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Decentralization Is The Answer; Article V of Our Constitution Is The Key

Readers who are familiar with my content at for-liberty-sake know that I am bullish on cultural reform in order to bring about political change. In many ways, this is the most important solution. After all, what better way to bring about political change, than for us to start with the person in the mirror, the people in our homes, and the people in our communities; aren’t these the people who lead, should lead, and will lead?

On the opposite end of the political activist spectrum, we face current demands that aren’t always obvious to where we are, and what we are doing as citizens. This means that while we are busy from day-to-day inspiring cultural change, a lot is taking place politically that we can’t see, approve of, or prevent. Therefore, it is imperative that we find a way to operate on both fronts. Sounds simple enough, but, how do we do that?

Nearly all of our worries, frustrations, and complaints as political activists revolve around the issue of centralization of governmental power in some way, shape, or form. Our biggest challenge is some how bridging the gap between where we are as citizens, and where our representatives are (in heart and mind) as distant benefactors and public trustees. To further complicate the issue, our representatives spend far more face time with the many special interest activists camped out on K-Street (locally) than they do with us (at a distance). So, the question remains, how do we get at least within earshot of those who we elect to act on our behalf and in our best interest?

The answer to this question is simple, but simple must not be confused with easy. The obvious and rightful remedy to the centralization of governmental power is to decentralize those powers. While being simple in theory, it is rather complex in application. If the majority of our issues as political activists stems from too many decisions and deals being made in Washington rather than our locality where we can influence the process; than we have to find a way to have more decisions made locally. What makes this complex, is the complexity of fallible human beings and issues of power. Simply put, it is nearly impossible to get those in power, to concede power.

“In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson
Our founders, when drafting the Constitution, went to great lengths to distribute powers between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; and among these three power structures would be systemic checks and balances that would serve to prevent the over-centralization of power. While not perfect, our founders did create within our Constitution ways in which both Congress and States could intervene if power had become too centralized in a given area.

Since most of the issues we face today revolve around too much power being centralized in Washington, by Congress, it isn’t practical for us to expect Congress to concede its power internally, so it makes sense for us to use our States as the vehicle for decentralizing Congressional power. Thankfully, our founders provided this avenue for us, through our States, in Article V of our Constitution.

Article V of our Constitution explains the way in which our Constitution can be amended. As I already stated, our Constitution can be amended one of two ways; the Congressional route, or the State route. Since we have already determined that we would like to amend our Constitution in a manner that brings some power back to the states, we would have to accomplish something that has never taken place in America before. As I said, the answer is simple, but by no means easy!

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sick Bob Schulz on 'em....

...he'll take it all the way to the Supreme Court, just like Mat Staver from Liberty Counsel, to hear we "have NO STANDING"...

Isn't America great!

Just believe!!!!

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Would you TRUST YOUR LIFE and

future to a Con-Con at this time in history. With ALL levels of Government, State, Local and Feds in control, would you truly like to take this chance.

If your answer is YES then you truly are a fool! Not just a FOOL but a F879in% fool!

Semper Fi!

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

Your Fears Can Be Alleviated...

Would you accept a BBA if it gauranteed to return power over spending back to the states, and all of your deepest held fears about doing so could be eliminated?

I was in the same position as you 2 weeks ago, and I studied the legalities surrounding CFA's BBA initiative, and I realized that my deepest fears were just that... fears.

Truth be told, these fears have been considered, dealt with, and drafted into the legislation in a manner that renders them warrantless.

Please review the legislation for yourself, ask Mr Dranias (Goldwater Institute) to explain why your fears are warrantless, and consider thinking outside the box on this one.

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
www.4libertysake.com

Jim -- one question

Would you fight with me to restore the Republic?

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Decentralization, yes,

Con-Con, No means No! Considering the ignorance perpetrated by the MSM Public Schools, and all the rest, (many of whom love what the UN is and everything it does) it would end freedom as we once knew it, and potentially make the Bill of Rights conditional. Sam Adams and others fought too hard to add the Bill of Rights to eliminate it. I do not want to live either under Media - blinded mobs in a democracy, or under the biased rule of the two-faced UN. It coddles dictators and tyrants, and supports gun confiscation for the rest of us.

