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Wisconsin Legislature Passes Resolution Calling for Article V Convention of States



Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin became the latest state to pass a resolution calling for an Article V convention of states on Tuesday, with the goal of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would limit the power of the federal government. Passed by the Wisconsin Assembly last year, the resolution was approved by the Senate in a 17-16 vote, with four Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition. According to the measure, Wisconsin’s legislature seeks to call a convention of states “limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States 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 and for members of Congress.”

As written in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, state legislatures are provided the power to call a convention to propose amendments to the nation’s founding document without the approval of Congress. Under the current process, two-thirds of states are required for a convention to be called, with three-fourths of states necessary for any amendment proposed to be ratified.

“Times like these are precisely why the Founders created the mechanisms in Article V,” said state Rep. Dan Knodl. “Federal overreach has thrown our country into chaos, and it’s time for the states to exercise their authority as granted to them in the constitution to restore order, states’ rights, and limited, constitutional government. I’m incredibly proud that our state has officially thrown its support behind this movement.”

State Sen. Kathy Bernier also expressed her excitement at the resolution’s passage, noting how thankful she is that the Constitution provides “the states and the people a framework to step in and save the Republic when Congress will not.”

“Today we sent a message that Wisconsin stands ready to rein in federal overreach,” she said.

In addition to Wisconsin, 15 other states have also passed similar resolutions calling for a convention to address federal term limits, spending, and governmental overreach.

Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a student at the University of Mary Washington, where he plans to major in Political Science and minor in Journalism. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

Freedom of Religion is a Right

Written by Allen West |

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One of the “teachable moments” from this COVID-19 issue comes from the fact that we have many in America who do not comprehend, nor understand, civics. There is so much confusion with people who believe that an elected official can unilaterally issue mandates, decrees, edicts, and orders and that it constitutes law. So many do not realize that America is a Constitutional Republic. That means we abide by our rule of law, the US Constitution, and individual rights, freedoms, and liberties are sovereign over the institution of government.

Government exists by the “consent of the governed” in America and we are to be governed, not ruled, by our duly elected representatives.

Laws are passed by a legislature, lawmakers. Laws are enforced by the executive branch. Laws are interpreted to ensure accordance with our constitution by the judicial branch, judges. None of this has anything to do with ideological agendas, but since we do not study our own founding documents — dismissed as the rantings of old white men –, we are set adrift on a tumultuous sea. Thus, we can even have someone running to be our chief executive, president, who asserts, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” and have people cheer wildly. Vladimir Lenin would refer to them as “useful idiots.”

When you allow yourself to become a useful idiot, or worse, a mindless lemming, others can usurp your unalienable rights, manipulate you, and subjugate you. Let’s be honest, that is what progressive socialism is all about. One supporting branch of progressive socialism is secular humanism, and we have it on full display in this COVID-19 situation.

Simply explained, our rights come from a sovereign Creator God, of the Judeo-Christian faith heritage. These rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is the theory of the classical liberal political philosopher, John Locke. He called it the “Natural Rights” theory. Since the individual is endowed with their unalienable rights from a sovereign Creator God, then the individual is sovereign, but not to secular humanists and progressive socialists, who believe their ideological agenda defines your rights.

The belief in individual rights is a precious jewel we hold dear in America. And that is why our constitution was not ratified until it contained an individual Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments, to the Constitution — our rule of law.

The very first right, freedom, in our Bill of Rights is freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof. We do not have a state religion. We do not have a head of state who could be the head of church. Thomas Jefferson articulated that concern in a letter to the Danbury (CT) Baptist Convention. Separation of Church and State does not mean separating the individual from their Judeo-Christian faith heritage. The concept, which is not a law, was meant to ensure that, as had happened in England with King Henry VIIIth, the state, or a ruler, could not institute a policy of religious persecution, and prosecution. King Henry created the Church of England based upon his ideological, personal, agenda of seeking a divorce. Today, in America, leftists are doing exactly the same: making their agenda their religion, and persecuting any and all who do not bow down.

Our first liberty is religious liberty, but not to leftists. As reported in Christian News:

“Churches and other houses of worship will be among the last things to reopen in New York state, along with concert halls and stadiums.  Religious institutions will be part of phase four of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s four-phase reopening plan. That’s because they invite large gatherings, which are a big concern as health officials try to minimize the spread of Covid-19. The earliest they could reopen, then, would be June 26.
During a briefing in Buffalo Monday, New York Budget Director Robert Mujica said the state is still considering whether to permit small gatherings at houses of worship. But large, regular services will be among the last types of gatherings to reopen.”

