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CONSTITUTION ~ ARTICLE V SYMPOSIUM
Article V ~ Amendments WITHOUT Congress
 

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Colorado's Article V Symposium ~ Amendments WITHOUT Congress ~ March 27, 2014
  "It's time to stop fiddling while America burns!" ~ Professor Rob Natelson
 

Over 300 attendees packed the standing-room-only event. The goal of the Symposium was to inform citizens and legislators about the role of the states in proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution and their power to use Article V to reform our out-of-control federal government.

Professor Rob Natelson introduces the Symposium
 

 

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Bob Berry explains "Convention of States for Proposing Amendments" and possible Amendments to be proposed
 

 

Robert Berry is the author of "Amendments without Congress: A Timely Gift from the Founders" and "Constitutional Coup: America's New Lease on Liberty."

Mike Farris explains Applications for Convention for Proposing Amendments
 

 

 

Round Table Discussion
 

 

 

Senator Kevin Lundberg and Representative Lori Saine discuss their Resolution

 

 

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Symposium Questions and Answers
 

 

"It's time to stop fiddling while America burns!" || ROB NATELSON AT 32-MINUTE MARK ||

Mark Meckler's Call to Action
 

 

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Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin || PRINTABLE SUMMARY OF THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS ||
 

Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin

 

For a century, the Statists have steadfastly constructed a federal Leviathan, distorting and evading our constitutional system in pursuit of an all-powerful, ubiquitous central government. The result is an ongoing and growing assault on individual liberty, state sovereignty, and the social compact. Levin argues that if we cherish our American heritage, it is time to embrace a constitutional revival.

The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and the delegates to each state's ratification convention foresaw a time when—despite their best efforts to forestall it—the Federal government might breach the Constitution's limits and become oppressive. Agencies such as the IRS and EPA and programs such as Obamacare demonstrate that the Framers' fear was prescient.

Levin argues that the Framers provided a method in the Constitution for addressing our current circumstances - which, he insists, must be resuscitated - and lays forth specific prescriptions for restoring the American republic. The answers, Levin insists, are not found in Congress, the Supreme Court, or the presidency. MORE || PRINTABLE SUMMARY OF THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS || TOP OF PAGE

Reining in the federal government through a Constitutional (sic.) Convention of the States || COLORADO STATESMAN ||
 

A panel discussion, moderated by Independence Institute Senior Fellow Rob Natelson, author of “The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant,” offered a tutorial on who, why and how voters might trigger a Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The long-ignored provision that supplements the traditional amending process whereby two-thirds majorities in both Houses of Congress may refer proposed amendments to the states for ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures was the subject of the 85th and final Federalist paper. Envisioned as a safety valve for an aggrieved populace confronting a Congress spun out of control has never been used, but that could be about to change. MORE TOP OF PAGE

First Committee Member, Stu MacPhail, Responds to Colorado Statesman column
 

April 9, 2014

TO: Miller Hudson at the Colorado Statesman
By E-mail

Miller old buddy…

I just read your April 4 story in the Colorado Statesman about the March 27th Symposium on Article V. Great writing!

It has been many years now, but you will remember me from the years I edited and published LIFE on Capitol Hill, and we worked on various community activities together. These days I am focusing a lot of my “retirement years” time on furthering the Article V efforts around the country.

I have noticed that most writers don’t really get what Article V is all about. Your writing evidences a much higher understanding of Article V than most writers.

With your tolerance, I would like to make a couple comments about your piece…
Sadly the headline referred to the Article V process as leading to a “Constitutional Convention.” I did not find any such misnomer in the body of your story, so I am guessing that headline was composed by some editor, not you. In your story you correctly referred to the proposed convention as one “to propose amendments”. Obviously there is a big difference.

You mentioned that “Following the election of Ronald Reagan, much of the steam escaped from this movement.” That sort of implied that Reagan did not support the use of Article V. The truth is that throughout his presidency and the following years, Reagan aggressively pushed for Americans to use Article V to force Congress “to discipline Washington through the power of state resolutions.”

In a 1994 letter to his old friend (and staff member in both California and Washington, DC… Lew Uhler… he was specifically addressing the need to rein-in “the big-spending leaders of Congress… (to end) their reckless spending and deficits” (SEE LETTER HERE). Lew is still working to use Article V to propose a balanced budget amendment through the use of Article V. I have the good fortune to be working with Lew through the BBA Task Force.

Your article said: “Delegates would be free to consider and debate any and all proposals….” Actually, the history of interstate conventions shows that delegates to such conventions are always limited to consideration of pre-assigned topics… topics defined by the state legislatures that send them to such conventions of states. Happily you tempered your statement by pointing out the practical restraint that any amendment they might propose will require ratification by ¾ of the states.

While I have your ear (eyes?), let me challenge you on one other statement you made.
You noted that: “each speaker referenced onerous, federal infringements on our personal liberties. The well-dressed crowd nodded in agreement, although precisely what these incursions on our freedoms might be was never explained. It seemed to be presumed that these thefts are self-evident.”

I am sure you are aware that our federal government has run up a debt of more than $17 trillion in recent years. That doesn’t count the many, many trillion dollars in unfunded future liabilities for such things as Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. That gross debt clearly infringes on the freedoms of you, me, our children and our grandchildren. I think you will agree that such “thefts” are self-evident. And, that is but one area where the federal government has overstepped its constitutionally-designed bounds.

By the way...(Personal Note)

Your friend,
Stu MacPhail
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