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Constitutional Convention / Conference of States

"Let us face reality. The framers have simply been too shrewd for us. They have outwitted us. They designed separated institutions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to 'turn the founders upside down' to put together what they put asunder we must directly confront the Constitutional structure they erected ... "

James M Burns, p.160 Reforming American Government

Constitutional Convention 2012 !!
A GRIDLOCK OF FACT AND FICTION - The call for a constitutional Convention (Con-Con) is on the march throughout this country; it is armed and it is dangerous.

The Effort to Dismantle Our Constitution
A history, past and current, outlining the ongoing effort by the International financial powers to open the Constitution in order to impose their radical changes. Their delivery system is mainly deceived and uninformed state legislators. The perpetrators and their minions know well what they are doing.

Constitution for the Newstates of America
In the event you would be inclined to dismiss the relevance of the proposed new constitution, bear in mind that it is the product of a tax-exempt think-tank which took ten years, $25,000,000.00 and the collaboration of over one-hundred like-minded individuals. "It would be folly to believe this investment is intended to be merely an exercise in political theory. The frightening reality is, the planners are serious in their efforts to impose a new constitution upon the people of America as we enter the 21st Century."
 Col. Arch Roberts, Committee to Restore the Constitution

Are We Being Con Conned Out of Our 2nd Amendment Rights to Keep and Bear Arms?
Practice our chosen religion? Educate our children?

The 14th Amendment is Unconstitutional
By Judge L.H. Perez. "The purported 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is and should be held to be ineffective, invalid, null, void, and unconstitutional for the following reasons..."

Chief Justice Burger on the Constitutional ConventionUpdated
"I have also repeatedly given my opinion that 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."

Unbridled Powers of Delegates in a Constitutional ConventionUpdated
From Corpus Jurus Secundum 16 C.J.S 9:"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)."

The Methods of Control
By Dan Druck, National Co-Director, Council on Domestic Relations.
"First let me say that I hope everyone sees the critical need to head off both Con-Con attempts (the state-by-state Con-Con resolution effort and the COS). As far as strategies are concerned, we should first make a quick analysis of the playing field."

States With Standing Calls for a Con Con
32 of 34 states necessary have standing calls for a Constitutional Convention. Although 3 states have rescinded their calls (Florida, Louisiana, Alabama) the rescissions have not been challenged in court.

Related Links:

The Constitution: It's Source and Application
Very useful reference for historical data on the Constitution. Thanks John Kegg for this link! (Opens in a new browser window.)

Conference Of States

What Is / Was the Conference of States
A brief history of failed attempts at a Constitutional Convention. Why a COS? Why legislators almost fell for it.

COS to Call for a Constitutional Convention
"... The Texas resolution was the only one which admitted the COS delegates intended to call for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con)."

Utah Governor Mike Leavitt's Position on COS
"... our national government... is outdated and old fashioned. It is not suited for the fast-paced, high-tech, global marketplace we are entering. There is a much better way."

CDR Challenges Gov. Leavitt to Public Debate on COS
Press Release: 5-26-1995, Gov. Leavitt and Sen. Duke challenged to debate COS
Press Release: 6-6-1995, Duke accepts; no word from Leavitt

CDR Second Letter to Leavitt
"... Let's get all the cards face up on the table, Governor, and perhaps we'll discover we are all in agreement. LaVar Webb has called grass roots opposition "extreme right wing whackos". We aren't. We don't hate our government. We love our country and hate what is happening. Can we assume you feel the same?"

Governor Leavitt Responds to CDR Debate Challenge
"I am not interested in confrontation, grandstanding or putting on a show for the media... It is the end result that is important here, not how we get to it... Therefore, I am not interested in debating Senator Duke... It is for these reasons that I respectfully decline your invitation to debate."

CDR Open Letter to Governor Leavitt
"...We suggest the opposition was unexpected because the first states passed the empowering resolution through so quickly - no public hearings, no information to legislators - just a quick voice vote before their constituents knew anything about it - a little 'arm twisting and sticking necks out by promising memberships in the CSG' to get the votes. (One would think those tactics would embarrass you.)..."

Law Professor Concerns About COS
"... As professors of constitutional law at the Florida State University College of Law, we are extremely troubled by the possibility that this proposed Conference could be construed as an application for a constitutional convention under Article V of the U. S. Constitution. Such a convention could evolve into a wholesale assault on our Constitution, and lead to proposals for destroying our present constitutional system."

Letter from Attorney Lapiscopo to Rep. Tim Stine
"... I do not believe it is necessary for state legislatures to pass resolutions sanctioning any such meeting and I am concerned about convening a constitutional convention... if the Committee would like further testimony prior to sending the resolution to the floor for a vote, then I will make myself available to the committee by telephone conference call."

Sen. Headlund Opposes Massachusetts COS Participation
Press Release: 4-18-1995 - "... My biggest concern is that there is no guarantee that the conference will not decide to become a Constitutional Convention, and if that happens there will be no force to stop it," concluded Hedlund.

Sen. Headlund Letter to Colleagues - COS Warning
"... evidence suggests it is a blatant attempt to consolidate the authority of the states in a convention for making fundamental changes to our form of government. In fact, a rewrite of the Tenth amendment is one of the stated goals of the COS."

ALEC Resolution Endorsing the COS
"NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a membership organization representing both Republican and Democratic state legislators, endorses the concept of the Conference of the States."

Oregon State Senator Shannon - On Radio
"... the day that it came out of committee [senator] Rod Johnson himself came to me and said, 'Marilyn, I'm so excited. It came out of committee today and we have all of the mechanisms in place to call for a Con-Con if they don't listen to us'."

Spy Infiltrates Secret CSG Meeting
"... This guy from Massachusetts... said they're masters of 'sleight-of-hand'... and that's how they intend to pursue the resolution in Massachusetts. ... this woman down at the other end of the table piped up and said they really want to get this through without hearings, just a quick voice vote, before anybody got wind of it..." (State Rep. Joan Menard - COS Steering Committee)

Senate Resolution 82
"Mr. BROWN (for himself and Mr. [Jesse] Helms) submitted the following resolution;... Resolved, That Congress hereby petitions the several States of the United States of America to convene a Conference of the States and that such States then consider whether it is necessary for the States to convene a Constitutional Convention...

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