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AMAC Supports South Carolina Resolution Calling for a Convention of States

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AMAC members have consistently responded favorably to an Article V states initiated fiscal discipline Constitutional Amendment.

 
 

 
 

 
 

January 31, 2022 — By Email
The Honorable Rex Rice
Senator
South Carolina Senate

RE: S. 1006 — Calling for a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

Dear Senator Rice:

On behalf of the 2.35 million members nationally– and 52,000 in South Carolina — of the Association of Mature American Citizens (“AMAC” – www.amac.us), we strongly support enactment of S.1006 and urge its passage by the Senate and South Carolina Legislature for the sake of the citizens of your State and of all States. In our recent poll of AMAC members, 96 percent responded in favor of an Article V States initiated fiscal discipline Constitutional Amendment.

The enormity of the federal Congress’ and Biden Administration’s spending spree and tax proposals have no regard for neither the financial integrity of our Nation on a global scale and the strength of the dollar as leading international reserve currency, nor the adverse impact on the ability of businesses to create and sustain jobs and strengthen and grow our GDP. In short, the federal Congress continues to demonstrate to all States and American citizens its inability – and genuine lack of will — to address its fiduciary and stewardship responsibilities.

Members of the Congress and the current U.S. Secretary of the Treasury often bemoan the national debt and growing interest on the debt as “unsustainable” – and then do nothing beyond occasional rhetoric. Rapidly rising inflation is especially hurting low- and middle-income South Carolinian and all American families and the impending federal spending and taxing spree, if ever enacted, will accelerate and exacerbate inflation and the financial pain of families – and breed the recurrence of the devastation of stagflation we all had to endure in the late 1970’s. Unless checked by the States through Article V, and drawing upon a well know idiom, the Congress and the Biden Administration are “killing the golden goose that lays the golden eggs” with their proposed spending and taxing sprees.

The Founders of our republic and signers of the Constitution recognized the threat of a runaway federal government and the eventual need for reigning it in when it takes actions that threaten the viability of our republican form of government in which the States are the last line of defense and check against federal irresponsibility. They with the other Founders approved the specific provision in Article V to ensure the sovereignty of the States:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on 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 three fourths thereof,…”

So as you and your colleagues address S. 1006, we strongly urge its passage as both a great service to citizens of South Carolina and all States toward move saving our Nation from the financial disaster that will inevitably result from unchecked federal spending and taxes. Indeed, we are at that perilous point in which the States are called upon to establish a fiscal integrity “constitutional box” that the Congress and the Executive Branch must honor for the sake of the American people.

Thank you for your leadership.

Sincerely,

Bob Carlstrom, President

AMAC Action

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Shawna
4 months ago

Pray for Connecticut as we are moving forward to pass a resolution for convention of states

Lewis Walker
4 months ago

This is long overdue. The individual States need to meet

Elizabeth Dempsey
4 months ago

We are still quite far from having enough states passing the call for a Convention of States. It would seem that there aren’t states that have begun the process. The first call came about probably 7 or 8 years ago and we’re still waiting for enough states to tackle budget and term limits for Senators and Representatives of Congress plus any other actions that come under the right of the Convention of States.

Iam4COS
2 months ago

We are at 19 states now and while not every state works every year on the application 49 states have done so at least one year and all but a couple have worked toward passage in multiple years. We still have several states in the process in the current session.

Jorge L Rios
4 months ago

It seems like most people don’t have enough information to make an intelligent choice concerning this topic. Everyone needs to visit Convention of States.com to get all the factual information, then make an informed decision, what most of you are saying is WAY off base.

Junior Don
4 months ago
Reply to  Jorge L Rios

Unfortunately, Jorge, you will NOT get FACTUAL information at the Convention of States (COS) website. One of Mark Meckler’s advisors is Robert P. George who is a member of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFG) who “fiercely opposed” the candidacy of Donald Trump in 2016, later calling Trump’s efforts to restrict immigration “unjust.” George was a co-author of a proposed replacement constitution that guts fundamental rights such as the 2nd Amendment. Think this one through: Can you name 5 people to whom you would trust your life, liberty, and property to? You’d best not put Mark Meckler or Lindsey Graham on that list!

