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Republicans Have to Stop Playing Defense

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

(Discussion #10 – The Article Five process is how we go on offense)

Few of you are surprised anymore at the Amazonian-class river of effluent coming from the left. As we saw with the clip of Rep. Grayson accusing MSNBC Host Bashir of being a Tea Party collaborator, and the paranoiac manner by which the left finds racism under every rock, the left is so lost in a tangled web of lies they no longer remember what the truth is. No wonder they make fearful alliances with the jihadists. So with that in mind, why would we worry about what they think? Why pretend they are serious negotiating partners during this catastrophic decline?

And yet the Republican leaders and consultants seem to believe fervently that it does matter. Unfortunately to that particular group, what the left thinks matters far more than what YOU think. So we find ourselves with a Republican party that is in a purely defensive mode. Pandering, accusing, making deals, making bizarre claims that the ACA will collapse on its own. Anything at all but the RIGHT thing. And by the way, the ACA is so interwoven with our nation’s financial infrastructure that if it “collapses on its own” it really means the entire nation will go into collapse. It’s not a plan, it’s a total abdication of responsibility. These John McCain and Karl Rove types want you all to suffer, in the hope that some of you will be stupid enough to seek them out for salvation. I say good luck boys, you’re going to need it.

We’re sick of being on defense. We cannot afford to joust with the onslaught of lies from the left. They are so hard at work on keeping the lies coming that we are in total Orwell territory: at 8:00am we are at war with East Asia, then at Noon we have never been at war with East Asia, and by dinnertime, we have always been at war with East Asia. The left is a squirrel cage, wrapped in an insane asylum, inside a Democrat Voter Plantation. Does anyone with a quorum of neurons that connect still believe you get to keep your doctor? Your health plan? Your low premiums? We are at a strange moment in history, where even Orwell probably thought he was overselling the warning rhetoric by half, when he wrote:

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.

(I urge folks to have a peek at that link above to Democrat Voter Plantations. You’ll see this is no rhetorical construct.)

We must go on offense or succumb to totalitarian rule. (Yes, folks, we are “there” yet.) But go on offense with what? And by whom? Republicans? Libertarians? The Tea Party? Another petition by FreedomWorks? Do you imagine any petition so perfectly formed, and so popular in nature that it is signed by so many millions of voters that it could compel Congress to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment? To enact term limits? And how about election results? The Tea Party cascade in 2010 left us with a very thin list of men willing to stand up and do the right thing. At that rate, we’d need to win the next thirty national elections to have a chance to be where Britain is right now: slowly addressing the crumbling mess of their healthcare and welfare excesses, while China and some other power (the Caliphate?) fight for world supremacy.



As much as we may admire the few leaders we have with actual spines and who are willing to work toward Restoration, and as much as we may need organizations like FreedomWorks (no offense to Matt and company), winning elections is not “Going on Offense.” Submitting petitions to Congress is not “Going on Offense.” Winning hearts and minds is not “Going on Offense.” Pandering to voter blocs is not “Going on Offense.” With the exception of a few stalwart men and women, the Republicans are unwilling to accept or even discuss the potential of going on offense. The Tea Party groups and FreedomWorks and other activism groups may help us stave off decline for a little longer, but they are not the same thing as “Going on Offense.”

So what do we do?

The Founders provided a way out of this situation. It’s not easy, it comes with risks, and it won’t happen quickly enough to prevent some of the catastrophic results of the past four Presidencies. But one thing is clear: The Article Five second process to amend the Constitution is definitely an activity that puts us on the offensive.

This is important to recognize. Congress cannot stop us. The President cannot stop us. The Courts cannot stop us. We have a fundamental right, and an obligation to our children, to restore the balance taken from our nation by so many “progressive” men and women who abused their roles to weaken the Constitutions restrictions on the concentration of power. And that concentration of power is the problem:

(Time in Office) = Power

(Power accumulating among senior officials) = Oligarchy

As we discussed in the previous Liberty Amendments Monday post, the founders understood those two equations very well. Their solution, based on study of a thousand years of political philosophy could be summed up in one word: decentralize.

