Gerald Molen

He won an Academy Award for producing “Schindler’s List”, and has produced both of Dinesh D’Souza’s documentaries.  He’s been working with my friend Steve Gough on making a movie of Steve’s book, “Colter’s Run”.  Molen lives in Big Fork, Montana, and is a serious conservative.  I’ll be in Montana for most of July, and I’m going to visit him.

The most significant thing to come out of the San Diego Summit is the mini-documentary which will be filmed there.  That’s what I want to talk to Molen about.  “The Last Line of Defense  — Article V and the Restoration of Federalism” is one idea for a title.  We’ll come up with a better one.  The main line of argument in the film is that a 2016 Balanced Budget Amendment Convention is nothing to fear.  It won’t run away.  It will vote by state, propose one Amendment, and adjourn.  Nothing scary.  We’ll prove that with the words coming from the mouths of the men and women who will, in fact, be in charge of the Convention.

That’s why we’re having the Summit. We want to convince Andy Biggs and Bart Davis that they have nothing to worry about.  Hell, they’ll be at the Convention themselves  to make sure nothing goes wrong.  But the film will go out to the public as well.  It will be a twenty minute (?) introduction to Article V, and its place in our Constitutional system.  We’ll send cd’s of it to every Tea Party club in the country.  Once Kasich introduces the topic of an Article V BBA into the August 6th debate, a lot of people will wonder what the hell is Article V?  We’ll have a ready answer for them.

I don’t know how to do this.  Maybe between them Cuddy and Molen do.

Brad Bales of Faber’s office called.  We’re having a cc with the Senator Monday morning.  I really need to have someone in Faber’s office I can work with on this.  Maybe it will be Brad.  A lot of decisions need to be made, soon.  The invite needs to go out, the agenda set, the filming organized  — and we need a couple hundred thousand dollars.  Or a hundred, depending on how many scholarships we hand out.

There’s a reason Ohio is the birthplace of Presidents.  It’s a cross between Massachusetts and Virginia, and the two great competing American political traditions  — Puritanism and libertarianism.  As a hybrid, Ohio is a natural compromise between North and South.  Its culture, and it’s politicians, are in the middle, between the two.  This has been true for 165 years, since the election of William Henry Harrison, the first of eight Ohioans to hold the office.

Some things don’t change.

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