August 2013 News

Rocco Piserchia posted in Tea Parties United
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., explained to a town hall of his constituents that he wanted to call a national Constitutional Convention. Tom Coburn calls for a national Constitutional Convention |
From Jeff Lewis Some folks simply want a “quick fix,” and enjoy pretending that an Article V Convention, aka “convention of the states,” aka a “con con” will solve our problems. It is sheer fantasy. They also suggest that such a convention can be limited to a single topic.

There is NOTHING in Article V that requires states to even list a subject matter in their application for a convention. There is NOTHING in Article V that suggests Congress has the authority to refuse to call one unless two thirds of the states submit the same or similar application for a convention. What it does say is that when two thirds of the states request a convention that Congress “shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…”

Note it says “Amendments” plural, not singular. ANY state that attends a Convention can propose ANY Amendment they want, including those who “volunteered” to include a reason/subject matter in the their application.

D.C. isn’t the problem. It’s a symptom. We the People are the problem. We refuse to demand our public servants actually “keep” their oath past the photo-op of them taking it. We refuse to turn them out of office, and instead play left vs. right political games.

Before we go tinkering with the Constitution, we should try upholding it. I don’t trust the political animals at the state legislatures any more than the feds. In fact, for those getting warm fuzzies about a term limit amendment: What state legislator is going to vote for that? They are already at the pinnacle of state government. For most, the only place they have to go up the “political ladder” is Congress. What state senator or state rep is going to handicap their own political future by placing a limit on how long they can serve? This is just one of many things to consider.

Several of the GOP governors ran on campaigns that Obamacare was unconstitutional, that they would fight it if elected, then turned around and took the fed money to set up exchanges while joining unconstitutional lawsuits in lowly federal district courts on behalf of their states. (See Article III, Section 2, Clause 2).

This whole charade is designed to waste people’s time, give them false hope of a fix, and pad the political or financial wallets of those promoting it, while evading the real issues. It’s a three card monte game on steroids.

It is playing Russian roulette with the Constitution, except instead of one bullet chambered, there is only one chamber empty. And in case you thought I overlooked the alternative method of ratification, a convention in the states, I did not.

Congress decides which method. Do you think they’ll trust “We the People” at a convention over their political cronies in the state legislatures? Care to take any bets? And even if they did, would you trust the ratification convention election/appointment process to not also be dominated by political operatives? Care to gamble on that, too?

I do not. Restore Constitutional governance. Adopt a zero-tolerance policy for the people you vote for that violate their oath. Stop compromising and being suckers to party hacks and political entertainers. They ALL profit off of your misery index, and none want to solve problems. They simply to want to manage them, and YOU.
Jeff Lewis serves on the Advisor Council of the Citizens Constitutional Caucus
The Citizens Constitutional Caucus
The Purpose of the Caucus is Four Fold:
First: Seek out Constitutional legislative “Servants”.
Second: Support those “Servants”.
Third: Work with the “Servants” to generate, present and pass Constitutional resolutions and legislation.
Fourth: Reach out to the citizens via social media and traditional communication methods to give them the opportunity to review proposed legislation in legal and lay formats and then respond with their opinion. They can share this information with family, friends, and acquaintances.
Preparing and passing Constitutional legislation in a broken system
The Citizens Constitutional Caucus is planning a day-long symposium to discuss “Preparing and Passing Constitutional Legislation in a Broken System.” Richard Fry, a nationally-recognized Constitutional expert, will conduct the session.

The symposium will be September 21st at the Voice of Faith Studios, 326 Tryon Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a break for lunch. Cost is $10 prepaid $15 at the door. There will also be a town hall discussion from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
“What we citizens are experiencing with our political systems in America is what I call a representative disconnect,” Fry said. “The majority of our ‘public servants’ either do not understand or do not care that after supporting and defending the Constitution, securing our fundamental rights, their job is to do what the majority of citizens want, not what they think is best for us, within the bounds of the Constitution.”
Fry, who is general counsel for the Patriot Coalition, said that for some time most elected officials have served the interests of special interest groups, which include the major political parties.  Public servants are “fiduciaries,” Fry explains. That means they owe citizens the highest level of fidelity.  “They (public servants) have a duty of transparency and disclosure,” Fry said. On the other hand, citizens have a duty to hold public servants accountable.  In some circumstance, he said that public servants have “an affirmative duty to disclose information” to the people and they are “never to conceal or otherwise hamper” the ability of the people to know what they are doing.  “This should be non-negotiable,” Fry said. “Unless they are transparent in their actions we cannot fulfill our duty to hold them accountable and the whole system crumbles.”  Public officials also have a duty to reveal and change any procedure that conceals their actions, and the people have a duty to uncover them.  Fry notes that Congress routinely operates using such concealed rules.

“Hidden within the House and Senate rules, especially those related to committee actions, there are rules that serve no real purpose but to obscure the actions of our elected officials,” Fry explained.
One such rule is the failure to record votes, especially terminal votes (those that effectively end or “kill” a bill).
“Likewise if there are votes that relate to whether a vote should be recorded that vote needs to be recorded so we can judge whether such procedure was used for the sake of efficiency or has the effect of concealment,” he added.
“Although some will defend these rules as necessarily for the sake of efficiency, trading transparency for the sake of efficiency is no trade off at all it is a short road to disaster and despotism.”
“Remember this regarding transparency and all issues with which you deal with your legislators: You are the boss and you are paying the freight,” Fry said. “If you want more transparency, at the cost of efficiency that is your right. Their only question should be how quickly they can get it done.”
Fry lives in Olathe, Kansas. He served as a legislative intern to the Kansas Senate President, as a financial analyst for a Fortune 100 company and civil litigation attorney for 15 years. He has testified before state legislative committees, and consulted and advised state legislators, Congressman and presidential candidates on Constitutional issues.
Symposium Conducted by Richard Fry
Nationally Renowned Constitutional Attorney
“Preparing and Passing Constitutional Legislation in a Broken System.”
“Focusing on the {hidden} NC legislative rules and proposed constitutional changes”
For example where do you find the “stop light” rule?

September 21, 2013 – 9 AM to 12 PM – 1:15 PM to 5:00
Cost $10 Prepaid – $15 at the door
Town Hall 7 PM to 8:30 PM – No charge
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In a REPUBLIC an oath OF OFFICE is a contract by the recipient and his/her employer, the citizens, and THE CREATOR, to uphold and obey the CONSTITUTION, thus encompassing all the laws of the land.

NC Oaths of Office: How Many and By Whom?
Article VI, section 7 of the State Constitution sets out an oath of office that is to be taken by any person elected or appointed to a public office, basically swearing to uphold the constitution and laws of the United States and of North Carolina. Obviously, any person elected or appointed to an office must take this oath. But many local officers, particularly those in counties, must take a second oath as well.

Both G.S. 153A-26, for counties, and 160A-61, for cities, provide that all county or city officers, respectively, must take the constitutional oath of office. In addition, and somewhat redundantly, G.S. 160A-284 directs that municipal police officers take the constitutional oath. You’d think that might be enough, but it is not. Most of the duplication arises from G.S. 11-11, which sets out a variety of oaths of office to be taken “after taking the separate oath required” by the Constitution. Among the offices listed in this statute, each with its specific oath, are the Register of deeds – Sheriff – County attorney – Law enforcement officer.

Article VI, Sec. 7. Oath.
Before entering upon the duties of an office, a person elected or appointed to the office shall take and subscribe the following oath:
“I, _______________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of North Carolina not inconsistent therewith, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of my office as _______________, so help me God.”

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