Going hand to hand with loons

John Q. Public is just being introduced to Article V of the Constitution, and I am heartened by the common reaction to the runaway convention argument.  It’s the point made by Rep. Ken Buck in Drain the Swamp, to wit:  all Constitutional amendments must be ratified by 38, or 3/4, of the States.  In the real world, as opposed to John Birch Society fantasyland, this is understood as the only necessary safeguard.

11,359 Constitutional Amendments have proposed in Congress since 1789, and 33 were sent on to the States for ratification.  27 are in the Constitution.  None of the six losing ideas were particularly radical for their time, but they couldn’t reach that very high, 3/4 threshold.

To get a 3/4 vote on anything in this country, you have to have strong bipartisan support, and these six didn’t make the cut.  They dealt with Congressional apportionment, titles of nobility, protection of slavery, child labor, the Equal Rights Amendment, and voting in the District of Columbia.  Mainstream stuff for their times, with the support of 2/3 of the House and Senate.  So the 3/4 supermajority requirement works well.  Some would say too well.

The comments section of my articles in American Thinker is always revealing.  Over a year ago, the first time I wrote about Article V there, half the commenters were Alt-Right whack jobs, whooping it up about a runaway.

There aren’t that many of them now, and the best thing is the reaction by the other, sane, commenters.  It’s always the same.  Anything proposed has to be ratified by 3/4 of the States, so what are you afraid of, dipweed?  I like to think the public’s understanding of Article V is improving.

Here’s what the Birchers say about the 3/4 ratification requirement:  a runaway Convention, like Philadelphia, could change it, or eliminate it.

You read that right.  These nitwits thinks a bunch of State Legislators are going to get together and overthrow the Constitution in a coup d’etat, and everybody will go along with it.  Just thinking about these knuckleheads makes me thirsty, so I’m going down the hill and have a beer among the wildflowers.


P. S. David Guldenschuh has written a handbook for State Legislators to use in the Article V debate.  In it he rebuts 20 of the specious arguments used against us, and I recommend it highly to anyone looking into the topic.


Draining the Swamp with Article V

The publication of Rep. Ken Buck’s Drain the Swamp:  How Washington Corruption is Worse than You Think  could not be more timely.  The campaign for Buck’s recommended corrective  —  the use of Article V, by the States, to adopt a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) —  is at a critical phase.  

34 State Resolutions are required in order for Congress to call an Article V Amendment Convention, where the proposed language of a BBA would be drafted before being sent back to the States for ratification by 3/4 of them.  For seven years the BBA Task Force  has been working in State Capitols to pass such Resolutions, and today has 28 in hand.  The remaining target Legislatures  —  all under complete Republican control  — are Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Montana and Idaho.  Vigorous campaigns to adopt BBA Resolutions are underway in all of them, and there is a clear path to 34 in 2018.

And it may well be 2018 or never for an Article V BBA.  Forces funded to a large part by George Soros and his network of organizations are dead set in opposition.  Working with the traditional opponents of Article V  — principally the John Birch Society  —  these groups were able to stop passage of the Article V BBA Resolution in Montana in 2015.  They also convinced the Democratic leadership of the Delaware and Maryland Legislatures to rescind BBA Resolutions passed in the 1970’s.  Moreover, they were able to elect new Democratic majorities in the Nevada and New Mexico Legislatures in the 2016 election.  As a result, New Mexico rescinded its 1970’s BBA Resolution, and a similar rescinding Resolution has passed the Nevada Senate, and awaits action in the House.

The rest of this piece is at American Thinker.

The Great Intervention

I guess you could call former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint “Mr. Conservative.”  He left the Senate to become President of the Heritage Foundation, which everyone knows is the premier Republican think tank in the country.  Heritage was there for Reagan when he won in 1980, and they’ve been there ever since.

As a Senator, DeMint was hard core.  He wanted to repeal the 16th Amendment, abolish the IRS, institute a national sales Tax, and pass a balanced budget amendment.  He wasn’t afraid of taking tough stances, or votes.

So when Rep. Ken Buck was looking for someone to write a preface to his new book, Drain the Swamp, you can see why he turned to DeMint.   The guy’s fearless.  He’s Captain America, and if the House Republican leadership doesn’t like it they can lump it.

The Preface is effusive, and with good reason.  But here’s how it ends, “You will learn the truth from Drain the Swamp and find out how American citizens can elect and support congressmen and senators who will keep their oath to defend the Constitution and will serve the best interest of the American people.”  Pure poetry, isn’t it?

In other words, we need to elect good people.  Poppycock, and DeMint knows it.  How many good people have we got back there right now?  30 out of 435?  How long is it going to take us to elect so many good people we have a majority?  Maybe in the 2030 midterms?

The truth, as Buck tells it and DeMint well knows, is that the States are going to have to use Article V in order to stage an intervention and break Congress’ addiction to spending.  Congress is too far gone to ever reform itself.

But DeMint can’t come out and say it, even in the preface of a book that explicitly calls for it.  Why?  Because the Koch brothers’ money has purchased the hostility of Heritage to Article V.

