The prelude to a Constitutional Convention was held on December 8, 2013. The following excerpt trumpeting its success and their hope for an Article V convention is written by Michael Farris who did not attend: only state legislators were allowed to attend. The information we received is second hand. The rationale for the author’s support is:
But what’s the alternative? These fear-based arguments leave us in the utterly precarious position of trusting Washington, D.C., to right itself.
No one should trust Washington, D.C., more than they trust state legislators. But, at the end of the day, the audience that matters most is state legislators. State legislators certainly trust themselves more than they trust Congress and the rest of the crowd in D.C.
Pathetic. We all know where this is heading. We have had enough distractions, propaganda and political malfeasance. But let’s figure on a best case scenario and some major changes are enacted by the same ruling class that caused the problems initially. We still have put our faith in the federal system of government instead of the original intent of the Constitution with a limited scope of power. We still have a ruling class in Washington, D.C. and we still have a country that is bankrupt 10 times over (at a minimum).
Nullification is the better course of action based on our time, founding principles and original intent. Asserting states’ rights under the 10th amendment is the correct legal argument and our political leaders know and fear this solution. Or course, Thomas Jefferson’s words concerning the original Constitution gives us proper context for our path:
“I do not know whether it is to yourself or Mr. Adams I am to give my thanks for the copy of the new constitution. I beg leave through you to place them where due. It will be yet three weeks before I shall receive them from America. There are very good articles in it: and very bad. I do not know which preponderate. What we have lately read in the history of Holland, in the chapter on the Stadtholder, would have sufficed to set me against a Chief magistrate eligible for a long duration, if I had ever been disposed towards one: and what we have always read of the elections of Polish kings should have forever excluded the idea of one continuable for life. Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of its motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independent 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusetts: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.”
I follow the path laid out by Thomas Jefferson’s wisdom. The Mt. Vernon Assembly is well described as “legislators” setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order.
by Michael Farris
Yesterday, approximately 100 state legislators from over 30 states met at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, VA. The meeting’s purpose was to begin drafting the procedural rules for a Convention of States. I was not present at the gathering (only state legislators were allowed to attend), but earlier in the week I had a face to face conversation with the leadership of the Mount Vernon Assembly.