Mark Levin’s proposal’s for amendments are carefully conceived to achieve that very goal: To return the Republic to a decentralized Union of Commonwealths, States, Territories, and one Federal District. The fact that the process is legal, and cannot be stopped by the Federal branches of government, or even by the executive branches within the States means that it is definitely a positive step in reclaiming our nation as a place where Liberty is still honored above all other political things.

It’s how we win.


Notes:

A quick note on the ArticleFiveProcess website: It’s almost done. I might have it working by Saturday. Nameservers are right, and other things have come together. So anyone willing to volunteer to help manage the data for your state, let us know. I’ll get you a login and you can make sure all the info for your Statehouse representatives is correct. I will probably give longtime contributors to the RightScoop comments a higher preference in the assignment, but frankly it’s going to be more like wikipedia, in that some folks might edit it and make a mess, so we’ll restore it and hand it off to someone else. No big deal. It’s not precious data, it’s just data. The idea is to track progress, and not be an irrefutable resource for someone’s research.

The dummy site is already up at articlefiveprocess (.) com so if you check it later in the week, you might find the full site up.

Previously:

Discussion #9: the filthy habit of continuing resolutions
Discussion #8: Naysayers
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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33 thoughts on “Republicans Have to Stop Playing Defense

  1. My brief two cents: This is a possible way to avert another civil war.
    If not, perhaps we can force New England to secede from the union.

  2. Somehow this constitutional matter has to be ‘splained within the perspective of a 5 sec sound byte to get the attention of the low information voter. This is too far above the level they comprehend. Too long for them to read.

    Switching gears…My biggest gripe with that nazi/kkk a$$hole Grayson’s cross burning ad is that the entire lapdog libfag media is afraid of gestapo creeps like him. They don’t dare challenge him on this. They just close their eyes, hold their hands over their ears and recite – see no evil, hear no evil.

    The problem with it is that if you keep repeating the same lie often enough, people will start believing it. For the past 4 yrs or so, the media has likened the TEA party to a small, but violent islamofascist murdering, raping terrorists who hold the American people hostage to some extremist nonsensical point of view. And based on what the low information voter has been fed, its believable.

  3. In the comment section of Discussion 8 I described my initital contacts but It’s been 2 weeks since I first contacted:
    FL7 Senator Rob Bradley & FL18 Representative. W. Travis Cummings
    so I sent the “2nd notices” shown below to them today.

    10/29/2013

    Two weeks ago I sent an e-mail to you (see below) asking for your position on something that I think is exceedingly important. To date, I’ve seen no reply. Hopefully this reminder will elicit some response.

    Sincerely,
    *****************

    <<>>

    October 15, 2013

    The Honorable ************
    I am in your 18th District, residing at ****************************************
    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?
    ********************

    This time I received an answer from Rep. W. Travis Cummings within about 30 mins.

    Mr Oliva:

    I am familiar with Mark Levin and also am very much a supporter of States rights. As a Fla legislator, I know that while the Federal govt is a partner on many initiatives, we want as much authority and control as possible when it comes to policy decisions for our state. After all, like the “home rule” that I support when it comes to those closest to the people (local govt officials), we as state legislators hopefully know what is best for our state and its residents when it comes to decisions that we make in Tallahassee.

    I admit that I do not know the probability of a “Convention of the States” being held and you are the first constituent to bring this to my attention. So in response to your inquiry re “What am I doing about it?”, I am not engaged in lobbying for such a Convention but am practicing such a philosophy regarding legislation that comes before me.

    Thank you for your time to write and I apologize that your initial email was inadvertently overlooked.

    Take care,
    Travis

    While I’m glad he responded, I don’t feel that he adequately answered my inquiry. Late this afternoon, I followed up with another e-mail.

    10/29/2013

    To the Honorable W. Travis Cummings;

    Thank you for your response to my inquiry re: a “Convention of States to propose Amendments to the U.S. Constitution”. I’m a bit surprised that you have not received questions about this from other Floridians.

