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Convention of States Update & Information

COS.jpgAZ Happenings: On November 20, AZ COS’s Coalitions Director, Dustin Romney, spoke and debated the merits of an Article V convention with Nick Dranias and Senator Andy Biggs at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites. Dranias emphasized that we must limit the power of the Feds to borrow money or we will face financial ruin right now, and that the threat posed by our current run-away Fed is much worse than the risk of a COS. Romney pointed out that Congress and the administrative branch do follow the Constitution, but they follow the Supreme Court's interpretation of it. A Convention of States would clarify the wording of the general welfare clause, the commerce clause and other aspects of the Constitution. Biggs maintained that the answer is to elect more conservative people to office and that amending the Constitution will not make the Feds change their ways.

The standing room only crowd supported the Article V speakers that also included a few skeptics. The final question of the evening was asked of Senator Biggs: when the resolution comes to the Senate floor in the 2015 session, would he allow it. Here’s a link to WesternFreePress.com and the video.

http://www.westernfreepress.com/2014/11/21/andy-biggs-nick-dranias-and-dustin-romney-debate-article-five-amendments-convention/  (Note: I apologize for the meeting announcement confusion)

Also in November, the COS captains and leaders met for their regular meeting to discuss a number of topics including 

AZ Happenings: On November 20, AZ COS’s Coalitions Director, Dustin Romney, spoke and debated the merits of an Article V convention with Nick Dranias and Senator Andy Biggs at the Scottsdale Chaparral Suites. Dranias emphasized that we must limit the power of the Feds to borrow money or we will face financial ruin right now, and that the threat posed by our current run-away Fed is much worse than the risk of a COS. Romney pointed out that Congress and the administrative branch do follow the Constitution, but they follow the Supreme Court's interpretation of it. A Convention of States would clarify the wording of the general welfare clause, the commerce clause and other aspects of the Constitution. Biggs maintained that the answer is to elect more conservative people to office and that amending the Constitution will not make the Feds change their ways.

 

The standing room only crowd supported the Article V speakers that also included a few skeptics. The final question of the evening was asked of Senator Biggs: when the resolution comes to the Senate floor in the 2015 session, would he allow it. Here’s a link to WesternFreePress.com and the video.

http://www.westernfreepress.com/2014/11/21/andy-biggs-nick-dranias-and-dustin-romney-debate-article-five-amendments-convention/  (Note: I apologize for the meeting announcement confusion)

Also in November, the COS captains and leaders met for their regular meeting to discuss a number of topics including a report on Senator Biggs’ Nov. 13 debate (see below), the strategy for the balance of ’14 (see below), the Assembly of State Legislators (see below), and the new Arizona Jefferson Statement (see below).

If you were wondering: Over 2900 Arizonians have contacted the AZ COS Project’s website and we have over 2600 available to begin blasting our state legislators when the session begins in January. This includes you in our ‘Shout Out! Stand Up! And Show Up!’ Arizona army.

AZ National: Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance and parent of the COS Project talked about the convention process in a live setting earlier this month. If you missed this very informative talk here’s a link: http://www.conventionofstates.com/mark_meckler_live_stream_event

The rock band, Madison Rising has endorsed the COS Project. Their music is rising in the charts and includes new arrangements of our standard patriotic songs.

Current Status of COS nationally: Forty-four states have grassroots activity. The COS Facebook page has over 190,000 Likes. Two states, New Jersey and Virginia, currently have applications on file in their state legislatures. Many states including Arizona are actively pursuing their applications. Alaska, Florida, and Georgia have all passed the application. Over 36,000 folks have signed the COS petition to their legislators seeking the Application.

Across the country national organizations and prominent citizens are endorsing the COS Project and they include: Amac—Association of Mature American Citizens, US Term Limits, Colonel Allen West, Mike Huckabee, Senator Tom Coburn, Glen Beck, Senator Ron Johnson, Governor Bobby Jindal, among others.

On September 11, 2014, a number of prominent legal scholars and national leaders debated the objectivity and safety of Article V’s convention of states process. It resulted in the Jefferson Statement and their committed signatures. http://www.conventionofstates.com/the_jefferson_statement  Look for the Arizona Jefferson Statement in the near future.

Michael Farris Live: December 16, 2014 from 7 to 8 (AZ time). The COS leader will speak to the why, how, and when, the convention will begin the healing of America. Go here to RSVP: http://www.conventionofstates.com/live_with_mike_farris?utm_campaign=decvolcc_inv1_v&utm_medium=email&utm_source=conventionofstates 

Petition: If you haven’t signed the COS petition please go online and add your signature. Linda Brickman will be delivering a hard copy to each legislator on January 12, the opening day of the 2015 Legislative Session. We hope their mouths drop when they see the stacks. What an impact.

