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Shaping the Electoral College, Part XII


Shaping the Electoral College, Part XII By Rodney Dodsworth, Sept 12, 2019 September 4th, 1787 David Brearley (NJ) delivered another partial report from the Committee of Eleven, which was established on August 31st. Composed of one delegate from each state, the committee considered postponed clauses.1 After addressing Congressional authority over foreign and interstate commerce, the Convention…


Don’t Panic Over Climate Change


And don’t give away your freedoms because of propaganda By Robert Villella, Sept 30, 2019 Liberals and Democrats want us to believe climate change will hurt humanity. That is a hoax, pure propaganda. In recent weeks the United Nations Climate Action Summit, the Youth Strike 4 Climate and the Democrats’ Climate Town Hall have grabbed the…


Shaping the Electoral College, Part XI


Shaping the Electoral College, Part XI By Rodney Dodsworth, Sept 9, 2019 In Convention August 24th, 1787 – His Excellency, the President of the United States of America. Today’s Summary: First formal use of “President.” • Single seven year term. • Elected by Congress, by joint session or by each house separately? • By joint…


No Plan for Growing Debt


by Stuart MacPhail October 2019 Ohio Sen. Huffman Calls for Convention to Address Debt – In an early September speech to a Lima Ohio Optimist Club, State Senator Matt Huffman peppered his talk with historical trivia about the nation’s founding and a history lesson on the Constitution.  He ended with a warning about America’s future….


Shaping the Electoral College, Part X


Shaping the Electoral College, Part X By Rodney Dodsworth, Sept 5, 2019 July 26th, 1787 – Back to Square One. “We are,” James Wilson reminded delegates, “providing a constitution for future generations, and not merely for the peculiar circumstances of the moment.” Colonel George Mason (VA) reviewed the modes of Executive election. None of them…


States Debt


[The following is a trilogy of states debt reports from three separate sources. For American taxpayers, this concern is in addition to the threat to their bank accounts of the continuing annual deficits that contribute to the $22 trillion in national debt plus Social Security & Medicare commitments of $56 trillion. Editor] WSJ Sept 28,…


Shaping the Electoral College, Part XIII


Shaping the Electoral College, Part XIII By Rodney Dodsworth, Sept 16, 2019 September 5th, 1787—George Mason prefers the government of Prussia. As we know, the Convention adjourned on September 17th and forwarded the draft Constitution to Congress. At this late stage, September 5th, delegates were rapidly filling-in the Constitution’s various powers and limits. It’s all…


Shaping the Electoral College, Part IX


Shaping the Electoral College, Part IX  By Rodney Dodsworth, September 2, 2019 July 25th, 1787. Despite trodding familiar ground once again, we can see today the Framers’ determination to craft a corruption-free mode of election such that new Presidents could faithfully execute their duties. The Framers’ President wasn’t the leader or product of a political…


The Missing Article V Applications


An Update on Missing Article V Applications –  by Stuart MacPhail, October 2019 The past few editions of this newsletter have highlighted various state-approved Article V convention applications that were never properly received by Congress.  There has been progress. Constitutional amendment expert Gregory Watson reports that Tennessee’s 2014 House Joint Resolution No. 548 (for a BBA-focused convention)…


Shaping the Electoral College, Part VIII


Shaping the Electoral College, Part VIII By Rodney Dodsworth, August 29, 2019 July 24th, 1787. More blind alleys. Let the schizophrenia continue! A couple days ago, delegates passed the framework of what we’d recognize as the Electoral College. State legislatures appointed electors. The only remaining substantial question was “how many votes per state?” Well, that…


Milton Friedman: Truth


12 Truth Bombs from Milton Friedman As Milton Friedman wrote, “Governments never learn; only people learn.” Jon Miltimore  September 29, 2019 American economist Milton Friedman rose to prominence in the second half of the 20th century as one of the leading critics of the prevailing economic theories of John Maynard Keynes, whose mixed economy model…


Shaping the Electoral College, Part VII


Shaping the Electoral College, Part VII By Rodney Dodsworth August 26, 2019 July 20th, 1787. Since the delegates in Convention determined yesterday that State legislatures would appoint electors to the Executive office, the next logical question was, “how many?” Elbridge Gerry (MA) motioned a starting point, an initial number of electors per state for the…


Article V…Unlimited?


Is a ‘Plenary’ Article V Convention a Viable Option? – by Stuart MacPhail, October 2019 Paul Gardiner is a Georgia-based man who has been active in Article V efforts for several years.  He has served in state and national leadership positions for the Convention of States Project (CoSP).  Gardiner has written a paper he calls “A…


Shaping the Electoral College, Part VI


Shaping the Electoral College, Part VI by Rodney Dodsworth, August 22, 2019 July 17th and 19th, 1787. No other topic at the Federal Convention, our Article II chief Executive, demanded more time and debate. Our Framers needed some sixty votes to arrive at their brilliant Electoral College. Unlike the politics of redesigning Congress, the chief…


Letter to my Boss


Dear Boss, I have enjoyed working here these past several years. You have paid me very well and given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and then pay my estate a one-year salary death bonus and…


Shaping the Electoral College, Part V


by Rodney Dodsworth, August 19, 2019 June 9th, 1787. Our Framers were not about to substitute one national tyrant with another. All had lived under the abuses of George III and his royal governors. Less well-known today is the 1776 reaction by the newly independent States. In an 18th century version of “power to the…

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