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…Still More Article V Activity!


by Stuart MacPhail  April 2019 Missouri Calls for AV Convention to Modify Amendment 13 –   Missouri State Rep. Brandon Ellington has introduced HCR19, a bill asking his fellow legislators to apply for an Article V convention of states.  His proposal seeks a constitutional amendment removing the “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall…


Myth #4: 3rd Party Votes Wasted


Electoral College Myth #4: Votes cast for a 3rd-party candidate are wasted by Tara Ross September 20, 2016  Myth number 4 in my series on Electoral College Myths!  Please don’t miss the earlier installments here: Myth #1: Only swing states matter, other states are ignored Myth #2: The Founders did not trust the people Myth #3: The Electoral College is undemocratic Myth: We…


Reining in Federal Agencies


This Case Could Finally Rein in Federal Agencies Elizabeth Slattery / March 28, 2019 Congress has delegated more and more of its lawmaking authority to unaccountable administrative agencies, which in turn often are insulated from direct supervision by the president. Administrative agencies today issue regulations touching on nearly every aspect of Americans’ daily lives—from highways to…


Republics and Dictators


Subtitle: American Dictator. Rodney Dodsworth    April 1, 2019 The National Emergencies Act of 1976 is a hand grenade on our Constitutional shelf. Any President can pull the pin. The spark for this squib is the national emergency declaration by President Trump over the southern border crisis. Since the media focus is, as always, on politics, they devote little…


Unbalanced Constitution


Our Unbalanced Constitution and Article V By Rodney Dodsworth April 15, 2019 Subtitle: John Adams Reconsiders Republican Government. The American Revolution wasn’t a simple colonial rebellion against English imperialism. It was first and foremost a social revolution. We can hardly imagine today the leap in men’s minds from a stratified social order in which all…


A Quick Federalism Lesson


Federalism Explained through The Parable of the Bicycle – by Stuart MacPhail  April 2019 In a March 5 ALEC publication, Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory reported on an occasion he had to explain the federalism feature of American governance.  He was talking with a man who had his mountain bike with him… a man who…


More Article V Happenings


Missouri Calls for AV Convention to Modify Amendment 13  by Stuart MacPhail April 2019 Missouri State Rep. Brandon Ellington has introduced HCR19, a bill asking his fellow legislators to apply for an Article V convention of states.  His proposal seeks a constitutional amendment removing the “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall…


AMAC Working on a Broken Medicare System


AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens) is working with DC legislators to repair the damaged pharma component of the government’s Medicare program.


Article V and NPV


National Popular Vote Not Likely to Use Article V –  by Stuart MacPhail April 2019 A big topic these days are the efforts to bring about a national popular vote (NPV) for president, and do away with the electoral college.  Colorado is one of the states where the legislature has agreed to the NPV multi-state…


Myth #3: Electoral College is Undemocratic


Electoral College Myth #3: The Electoral College is undemocratic  by Tara Ross September 13, 2016 Myth number 3 in my series on Electoral College Myths!  Please don’t miss the earlier installments here: Myth #1: Only swing states matter, other states are ignored Myth #2: The Founders did not trust the people Myth: The person who wins the national popular vote…


Article V Activity


Dozens of Article V-related Bills Wend Their Way through State Legislatures by Stuart MacPhail April 2019 Progress on the Congressional Term Limits Effort –  On March 4 the Arizona House approved HCR2022, the congressional term limits Article V resolution.  That bill was sponsored by Rep. Kelly Townsend with 26 bipartisan co-sponsors.  It passed on a…


April 19, 244 Years Ago


This Day in History: The “Shot Heard Round the World” is fired at Lexington Green  by Tara Ross April 19, 2018 On this day in 1775, the “shot heard round the world” occurs at Lexington Green! It had been mere hours since Paul Revere ended his famous ride from Boston to Lexington (see yesterday’s post). Seven hundred…


Our Constitution


What’s Good About the U.S. Constitution? Rob Natelson, April 5, 2019 Suppose you’re supervising a group of 25 randomly chosen able-bodied people. You organize an informal game of softball among them. Chances are that most participants will have a good time, and no one will be injured. Now change the rules to those of tackle…


Paul Harvey: We Were Warned


“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan


Public Virtue Disappeared Prior to the Constitution


Public Virtue & Article V Opponents by Rodney Dodsworth  April 8, 3019 The Golden Age of Virtue, which Article V opponents attach to our early republics, never existed. This isn’t to say the literature and political writings by gentry and revolutionary leaders of the day did not appeal to virtue. After Benjamin Franklin wrote, “only a virtuous…


NPV vs. Electoral College


Historian Tara Ross explains the differences and why the Founders were right on PragerU.

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