Their father was a Bircher, and hated Article V, so they do too.  As a result, there is no conservative institutional support for Article V, aside from the American Legislative Exchange Council, which is controlled by State Legislators, not the Kochs.

Some reporter ought to ask DeMint, “Do you support an Article V BBA?”  If he says no, ask him why.  He has no answer.  There is none, other than an old conspiracy theory about a runaway convention.  Stuff and nonsense.

The Democratic Speaker of the Colorado House and the Republican Senate President each gets to name three Commissioners to Phoenix Convention of States, and must agree on a tie breaking, seventh Commissioner, which in most States will be a non-legislator, or citizen Commissioner.  It can be anyone they can agree on.  If they agreed on Tom Brady, then he can be a Commissioner from Colorado.

I hope they agree on Ken Buck.

Ken Buck, truth teller

In 2010 Ken Buck, the elected District Attorney of Weld County, Colorado, ran a “Tea Party” campaign against an establishment Republican, Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, for the Republican nomination for United States Senate.  He narrowly won the nomination, and lost the general to incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet by less than two points.

Three years later he was diagnosed with cancer, 34 tumors in all.  Somewhat miraculously, two months of intensive chemotherapy effected a complete cure.  Feeling blessed to have life at all, he decided to run for Congress in order to give back to the country that he loved.   He was elected in 2014 in Colorado’s 4th District  —  the eastern, agricultural, half of the State.

Now he’s come out with a call to arms, Drain the Swamp:  Washington Corruption is Worse Than you Think.  He provides new and fresh details of the swampland, and writes with verve and flair.  He’s a happy warrior.

But he’s done more than simply describe the rampant corruption in Congress.  He prescribes a cure, the use of Article V by the 50 State Legislatures to adopt a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, to be followed by other Amendments, beginning, possibly, with term limits.

There is no role for Congress in this process, other than the ministerial duty of setting the time and place for the Amendment Convention, and specifying the means of ratification.  If Congress had the power to protect its political turf, there would never be a Balanced Budget Amendment.  But under Article V, it is powerless.

This book is very well written, and Buck’s co-author, Bill Blankschaen, deserves credit for that.  Blankschaen is a Christian author, and undoubtedly shares the politics of Ken Buck. Which makes him a believer in Article V, and hopefully, soon part of the Article V effort.

This is a book to buy for any of your friends with an interest in politics.  Even light, non-political readers will like and learn from this book.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s the unofficial Bible of the Article V movement.

The BBA Task Force needs to raise the funds to distribute copies of this book to every State Legislator in our seven target States, maybe 1,000 copies in all.  We want this book to go to #1 on Amazon, and for Buck to do a full media circuit, mainstream and conservative.  All of Washington is corrupt,  but the Republicans are in power now, so the MSM will want to hear tales of internal Congressional corruption.

I’ll be trying to sell a few copies in an article I’ve submitted to the American Thinker.   Tomorrow I’ll do an Amazon review.  I’ll have to restrain my praise.

Admiral James Stockdale, 1992: “Who am I? Why am I here?”

An American hero, Admiral Stockdale will be remembered as a dope.  As Perot’s V. P. pick in 1992, he opened a nationally televised debate with these rhetorical questions.  And he never got around to answering them.

In Shattered we learn that Hillary had the same questions about herself, and wanted her campaign staff to provide the answers.  They were unable to do so, and she blames their failure for her loss.  But where was her husband of forty years, a political genius and the winner of two Presidential elections?   Why couldn’t he come up with the answers?

I don’t think it’s that complicated.  She was running for Obama’s third term, but she couldn’t say it.  She was, at the same time, running for Bill’s third term, and she couldn’t say that.  She was the consensus choice of the Democratic Party establishment, but she couldn’t say that, either.

As for a platform, she didn’t have one because the Democratic Party doesn’t have one, other than the defense of the welfare state and its ruling class.  But they can’t say that.

Bernie Sanders had something to say, but he’s not a Democrat, he’s a socialist.  Which is where the Democratic Party is heading, an acknowledgement that it wants a more socialist society.  Like Europe, with its enormous taxes, and smothering government.   Nationalizing health care is just the start.  Socialism has never sold in this country, and I doubt it sells today, but we’ll see.  It’s Bernie’s party now, and that’s his prescription.

But as long as Trump is around, the Democrats don’t need a platform.  As long as they’re against Trump, the whole party is united.  2018 could be a good year for the Democrats.  They might even get close to winning the House, and they would almost certainly pick up State Legislative chambers, such as the Colorado Senate.  If that happened Soros and crew would be pursuing an Article V rescission Resolution from opening day.   Based on their success in New Mexico and Nevada, we would be hard pressed to stop them.  So as far as Article V goes, it’s 2018 or Bust.

Dave Biddulph highly recommends Rep. Ken Buck’s “Drain the Swamp”.    Rep. Buck says the only way to fix Washington is to use Article V, starting with a Balanced Budget Amendment, and then term limits.  Welcome aboard, Congressman.  We’ll be asking for your help.