This January, we’re setting one important goal that could make or break our success in the 2017 legislative session.
As you may be aware, this year alone, the Convention of States Resolution will be introduced in over two dozen states.
When passed by thirty-four states, a Convention of States will be called to propose amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.
Please understand, this could easily be the most historic legislation of our lifetimes.
So this month, our goal is to have 3,000 District Captains in place by February 1st.
Here’s why. Because our resolutions are filled at the state level, American citizens have a unique opportunity to impact the outcome of a vote.
We've heard from state legislators around the country, that if they receive a dozen personal phone calls, letters, or visits on one topic, they know that it’s a big deal in their district.
Now think about this. What if you joined our team as a District Captain and got 100 people in your district to pick up the phone and call your legislator?
The impact would be phenomenal.
Don’t worry. You don’t need to be a political guru to get the job done. We’ve recently launched a brand new District Captain 101 training that will walk you through exactly what you need to be successful.
Will you help us reach this important goal? Click here to learn more about being a District Captain, and sign up today!
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There may be some of your family, friends, or coworkers that are opposed to an Article V convention for proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The source of their concerns come from three groups: National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR), the Eagle Forum, and the John Birch Society. The primary concern is that there might be unintended consequences of an Article V convention. This is sometimes referred to as the Runaway Convention. The idea that an Article V convention might propose an amendment to repeal the 2nd amendment or others of the Bill of Rights. This is nothing more than fear mongering. Response:
1. 34 state legislatures must call for an Article V convention with a specific subject matter to be addressed by the convention. All 34 calls or resolutions must be on the same subject matter or they will not aggregate to obtain the required 2/3rd of state legislatures.
2. Any subject matter not contained in the original call for the convention would be considered non-germane and would subject to a vote on germaneness at the convention.
3. Each states convention commissioners are issued a commission detailing their responsibilities and obligations to the state legislature. Commissioners votes can be rescinded and commissioners recalled.
4. Improper actions taken by commissioners could be legally challenged by state legislators.
5. Any proposed amendment would still require a majority vote of the states to be put forth for ratification.
6. 38 states would be required to vote either by a state legislature or a state ratification convention to ratify any amendment approved by the convention.
An Article V convention of states is a convention called by the State legislatures for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. They are given power to do this under Article V, Section 2 of the Constitution. It is not a constitutional convention or “Con Con” as the opposition would call it. It cannot throw out the Constitution because it derives its authority from the Constitution.
COS state leaders, district captains, volunteers and supporters are all invited and encouraged to attend. The primary purpose is to motivate our team to get ready for the 2017 legislative session. The second meeting is at 4:30pm to 6:30pm for legislators and state leaders only. The purpose is to motivation and energize the legislators to support our resolution in the 2017 legislative session. Tom Coburn will address both groups. Senator Stubblefield and Representatives Lundstrum and Ballinger will host the legislative event at 4:30pm.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Address: 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201
Where: Conway Room.
Senator Tom Coburn will be present to talk to us about his experience as a United States Senator and why he believes that the Convention of States Project is the only "real" hope to save our constitutional republic. Make plans to be there to kick off our grassroots movement for 2017.
Remember "A small group of people depending on God can change this nation" Michael Farris
This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable. Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama’s health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.
But here’s the punchline: This was the 33rdtime they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?
Well, it makes you the 112th Congress.
Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain's old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had. Here, I’ll prove it:
I don’t remember what I said, but it was probably some version of what I’ve long taken for granted: Most people think that whatever they and the people they like happen to know, everybody else should be required to know.
In education, of course, what it’s assumed that everybody should be required to know is called “the core.” Responsibility for teaching the core is divvied up between teachers of math, science, language arts, and social studies.
Variously motivated corporate interests, arguing that the core was being sloppily taught, organized a behind-the-scenes campaign to super-standardize it. They named their handiwork the Common Core State Standards to hide the fact that it was driven by policymakers in Washington D.C., who have thus far shoved it into every state except Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia.
This was done with insufficient public dialogue or feedback from experienced educators, no research, no pilot or experimental programs — no evidence at all that a floor-length list created by unnamed people attempting to standardize what’s taught is a good idea.
It’s a bad idea. Ignore the fact that specific Common Core State Standards will open up enough cans of worms to keep subject-matter specialists arguing among themselves forever. Consider instead the merit of Standards from a general perspective:
Two false claims have been peddled by Convention of States opponents in recent months: 1) we cannot know the rules that would govern a convention and 2) Congress would control the rulemaking process.Read more