Posts Tagged “Constitution”

On its historic anniversary, watch the first-ever Simulated Convention of States in 30-minute segments organized by topic

On its historic anniversary, watch the first-ever Simulated Convention of States in 30-minute segments organized by topic

On this weekend last year delegates from all fifty states gathered for the first-ever Simulated Convention of States. To honor this historic anniversary, we’ve divided the six-hour live stream into twelve 30-minute segments and organized them by topic. Enjoy! Part I: Committee Chair Reports In this segment, committee chairs give their reports from the previous…

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Don’t Let the Media Make You Feel Dumb about the Constitution

Don’t Let the Media Make You Feel Dumb about the Constitution

You’ve seen the “man on the street” interview designed to make Americans look like absolute idiots?  In that same vein, a new poll was released that makes it seem like everyday citizens know very little about the Constitution.  The survey found 37% of Americans couldn’t name any specific right guaranteed in the First Amendment. Here are three…

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What the feds can learn from a Texas v. California comparison

What the feds can learn from a Texas v. California comparison

A former California state Assembly member wrote a fascinating op-ed today comparing the ability of Texas and California to fight poverty. Despite California’s generous welfare state, Texas’ poverty rates are actually much lower. The reason? Less government interference. Chuck DeVore explains: California’s poverty rate is 20.4 percent and the Texas rate is only 14.7 percent,…

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Civil asset forfeiture nightmare: Man loses truck over five rounds of ammunition

Civil asset forfeiture nightmare: Man loses truck over five rounds of ammunition

Two years ago, Gerardo Serano – an American citizen, Kentucky farmer and a one-time GOP Kentucky statehouse candidate – was driving his brand new, $60,000 Ford F-250 pick-up truck to visit relatives in Mexico, snapping pictures along the way, when Customs and Border Patrol agents halted him at the border, demanded his cell phone, and…

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Report: Cutting $2.3 Trillion of Government Waste Would Balance Budget in 3 Years

Report: Cutting $2.3 Trillion of Government Waste Would Balance Budget in 3 Years

Opponents of a balanced budget amendment and other spending reforms argue that forcing the feds to be fiscally responsible would hurt the American economy. The feds need to run a deficit, they argue, because the nation’s expenditures will always increase faster than tax hikes. But a new report from a government waste watchdog has called…

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Constitution Day Allies: How a Democrat and a Republican came together around our nation’s founding document

Constitution Day Allies: How a Democrat and a Republican came together around our nation’s founding document

This article was co-authored by Republican Ohio state Rep. Christina Hagan and Democratic Ohio state Rep. Bill Patmon. It was originally published on TownHall.com. Have you noticed that people just don’t seem to like each other very much these days? However, we’re two representatives with many significant differences.  One of us is black, the other is…

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Milton Friedman: there’s only one solution to the nation’s fiscal situation

Milton Friedman: there’s only one solution to the nation’s fiscal situation

The Convention of States (COS) Project was founded by Citizens for Self-Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government. We believe Washington, D.C., is broken and will not fix itself. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the…

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The year is 2033, Obama has been president for 24 years…

The year is 2033, Obama has been president for 24 years…

The following is a great letter to the editor written by COS supporter Tim Means and published in the Maui News. President Obama was only 48 years old when he took office in 2009. If there were no term limits and his popularity (or manipulation of the vote) was maintained, he could have easily served six…

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The Constitution is a ‘Parchment Barrier’ to Tyranny — but Only If We Use It

The Constitution is a ‘Parchment Barrier’ to Tyranny — but Only If We Use It

Constitution Day was Sunday, the 17th — the day we honor and remember the “formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.”  To commemorate the day, I wrote this piece in The Hill, which explains one concrete…

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Hillary Clinton fearmongers about a Convention of States, Mark Levin takes her DOWN

Hillary Clinton fearmongers about a Convention of States, Mark Levin takes her DOWN

