the ability to legally ignore the Constitution – to modify its “problematic” provisions to reflect the philosophical and socials mores of our contemporary society.

The majority of U.S. voters just elected a dedicated leftist as President. Republicans are at their weakest right now! This is a horrible time to try such a crazy scheme. We cannot control the debate right now! Don’t for one second doubt that delegates to a Con Con wouldn’t revise the 1st Amendment into a government-controlled privilege, replace the 2nd Amendment with a “collective” right to self-defense, and abolish the 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments, and the rest of the Bill of Rights. Additions could include the non-existent Separation of Church and State, the “right” to abortion and euthanasia, and much, much more.

Our uniquely and purely American concept of individual rights, endowed by our Creator, would be quickly set aside as an anachronistic relic of a bygone era; replaced by new “collective” rights, awarded and enforced by government for the “common good”.

The problems our nation faces are not a result of deficiencies in our Constitution; rather, they are the direct result of our disregard for that divinely-inspired document of liberty.

There is no challenge faced by this nation that cannot be solved either by enforcing existing law, or in limited cases, by writing new law. We do not need, AND MUST NOT RISK THE LIBERTY OF THE UNITED STATES with, a Constitutional Convention!

Ohio must not vote for a Con Con! We cannot control the debate! And state #34 is likely sitting silently in the wings, ready to act with lightning speed, sealing the fate of our once great nation before we can prevent it.

Stop the Ohio bill and we can stop the Constitutional Convention.

Link to Joint Resolution in Ohio Legislature:

http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/res.cfm?ID=127_HJR_8

ACTION TO TAKE

We need only stop the House bill, HJR8, sponsored by Representative Louis Blessing, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (there is a Senate bill too).

1. Call Chairman Blessing’s office and tell his staff you oppose a Constitutional Convention and you want this process stopped.

Tell them this is the most dangerous time ever to call for such a convention.

Tell them no one can control the debate or outcome of a Con Con.

Representative Louis Blessing

Phone: (614) 466-9091

Fax: (614) 719-3583

Email: district29@ohr.state.oh.us

2. Call Representative Bill Batchelder. He is a very good man. I’ve known him for years. But he has been misled on this issue. The word is he is wavering. Your calls can convince him to withdraw his support. That can kill this bill.

Representative Bill Batchelder

Phone: (614) 466-8140

Fax: (614) 719-3969

Email: district69@ohr.state.oh.us

3. It is URGENT that you make your calls right now. The bill could be voted on as early as this afternoon (Wednesday).

I’m so sorry for this late notice. We just found out about this last night.

Please get this message out far and wide. This task requires our very best effort! E-mail and call your friends, family and neighbors. Network anywhere and everywhere possible. If you know someone who never takes action, encourage them to break that habit this one time. Our Constitution is under assault!

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UPDATE:

Con Con Update

Partial Victory — With More Action Needed

UPDATE: on the Ohio Legislature’s activities since our Wednesday Sledgehammer Alert. Thankfully, that Sledgehammer alerted and activated people across the country to the very real and imminent threat that a Constitutional Convention might soon be called by Congress. You had a definite impact on the Ohio House, and gave us at least a temporary victory. But we’re not finished, as you will see.

First and foremost: Thank you for a job well done!

Your efforts delivered a resounding shot across the bow of the Ohio House. According to our legislative contact, some Representatives received more hundreds of calls and emails on this subject. Good work! The House Judiciary Committee definitely felt the heat; the vote scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was cancelled! And there was no vote Thursday. Chairman Blessing said the vote listing was just a terrible mistake (and if you believe that…). Truth be told, your attention stopped them in their tracks!

About a dozen people gave testimony opposing HJR 8. With just 18 hours advance notice, we offer a loud “Bravo”! to those who stepped up to the task. Only Chairman Blessing spoke in favor of the bill, and his arguments were shattered by the other testimony.

Chuck Michaelis is Executive Director of Camp American (www.campamerican.com/) and Vice-chairman of the Institute for Principled Policy (http://www.principledpolicy.com/), an Ohio-based public policy think tank. In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee he delivered this little-known and staggering bit of news to legislators: “Article V (of the U.S. Constitution) contains no requirement that the states be represented in a Con Con.” You may want to read that again!

He also asked committee members many insightful questions, most of which I’ve listed below (emphasis mine). These questions must be answered before any sane legislature petitions Congress to call a Con Con.

If the states are allowed to choose their own delegates then who will choose them?

1. The Governor?

2. The House?

3. The Senate?

4. A bicameral panel?

5. A blue-ribbon commission?

6. A plebescite?

* If by plebescite then who picks the potential candidates?

* Who can vote?

* All eligible voters?

* Taxpayers only?

* Or would we possibly, in the interest of “enfranchisement,” allow all citizens and potentially foreign nationals the franchise for this special election?

7. What would the requirements be for a candidate for delegate?

* Exclusively lawyers?

* A mix of professionals?

* So-called “proportional representation” of all special interest groups?

* Will people of strong religious conviction be excluded?

* What will the exact criteria for eligibility be?

8. What will the deliberative body look like ideologically?

* Will there be representation for anarchists?

* Libertarians?