As I stated, our first liberty is our religious liberty, and no elected official has the enumerated power to undermine that right. Elected officials should issue guidelines for churches to follow, but they do not have any right to close any church. Actually, I find it funny that we have folks still in Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, but not churches? Who came up with this idea that our first liberty, religious liberty, was not “essential?” I have never read in our constitution anything about the “freedom to buy liquor,” yet liquor stores were deemed “essential.”

Please, do not give me the drivel about large gatherings of people. There is another individual right enshrined in our constitution called the right to peaceably assemble. But consider this, in Kentucky, the Democrat governor there ordered that even cars driving through on Easter Sunday for communion would have their license plates recorded…that’s really spooky!

Add to this the abjectly “stuck on stupid” punitive restrictions in place by Illinois Governor Pritzker, as reported by Fox News:

“Chicago has begun fining churches for holding services that do not comply with the Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s statewide stay-at-home order, with the Chicago Police Department telling Fox News that three churches will be hit with penalties for services held on Sunday, May 17.”

Governor Pritzker has publicly stated that churches may have to wait 1-3 years before they can open. Something tells me that the Chicago Cubs will be playing baseball later this year.

In Oregon, the progressive socialist Governor there has teamed up with the State Supreme Court to block churches from opening.

“The Oregon Supreme Court granted an emergency motion Monday evening putting on hold a lower court’s injunction earlier in the day granting churches statewide preliminary relief to Gov. Kate Brown’s restrictions on mass gatherings and in-person worship. Oregon Supreme Court Presiding Justice Thomas Balmer granted the motion per the request of Brown and other unnamed defendants hours after Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.

Balmer explained that the plaintiffs, which included 10 churches and ministries throughout the state led by Elkhorn Baptist Church of Baker City, had until Friday to submit responses to the defendants’ petition.

“Following swift action by the Oregon Supreme Court, my emergency orders to protect the health and safety of Oregonians will remain in effect statewide while the court hears arguments in this lawsuit,” Brown said in a statement.  ”From the beginning of this crisis, I have worked within my authority, using science and data as my guide, heeding the advice of medical experts.”

Funny, Oregon Governor Kate Brown states that she has worked within her authority, using science and data? Needless to say, she has not read the Constitution, as she violates the very First Liberty, religious liberty, of Oregonians.

Even when Christian churches seek to act within guidelines, it is to no avail. Back to what is happening in New York:

“The Central Bible Baptist Church in New York, which had to discontinue its drive-in worship services after being threatened by the Massena Police Department that a fine of up to $1,000 would be imposed, on Friday challenged the claim that drive-in services violate Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 Executive Orders.

“You are mistaken in your assertion that church ‘drive-in’ worship services are prohibited under New York’s current emergency orders and could result in fines,” wrote The Rutherford Institute, a national, nonprofit civil liberties organization, to Police Chief Adam J. Love on Friday on behalf of the church.

The Chief of Police warned Pastor Samson Ryman, who held drive-in worship services on May 3 with 23 worshipers in 18 vehicles, that his church violated the law and he could be subject to prosecution for holding the drive-in services and would face a fine of up to $1,000.

“Although federal and state governments have adopted specific restrictive measures in an effort to decelerate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the current public health situation has not resulted in the suspension of fundamental constitutional rights such as religious freedom, freedom of speech and the right of assembly,” the letter said. Police “threats … are grounded in a misunderstanding of the law and a misapplication of the Governor’s Executive Orders, which severely chills their exercise of the fundamental right to practice their religion,” it added.”

This is not about “the public good.” This is all about despots, tyrants, seeking to “restructure things to fit our vision” — the words of Democrat Congressman James Clyburn.

Sadly, some churches are facing backlash for practicing their constitutional right to assemble and worship. From Fox News:

“A Mississippi church in the midst of a legal battle to stay open despite local shutdown orders was burned to the ground early Wednesday morning. According to first responders, the First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs was vandalized and suffered a large explosion to the back of the church. The incident is being investigated as a criminal act of arson.

“I Bet you stay home now you hypokrits,” [sic] read one message spray painted on the church parking lot, Thomas More Society senior counsel and lawyer for the church Stephen Crampton told Fox News on Thursday.”

I am reporting on all of these stories to say wake up, folks! Arise, pastors, men, and women of God, as this is the opening salvo. Don’t tell me about being able to go online and have church.

The internet shall not become the new “catacombs,” and just remember, the left does not have to subpoena your sermons, they have you videotaped online. That is what the ChiComs do to Christian churches.

While Your Attention was Focused on the Pope, Obama Did This

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While the US Congress welcomed the socialist Pope Francis to speak before them, the Obama administration was quietly betraying the American people (again) and acting treasonously against the US Constitution.

