Just as I anticipated….the fearmongers against the use of the Constitutional tool in Article V to save our country have descended again this year in South Carolina. Just as we have been making HUGE strides with our legislature because of your efforts with your emails and calls, these people are now trying to scare you and the legislators you have been contacting away from this fight, the fight of our very lives to save our country. Before you read one more word of my message, please stop and see what the founders had to say about what they gave us here.
This is going to be a bit long, but I implore you to read it all the way through. Some of you received an email today from a group that calls itself the “South Carolina Council for Freedom and Enterprise”. Those of you that have been involved in this fight for awhile will remember the exact same fearmongering coming from the John Birch Society and Campaign for Liberty…I’m sure they will begin the handwringing soon.
As I continue to see the emails that are being sent into South Carolina by the fear mongers and Article V naysayers, I wanted to send this reminder out to you. Every day I receive emails like this forwarded by many of you that read them and are confused and or frightened by the misinformation and frankly utter lies. These people want to paralyze you in fear.
It’s rare that I will take the step of calling someone a liar whom I have not met….but this latest letter that is going out by this pathetic group….among other things….states the following:
“All of these special interest groups claim to be working toward a convention limited to their own issue, yet they are working together behind the scenes. Groups like Convention of States -- who claim to want a convention to limit the federal government -- are working with groups like Wolf PAC”.
I can tell you that WolfPAC is a left wing group that wants its own Article V Convention and their effort will go nowhere. The individual that wrote this letter to you tells you that the Convention of States Project is working with WolfPAC. That is an absolute and utter lie…not a falsehood, not a misstatement…it is an absolute lie.
If that were even remotely true, I wouldn’t be near this project with a ten foot pole. The fact of the matter is that people like my friend Michael Farris, probably one of the finest Constitutional scholars in the nation….who founded this project, have spent more time in the Conservative and Limited Government trenches fighting for what you and I care deeply about than most people will ever know. I myself spent 20 years on active duty defending the United States Constitution. For the last 15 years I have been teaching homeschooled high schoolers Constitutional Law and Original Intent. I have been speaking to Tea Party groups, 9-12 groups, and just about any other conservative group about the Constitution and limited government from an originalist perspective….I teach the Constitution in churches and just about any group that will listen. So when I read this garbage from this group, I want you to know that I have been pouring my life into defending and protecting the United States Constitution with my own resources for a VERY long time.
But, we have seen this type response from Eagle Forum and the John Birch Society now for about two and a half years. The leader of this group tells you “many believe a constitutional convention can be limited to certain types or categories of changes”. He goes on to say “that simply is not true. Article V itself does not back up any assertions that a convention can be limited -- and noted constitutional scholars agree.” However, he does not name one single “scholar” and his assertions about not being able to limit a Convention of States (which is the historically accurate term) are simply not true as you can read here.
On our side, the side of the founders, take a look at the noted scholars that support the Convention of States Project here.
The writer of todays fearmongering nonsense from the “South Carolina Council for Freedom and Enterprise” states “all of these people working together behind the scenes” are trying to destroy the Constitution. Really? Is that true?
If that were true….would Rush Limbaugh be for it? Mark Levin? Glenn Beck? Allen West? Governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, Gov Huckabee, former United States Senator Tom Coburn (known in the Senate as Dr. No because he was one of a few that consistently voted against the liberal big government agenda), how about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sean Hannity, Conservative Columnist Thomas Sowell? All of these people I mentioned here have either officially endorsed the Convention of States Project or have publicly stated their support. Are all of these people “working together behind the scenes” to destroy the Constitution?
Are all of those people dupes of the left? Do they all want to “hijack” the Constitution? I think the answer to that question ought to destroy the credibility of this so called “South Carolina Council for Freedom and Enterprise” and any other group, be it the John Birch Society, Campaign for Liberty, or any other group that opposes this effort out of fear and misinformation. That fact of the matter is that their opposition puts them squarely on the side of the status quo. They want to keep things just like they are because frankly they are cowards..
The rest of us have had enough. What the Convention of States Project resolution seeks to do is to use what the founders gave us INSIDE Article V. They didn’t have Article V and a process for the states to call an amending Convention under the Articles….so they called a General Convention in the summer of 1787. Today, with the document they gave us, they specifically gave the states a process to deal with an OUT OF CONTROL federal government that is staggering drunk on power it was NEVER intended to possess. Article V contains THE LAWFUL and orderly process given to the state legislatures to rein in the federal government. I for one will not cower in fear over every single lie and misrepresentation that is put forth by the fear mongers and frankly the pantswetters out there. Our founders who gave us this process would hold such men in contempt for their sheer cowardice to trust what they gave us. I debated a gentleman from an organization that opposes the Convention of States last year and it struck me that I heard him use the work “risk” five times….and I realized that our founders risked EVERYTHING to give us our country and our Constitution. Today, when we really step back and realize the firewalls that the founders gave us in this process….we risk little to nothing. BUT….even if we did….how can I do less than the founders to save my country? I simply am not willing to look my grandchildren in the eye one day and tell them I did nothing because I was too fearful of the outcome…..all the while I was staring at an absolutely out of control federal government that was shredding the Constitution in front of my eyes. That just doesn’t make sense to me….and I refuse to have that said of me
I ask you to remember that it was the great men of the founding era that GAVE US ARTICLE V and the Convention of States process. If we say we love the Constitution, then we ought to love ALL of it.
I leave you with an article that I wrote that goes into much more depth if you are interested and answers most of the questions you might have.
And I leave you with this great speech made by Mark Levin to over 1200 state legislators back in December of 2014. If you have seen this, I recommend you watch it again.
The fact of the matter is that the Convention of States Project is on fire around the nation with a majority of states returning to their General Assemblies and we have over 30 states that have lead sponsors filing our historic identical template resolution. But as you can see, you know what that means? Yep...you guessed it....the bedwetters and cowards are coming out from under their rocks to fearmonger the state legislators....they want to continue doing the same things over and over and over...and you know why? Because they fear the "con con" boogey man....whatever that is.
You would think that after this past June....and the June before that...and the June before that....I mean these folks want to wait for the next shoe to drop every June from the out of control Supreme Court.....that they would get it.
So here is what you have to do....if you come across one of these folks....they are easy to spot....they are all wrapped up in fear..and are continually wringing their hands and soiling their garments while they talk to you....if you come across someone trying to spread fear about an Article V Convention of States....ask them how they can be so utterly cowardly in the face of our out of control and staggering power drunken federal Leviathan. Let them know that their misinformation, lies, and fearmongering are very unbecoming of someone that claims to be a Constitutionalist. There position is utterly pathetic and as someone that has studied and read the founders/framers voluminously, I can tell you that they would hold such men in contempt.
They are cowards....no other way to frame it. Its one thing to oppose something based on your own reasoned argument using historically accurate information from scholarly work on Article V and the history surrounding it...but the problem for the opposition is this…as you saw in the video I asked you to watch at the very beginning....all of the scholarly information supports our effort.
I have been leading the effort in SC for 2 and a half years now and I have yet to hear a reasoned argument against the use of the founders tool...every single person and every single argument I have seen...bar none... is grounded in fear. That is why it is fair and accurate to hammer them as cowards. Rome is burning to the ground…and we simply do NOT have time for them.