Q & A
What is this?
This is a petition to propose four amendment to the U.S. Constitution at a convention of states under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution in accordance with the ongoing convention of states initiative which has currently been passed in 14 states.
How does a convention of states work?
Why not just write amendments that declare abortion, pornography, redefining marriage and restrictions on faith as unconstitutional?
The current convention of states initiative which has been passed by 14 states is being called to propose 3 very specific categories of amendments: 1) balanced budget amendments, 2) term limit amendments and 3) amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Any proposed amendment that does not fall under one of these three very specific categories will not be considered at the convention that is currently being called. All four of our proposed amendments are carefully worded to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. This will return control of these four subjects to the states where they belong.
Why do these amendments “spell everything out” and include definitions of simple concepts?
If the study of 20th century legal history teaches us anything it is that activist judges will not hesitate to make up definitions and find new meanings for any law that does not clearly define all concepts that it encompasses. It is also well known that those same activist judges will not hesitate to take from the states any power that is not clearly given in no uncertain terms. It is for these reasons that our amendments are carefully worded to 1) define all concepts addressed, 2) clearly limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government in the matter addressed and 3) clearly define the role of the states in the matter addressed.
Aren’t these amendments “too long” in comparison with previous amendments?
No. The 14th and 25th Amendments are each 5 paragraphs long. The 20th Amendment is 6 paragraphs long. To be clear: the 14th, 20th and 25th Amendments are each individually as long as all four of the amendments proposed here combined. Constitutional Amendments are as long as they need to be in order to define the subject, roles of government and rights of the people.
Is this partisan politics?
No. When you take action on this website to request that these amendments be taken up at the convention of states, your request will go to your elected state representatives and governor – regardless of their party affiliation.
Are these amendments radical, un-American or un-constitutional?
No. Until the Supreme Court ruling of 1962, prayer was a daily occurrence in schools. In the 1853 edition of the “McGuffey’s Eclectic Fourth Reader” more than ten whole chapters from the Bible were published without comment. Even today, every session of the House and Senate begins with prayer. The 1st amendment prohibition against congress establishing a religion was never meant to curtail religion in public life as is evidenced by the second line which further prevents “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It was meant to stop an institution similar to the “Church of England” from being established in America. It was certainly not meant to establish atheism as the state religion. Until the 1957 Supreme Court ruling, any material that tended to “deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influences” was deemed obscene and could be banned on that basis. Until the ruling in 1973 abortion was illegal in 30 states and only legal under certain circumstances in 20. Until 1967 it was completely illegal in ALL states. And last but certainly not least, as all are aware, marriage has had but one definition throughout all of history…until 2015.
To correct our nations immoral course is not radical – it is Biblical. There is nothing un-American about promoting the same concepts of human decency and truth that were the standard for nearly 200 years of history. These four radical rulings by unelected judges are nowhere in the constitution, nor were they approved by legislation or a democratic vote. If anything is “un-constitutional” and “un-American” – that certainly is.
Why do we need to sign a petition if our state has already passed legislation calling for a Convention of States? Without this petition there is a good chance that delegates to the convention will feel that they should avoid “controversial” topics. The truth is that a convention of states is precisely the place where the most controversial of topics should be discussed: in an open, democratic manner with all proposals being voted upon by the states – not by nine judges deciding for all of us.
Why are you asking for donations on your webpage? When you click the “Take Action” button it opens an online database application called Voter Voice which will match your address with your elected representatives and governor. Voter Voice is a powerful tool for lobbying our elected representatives, but it is also expensive. Our cost to have Voter Voice on our website is $3000 per year for one state and $9000 for a nationwide campaign. All donations are via the secure “Easy Tithe” application and are used to fund our Voter Voice campaigns.
Why were two lines removed from the fourth amendment that is being proposed here? The deleted sentences used operative language that may have been construed to be providing regulatory authority over the subject that does not currently exist – nor should it. This may have been ruled as out of order at the convention that is being called. None of the other amendments proposed here provide authority that does not currently exist – they merely clarify that these amendments are restricting the federal government and not the states.