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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…

Fossil Fuel Ain’t So Bad After All

What if Fossil Fuels had been Banned During Hurricane Dorian? By Gary Bauer,  September 25, 2019 President Trump held a White House briefing on September 4, 2019, about U.S. efforts to assist the Bahamas in the wake of Dorian’s destruction. The first Coast Guard helicopters arrived on Monday and Coast Guard cutters have begun transporting desperately needed…

Shaping the Electoral College, Part IV

by Rodney Dodsworth, Aug 15, 2019 June 4th, 1787. Benjamin Franklin – “The first man at the helm will be a good one.” The road to the Framers’ Electoral College was . . . arduous. At the open of today’s business, again in the committee-of-the-whole, one man would hold the executive office, be elected by…

Free Market Drive

The Driving Force of Free Markets Is Empathy, Not Greed Only the entrepreneur who prioritizes other people’s needs can be successful. Dr Rainer Zitelmann September 24, 2019 Both capitalists and anti-capitalists frequently accuse capitalism of being a system driven by selfishness and greed. Capitalism’s defenders sometimes say: “By nature, man is selfish, which is why…

Shaping the Electoral College, Part III

by Rodney Dodsworth, Aug 12, 2019 June 2nd, 1787. Delegates once again met in committee, the committee of the whole, a parliamentary device that allows a more open exchange of views without the urgency of a final vote. For instance, in a committee setting George Washington, the President of the Convention, sat with his fellow VA…

Death of American Citizenship

by Victor Davis Hanson, September 26, 2019 The concept of citizenship is being assaulted on the premodern side by the legal blending of mere residency with citizenship. The American Founders institutionalized the best of a long Western tradition of representative government with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. These contracts outlined the rare privileges and…

Shaping the Electoral College, Part II

by Rodney Dodsworth, Aug 8, 2019 June 1st, 1787. Not until the waning days of the Philadelphia Convention in September did our Framers complete their plan of the Electoral College. As with the other major institutions of their Constitution, (House, Senate, Judiciary) they were careful to properly match electors to these institutions, meaning those who installed…

Project 1623

Project 1623 – A Conservative Response to “Project 1619” NY Times revisionists are struggling to replace 1776 with 1619 as the iconic year when America’s core character was established. They should have chosen 1623, the year the Pilgrims abruptly abandoned Socialism for Free Markets! PROJECT 1623 David Leeper, September 22, 2019 When Socialism Lost and Free…

Unbelievable Debt Facts

18 Facts on the US National Debt That Are Almost Too Hard to Believe There is hesitation among the political class as to what must be done to pay down and eliminate this debt. Mitchell Nemeth  September 17, 2019 At around $22.5 trillion, the United States national debt sits at 106 percent of Gross Domestic…

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