From the Arizona COS folks, we wish a Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your families.

The Danbury Letter: Did you know that "Separation of church and state" (sometimes "wall of separation between church and state") was a phrase first used by Thomas Jefferson in his private letter to the Danbury Baptist association in 1802?  The phrase was used to express an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  Even though the phrase is nowhere to be found in the Constitution, it has been repeatedly used by the Supreme Court and lower Federal Courts as though it had been!

Why is this so important?  Jefferson wanted to issue a “condemnation of the alliance between church and state.”  Even though Jefferson was a religious man, he was shamelessly distorted during the election of 1800, by the Federalists as an atheist; so, he paraphrased from his Statute Establishing Religious Freedom with “the legitimate powers of government extend to…acts only” when he used the Danbury address as the best way to broadcast his views on the subject by “saying why I do not proclaim fastings & thanksgivings, as my predecessors did.”

Today, the Federal government and Courts still uses Jefferson’s Separation of church and state by abusing their powers through their own interpretation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Governor Bobby Jindal said it best: “The federal government has clearly grown far beyond the size and scope that the Founders ever envisioned...  Luckily, the Founders gave us a mechanism to reform a runaway federal government in Article V of the Constitution.”

In AZ, we have continued the fight to rein in our runaway government by keeping our message strong to our legislators, that our federal government does not act alone, but through the powers given to the separate states.

Have a blessed holiday and a united Thanksgiving with all. Linda Brickman.

COS Sponsor: Rep. Kelly Townsend (R-LD 16) is planning on attending the Assembly of State Legislators in Washington DC in early December. This will be the ASL’s third meeting since the first one on Dec 7, 2013 in Mount Vernon. The group of about 100 legislators representing over 30 states meet to discuss the rules, agenda, and organization for the coming Article V convention.

Arizona Captains: You should get to know your local district leaders and ask them how you can make a difference. We’ll begin a series introducing them to you in the upcoming months. They are listed here and you should contact them as they are working for you and your children’s future. If your district doesn’t have a name listed, it’s because the position is vacant and we need someone to step up. If you’re unsure of your district, go to azleg.gov, click on Legislative Maps, enter your address, and click on Find.

District 1: Duane Scott: duanescott@odscott.com

District 2: David Woodburn: woodburn.d@gmail.com

District 3: Open

District 4: Paul Jackson: ragincajun@aol.com

District 5: Open

District 6: Dawn Brunson: dawn.brunsonc21@gmail.com

District 7: Open

District 8: JB Files: mail@jbfiles.com

District 9, 10, & 11: Open

District 12: Tom Eidukonis: t.eidukonis@gmail.com

District 13: Chuck David: cdavid.cosaz@gmail.com

District 14: Bruce Piepho: bpiepho@cox.net

District 15: Open

District 16: Gary Zimmermann: gzimmermann@hotmail.com

District 17: Schuyler McCorkle: csmccorkle@mac.com

District 18: Joseph Crary: jccrary@alumni.azsummitlaw.edu

District 19: Cherie Scott: cherie@gmail.com

District 20: Open

District 21: Mike Kapic: mikekapic@gmail.com

District 22: Everett Pincolini: epincolini@gmail.com

District 23: Tom Sinyard: sinyard@msm.com

District 24: David Buskirk: dmbuskirk@gmail.com

District 25: Pat McAuliffe: desperado1947@cox.net

District 26, 27: Open

District 28: Hal Engle: hal@nmengle.com

District 29: Open

District 30: Nathan Johnson: njohnsonfamily@gmail.com

COS Strategy: As we head toward the year end, captains are asking you to help us soften the House legislators with emails that remind them of COS. Be sure to put something like “Support the COS” in the subject line. A message in the text body might read: Congratulations on your return to the AZ Legislation. We look forward to working with you on the COS Resolution in January. You'll recall that this legislation is our only way for 'we the people' to return the power and jurisdiction from overreach back to the states. Please help us by supporting the Convention of States Project Resolution.

Respectfully,

your name

Report: Article V Debate State House Thursday 13 Nov 2014: by Schuyler McCorkle.

Article V Debate (Having a Convention vs Not having a Convention)

- Summary: The debate was held in the House Hearing Room 1 at the State Capital.

Those for Article V : Shane Krauser and Nick Dranias

- Those against Article V: Jeff Lewis and Richard Fry from Patriot Coalition.

- There were approximately 50 people in the audience including a few state legislators.

- The debate was approximately 2 hours in duration starting with opening statements

followed by a series of questions and answers which were posed by one side to the

other side. Each side was given time for a rebuttal to the others answers. This

session of Q and A lasted for approximately 1 hour. The audience was allowed to ask

questions during the last hour of the debate and both sides were allowed to answer

with no rebuttals. The debate finished with closing statements by each side.