Richard Foster
4 months ago

Second

Deborah
4 months ago

We need a Convention of States here in South Carolina

Eirie Princess
5 months ago

We don’t need a convention of states! Why we consider anything to change the greatest (We The People) document written. If anything needs changed that’s why we have amendment. When I know George Soros is pushing for this convention and putting in millions of dollars. That’s a red flag!

Lori
4 months ago
Reply to  Eirie Princess

Why would George Soros support COS’s.
This amendment stops the Federal Government from spending there fool head off. George Soros likes the government spending. If it’s up to Soros he would bankrupt this country like he has other countries.

Junior Don
4 months ago
Reply to  Eirie Princess

Absolutely correct Eirie Princess! A “Convention of States” (COS) is just Newspeak (1984) for “Constitutional Convention” (ConCon). Rod Natelson coined the phrase back in 2010 (I think) when people realized that supporters were tinkering with the U. S. Constitution and no one wanted that. Typical leftist thought – change the name and people will not see the slight of hand. Once Congress calls for a COS/ConCon/Article V Convention then the delegates to such convention become “We the People” and they can make their own rules. For instance, they can vote for secret meetings (just like the ConCon of 1787); they can change the ratification process (just like the ConCon of 1787); they can write a whole new Constitution (just like the ConCon of 1787 (there are at least two Constitutions already written awaiting presentation); they can delete, add, amend any or all of the Bill of Rights. Term limits are already in the U.S. Constitution – they’re called elections. Every two years all of the House and one third of the Senate are up for reelection – vote the bums out! A COS will destroy the U. S. Constitution and that is why George Soros supports it with millions of dollars. The fix? Obey the Constitution. Article I, Section 8 tells you the limitations of the federal government. Anything outside those limitations is unconstitutional & therefore illegal (think mandates (masks & shots), education, health care, OSHA, etc.). Reread the 10th Amendment. All laws have to be in accordance with the Constitution (Article VI, paragraph 2) – “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof,,,shall be the supreme Law of the Land….”. NO, the Supreme Court does NOT decide what is the Law – the U. S. Constitution makes that decision. Even a dummy like me can read the Constitution and figure it out.

Iam4COS
2 months ago
Reply to  Junior Don

Rob Natelson did not coin the phrase “convention of states”, the founding fathers called it that. They predate the Constitution by over 100 years and VA made the first call for a convention of states 1 year after the ratification of the Constitution The Supreme Court also confirmed this in Smith v. Union Bank of Georgetown, 30 U.S. 518 (1831) And if you go back to this article where it quotes Article V how did you miss the part that says “a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution,?

Shannon
5 months ago

Don’t be fooled. A Convention of States is not a good idea. There is no way to set parameters on what such Convention can look at. If enough Democrats join together, you can say goodbye to the 2nd Ammendment.

David Reinhart
5 months ago

I’m sorry, but this is a mistake. Once a convention is called, there is nothing that can limit what it can consider. The original Convention was called to ticvthe Articles of Confederation and the delegates decided on their own to toss them out and write a new Constitution. There is nothing, nothing, in Article V that allows for limiting a Convention, and any effort to do so would likely to be found unconstitutional. Since anything can be considered, there may be efforts to repeal the 1st and 2nd amendments, for example. The delegates may choose to throw out the whole Constitution and start over. Will amendments be offered for ratification or individually, for a package? If the convention ends up being co-opted by progressives, will the changes muster the nesscary 3/4 votes for ratification? If not, all that will have been achieved is a lot of wasted time and money, and probably created a lot of national angst. What we really need is for citizens to do their jobs as voters and elect people who will vote for term limits, and vote for people who place the interest of the nation above their own aggrandizement.

