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Bill of Rights Protection


A Different Take on the Bill of Rights Rodney Dodsworth – February 3, 2020 I cringe a little when I read Facebook posts relating how our Constitution was designed to limit the federal government. They imply a pre-existing government went astray and needed curtailment. Our Constitution didn’t limit government in the way of Magna Carta…


Health Care Transparency


Fighting for Transparency in Health Care By Andrew Mangione – February 21, 2020 Last June, President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing his Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to create a rule that would require hospitals to disclose the prices for medical services they negotiate with insurance companies, in addition to the cash prices they accept for specific…


National Federalism Task Force


States are Calling for a National Federalism Task Force By Stuart MacPhail – February 2020 Ken Ivory, a member of the State Legislators’ Article V Caucus Steering Committee and former Utah State Representative has submitted the following challenge to all US state legislators: In 2005, I was elected chairman of a chamber of commerce that had…


4 Common Capitalism Myths Debunked


The term Marx coined stuck and has led to some confusion about why markets actually work. James Davenport – January 9, 2018 One of the most disappointing things I face as a college professor is the lack of understanding most students have regarding capitalism. The simple fact is, despite its importance to our daily lives, relatively few…


Article V Progress Report


Updated Article V Progress Report is Now Available By Stuart MacPhail – February 2020 Article V activist David Guldenschuh (an attorney in Georgia) has released his start-of-2020 Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report.  He notes “It was some ten years ago when Rob Natelson published his groundbreaking Article V research for the Goldwater Institute that the…


1619 Project: Fake History


To Fight The 1619 Project’s Lies, Take This Free U.S. History Class Although fact-checking the 1619 Project and offering academic criticism is important, it is not the most effective strategy for winning the hearts and minds of Americans. By Krystina Skurk – FEBRUARY 11, 2020 Although criticism of The New York Times’ 1619 Project has not yet stymied the…


A Convention Strategy


A New Strategy for the Article V Convention of States Movement[i] by Paul Gardiner (Ron Scott & Neal Schuerer also contributed) February 13, 2020 Efforts to convene a Convention of States (COS) to propose important amendments to America’s constitution have been going on for many years. Millions of Americans heartily support the convening of a…


Use it or Lose it!


Article V – Assert our Sovereignty Rodney Dodsworth – January 27, 2020 Use it or lose it. Article V opponents believe America is too corrupt to be trusted with a Convention of the States. They believe We The People fulfilled Ben Franklin’s fears and are no longer fit for self-government, which if true, means we…


How President’s Day Started


This Day in History: Washington’s Birthday (not President’s Day) established On this day (January 31,) in 1879, Congress makes George Washington’s birthday a holiday. As far as the federal government is concerned, there is no such thing as a generic “President’s Day.” Congress specifically decided to celebrate “Washington’s Birthday” on this day so long ago,…


Debt Threat to America


The Bill for US Debt Will Come Due By Stuart MacPhail – February 2020 A Challenge to Political Candidates – “Getting candidates to candidly address the nation’s looming debt crisis may be the biggest challenge facing Americans in 2020”, says Jay Evensen, Columnist for Deseret News (Utah). The writer recounts the declining economies of nations like Venezuela that carry…


Source of Our DC Problem


Wickard v. Filburn: The Supreme Court Case That Gave the Federal Government Nearly Unlimited Power The Constitution creates a government of enumerated powers, which means the federal government is only authorized to do things that are specifically listed in the Constitution. By Antony Davies & James R. Harrigan – February 7, 2020 Every presidential election…


Free Market Thoughts


The Far Left’s Ignorance of Capitalism and Poverty By Jeff Szymanski – February 3, 2020 After 15 years teaching high school economics it never ceases to amaze me how little people understand about capitalism and how it is the poor who need and benefit from it most. Rich people can do well anywhere and would…


Electoral College Update


Challenges to the Electoral College Continue By Stuart MacPhail – February 2020 The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) proposal continues to push forward.  It’s proponents expect it to go into effect when states holding 270 electors, enough to win a presidential election, have agreed to participate. So far 15 states plus Washington, D.C., have…


SCOTUS Injunction Crackdown


Supreme Court Justices Signal Potential Crackdown On Nationwide Injunctions Justice Neil Gorsuch issued a concurring opinion about the threat nationwide injunctions present to separation of powers and the role of the courts under the Constitution. By Shawn Fleetwood – JANUARY 30, 2020 On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that the Trump administration may deny green cards…


Are Teachers Underpaid?


No, Teachers Are Not Underpaid Salaries lag in some states, but nationally, wages and benefits outpace the private sector. Andrew Biggs & Jason Richwine –  May 2, 2018 Recent protests across the country have reinforced the perception that public school teachers are dramatically underpaid. They’re not: the average teacher already enjoys market-level wages plus retirement benefits vastly…


9th Circuit Court Promotes Voter Fraud


Arizona appeals court says ballot harvesting law is illegal By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services – January 27, 2020 PHOENIX — Arizona’s law making it a crime to return someone else’s early ballot is illegal, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. In a divided decision, the majority concluded that the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted…

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