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Squash The Con-Con Network

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2016 Promises to be a very active year for Con-Con battles across the United States. The magic number necessary for a Convention call is 34 state applications. As of this writing there are 27 states with an active call on the books. Some of these active calls are very old. Take Pennsylvania for instance; the last active call by Pennsylvania was in 1979 yet the Con-Con advocates want to count that in the total towards the necessary 34. The con-con advocates are leaving nothing to chance, however, as they routinely get newer calls introduced in those states in an effort to update the calls and remediate any potential challenges down the road.

2016-Con-Con-Map

So this is where the battle stands in PA:

#1. :  HR 374  & SR 170, HR 63, HR 378 Are three new pieces of legislation being considered in Pennsylvania during the 2015-2016 legislative session. There may be more so it is important to oppose all resolutions which invoke a “Convention pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States“.

#2: There are 4 Active calls dating back to 1943. That’s right, 1943. There are no end dates on these resolutions so it is impossible to know what the Congress would do with regard to these. It would seem logical that a convention call should require a consensus of current constituents in all 34 states at one-time, however, there are no assurances with regard to this unused process. We’re blazing new ground here.

YEAR RESOLUTION SUBJECT
1943 1943 PA Article V Con- Con application Unconditional Federal Public Funds
1943 1943 PA Article V Con- Con application Repeal of 16th Amendment
1978 1978 PA Article V Con- Con application Right to Life (Vetoed?)
1979 1979 PA Article V Con- Con application Balanced Budget Amendment

This is where membership in a national organization is extremely helpful. You see, if Pennsylvania JBS members concentrate on opposing the con-con network in Pennsylvania, they can be assured that members in the other states will do so as well. This is at least the third iteration of this battle over the last 50 years and the con-con network has failed every time.  The battle must be contested in every state to be sure the magic number 34 is not attained.

Now, the JBS needs the help of concerned citizens of Pennsylvania. Member or not, your freedom hangs in the balance and our success will allow you and your loved-ones to enjoy the protections afforded the American People by the Bill of Rights.

Here’s what needs to be done.

#1. We need to continue to oppose all con-con calls currently under consideration. Here is a letter I penned to accomplish this. Simply download this letter. Change the items in red to personalize it and send it to your local officials and the State Government Committee of the General Assembly and the Senate. Links are provided for easy lookup of those needed to be contacted.

#2. Ask you local representative or senator to have the 4 ancient active calls repealed. Here Is a packet of information to assist you in that endeavor along with a sample resolution, the 4 outstanding calls and sample rescissions in several other states.

#3. Use this petition to urge Pennsylvania Legislators to repeal the 4 ancient and active calls for a con-con: http://libertyactioncenter.com/campaign/56a52dc8-b7d4-4587-ac7e-621a68ed8cac

#4. As a more permanent solution, we should advocate legislation that would require a moratorium clause be included in future resolutions and expire all resolutions not acted upon after 7 years of passage if no moratorium is placed within the resolution. The legislation should act retroactively upon outstanding, dormant resolutions. Having to address resolutions going back to 1943 is asinine. I will be following up on this possibility. Your advice or help in this is appreciated.

Resources:

Here is a pack of documents to help you in the process: “No Con-Con Documentation Packet“.
For more information on this JBS action project go to http://www.jbs.org/issues-pages/no-con-con.

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January 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

State Sovereignty: The Roles of the States & the Federal Government

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KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. She is a dynamic speaker and she will share tremendous information and historical facts every American should know.



Watch The Presentation On The FEDERALEXPRESSION Youtube Channel.



Related Links:

  1. KrisAnne Hall’s Liberty First Website
  2. KrisAnne Hall’s Youtube Chanel
  3. Speech Location (Google Maps)
  4. John Birch Society
  5. The New American Magazine

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June 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm

State Sovereignty: The Roles of the States & the Federal Government

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Don’t Miss KrisAnne Hall

KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. She is a dynamic speaker and she will share tremendous information and historical facts every American should know. Click the Image to Download the Flyer !!! or Click Here.

KrisAnne-Hall---State-Sovereignty

Related Links:

  1. KrisAnne Hall’s Liberty First Website
  2. KrisAnne Hall’s Youtube Chanel
  3. Speech Location (Google Maps)
  4. John Birch Society
  5. The New American Magazine

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May 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

Another Step Toward an American Dictatorship: Re-Writing the Constitution Piecemeal

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The House of Representatives voted to re-write Article II Section 2 of the US Constitution last week.

S. 679  A bill to reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation passed the house by a vote of 261-116 with 54 members abstaining. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 79-20 with 1 member abstaining on June 29, 2011. It will now go to the President’s desk for signing into law.

He [The President] shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.
Article II Sec 2 US Constitution

The wording above seems to indicate that the heads of departments require Senate confirmation but lesser appointments may be designated to others by law. I find it rather interesting that this law goes into affect 60 days after signed into law and it has passed both houses 90 days prior to the next term of office of President. Obama must be licking his chops at a possible opportunity to take these new powers for a test drive.

The creation of The Department of Homeland Security and the subsequent re-organization of the executive branch has moved key appointees under the Director of Homeland Security. Among these appointees are the Treasurer of the United States, the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, the director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, and the assistant administrator of FEMA. These appointees have traditionally been considered key appointees subject to “advice and consent”of the Senate. Apparently, this is no longer the case. There are also a veritable army of key management positions under the Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture and the Commerce Department exempted from confirmation.

In an attempt to streamline the appointment process so as to cure a backlog of appointments, the Congress has decided to abrogate its responsibility in another key area of government. One would think that a backlog of this nature is indicative of an ever increasingly bloated executive branch that needs to be reined in. Instead, the Congress has reduced itself so that the executive branch might grow larger. I am reminded of a quote in the Declaration of Independence:

The history of the present King of Great Britain  …
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

Reference:  House Passes Bill Eliminating Senate Approval of Presidential Appointments
Reference: The Text of the Bill [pdf]

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August 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Michael Badnarik: Do You Know Your Rights?

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Michael Badnarik: Rattling the Sheriffs’ Cages About the Constitution
Michael does a wonderful job describing what a right is and compares and contrasts rights versus privileges.
This 45 minute video is well worth your time and I suggest streaming it to your TV and viewing it as a family.
Your children will not learn this at school. Enjoy !!!

Thanks to Michael Badnarik and Sheriff Mack.

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February 25, 2012 at 4:10 am

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