Junior Don
4 months ago
Reply to  David Reinhart

You’re on the right side on this one, David. A “Convention of States” (COS) is another name for a Constitution Convention (ConCon). The U. S. Constitution has been amended 27 times and always via Congress. To call another ConCon is moving into unchartered waters & anything can happen. The supreme power in the USA is “We the People”; NOT the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial. If Congress calls for a ConCon the delegates become “We the People” as our representatives and they become their own Law. They can write their own rules; they can set their own agenda (probably influenced by powerful interest groups (and lots of money)); they can choose a new ratification process (national referendum, majority of States (so long small population States), or any other means); they can do as they please as no other body, including the courts or Congress, has clear authority over a ConCon. As the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said during an appearance on an episode of “The Kalb Report” on April 17, 2014, “I certainly would not want a Constitutional Convention. I mean whoa. Who knows what would come out of that?”
AMAC IS WRONG. Once Congress calls for a Constitutional Convention our Republic will be lost. After the Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was questioned about the type of Government that the delegates had decided on and his answer was, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.” Our Republic has lasted some 230+ years; ignorance will bring it to an end.

Iam4COS
2 months ago
Reply to  David Reinhart

And the Supreme Court disagrees with you since about 1858 Dodge v. Woolsey, 59 U.S. 331 (1855). On the other hand our entire history going back to 100 years before the was a Constitution does too.

Bill on the Hill
5 months ago

SC being the first state to create a Convention of States seems appropriate being that the 1st shots of the Great Civil War started here with ZERO deaths resulting…
For starters a COS amendment to the US Constitution will not happen in ( 3 ) years & if it was to happen, I believe ( 20 ) years would be a better estimate for it to actually pass muster imo, however that it has been proposed adds fodder to the current paralysis this nation currently finds itself in under the current REGIME hell bent on destroying this country & her beloved Constitution…
As the JRB puppet masters go about their ” reimagine ” campaign across this nation, utilizing Big Tech, MSM & the financial assistance of the Marxist Elites, George Soros, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezo’s, etc., America is only now just beginning to wake up to what is happening across this nation…
God Bless America,
Trump won,
Bill… :~)

Max
5 months ago

Concur.

M. Kevin Mewborn
5 months ago

The Convention of States movement actually began in 2013. A CoS requires 34 States and has already been passed in about 19 with many more states considering it, including SC which may have already passed it in the House. This is the Senate push to get it over the finish line for SC.Many people worry that a CoS would change the very fabric of our US Constitution. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Our brilliant Founding Fathers included Article 5 specifically to prevent Federal takeover of government. As part of passing CoS, each State must agree on the proposed Amendments. Any variation of the Amendments as agreed makes the Convention null-and-void. In other words, if gun control isn’t part of the proposed amendment, then it can’t be considered. I urge everyone reading this to go here for more information…conventionofstates.com/The time is now since our present circumstances seem to be leaning way too far to the Left. Somehow, We the People have allowed our government to be overrun with far-left progressive ideologies which in turn allowed for way too much Federal over-reach. The CoS is absolutely necessary to remove this Federal power and return it to the States and We the People where power truly resides in our great country! God bless the USA!

Rick
4 months ago

I don’t know anything about this, but I worry about who decides who the delegates are? What happens if a state votes to have the COS, then the parties in the state legislature change? Say S Carolina approves it, then Soros, Gates, Bezos, etc pour enough money into the state to change the composition of the state government from conservative to liberal. Then, I assume all the delegates would be wild-eyed liberal Socialists appointed by Soros, etc.

Iam4COS
2 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Your State Legislature selects them, issues written directions they must follow under Agency Law and will recall and replace one who disobeys those instructions. Changes in the legislature cannot change what has been agreed to in the application. The subject matter is preset and all they could do would be rescind the application. That is the law and has been upheld by the courts. States vote as states at convention which by the way cannot enact amendments only propose them. After the convention is over, each amendment must be ratified by at least 38 states to be added to the Constitution.

Lori
4 months ago

Very well said Sir.

Ron & Sue
4 months ago
Reply to  Lori

Ditto to M. Kevin Mewborn

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