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South Carolina

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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. 

Bob Menges

South Carolina State Director

Convention of States Project

South Carolina Action Prompt

South Carolina Action Prompt

The grassroots are the key to victory -- high numbers ensure success. So are you ready to talk to your friends about the Convention of States Project?

Join our team as a District Captain!

Our goal is to find one District Captain in every South Carolina state house district. The District Captain's mission is simple: find 100 people in your district willing to contact their state legislators in support of Convention of States legislation next session.

It doesn't take a huge time commitment to make a difference. Five constituent phone calls is often enough to move an issue to the top of a state legislator's priority list. In person meetings are even more effective.

Get involved today by reaching out to your state legislators. Don't know what to say?

Download talking points here.

If you'd like a Convention of States leader to attend a meeting with you and your legislator, contact your state’s legislative liaison.

South Carolina Action

South Carolina Action

Your voice is VERY important. Make it heard by sharing Convention of States with your friends and contacts. We need to double if not triple the size of our grassroots before January of 2016...help us do that by encouraging everyone you know to sign our petition. That petition will automatically be sent to their statehouse Representative and Senator. It also gets them into our system so that we can call on them to help us with our Calls to Action. When we all work as a coordinated team, our legislators will get the message that they need to pass the COS resolution. Don't miss the chance to tell future generations that you stood strong for liberty!

South Carolina Team

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    John Beatty

    Grassroots Coordinator

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    Bob Menges

    State Director

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    Claude O'Donovan

    Legislative Liaison

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    Kelly Rowe

    Legislative Liaison

South Carolina Blog

SC needs massive call response to Rep Delleney

South Carolina COS CALL TO ACTION! SC NEEDS A MASSIVE CALL RESPONSE TO Rep. Greg Delleney.

 

Call Rep. Delleney at his office in Columbia (803) 734-3120

"Rome" is burning to the ground...and enough people simply cannot smell the smoke yet. We have a solution but we won't use it to attempt to put out the fire.

We have pretty much come to the end of the road in South Carolina this year as we are only a few days from what is called “Crossover”….where bills must cross from one house to the other in the General Assembly of South Carolina. Without making Crossover our bill will die in June when the session comes to an end. We will NEVER give up on this effort…we are NOT going away. We made great progress this year picking up over 40 co sponsors….but one very powerful House Representative, Greg Delleney is the Chairman of the full House Judiciary Committee and also sits on the subcommittee that needs to vote on our Convention of States Project resolution (H 3177). Rep. Delleney is single handedly using his power as the Judiciary Committee Chairman to block H 3177 from moving to the floor for a vote. We actually have enough votes without him to pass if we were to be able to get a vote. But he knows better than all of you. He knows better than all the Constitutional scholars that have endorsed this effort. He even knows better that the very founders that gave us the Constitution that he professes to support.

Please call Rep. Delleney on Wednesday and Thursday and “thank” him for now being complicit in saddling your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with debt. Thank him for sitting back while Rome burns to the ground in front of his eyes. Let him know what you think of a man who has so much fear that he is blinded by what is going on in front of his eyes with an absolutely staggering power drunken federal government that will continue to grow and crush your liberty because of his unwillingness to use the tool that the founders gave to him in Article V of the United States Constitution. The ability to have our state join the other states calling for a Convention of States to propose amendments that the United States Congress will NEVER propose and impose upon itself.

In short….Rep. Delleney is a coward…he stands behind a façade of being a Constitutionalist….but trashes the founders by believing that they were dishonorable men that did something nefarious at the Constitutional Convention of 1787….that is where his erroneous understanding of a Convention of States comes from and his irrational fear of USING THE CONSTITUTION to save our Constitution!

 

Call Rep. Delleney at his office in Columbia (803) 734-3120. You will likely get a voicemail or speak to his secretary…do not let her blow you off by telling you that you are not in his district...his actions prevent the self government of all citizens of the state and nation intended by the founders.

As always, THANK YOU for standing shoulder to shoulder with the founders and advocating for our states to use the tool given to us by those great men!


Please make this call!

 

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