Mad World News reports:

The Pope has been rubbing elbows with American leaders, schmoozing with Washington’s elite, and espousing traditionally liberal talking points during highly politicized speeches, which has kept the media plenty busy covering his every move. As this has been happening, the Obama administration quietly released a man named Abdul Shalabi without anybody taking notice, until now.

Shalabi was being held at the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, so you know that he’s probably not the best person on the planet. That much is confirmed after you find out why he was put there to begin with.

Shalabi has a long resume in the world of terror, reports Derrick Wilburn for Allen West. Just how deep are his ties to terror? Well, you don’t get much more terroristic than Osama bin Laden, who Shalabi served as a bodyguard for, but it goes even deeper than that.

Shalabi was also a bodyguard for Kalid Sheik Mohammed, one of the masterminds behind the 9-11 attacks.

muslim-obamaThe Bush administration said that Shalabi was “too dangerous to release.” Well, if so, then the Bush administration should have proved their assertions, assertions I believe would have been clear and then removed Shalabi from the face of the earth. Derrick Wilburn points out, “The very idea that this man who worked side-by-side with Osama bin Laden can somehow be “rehabilitated” to no longer want to kill infidels, and, be rehabbed by the Muslim government of an Islamic nation – is beyond laughable. What does Obama think he’s going to do there now, train to become a valet? Take up needlepoint? Oh, I know, maybe open a bakery and make cakes for gay weddings.”

Exactly right. However, instead of dealing with Salabi justly, finding him guilty of his crimes and administering proper justice, the criminal Obama administration has set him free, and you can be sure he will re-engage the jihad, just as the five jihadis did that Obama illegally released in a swap for deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

So, once again Barack Hussein Obama puts America in jeopardy so he can side with the Muslims, and at the same time, House Speaker John Boehner, who has engaged the fight at all since he’s been in office, retreats to a life of retirement at tax expense. I say good riddance to Boehner, but when is Congress going to impeach the traitor-in-chief for giving aid and comfort to the enemy, including setting free a known jihadist, who will sure as the devil engage in the fight against the united States of America.

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Delegates begin planning for changes to U.S. Constitution

INDIANAPOLIS | Representatives and senators from 29 states met Thursday in the Indiana Statehouse to begin planning for the first state-led revisions to the U.S. Constitution since the nation’s fundamental governing document was enacted in 1789.

The significance of the work undertaken by The Mount Vernon Assembly to prepare for a future Convention of the States was not lost on the 94 official and participating delegates, mostly Republicans, who filled the House chamber.

“Nothing like this has occurred in over two centuries, though certainly the founders of this nation assumed it would have happened long ago,” said Indiana Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, an organizer of the meeting.

Article V of the U.S. Constitution requires Congress call a Convention of the States for proposing constitutional amendments if legislatures in two-thirds of the states (34 states) request one. If the convention approves an amendment, it then can be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38 states) and added to the Constitution without additional congressional approval.

However, because an Article V convention never has been called, there are no clear procedures on how it would begin, what rules the convention would follow or whether it could be limited in scope.

The Mount Vernon Assembly, which organized last December at George Washington’s Virginia estate and is planning to change its name to the Assembly of State Legislatures, has taken it upon itself to start answering those questions to ensure a future Convention of the States gets off on the right foot.

“It has been a failure on the part of state legislatures for not stepping up for the past 200 years and saying, here’s how we’re going to do it, so that’s what we’re doing,” said state Rep. Chris Kapenga, a Wisconsin Republican.

“It’s time we accept the responsibility given us because there’s little debate in state legislatures, or in the public, that something’s not right in Washington.”

Throughout the morning, delegates discussed their organizing principles and whether they were being too deliberate in their planning.

Kapenga pushed back on the few lawmakers who wanted to jump ahead to debating amendment proposals that someday could be considered by a Convention of the States.

“This is the Constitution of the United States — we have to be very cautious and go through this process where we make sure anything that we put down is debated and discussed, and debated and discussed, and the final product is solid,” Kapenga said.

In the afternoon, delegates organized into four committees to begin tackling detailed planning questions for a Convention of the States, including how many delegates each state should have, whether states must send Congress an identical request and whether past state calls for Article V conventions, such as those submitted by Indiana in 1861 and 1979, are still valid.

State Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, was appointed co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He will help shape answers to those questions and others ahead of the assembly’s December meeting, where its proposed rules for a Convention of the States will be approved.

Ultimately, the Convention of the States, if one ever is called, must decide whether to accept the rules and procedures proposed by the Assembly of State Legislatures.

Long said regardless of that decision, the work of planning and preparing for a convention has reminded states of their rights under America’s federalist system of government and their role in the constitutional amendment process.

“States’ rights has never been, nor should it ever be, a partisan issue,” Long said. “It is instead a constitutionally based concept that has made us the great country that we are today — 50 independent states, governed separately but united together.”

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