Publius Huldah’s Blog by Publius Huldah
This presentation was given on April 17, 2017 at the beautiful old Supreme Court Chamber at the Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville.
The proposed Constitution for the Newstates of America is HERE
The Chart which illustrates our Declaration, Constitution, federal structure, and enumerated powers is HERE.
The text of the “parental rights” amendment is HERE.
To see how six of Mark Levin’s “liberty amendments” do the opposite of what he claims, go HERE.
Federalist No. 16 is HERE. See next to last paragraph.
To see – on one page – proof of the original intents of the “interstate commerce”, “general welfare”, and “necessary and proper” clauses, go HERE.
HERE is a synopsis of what happened at the Federal Convention of 1787 re the development of Article V with links to the pages in Madison’s Journal of the Federal Convention.
Our Framers NEVER said the purpose of amendments is to restrain the feds if they usurp powers. What they actually said is:
The “novelty & difficulty of the experiment requires periodical revision” (Gerry at the federal convention on June 5, 1787);
“The plan now to be formed will certainly be defective, as the Confederation [Articles of Confederation] has been found on trial to be. Amendments therefore will be necessary, and it will be better to provide for them, in an easy, regular and Constitutional way than to trust to chance and violence. It would be improper to require the consent of the Natl. Legislature, because they may abuse their power, and refuse their consent on that very account….”(Geo. Mason at the federal convention on June 11, 1787);
amendments remedy defects in the Constitution (Hamilton at the federal convention on Sep. 10, 1787);
useful amendments would address the “organization of the government, not … the mass of its powers” (Federalist No. 85, 13th para);
“amendment of errors” & “useful alterations” would be suggested by experience (Federalist No. 43 at 8.)
The Congressional Research Service Report dated April 11, 2014, is HERE. The Report exposes as false the assurances that the States would be in control of a convention. The Report says:
“First, Article V delegates important and exclusive authority over the amendment process to Congress…” (page 4)
“Second . . . Congress has traditionally laid claim to broad responsibilities in connection with a convention, including . . . (4) determining the number and selection process for its delegates; (5) setting internal convention procedures, including formulae for allocation of votes among the states; . . .” (page 4)