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Do we deserve an Article V Convention? Congress doesn’t think so…

Article V of the U.S. Constitution: The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight [1808] shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

So what happens when the Congress ignores (and has since 1965) applications by ALL 50 STATES to call an Article V Convention? Take a look at requests for a Balanced Budget Amendment, which would keep the government from going further and further into debt on Military expenditures, let’s say. 171 Balanced Budget/General-Call-for-an-Article-V-Convention applications were submitted by 39 different states (rescissions excluded). Has an Article V Convention occurred?

No.

Friends Of An Article V Convention are pushing the cause at their web site. This is what you find at foavc.org:

What is Happening to Our Country?

Are you aware that We The People are being denied our constitutional right to an Article V Convention to propose amendments, despite a whopping 400+ (or more) Article V applications from the state legislatures of ALL 50 states? Only 34 (i.e. two thirds) are required.

FOAVC is a non-partisan association of American citizens from every state comprised of a broad range of occupations, Convention of 1787 (click  here to enlarge)ethnicities, religious affiliations and political persuasions.  Our common bond and mission is a deep commitment to preserving the values and principles embodied in our founding documents – the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America – upon which this nation was founded. Article V of the United States Constitution provides that Congress, “on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments“.  The Founding Fathers of our nation recognized the importance of providing this means by which the citizens of our country could initiate amendments to change and/or clarify the Constitution; the fundamental document which they intended to be not only the blueprint for our federal system but also the supreme Law of the Land.

If you’d like to see the 400+ applications for the Constitutionally Required Article V Convention? Go HERE.

And once a Convention is called, there can be other amendments brought in (I think this is the real fear of our legislators… we might get lots of our government problems changed.)

So what do you think? As Joel S. Hirschhorn of FOAVC has stated:

American society is saddled with distractive consumerism, a culture of dishonesty, and rampant corporate corruption of government.  Despite what false patriots tell us, we now have a delusional democracy, not one that citizens can trust to serve their interests.  We clearly need a Second American Revolution.

Proposed 28th Amendment – Received this from my Cousin Bob in Chicago…

I think thus us a good one… I don’t know who put this out originally, but I’m glad Bob sent it along.

This makes  sense…. which is why we need to drive it.

For too long we have been complacent about the workings of Congress.  Many citizens had no idea that (1) Congress members could retire with the same pay after only one term; (2) that they didn’t pay into Social Security; and (3) that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from fear of prosecution for sexual harassment.  Congress’s latest game is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform Bill that is being considered.  Somehow, this doesn’t seem logical.  We do not have an elite that is above the law.

I truly don’t care if members of Congress are Democrat, Republican, Independent, liberal, conservative, progressive or whatever.  The self-serving must stop. The below-listed proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would do that. This is an idea whose time has come.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and Congress shall make no law that applies  to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”

This is fair, to the point and non-partisan.  Who could be against it?

Congress, that’s who.

Each person receiving this is asked to forward it to a minimum of 20 people in their Address Book (using the Bcc: option) and ask each of them to do likewise.  In 3 days every person in the United States will have received the message.  Thanks for doing this, and thanks for contacting your congressperson and telling him or her you support this effort.

OK… I’ve passed this on to you (hope there are 20 of you this morning)… Now you can pass it on as well.

I guess the only way to combat the Supreme Court’s unfortunate political action last week is this:

clipped from www.opednews.com

Edwards and Conyers Just Introduced a Constitutional Amendment to Overrule SCOTUS

Congresswoman Donna Edwards introduced the Constitutional amendment, together with Congressman John Conyers.

“Free Speech Rights Are For People, Not Corporations”
WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Maryland introduced today a constitutional amendment bill to overturn the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing unlimited corporate money in elections. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is a co-sponsor of the amendment bill.
A coalition of public interest organizations and independent business advocates praised the Congresswoman’s action.

Immediately following the Court’s ruling on January 21, 2010, the groups launched a constitutional amendment campaign at http://www.freespeechforpeople.org to correct the judiciary’s creation of corporate rights under the First Amendment over the past three decades.
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Remarkable! Atheist May Be ‘Not Eligible To Serve’ In North Carolina

This article is from Citizen-Times.com, “Asheville’s Home Page.”… there’s plenty more here, but the start of the article is amazing enough.

If we can’t get God out of Government how can we ever expect to have intelligence triumph over dumbosity!

clipped from www.citizen-times.com
ASHEVILLE — North Carolina’s constitution is clear: politicians who deny the existence of God are barred from holding office.

Opponents of Cecil Bothwell are seizing on that law to argue he should not be seated as a City Council member today, even though federal courts have ruled religious tests for public office are unlawful under the U.S. Constitution.

Voters elected the writer and builder to the council last month.

“I’m not saying that Cecil Bothwell is not a good man, but if he’s an atheist, he’s not eligible to serve in public office, according to the state constitution,” said H.K. Edgerton, a former Asheville NAACP president.

Article 6, section 8 of the state constitution says: “The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”

Rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution trump the restriction in the state constitution, said Bob Orr, executive director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law.

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Boy, I love Alan Grayson…

Here’s a quick video of the Florida Democratic Representative taking on GOP Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia, who had introduced yet another amendment to deny all funding to ACORN.

Grayson is remarkable in the way he keeps control of his five minutes, even though the GOP tries to steal it. And I love how he sees himself:

“I don’t owe anything to anyone here. I don’t owe anything to lobbyists. I don’t owe anything to leadership. The only thing I owe to anybody is the well-being of 800,000 people who depend on me.”

This guy is going to go far, if we can keep him in Congress.