Keep your eyes and ears open, folks, and your brains in gear! We are hearing more and more about an Article V constitutional convention (Con-Con) with several groups advocating for it, for several different reasons – from balancing the budget, to term limits, to campaign finance reform and limiting “constitutional rights” of corporations. Many of the groups work together, including sharing board members and belonging to a coalition named Call A Convention.
Call A Convention, whose goal is “a truly open and constructive” (i.e. unlimited) Article V convention, was formed in 2013 by Lawrence Lessig, a leftist, a blasphemer and friend and associate of both George Soros and Barack Obama. Lessig is also on the boards of Compact For America (CFA), ConventionUSA, and Rootstrikers and works closely with leftist Wolf-Pac as well as Mark Meckler’s Convention of States (COS). In West Virginia, it is mostly COS that has been wooing our legislators but recently CFA has been actively seeking supporters.
The COS website has a petition that calls for “an Article V convention to propose only amendments that would impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.” Such a convention could easily become the “runaway” convention that sensible people fear would either radically alter our Constitution or even replace it with one of the socialist constitutions already written and waiting in the wings.
Compact for America calls for the creation of a compact of 38 states to petition Congress to call an Article V convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment (BBA) only. The application contains all the rules for governing the convention AND a pre-written BBA that would be “pre-ratified” within the initial applications. This appears to be the completely safe answer to all the fears previously expressed by critics.
But, please don’t believe in fairy tales. Not only is this Con-Con vulnerable to becoming a “runaway,” constitutional scholar Publius Huldah warns that it is “actually a tricky device for imposing a national sales tax or value added tax on the American People – on top of the income tax – and does nothing to limit federal spending.” Publius Huldah has also explained that – unlike the states, which require budgets – the federal government is limited by the Constitution to spending only for the few enumerated powers and obligations that it authorizes. A BBA would substitute a “budget” for the enumerated powers and authorize the national government to spend money on whatever it puts in the budget. “To add insult to injury,” Huldah alleges, “while all versions of a BBA pretend to limit spending, they actually permit increases in spending
and increases in debt whenever a majority votes to do so.”
“I will join the Constitution Party of West Virginia when you are organized in all 55 counties, have statewide ballot access, and run a full slate of candidates.” This sounds like a colonist who says he will join the revolution after the declaration is written, the war is fought, the constitution drafted, and thousands have sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
On Thursday, July 31, U.S. Senate candidate Phil Hudok and his “Mr. Obama Head” creation protested alongside 5000 mine workers in downtown Pittsburgh. Although ignored by the mainstream media, some independent media did cover the story. Links to the articles and video can be found on Phil’s campaign website at http://hudok.com/index.php/umwa-rally-rt-usa/ CPWVa Secretary Jeff Becker and Vice-Chairman Jeffrey-Frank..Jarrell, both state legislative candidates, were also on hand for the prior day’s rally at Highmark Stadium.
JOIN US for our next state party meeting to be held at Shoney’s in Charleston (116 Kanawha Blvd E) on Saturday, May 31, 2014. There will be a quick business meeting beginning promptly at 12:00 noon followed by some brief candidate presentations, and then members and supporters will head down the street to the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field Stadium to circulate our ballot access petitions among the patrons and participants of the Relay For Life event.
A number of members are planning to arrive around 11:00am to set-up and eat lunch first. As always, this is an open public meeting FREE OF CHARGE except of course for your own restaurant tab.
Based on the attendance of our previous meetings, we are expecting a good crowd. The specific agenda is TBD and will be available at the restaurant.
SEE YOU THERE!
Constitution Party 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Phil Hudok gave presentations to the Randolph County Commission and Board of Education regarding the proper interpretation and need for our Second Amendment. These actions have now resulted in a formal resolution by the Commission to members of Congress. Below is a link to an article in the InterMountain about this. THANK YOU PHIL !!
Here is an excerpt:
Randolph County Commissioners decided to take a stand on the 2nd Amendment Thursday, passing a resolution supporting the right to “keep and bear arms.” The measure will be sent to elected officials.
Commission President Chris See said the resolution was created after resident Phil Hudok spoke to the commission about gun control measures.