But that man should play the tyrant over God, and find Him a better man than himself, is astonishing drama indeed!~~D. Sayers
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

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Agreed and Bump

Decentralization is the key. If we could repeal the 17th Amendment, we could make some progress towards that as the senate would have to rely on the goodwill of the state governments. I would prefer a decentralized monarchy to a centralized democracy, though of course, the best solution is a return to a decentralized Republic as was intended.

A Reboot is Coming

I don't think we need a Con-Con. I think we are headed for a re-boot. Someone here may get to be a "Re-founder" of America 2.0. I don't call for any action to bring this about, indeed I don't think we could do anything to stop systemic collapse at this point. It is going to happen, that is why I think we need have the conversation about how to organize society so that power can never again be over-centralized. If there is a way to do it, someone will try it, with attendant loss of freedom for the rest of us.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

What I don't understand...

I don't understand why many of us who claim to be proponents of the Constitution, are afraid, or are against using its provisions like our founders wanted us to. This is a huge flaw on our part.

The progressives amend the Constitution with the 17th amendment, and in the same year institute the federal reserve, but we just want to sit back and not use the Constitution, as we claim to be champions of it.

It doesn't make any sense.

Why not amend the Constitution as our founders wanted us to; in a manner that gives the power to spend back to the states, and in the process audit/end the fed?

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
www.4libertysake.com

Localism is what you describe...

I don't trust the current system with a Con-Con, but the Founders missed a few things, or the barriers they set up proved inadequate to the intended task of DECENTRALIZING POWER. In the end, it is going to come down to those who want to DECENTRALIZE POWER, and the control freaks who want to accumulate it. That is why I am a localist. See "Localism A Philosophy of Government" . If you have a Kindle, use this link to find it (since the DP gets a share of the $5.99 price). ..http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/localism-a-philosophy-of-government-achbani/1114141668?ean=2940015982688

If you have any other format ereader, the Barnes and Noble link is http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/localism-a-philosophy-of-gov...

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

I think you're on the right track

But the institutions of government are not the answer. Accepting that change must go through THEM acknowledges their right to trample any rights. First we must enact change through civil disobedience and nullification, then follow up with governmental reform.

Why Did our Founders Create This provision then???

I would encourage you to examine this issue and refer to the CFA resources @ www.compactforamerica.org.

Our founders gave us the article V process for a reason, and if not now... when?

I don't think its just by chance that amending the Constitution via the states has never been done. This has to do with the progressive power grab in 1913 with the 17th amendment. The 17th amendment to the voice of the states at the federal table away, and a BBA is a first step at taking some of that power back. This all works hand in hand with our ultimate goal of auditing/ending the Fed.

It doesn't have to be either or... in my opinion, it has to be both!

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
www.4libertysake.com

Beware of article V

If 3/5 of states submit a request for a constitutional convention, then Congress must call the said convention. However, the states are not entitled to limit what can be sought at the convention. Therefore once a constitutional convention is convened, there is no limit as to what can be addressed or changed.

In other words, a call for a constitutional convention is a VERY risky move.

The founders would be ashamed at us for what we are putting up with.

The State Legislation Makes This Impossible

The CFA BBA initiative makes this scenario impossible by inserting in the state/congressional legislation provisions that say only a BBA will be considered.

Please refer to http://www.compactforamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/CFA-Eagl...

Your concerns are the same that have been presented by JBS/Eagle Forum, and CFA has alleviated these concerns by imbedding provisions into the actual legislation.

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
www.4libertysake.com

Agreed.

Until things are past the point of no return, I do NOT support concon. Even then, I hold the strongest reservation.

Josie The Outlaw http://www.josietheoutlaw.com/

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Why Wait???

I believe we don't have to wait, and all of our concerns do not have to prevent us from moving forward. CFA wants to hear your concerns, and do all that we can to draft legislation that attends to those concerns. Compact For America isn't a private organization acting on behalf of its own initiative... this really is a compact FOR AMERICA, and we want everyone to be a part of its process. After all, it has never been done before, and it will require your/many peoples support.

Daniel Fortune

I know not course others may take, but as for me, give me Liberty, or give me Death! ~Patrick Henry
www.4libertysake.com