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Safeguarding Our American Republic


The only legal and safe way. By Paul S. Gardiner Mar. 26, 2019 Guest Commentary Conservative-thinking Americans who cherish their constitutional republic increasingly are asking how to effectively safeguard the republic against a rising tide of socialist beliefs and policies. Much of this concern is due to the accelerating movement of the Democrat Party to…


Electoral College Myth #2


Electoral College Myth #2: The Founders did not trust the people by Tara Ross September 6, 2016 Myth: The Founders created the Electoral College because they did not trust the people to govern themselves. Fact: The Founders knew that the voice of the people must be reflected in any government if it is to be legitimate. At the…


Understanding the Electoral College


I, like many others, didn’t understand the electoral college and thought it cumbersome and undemocratic. But, after researching the Founders objections to direct democracy, I’ve changed my mind. In fact, the electoral college is what allowed this country to out-live many other republics and democracies. It’s the glue.


Illinois Debt Solution


[Editor: Here’s an example of truly caring for America’s future and stepping up to do something that is constructive is non-partisan. It’s not about the Party, but about American’s coming together to solve problems] Illinois Dems Propose a BBA for Their State Constitution – by Stuart MacPhail, April 2019 According to a report by the…


Electoral College Myth #1


Electoral College Myth #1: Only swing states matter. Other states are ignored. by Tara Ross, August 30, 2016 Myth: Most states are ignored by presidential campaigns because of the Electoral College. Only swing states matter. A direct election system would fix this. Fact: There are two reasons why this perception is incorrect. First, an honest assessment of American…


Every American Owes: $67,000


Much Talk but No Action on $22 Trillion Debt –  by Stuart MacPhail  April 2019 In early March Utah Congressman Ben McAdams testified before the House Budget Committee, warning that interest on America’s $22 trillion debt has become the fastest growing part of the federal budget, saying both parties must work to lower deficits. McAdams,…


Is Mobocracy in Our Future?


Constitution Corner: Are we a democracy or a republic? By Mikie Kerr / March 30, 2019 Constitution Corner Share this story We are both a democracy and a republic in that a democracy is “Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.” But the United States in not a direct democracy where…


Term Limits


U.S. TERM LIMITS PRAISES DENNIS AUCOIN FOR SIGNING PLEDGE March 29, 2019 For immediate release March 29, 2019 Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits Phone: (321) 345-7455 stillman@termlimits.com U.S. Term Limits Praises Dennis Aucoin for Signing Pledge Washington, DC – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected…


Part 5: Federalist 40 and the Constitutional Convention


Where’s the evidence that the Constitutional Convention ran away in Federalist #40? That it had been called to only amend but then threw out the Articles of Confederation, forming a new system of government?  by Mike Kapic April 2, 2019 Evidence Abstract James Madison authored Federalist #40 confirming the purpose of the convention. Madison affirmed…


Pennsylvania and Our Form of Government


By Dr. Andrew Hohns March 18, 2019 ‌‌”….William Penn’s “Holy Experiment,” as Pennsylvania was called, provided its inhabitants certain inviolable rights through our Charter of Privileges–freedom of religion, liberty of consciousness, the election of our legislative representatives, and protections from abusive government intrusion. Of Pennsylvania, William Penn wrote that it would one day be the…


Article V Gift


Let’s open the founders’ gift  Pocono Record Letter to the Editor Mar 13, 2019 On Sept. 15, 1787, the Philadelphia Convention was coming to a close. The Constitution was completely drafted. The founders of our nation were about to go home. Suddenly, however, Col. George Mason of Virginia stood up and addressed the assembly. He…


Federal Budget Calculator


New Federal Budget Calculator Offered by America Off Balance  During January Danny Heil, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, launched a new web site and federal budgeting tool that will be of special interest to state legislators.  American citizens who are concerned about America’s fast growing debt will also find it useful. The site,…


History of the Article V Convention


Polls indicate that Americans are rightly concerned about the direction their government is heading By Mike Kapic March 13, 2019 Rising debt, attacks on speech and religion, falling trust in federal agencies, insolvency threats to entitlements (Social Security, Medicare), political elitism, distrusted media, divisiveness, and the disintegration of religious values with increasing secularism. There’s a…


Part 4: How Can Article V be a Con Con?


Where’s the evidence that an Article V is a con con or constitutional convention? by Mike Kapic March 25, 2019 Evidence Abstract: The Constitution contains no provision for calling a convention to rewrite itself. The Constitution does authorize two ways to amend the government and document. The first way: Constitution authorizes Congress to propose amendments.…


Scott Walker Leading Article V Effort


Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Selected as National Honorary Chair of the Campaign for Federal Balanced Budget Amendment By Tom Evenson March 18, 2019 Madison, WI – The Center for State-led National Debt Solutions1 (CSDNS) today announced its selection of former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to serve as National Honorary Chair. This summer, CSNDS will…


Creating Article V


By Tara Ross, May 26, 2015 The Constitutional Convention of 1787 met and wrote the language of Article V against this historical backdrop.  Any provisions in the document that they wrote should be taken in this context. The first proposal for a method of constitutional amendments came on May 29, when the so-called Virginia Plan…

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