You know you’re doing something right when Hillary Clinton thinks it’s a bad idea. Clinton’s bounce-back book tour following her stunning loss to Donald Trump has her sounding off on all sorts of political strategies. In her latest hot take, she sounds the alarm about “the right’s” secret plan to “rewrite” the Constitution via a…

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Report: A dozen top federal agencies have gone without oversight for years

Report: A dozen top federal agencies have gone without oversight for years

A dozen top federal departments and agencies have gone without Inspectors General (IG) — the government’s front line of defense against waste and fraud — for more than two years on average, including the Department of Interior, which has been without a permanent watchdog for 8.5 years, according to data compiled by the Project on…

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Tom Coburn: “If you want to just complain, don’t learn about a Convention of States”

Tom Coburn: “If you want to just complain, don’t learn about a Convention of States”

The Convention of States (COS) Project was founded by Citizens for Self-Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government. We believe Washington, D.C., is broken and will not fix itself. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the…

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Coburn: Rein in DC Spending, Reach With States Convention

Coburn: Rein in DC Spending, Reach With States Convention

Former Republican Sen. Tom Coburn told Newsmax TV a Convention of the States is necessary to bring back balance to America with the federal government’s reach and spending out of control. Coburn, who represented Oklahoma in the Senate from 2005-2015 and served in the House from 1995-2001, appeared on “The Howie Carr Show” and said the odds…

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Convention of States New York recruits supporters at Richmond County Fair

Convention of States New York recruits supporters at Richmond County Fair

The Convention of States (COS) Project was founded by Citizens for Self-Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government. We believe Washington, D.C., is broken and will not fix itself. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the…

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Conservatives rebuke government’s unrestrained federal spending, liken it to ‘fiscal insanity’

Conservatives rebuke government’s unrestrained federal spending, liken it to ‘fiscal insanity’

Last week, President Donald Trump undercut GOP congressional leaders by working with Democratic leaders.  LifeZette News asked me to comment on the “idea of raising the nation’s borrowing limit…” As you can imagine, I was not too pleased with this plan: “I would love to be able to do that with my credit cards as well,” quipped Mark Meckler, a…

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HISTORIC MILESTONE: National debt tops $20 trillion

HISTORIC MILESTONE: National debt tops $20 trillion

The United States has reached an historic milestone. For the first time in our great nation’s history, the national debt has topped $20 trillion.  With a stroke of a pen, President Trump temporarily raised the debt ceiling this week, allowing the treasury department to continue borrowing money and instantly adding $318 billion to the national debt….

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Good government can fit inside our pockets

Good government can fit inside our pockets

We have a great Constitution, and next Sunday, Sept. 17, we celebrate its 230th anniversary on “Constitution Day.” But which Constitution will we celebrate? Among the ingenious features of our national government’s operating manual are its separation and limitation of powers and its built-in checks and balances. But one often-overlooked virtue of our Constitution is…

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Meckler: GOP establishment undercut Trump on budget dealing

Meckler: GOP establishment undercut Trump on budget dealing

Mark Meckler appeared on Fox Business recently to discuss the latest budget deals and why he thinks the Republican establishment has been so willing to undercut Trump’s agenda. A Convention of States can force our politicians to do what they’ve never done before: work together for the good of the American people. By proposing amendments…

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The best WORST arguments against a Convention of States

The best WORST arguments against a Convention of States

The Convention of States (COS) Project was founded by Citizens for Self-Governance for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government. We believe Washington, D.C., is broken and will not fix itself. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the…

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IRS Director Lois Lerner WILL NOT be prosecuted, Sessions slammed for “miscarriage of justice”

IRS Director Lois Lerner WILL NOT be prosecuted, Sessions slammed for “miscarriage of justice”

Two prominent House Republicans criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for declining to reopen a criminal investigation into charges that former IRS Director Lois Lerner violated several federal laws by targeting conservative groups and lying to Congress during its three-year probe. House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R., Texas) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R.,…

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