General arguments for an Article V

• Congress, government, and Supreme Court are out of control

• Article V was given to us by founding fathers to reign in abuses of government

• Compact process provides for a faster and more efficient means to hold a

Convention of States without risking a runaway convention.

• If we don’t use it when we can win we can be sure the anti-constitutionalist will use

it when they can win.

• Current Congress will not implement Article V to reign themselves in.

• Article V is how we fight to redefine the constitution to original intent.

• Article V is meant for States to control the Convention process

• We want Article V to narrow the broad expanse of issues like commerce clause,

and general clause.

• How do we amend constitution other than an Article V if we need to change it.

• Article V is the method the states have to reign in Federal Government.

General arguments against Article V

- Why will public servants who haven’t followed the Constitution to this point follow any

changes made by Article V.

- The problem is not a runaway government it is the people who are not holding the

representatives accountable.

- Article V is the wrong solution to the wrong problem.

- Article V was never meant to constrain government but to correct errors over time.

- Doesn’t matter how many amendments we hand Congress they still won’t follow it.

- Need to stop sending garbage to Washington in order to control the Federal

Government.

- States are not standing up now to the federal government because they continue to

take Federal funds.

- Progressives working with those calling for Article V the same as when 16th and 17th

amendments were passed. Do we want this?

Interview: We are excited to introduce our new State Director, Mike Kapic... We sat down with Mike to ask him a few questions about his background and where COS is headed.

1) Tell us a little about your background.

I’m retired from 40 plus years in engineering and manufacturing with the last 25 years managing production facilities across the country. I started work on the factory floor and graduated from Auburn University in Alabama at age 35. Over my career, job titles ranged from grunt to GM and CEO. My wife, Joanne, and I will have been married 50 years next June. We have three children, two grandchildren, and a great grandson. 

2) Why did you decide to become involved with the Convention of States?

I’ve always been interested in national politics, but like most everyone else, life, raising a family and making a career consumed most if not all of my time. After retiring I found new avocations in writing and painting and dipped my toe into activists groups without much success. They didn’t seem to be accomplishing anything. In late 2013 I watched Mark Meckler on TV describing the COS and how we can make a change. I told Joanne that I had to join this group and immediately signed up as a volunteer and district captain. 

3) What impact, if any, do the recent mid-term elections have on the COS Project?

I’ve seen a lot of change over the last fifty years, most of it from a progressive point of view with a left-ward slide led by both parties. Fifty years ago I remember trusting in government to do the right thing and only disagreeing with politicians or parties. That’s changed. The mid-terms were a wakeup call to politicians in both parties. We know that by themselves DC can’t or won’t fix the problem. Only the American people can make that happen. As 1776 was a poignant moment in our history, I believe we’re about to see an historical change almost as significant. The mid-terms have signaled that the COS effort has a breeze at its back and, if we take advantage of it, another epic moment could happen.  

4) How can we ensure that a COS bill passes the state legislature in 2015?

There are no guarantees in life. However, as our Project leaders, Mark Meckler and Michael Farris have rightly emphasized, it’s the grassroots army who the politicians listen too. Sam Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” It’s entirely up to us—nobody else is going to fix it. If we lose the country, it’s our fault.

5) What do we as volunteers and citizens need to do once Arizona passes a COS bill? Is it time to declare victory?

We can raise a beer or glass of wine to a hard fought battle, but in fact the process is just beginning. Opening the convention doors is just the first step. The Arizona grassroots organization will be called upon to help other states pass their applications. Then we’ll be called to support the convention and finally the ratification process. The time line will be several years or more.

6) Who inspires you and why?

There’s not one but many who come to mind. Outside of my parents, mostly the great leaders and innovators, people who stuck their necks out, regardless of obstacles, and showed guts and a willingness to risk everything to do what was right. Of course Washington and Lincoln. But also other great people, for example, Reagan, Vanderbilt, James Hill, Churchill, Ford, Edison, Jobs, Mother Theresa, who practiced some or all of the virtues of humility, courage, prudence, integrity, charity, and gratitude.    

AZ COS Leadership & Contact Info

State Director

Mike Kapic

mikekapic@gmail.com

775-846-4948

Legislative Liaison

Linda Brickman

luvbug1611@cox.net

602-330-9422

Coalitions Director

Dustin Romney

ddromney@gmail.com

480-352-5256

Share this Arizona COS Newsletter with others. If you’ve not signed up on the website, please go there now and officially sign up to be a card carrying volunteer for the Convention of States Project. Your thoughts and comments are welcome.

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"The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

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Tom Eidukonis

t.eidukonis@gmail.com

949-230-1710

 

Mike Kapic

mikekapic@gmail.com

775-846-4948

 

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