For over 100 years the progressives to include socialists and even communists have worked tirelessly to grow and change our kind of government at all levels within our nation, be it local, state or at federal levels; it’s everywhere!

Progressives come in all stripes with an unquenchable thirst to control other people. People with an expressed desire to rule over others and fleece them of their hard earned money and property while they are busy destroying the republic. For example the graphic below shows a Presidential ticket during 1912, where Eugene Debs ran for president of the United States, but Woodrow Wilson a Democrat (Progressive) won. But today there is a foundation named after Eugene Debs; the Socialists never stop trying to change or destroy our nation as founded.

Socialist Party Ticket

More than ever before the people of our great nation realize what has occurred and “Woke”, especially on the national realm, because it so visible and especially what it has done to them as citizens. Our republic is a shell of its former self as it was first founded; a republic that is dying by the yards!

Though we turned over the House and Senate several years back to what we believed would stop the visibly increased pace the Democrats took under Obama, the Republicans didn’t stop the onslaught against our republic as well even though the House held the purse strings to defund; in fact, in many respects, republicans stood by and even hastened our near demise. However, all of what we have witnessed over the last 8 years provided a catalyst that set us on a course correction.

Years ago on a particularly dark night while I was sitting on my porch listening to the Mark Levin Show, Levin took a call from an individual by the name of David Long, State Senator of Indiana. The purpose of Senator Long’s call was about forming an Article V Convention of States but was unsure about how to go about it, this was news to Levin. I perked up my ears over what I just heard and what I decided to do was try to find something, anything that might be helpful to his office on how to hold a Convention of States and I finally did. Only it was found at the University of Toronto – Robarts Library—not the Library of Congress. It is entitled:

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS
THEIR NATURE, POWERS, AND LIMITATIONS
BY ROGER SHERMAN HOAR, A.B., LL.B.
Published 1917

I sent the pdf file via an email attachment to Senator Long’s office and followed up with his office later by personal email some time later.

Email to Senator Long

Around a couple of years later I saw the text again somewhere else on the internet, seems someone copied the pages and put them up for all to read.

As time progressed Senator Long and a couple of others met at Mount Vernon sometime later to talk about the pathway forward for such a large task to pull off. A few more months went by after that and even more met at Mount Vernon and the ball game was on with many state legislature politicians meeting on their own time to find out more. Later, Senator Long’s office passed the torch elsewhere for others to take up the mantle of moving forward and building steam towards the ultimate goal of an Article V Convention of States.

I don’t know what part I may have played in helping out years ago, but that’s not that important in the scheme of things, what is important is the way ahead to a Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides the pathway to Amending the Constitution—

Article V of the U.S. Constitution

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.

An organization has sprung up since those early days when Senator Long and his office got the ball rolling. A website is online today where you can find out more information and join those who are working tirelessly to convince people and state legislatures to get behind a Convention of States; they can use your help. As of today there are 12 states that have passed legislation for an Article V Convention of States while other state legislatures consider doing the same.

If there is one Amendment that I can just about bet on, if there is a Convention of States, is the repeal of the 17th Amendment. This is Amendment was pushed by progressives and the states ratified it on April 8, 1913 giving up the direct appointment of Senators from their own state legislatures, which the framers most assuredly didn’t intend for them to do, damaging federalism and the protection of state’s interests. In a letter from Roger Sherman to John Adams in July 17871, Sherman emphasized that Senators, being eligible by the legislatures of the several states and dependent upon them for reelection, will be vigilant in supporting their rights against infringement by the legislative or executive of the United States.

Review Article I Section 3, Clause 1 as it was originally intended when the U.S. Constitution was written, before the 17th Amendment changed it.

Article I Section 3, Clause 1- The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof for six years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.

State legislatures that are elected by the people within a state have the best combined voice and interests of the people in mind by appointing State Senators to congress. If the states would understand this more clearly, I believe they would sprint not walk to pass an Article V Convention of States through their own state legislatures based solely on the opportunity of repealing the 17th Amendment; imagine returning directly back to appointed Senators as the Constitution was originally set, repairing federalism! By repairing our republic this would go far to straightening out and reducing the size of the federal leviathan we have today; returning the federal government to the limited form as it was originally intended.

The only true way back for America today is an Article V Convention of States. Our states are in the best position to straighten out many issues we face today in the nation. To include pulling back an out of control 100 plus year march of a progressive federal government began by past U.S. Presidents, congresses and other ideologues down to its intended manageable limited form.

1The Heritage Guide To the U.S. Constitution”, page 414

Phil Davis served in the USAF from 1973-1993 and most of it was working in Command and Control at Strategic Air Command (SAC) and United States Air Forces Europe USAFE, while his two best assignments was working at HQ 8AF Command Center from 1984-1989 at Barksdale AFB, with a one year assignment serving with the 485 Tactical Missile Wing, Ground Launch Cruise Missiles in Belgium during 1986-1987.

Phil has been writing on political issues since 1993, including a run with the Examiner prior to 2013. It was just after that when he started his own blog where he has written on various subjects about a myriad of topics related to our country’s political environment and the rediscovery of American Patriotism.