    You wrote that you “do not know the probability of a ‘Convention of the States’ being held. What I would like to suggest is that until a Florida legislator (you?) gets the ball rolling, the probability is slim to none. THAT is the reason for my writing to you and to Senator Bradley.

    As I stated in my first e-mail:
    * The Obama Administration has overstepped the limits imposed 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 seem unwilling to put a stop to the Exec’s lawlessness.

    It is exceedingly clear to me that elected officials in the Federal government are NEVER going to do anything to limit their own power. The Founders thought this could happen and specifically included a remedy for it … to wit: Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

    As an alternative to the U.S. Congress proposing Amendments, Article V also contains a second method of amending the Constitution whereby the Legislatures of 2/3 of the States shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments. This is the process I’d like you to look into and sponsor in the Florida Legislature.

    I’m no lawyer or legislator and my quoting from the Constitution or from Mr. Levin’s book is somewhat silly … instead I’ve included a link to the first chapter of Levin’s “Liberty Amendments” as he is much more able to explain what it is that he proposes should be done by the State Legislatures.

    http://citadelcc.vo.llnwd.net/o29/network/Levin/hosted_files/LibertyAmendmentsCh1.pdf

    Obviously the entire text of the book is germane to the discussion but Chapter 1 specifically outlines the reasons for the States to take this action, as well as the method for doing so, without going into the specific amendments that Mr. Levin proposes.

    Rep. Cummings, what I’m requesting is that you begin a process that seems to be the only lawful method of reining in the Federal government and placing it back within the boundaries set by the Constitution.

    Respectfully,
    ******************

    Nothing from FL Sen. Bradley so far, I’ll letch’all know if/when.
    Cheers,
    JohnInFlorida

    1. Thanks for that update! It’s a perfect example of taking the effort into your own hands, which I recommend everyone do, even if they prefer, or already have supported, some organization that lobbies for the effort.

      Every bit helps!

      We’re working on a way to let folks put such material in their updates at the site.

      As of now, we’re thinking that we won’t expose everyone’s individual stories and reports directly. But we’d have whatever info they want to add on file as a way to track what’s happening.

      I think each state “wrangler” will probably have a page to showcase selective things from all the folks adding info. That way we balance privacy with getting a good read on how the effort is going.

      We can also have comments, of course.

      1. In addition, you learn lots about your local politicians … Makes you wonder if there is anyone, anywhere who actually listens to constituents. (That’s painting with an overly broad brush, but one does wonder…)

      2. K-Bob … Add’l update … After the 2nd e-mail, I received a phone call from the Legislative Asst. to Senator Bradley and was informed that while the Senator agreed that things at the Federal level were bad he had no interest in pursuing calling for a “Constitutional Convention”. We chatted a bit about how that’s not what The Liberty Amendments was calling for and I explained briefly what it IS about. I asked that he pass the info along and again put forth my request that the Senator look more deeply into the process being proposed in the book.

        It is just another example of what we all know … a long and bumpy road lies ahead and we ALL have to keep chipping away at the resistance we encounter.

  4. Great piece, @K_Bob:disqus. Very motivating to hear that Congress, the Pres and the Govs really can not stop us. One would think that local politicians would WANT the power back, but of course the tax and campaign funds that are flowing downhill will be our challenge.

      1. I’ll have a signup thingy on the website. People will have to create an account, like with wikipedia, and I’ll be looking for folks to sign up for a particular state’s data table. I might break it into one person for the state’s “house” and one for the state’s “senate”.

        (We have over 7000 statehouse legislators in the US, so that’s why I need to break it down somehow.)

  5. The Republican Party has plenty RED MEAT to work with ans stay on offense. Are they doing it? NO they are not. Get those Investigative Committee’s humming and keep them going. And going……that is how the Dems got to Nixon in the 70’s. It worked then it can work now. BUT will they do it or will more TEA PARTY member have to be elected fist. Get out of the Way Speaker Boehner.