* Marxists?

* Constitutional Conservatives?

9. How will you know how the body is constituted?

* How can that possibly be controlled or should it be?

10. Can this body convince me that the Bill of Rights will remain intact in the event of a runaway Con Con?

11. In the light of earlier Con Con history, can you guarantee that there will still be states existing as sovereign bodies after a Con Con?

12. Will a potential new constitution recognize my rights as being an inalienable gift of God which government is charged to protect by Him?

13. Or will it treat them as a gift of government to be taken away and returned on the whim of whoever holds power?

More Action Needed Today!

Unfortunately, there is still great danger lurking in the Ohio Senate! There is a HUGE, full-steam ahead, all-out effort ongoing to ram through their related bill, SJR 9. Again, it is the Republican caucus spearheading this most misguided effort. Happily, there is some strong Democratic opposition to the bill – because of the call for a balanced federal budget. Who was it that said, “Politics makes for strange bedfellows?” But the very real danger lies in the strong Senate support for this bill. If the Senate succeeds it will likely then be able to pressure the House to acquiesce, so we dare not let up. The Senate seems completely committed to a hurried effort to disregard public comment and avoid careful, informed deliberation of the potential consequences of this very drastic action.

Calling a Con Con is not only wholly unnecessary to the purpose of a balanced federal budget, but will unquestionably result in an outcome as unimaginable to most Americans as it will be lethal to our nation.

The American Policy Center became the Con Con proponents’ worst nightmare with Wednesday’s Sledgehammer. But they will now be expecting our next salvo, so it is imperative we redouble and greatly expand our efforts to again carry the day. Please do all you can to help us in this most important fight. The United States stands at the edge of a great, dark abyss. It’s impossible to gauge its width or depth, or even to identify all the mortal threats to our nation which surely lie within it.

ACTION TO TAKE

1. Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee Members listed below. Tell them they MUST NOT PASS SJR 9. Give them these hard, cold facts about a Constitutional Convention:

* The Constitution does not permit any restrictions on the subject matter a Con Con considers.

* The Constitution does not guarantee states may choose any delegates to a Con Con.

* The Constitution does not guarantee any state will be represented at a Con Con.

* To paraphrase Chief Justice Warren Burger’s admonition, NOBODY TELLS A CON CON WHAT TO DO!

2. Please keep up the pressure on the Ohio House Judiciary Committee Members, as well. Another vote is possible in the near future. Plus, if we cannot stop Ohio Senate passage of this bill, we will have to rely on the House standing firm in their opposition, or face certain catastrophe.

Chairman Louis Blessing

Phone: (614) 466-9091

Fax: (614) 719-3583

Email: district29@ohr.state.oh.us

Representative Bill Batchelder

Phone: (614) 466-8140

Fax: (614) 719-3969

Email: district69@ohr.state.oh.us

3. Please contact the legislatures of the states listed here – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming – which have already voted to petition Congress for a Con Con. Reports vary widely over which states have already rescinded their call, so to be safe – please ask all to immediately rescind their call for a Con Con!

4. Residents of these states please search for pending legislation calling for a Con Con: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Somewhere we believe there is at least one state ready and willing to be the 34th state, triggering a mandatory call for a Con Con. Please help us determine if this is the case, and submit a copy of any such proposed legislation to the American Policy Center. You may email to ampolicycenter@hotmail.com, or fax to (540) 341-8916.

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Republicans

Chairman- John Carey

Telephone: (614) 466-8156

Fax: (614) 752-7188

Email: SD17@senate.state.oh.us

Steve Stivers

Telephone: (614) 466-5981

Fax: (614) 466-0101

Email: SD16@senate.state.oh.us

Ron Amstutz

Telephone: (614) 466-7505

Fax: (614) 387-0787

Email: SD22@senate.state.oh.us

Steve Austria

Telephone: (614) 466-3780

Fax: (614) 387-0788

Email: SD10@senate.state.oh.us

Gary Cates

Telephone: (614) 466-8072

Fax: (614) 466-7662

Email: SD04@senate.state.oh.us

Keith Faber

Telephone: (614) 466-7584

Fax: (614) 466-3691

Email: SD12@senate.state.oh.us

Tom Niehaus

Telephone: (614) 466-8082

Fax: (614) 466-7018

Email: SD14@senate.state.oh.us

Joy Padgett

Telephone: (614) 466-8076

Fax: (614) 995-1665

Email: SD20@senate.state.oh.us

Mark Wagoner

Telephone: (614) 466-8060

Fax: (614) 466-7662

Email: SD02@senate.state.oh.us

Democrats

Capri Cafaro

Telephone: (614) 466-7182

Fax: (614) 466-5559

Email: senatorcafaro@maild.sen.state.oh.us

Eric Kearney

Telephone: (614) 466-5980

Fax: (614) 466-8261

Email: Senatorkearney@maild.sen.state.oh.us

Tom Sawyer

Telephone: (614) 466-7041

Fax: (614) 466-6660

Email: senatorsawyer@maild.sen.state.oh.us

Jason Wilson

Telephone: (614) 466-6508

Fax: (614) 728-5013

Email: senatorwilson@maild.sen.state.oh.us

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