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On the LAM – It’s Liberty Amendments Monday

A continuing series of discussions of Mark Levin’s new book,
The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

(Discussion #8 – Naysayers)

I’m traveling this week, so you are spared my usual lengthy ramble.

This week Mark Levin pointed out on his radio program that many Conservatives have taken up the cause. But at the same time, many are engaging in the sport of naysaying. We also see among the progressive caucus of Republicans an attempt to marginalize not only the Tea Party types, but anyone claiming the Consititution has meaning.

But among general naysayers, we’ve seen the same concepts again and again over the past several weeks: people confusing the Article Five process with the Constitutional Convention; people claiming it can’t work because things are so bad nothing will work; and people claiming “no one knows how the process will work.”

Well all those naysayers have done is proven they didn’t read the book, and they haven’t participated in these discussions (here and elsewhere). We do know how the process will work. It isn’t the “Constitutional Convention” and cannot be. And people throwing in the towel are taking themselves out of the game, so why should we even care what they say?

However, one form of naysaying that is reasonably cogent is the group of folks warning us we are just about out of time.

Glenn Beck, showing once again he also didn’t read the book yet (or skim it, or even skim one of the many excellent reviews of it), chose to highlight today a “respected source” who has shown we may not have enough time! Every man who gets out of bed in the morning faces that same problem, of course. So why is it such a big deal? Well, to Beck’s credit, his point is, you had better prepare. And by “prepare” he doesn’t mean just get mentally prepared: he means you need to be taking steps to guard your family. So yeah, he’s right there. But also, that is a continuing responsibility of every family leader.

But his point is that we are truly on the verge of the collapse that naturally happens when we’ve taken the country over the cliff. He provided several financial/market/economic reason why that collapse will happen. He might well be right. But why should we stop the effort to repair things?

You see, you cannot escape the necessity of these reforms by pointing to the fact that things are bad and getting worse. Even in a total breakdown, we should fight to restore the Union. We owe it to our descendants. To just ride the descent and grab at those few moments of self-preservation that appear among the wreckage is not the act of brave men and women. We should pursue this goal no matter what.

And pursue this goal we will. We must return power to the states, and the Article Five process is the cleanest way forward. It is the best option supported by law, and is specific. All the other ways to fix our nation are messy, the outcome less specific, and the tools at hand not covered well by law. That’s why this should be our first choice on where to spend our energy.

Because with what else is coming, you’ll need all the energy you can spare, just to survive.

I’ll have more on the ArticleFiveProcess website next week (one nice part of my travels involves events regarding the database). Meanwhile read chapter six, where Mark’s proposal is to place some automatic reductions in place for times like these, when Congress won’t do its job. He also adds some carrots and sticks to help them get it done, and give the states a way to apply the stick when they do it wrong.

It’s much better to read that than listen to the bickering in Congress right now.


Discussion #7: Tracking Our Progress
Discussion #6: Amendments on Spending and Taxes
Discussion #5: How much power do the states have?
Discussion #4: What If They Hijack the Convention?
Discussion #3: An Invitation to Our Friends on the Left
Discussion #2: Run Away!
Discussion #1: Zombie Doctrine, Tactics, and the Liberty Amendments

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19 thoughts on “On the LAM – It’s Liberty Amendments Monday

  1. Following up on the example of “Bill In Tennessee” I sent the following to:

    Senator Rob Bradley, Florida District 7
    Representative W. Travis Cummings, Florida District 18

    October 15, 2013

    The Honorable _____________

    I am in your ______District_____, residing at _____address_____.

    This e-mail started out as an imported form letter … a long flowery description of what’s wrong with the direction of this country and pointing to Mark Levin’s new book “The Liberty Amendments” and why you should get involved with calling for a “Convention of States to propose Amendments to the U.S. Constitution”, as authorized by Article V of said Constitution.

    Working on personalizing that form letter caused me to throw it all out as you’ve probably seen it already and you’re probably too busy for ANOTHER form letter.

    Instead … short and to the point.

    * The Obama Administration has overstepped the boundaries set by the Constitution for the Federal government and the Executive branch. It’s not the first Administration to do so, only the most egregious violator in a long line of violators.

    * This long history of the feds ignoring the Constitution has reached/passed the point where something must be done.

    * The Legislative/Judicial Branches refuse to put a stop to the Exec’s lawlessness.

    * The Founders thought this might/could happen and planned for it … i.e. Article V of the Constitution.

    I am writing to inquire about your position on advancing the idea of Florida, along with other States, calling for a “Convention of States to propose Amendments to the U.S. Constitution”. The purpose of this Convention would be to ultimately wrest control of power in America from the Federal government and return it to the States, where it rightfully (and Constitutionally) belongs.

    I’m reasonably sure that I’m not the first to inquire about this, but I know that the only way to find out is to ask, so I’m asking.
    Where do you stand?
    What are you doing about it?

    This process would be a long and tedious one and we may already be too far down the road but giving in and giving up is unacceptable to me.

    Get back to me on this, OK?

    Just sent so no reply as of yet except the automated receipt … I’ll update if/when there’s any response.


    1. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but it’s been 2 weeks and:

      Senator Rob Bradley, Florida District 7
      Representative W. Travis Cummings, Florida District 18

      are still “among the missing” … as in no reply from either of these fine elected gentlemen.

  2. GB’s problem is he still thinks we can elect as he said today ” enough people to make a change” .NO WE CANT. They will NOT reform themselves. Article V is the way GB. I hope his fans convince him soon.

    1. Absolutely correct, and well stated!
      We must fight for conservative candidates in every election, but V is the permanent fix and a tool our candidates can use. The socialists will NEVER stop trying and will always return [as in post Reagan]; V is the only way to block their progress.

  3. I have my own respected source that speaks to my heart. That source assures me we DO have enough time….but only just. We must not dawdle. Everyone must stand, and everyone must vote.

    1. Please ask your heart, what do we do about the Voter ID laws which are non-existent, voter fraud, not permitting military write-in ballots, and Eric Holder’s New Black Panther intimidation???

  4. ..that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,…

    “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms”

    “Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren.”

    If we follow the example of the Founders, we should first make every attempt to alter what our government has become, before our children are forced to take up arms to abolish it. Levin’s way is the way consented to by the governed, in our Constitution.

  5. I agree with your points K-Bob. We need to continue to push forward with the Article 5 process even if, as Beck says, we are close to a major social and/or economic collapse of some kind. I have been surprised and dissapointed at the small number of people here at RS that have gotten behind this process. It is puzzling. At any rate, we will push on.

    I do believe this process will gain momentum when we get our first state legislature to vote in favor of this process. For that reason, I think we might be best served to focus on one state initially, rather than all of us focusing on our own states. We should definitely push the process forward in our own states, but early on, it might be wiser to channel most of our energies towards that one, or maybe handful of states that would be easy to get on board. Perhaps it might be a small state like Wyoming, New Hamshire, or maybe not. Wherever we see the most progress being made over the next several months, let us look there.

    Doing what we can to get the first state on board may involve pointing out to that state’s legislators, the status that would come with being the first. Ambitious politicians must be embraced with extreme caution. On the other hand, a legistlator from a small deep red state who is looking to make a name for himself might see it in his interests to take the lead in this process.

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