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Mark Levin: States Should Call Convention to Propose Amending Constitution


Mark Levin, the nationally syndicated radio host who served as chief of staff in the Justice Department during the Reagan Administration, argues in his new book—The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic—that state legislatures should use the authority granted them in the Constitution to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution.

“It is the only way out,” Levin said in an interview on CNSNews.com’s Online With Terry Jeffrey. “The federal government, Congress, the Supreme Court, the president, the bureaucracy, they are not going to reform themselves, they are not going to limit their activities. Only we can--through our state representatives from the bottom up.”

Levin’s proposal is based on Article 5 of the Constitution, which says constitutional amendments may be proposed in two ways—either by two-thirds majorities in both houses of Congress or by a convention called by two-thirds of the state legislatures. Whichever way an amendment is proposed, however, it cannot become part of the Constitution unless it is ratified by three-quarters of the states.


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House Republicans Collaborate With Left-Wing

Interests Against Conservatives

 By: Erick Erickson,  Red State,  March 25, 2014

 . . . John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and twenty-five other members of Congress are flying to Amelia Island to collaborate with a group dedicated to defeating conservatives in Congress.

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The Mainstreet Partnership  . . .want[s] to, in the words of their backers, “bolster our incumbents who are under attack from the far right, and ensure that we hold on to seats represented by pragmatic Republicans that we would otherwise loose if there was an ultra-conservative in the general runoff.”

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Steve LaTourette, a liberal Republican former Congressman from Ohio, is the face in front of the group.

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The group claims to be conservative and to support Republicans, but it is funded by the left. LaTourette himself has a long history of attacking conservatives and trying to defeat conservatives.

 (Excerpts:  Read more at RedState.com)

The San Angelo Tea Party is a victim of the “obviously deliberate and targeted abuse, harassment and attempted suppression”1 by the IRS along with other conservative, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-Israel and Christian groups that are opposed to the Obama agenda.

The IRS has violated Free Speech Rights (1st Amendment), Equal Protection Rights (14th Amendment) and Privacy Rights (4th Amendment) in response to applications by these groups for classification as non-profit tax exempt organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code.

Our application was submitted to the IRS in March of 2010 along with the $400 fee.   We received a letter in response from the IRS dated January 12, 2012 asking for more information before they could “complete consideration” of our application.  Click here  to read the burdensome, aggressive and invasive IRS letter.   Please note the following:

1.  We were only given about two weeks after receipt of the letter to provide a response or the IRS “will close your case.” And if the information is received after the due date, “we may ask you to send us a new application.”  This is after the IRS taking about 21 months to respond to our application.  

2.  Note that all the information provided will be made available for public inspection (including the personal information demanded.)

The San Angelo Tea Party was indirectly denied tax-exempt status, even though qualified, by the IRS requiring information so onerous, laborious and invasive that it was difficult to impossible to provide.  The tea party did not continue to pursue the application for these reasons.   

1Words of Peggy Noonan, This is No Ordinary Scandal, The Wall Street Journal, May 18-19, 2013

Did Michigan Just Trigger 'Constitutional

Convention'*? Bid Gains Steam

by Barnini Chakraborty. Fox News , 4/2/14

Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes.

At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention*," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though, devised an alternative way which says if two-thirds of state legislatures demand a meeting, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.”

“Based on several reports and opinions, Michigan might be the 34th state to issue such a call and therefore presents the constitutionally-required number of states to begin the process of achieving a balanced budget amendment,” Hunter wrote.

(Excerpts:  Read more at foxnews.com)

* Should be “Convention of States”, not Constitutional Convention

By Terence P. Jeffrey 8/12/13, CNS News

(Excerpts:  Read more at CNSNews.com)

Next Meeting, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:30 PM

West Texas Training Center (Howard College)

3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo 76905


Speaker:  Susan Valliant,  District 94 Captain for the

                                                      Convention of States Project

The Convention of States Project gives Americans a realistic, legal, effective solution to the problems that threaten our nation.  For the first time in a long time, Americans can do something about the spending and debt crisis, the crushing regulatory system, and the centralization of power.

Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows the states to call a Convention of States to propose constitutional amendments.  These amendments could limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and force Congress to be fiscally responsible.  Our mission is to urge and empower state legislators to call such a convention.

End Clinton-era Military Base Gun Ban

The Washington Times, Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Among President Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases. In March 1993, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. For the most part, only military police regularly carry firearms on base, and their presence is stretched thin by high demand for MPs in war zones.

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Because of Mr. Clinton, terrorists would face more return fire if they attacked a Texas Wal-Mart than the gunman faced at Fort Hood, home of the heavily armed and feared 1st Cavalry Division. That’s why a civilian policewoman from off base was the one whose marksmanship ended Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s rampage.

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The problem is that law-abiding good citizens, not criminals, are the ones who obey those laws. Bans end up disarming potential victims and not criminals. Rather than making places safe for victims, we unintentionally make them safe for the criminal - or in this case, the terrorist.

(Excerpts Read more at The Washington Times)

San Angelo Municipal Election

Early Voting: April 28 – May 6

Election Day: May 10


Candidates running for City Council:

George Will: A Recourse to Budgetary Inaction

By George Will, San Angelo Standard Times, 4/10/14

From the Goldwater Institute ...comes an innovative idea. It would use the Constitution's Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution's framers thought their document guaranteed.

The Compact for America is the innovation of the Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias, who proposes a constitutional convention carefully called under Article V to enact a balanced-budget amendment written precisely enough to preclude evasion by the political class.

Congress, which relishes deficit spending, would not, unilaterally and unpressured, send this amendment to the states for ratification. Hence the Goldwater Institute's recourse to Article V. It provides, in the same sentence, two amendment procedures, one of which has never been used, the calling of a convention by two-thirds of the state legislatures.

(Excerpt Read more at gosangelo.com)