    1. Good point. If they worked those hearings like they COULD work them, and if Boehner would get off his behind an appoint a special committee to study Benghazi, that would definitely be taking the offensive.

      But Issa’s investigations are moving at a pace that makes glaciers seem speedy by comparison. They might name the next Geologic Age after them.

  6. The GOP LOSERship isn’t about offense or defense. It’s about Mudfarming — pulling your crony supporters out of the muck that the Ocrats have created so they can get going ahead of the pack of slubs left stuck in the muck…

    Example, the LOSERship is just fine with Main Street stuck in O-Care, their crony big biz supporters are doing just fine, thank you… Now move along, can’t you see the gang is buzy here…

  7. ” It’s not easy, it comes with risks, and it won’t happen quickly enough
    to prevent some of the catastrophic results of the past four
    Presidencies.”
    Nothing worth doing is easy, we’ve been dealing with risks since before dear leader and we have to be strong enough to dig in for as long as it takes to git’er done.
    Well done K-Bob.

    1. Thanks! You’re right about that. We have been in risky territory for too long.

      As to the new site, I had some major wrasslin’ with the danged graphics this week, but I finally got them to behave. So we’re now adding a sort of “admin” panel so I can have folks add an account and begin updating the info.

      It will be a total work in progress for at least a year, before it settles down. But we can all start using the site to keep track of how it’s going, pretty soon now.

  8. Defense? Shoot. I thought Republicans were playing Simon Says. When Simon Obama says jump, they jump. They don’t want to be called racist now.

  9. Another problem we need to fix yesterday is voter fraud. I cannot believe that Mc-fall-off-the-cliff could win here in Virginia but even it Cuccinelli wins, the left is going to find more votes than voters.

    1. After witnessing Allen West’s debacle in St. Lucie County SOE office, we are looking at a lot more of the same in ’14. If we are going to network every state legislative district, we might as well add a plan for volunteer video cameras to document the ballot chain of custody, and that means making the local politicians, Sec of States and Supv of Elections aware that we are watching and won’t have doors shut in our faces during counts and recounts.

      I know it sounds unrelated to the amendment process, but if we are going to start taking action and holding people accountable, we’ve got to set the stage for our local action to bolster the proposed amendments.

      1. It’s definitely time to drop the “gentlemen’s agreement” between the parties with regard to election fraud charges. We do need video and people there when they count ballots. If the ballot counters don’t like it, tough.

  10. You have the “offense wing”-Cruz/Palin/West, and the defense wing- Rove/Boehner/McConnell/Romney/McCain.

    1. The GOPe ‘defensive wing’ would not be so bad if they truly defended right principles and policies, besides defending the ‘offensive wing’ of the party. But they rarely even do that beyond empty talk.

      The Rinos show every sign that they are our opponents. Consider King or McCain for instance.

  11. First we need to “weed” out all the traitors & the RINOS. Gosh! There won’t be hardly anyone left!

    1. 2014 is going to interesting. I hope we primary a ton of Republicans.

      I’ve vote on a random name from the phonebook before many of the Republicans.

      1. Here’s the dilemma. Do we pump up the Republican Party again? Or do we explore a third party? Historically, we get the shaft. We restore the party and are promptly derided as tea-party extremists.

  12. I wish they were playing defense right now rather than going on offense for the Democrats by pursuing amnesty.

  13. To quote General Grant: “I am damned tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do to us, it’s about time we start talking about what we’re going to do to them.”

    The “establishment” spends far too much time trying to get people to like them, and worrying about what they think of them. People who will trash them and blame them regardless of what happens. People who live their lives this way never amount to anything. “People pleasers” never prosper.

    They need to stop taking their play calling from the coaches on the other team. Stop letting the other team formulate their game plan, and stop letting them pick our starters.

    1. Good quote. It will be worth the effort, just to pry the establishment’s hands off of the levers of power. They need to be sent home.

      1. Unfortunately this is a very vocal minority. Very well monied. It will not be easy and probably impossible.

        Then too that is what everyone was saying in 1776.

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