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Open Letter to Kansas Legislature

This is a call for the Kansas State Legislature to lead a lawful and peaceful revolution in union with other State Legislatures nationwide. The future of this grand experiment in freedom and liberty, the United States of America, is in your hands. You are the last line of defense for the people of Kansas against the professional politicians, bureaucrats and activist judges of the federal establishment who continue to lead us further and further into the darkness of tyranny. Time is growing short.

Our visionary Founders foresaw times like these and gave us the tool in Article V of the Constitution for the States-to discipline a corrupt and oppressive federal government. It provides that upon application of two-thirds of the States, and without discretionary intervention by the federal government, a Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution must be convened.

While the convention may propose, the States dispose. To become part of the Constitution, proposed amendments must be ratified by three-fourths of the States, the same super majority ratification safeguard as has been met by the twenty-seven amendments we already have and that prevents radical, rogue changes to the Constitution, however remote their possibility.

A leading Article V movement, the Convention of States Project, is working to help bring about an Article V amending convention limited to proposing amendments that “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials.”

Within this scope, the convention might consider such subjects as balancing the budget; establishing a fairer tax system; establishing term limits for members of Congress and the Judiciary including judges of the Supreme Court; establishing a Superior Court of the States to hear appeals from the Supreme Court; limiting the regulatory powers of unelected bureaucrats; limiting de facto law making by executive order; compelling Congress to make no law that does not apply equally to all, and establishing meaningful oversight with real governmental accountability; as well as reinforcing the fundamental principles of State Sovereignty and enumerated powers as envisioned by the Founders.

As the Article V movement gains momentum, unfounded attacks by the Anti-Constitution Anti-Article V Faction have become shrill and demeaning. Their aggression takes many forms; fear mongering, conspiracy theories, smear tactics, false associations, ad hominem insults, ballot-box threats, and outright fabrication. Their style is to throw out a charge against Article V, or its advocates, without valid, well-founded proof, and demand they be proven wrong. In other words, prove the negative, an intellectually dishonest, and manipulative technique. Their sole objective is to sabotage any attempt by the States to exercise the Constitutional Right provided by Article V.

Who are these purveyors of divisiveness? The big government socialist-progressives of course, but they largely observe from the sidelines as far right groups, claiming to be defenders of the Constitution, do their work for them. Principal actors from the right are The Eagle Forum, The John Birch Society, and the National Gun Rights Association together with affiliates and fellow travelers including an anarchist from Olathe.

What solutions do they offer? Their solutions can be grouped into a fool’s choice between two basic types; (1) Don’t do anything, just make Washington comply with the Constitution we have, and (2) When Washington overreaches, just have States nullify federal laws they deem unconstitutional. It is axiomatic that Washington will never voluntarily give back meaningful power to the States. And nullification would sting like pin pricks until the federal behemoth rises in retaliation and retribution.

Today, Liberty hangs in the balance. not just for ourselves, but for our children, our grandchildren, and our posterity. President John F. Kennedy captured it well in a statement made over fifty years ago:

“Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who….regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. The cause of liberty, the cause of America, cannot succeed with any lesser effort.”

This is likely the last and only way to restore our Constitution and our Republic. It cannot be done without the support of Legislators like you and the citizens of Kansas. HCR5010 and SCR1603 are both still awaiting your action when you get back to Topeka. I expect each of you to join the 56 co-sponsors of this legislation to move quickly next year to add Kansas to the growing list of States calling for a Convention of States.

Thank you for all that you do and God Bless the United States of America.

David Schneider
Kansas State Director