“We came up with this resolution and we will send it to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.,) and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.),” See said before reading the resolution.
The resolution states that it is the right of the people to “keep and bear arms for the defense of life, liberty and property,” and that the right is regarded as an “inalienable right by the people of Randolph County.”
Constitution Party of West Virginia Chairman Jeff Becker has placed a number of redistricting ideas with detailed color maps on his website at http://jeffbecker.us. Columnist Phil Kabler commented on them in his West Virginia Gazette article last week: http://wvgazette.com/News/201106101179
There is a 30-member House of Delegates redistricting team that is holding meetings around the state on these, as well as John Unger’s State Senate task force. More information on these and other legislative activities can be found at http://www.legis.state.wv.us/redistricting.cfm
by Raymond Kish, Vice-Chairman and 2010 Candidate CP of Missouri
The Tea Party needs to make a choice between an “R” or a “D”, or so says Sarah Palin. The GOP rock star told an audience full of Tea Party members in Arkansas on Tuesday night, Feb. 16, that the Independents, who make up the Tea Party movement, need to start thinking about picking a party.
I think she is right. The Tea Party needs to make a choice, but not from within the two-party system that Palin claims we are stuck with. The Tea Party needs to decide right now whether they are going to let this movement be stolen by failed establishment candidates, or whether or not it is going to press forward and elect independent and third party candidates.
We do have choices, and they are not limited to Republicans and Democrats.
The Tea Party, from its beginning, was formed in response to the failure of both parties to listen to the will of the people. For Sarah Palin to suggest that we should pick between those same two failed parties is an insult. The rank in file members of the Tea Party movement should throw their current leaders out on their ear for allowing a movement of independents and Constitutionalists to be highjacked by either party.
Palin rightly points out that the Tea Party is not a Political party and cannot run candidates, but she is wrong to say there are only two choices because there is another choice: The Constitution Party. The Constitution Party has candidates running for office all across the United States, and the Constitution Party platform fits the Tea Party like a glove.
The Republicans and Democrats share the blame for our current economic crisis, and neither party has any real solution on how to fix it. Both parties gave us bailouts and stimulus programs adding mountains of debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back. In spite of all that money being spent, we still had 473,000 people file for unemployment benefits in the second week of February and have lost over 8 million jobs since 2007. With a track record like that, there is no reason whatsoever that America should choose between either party currently in power.
To say we have to pick between two incompetent choices is absolute lunacy. What America needs to do right now is make the decision not to return either Party back to Washington or any State office for that matter. Vote in a party with American ideas; a Party who has an American view of how the government should be run; a party that realizes that the Constitution is more than a word you say at a rally to get some applause. They need to vote in The Constitution Party.
If Palin was a true tea party patriot, she would not be asking us to choose between a Marxist party and a Fascist party. She would be leading her followers to a truly American party. . . . . The Constitution Party.
We are a nation, who is ruled by the consent of the governed. It is time the people remove their consent from the two establishment parties and put a Constitution Party candidate into office. The only way for both establishment parties to get the message is for both establishment parties to lose. To vote for either a Republican or a Democrat is to give your consent to two political parties who have made a living out of betraying the American people, our Founding Fathers and our Constitution, which each one swears fidelity to upon taking office.
America, don’t be fooled. Neither establishment party can be trusted. Send the hijackers packing, and let’s continue to build upon a truly great movement of the people.
On Monday, February 14, 2011, three CPWV officers spent Valentine’s Day at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston lobbying for support of Senate Bill 417. Our efforts PAID OFF as House companion bill HB 3248 has just been introduced. See the Featured Articles at left for more details. YOUR TELEPHONE CALLS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED NOW to move these bills out of their respective judiciary committees.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! PLEASE TELEPHONE THE HOUSE AND SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEES
Please call the following state Senators and state Delegates (9am-4pm, at least ask secretary to relay your message) and urge them to support this legislation and put SB 417 and HB 3248 on the agenda and vote them out of committee. A KEY ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF THIS BILL is that it will increase voter registration and voter turnout by providing more choices for voters. < -SELLING POINT