We started this effort nationally and have been working since September of 2013 when the national grassroots effort launched. We have State Directors and grassroots efforts building in all 50 states at this time.
I am not being melodramatic when I tell you that I am convinced that this is the last real option to restoring our great Republic to the Rule of Law (The United States Constitution). I have been teaching Constitutional Law and Limited Government for almost 16 years. I speak and teach on the Constitution all over the state. I consult and mentor individuals on the Constitution and I was a Consultant and Constitutional mentor for Senator Tim Scott when he ran for Congress in 2010. I don’t tell you that to give you my resume, I tell you that to let you know that I am coming at this from a position of expertise on the subject of the founders/framers, The Constitution, and Limited Government and I am absolutely convinced that the process outlined in Article V of our Constitution is the process that our founders and the framers of our Constitution gave us for a time like this when the federal government is out of control and simply will not fix itself. I have come to the conclusion that Washington D.C. is NOT going to fix itself. The Article V Convention of States is the lawful, orderly process given to us by the framers for exactly a time such as this. Perhaps you have come to that conclusion too and that is why you signed up on our website.
As of right now we have almost 10,000 people in South Carolina that have signed our petition and expressed some level of interest in helping us get our Article V application passed in the South Carolina General Assembly. We have a lot of things going on in South Carolina related to what we call the Article V Convention of States Project. Four states (Georgia, Florida, Alaska, and Alabama) have already passed this resolution. In December of 2014 we had our Article V Convention of States application resolution introduced in the 121st South Carolina General Assembly which began on 13 January 2015. We worked with Rep Bill Taylor from Aiken to get our bill (H 3177) pre-filed in the South Carolina House and with State Senator Larry Grooms to get our bill (S 198) introduced in the Senate. Both of those gentlemen are committed to championing these bills through passage. Each General Assembly lasts two years in South Carolina with each half of the session funning from January to June.
We made incredible progress in the 2015-2016 session….moving the “ball” down the field. If you will permit me to continue to use the football metaphor….we started on our own 1 yard line and have moved the ball across midfield in both the House and the Senate chambers. In the Senate our resolution (S 198) passed the Judiciary subcommittee with a 3-2 vote and the full Judiciary committee with a 13-8 vote. Every single Republican present on that committee voted for this resolution. Unfortunately many Democrats in the SC Senate are opposing this effort to rein in the federal government and a “minority report” was placed on this bill when it was sent to the Senate floor. A “minority report” permits one person to thwart the efforts of the majority….and ended up preventing debate and vote on our resolution during this two year General Assembly.
Over on the House side, our resolution (H 3177) languished in the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on Constitutional Law where many hours of testimony have been heard over three different hearings. The subcommittee heard brilliant expert testimony from renowned Constitutional scholar Michael Farris in the last hearing. One House Representative, Greg Delleney of Chester, refused to let this resolution get out of committee due to his fear and to be quite frank….his cowardice. After almost three years of work and talking to Rep. Delleney, I can tell you that the founders of our great nation would have held such a man in contempt. They gave us a solution that fits the size of our problem…and Rep. Delleney is afraid of a “runaway” convention…which has been proven as nonsense…but he has this fear all the while we are staring down the gun barrel of a an absolutely out of control and “runaway” federal government. I’m not quite sure what it will take for Rep. Delleney to get over his fears….perhaps the outright collapse of our Republic.
We are going to need to go around this individual in next year’s session. This is where you come in and are crucial to making this historical undertaking a success.
But know this, we are NOT going away….we are more determined than ever!
Today, we are in the process of building the largest grassroots “machine” in the history of our nation. Doing what we have outlined to do, will not be easy, it will take a lot of hard work and sacrifice by a lot of people. But I can tell you this, if we all work together, and if we have God’s help, we CAN make this happen.
South Carolina State Director
Convention of States Project