In Part Four we discussed who was behind the push for a Constitutional convention. We found out that the Republican National Committee, the Committee on the Constitutional System, Former Sec. of the Treasury C.Douglas Dillion, and former Counsel to the President, Lloyd N. Cutler all had a vested interest in getting a convention going. We learned that behind the scenes it’s big money and big power who would love for a convention to be called in the name of a Balanced Budget Amendment Convention. What they really want is a chance to change the Constitution to serve themselves.
I mentioned last time an organization called ALEC. founded in 1973, it defines itself as a non-partisan membership organization of conservative state legislators, boasting 2,700, members. Its main founder, Paul Weyrich, was one of the most powerful conservative leaders of his time. Weyrich lamented the fact that we have no “shadow cabinets” like those in Europe who have parliamentary government. They only way that will happen is if the process (34 states call for a convention) is successful.
It’s possible that ALEC was formed just for that purpose. A July 14,2011, L.A. Times article announced that government watchdog, Common Cause, would issue a challenge to ALEC’s nonprofit status, on the grounds that ALEC “spends most of its resources lobbying, in violation of the rules governing nonprofit organizations. And yes! they lobby.
It’s definition as an organization of state legislators only reveals half its function. It appears that is a mere cover to covert activities behind closed doors. Its major funding is not from membership fees, but large corporations and charitable funds, including the internationalist, one-worlder Bill Gates. Its 2007 budge was $7.8 million, with nearly $3.2m in assets, over 98% of its revenue comes from sources other than legislative dues, primarily from corporations who have ALEC membership, and corporate foundations.
Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and Vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. In ALEC’s own words, corporations have “a VOICE and a VOTE on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in our states.
Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. They fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land, without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boast that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with on in every five of them enacted into law.
ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It’s as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, and corporations had pushed the people out the door.
I have to say in all honesty that I got a goodly amount of this info from liberal sites, but before you rush to judgement, ask yourself, “Who else would expose ALEC?” No conservative group, that’s for certain. They’re in the thick of this government take over. Also, if these reports are false, reporters could and would risk lawsuits by publishing lies. Truth is truth where ever it’s found.
So, then the question is– WHAT CAN WE DO?
How CAN states safely put Big Government back into its Constitutional Cage? If you ask your state legislators, frustrated by our opposition to ALEC’s planned CC, we are told repeatedly, “What are we suppose to do then? Nothing?!!” It’s a good question. Here are two suggestions, one glaringly in our faces:
BEGIN NOW TO INVOKE THE 10th AMENDMENT! It’s alive, awaiting our actions. Read it:
ARTICLE X – -The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” To understand this fully, you need to read Article 1, Section 8, which lists the only powers Congress has. All other powers belong to the States. Congress has no power to dictate laws pertaining to education, gun rights, health-care vaccinations, food safety, and the myriad other aspects of our lives. When the pass the bills relating to those subjects, they apply only to territories and possession of the US. ( See Clause 18 in Article 1, Section 8 – you’ll have to count them; they’re not numbered.)
In 1993 when Hillary was working behind closed doors with the Health Care Interdepartmental working Group, Walter Zellman had, apparently, at the behest of Clinton, posed a question to the Department of Justice as to whether the Feds could force the States to adopt a National Health Care plan. Here’s the DOJ’s response
Q. may the federal government use other actors in the governmental system and the private sector as its agents and give them orders as though they were part of a prefectorial system?
A. No. State governments are independent, although subordinated, sovereignties, not subdivisions of the Fed. government. Although the Fed. gov. may regulate many of their functions directly (as in the Clean Water act) it may not require them to exercise their own governmental powers in a manner dictated by federal law. The states may be encourage, bribed or threatened into entering into cont federal state programs but they may not be commanded directly to use their own governmental apparatus in the service of federal policy. There is a modest jurisprudence of the Tenth Amendment that seems to have settled on this proposition.
Fact: There is no such thing as a “subordinated sovereign” although many state legislators believe that.
We all know how they bribe etc. They withhold huge chunks of money. So we can complain all we want that the the fed. gov. has usurped the States power, when in fact the states acquiesced in every case. It started with the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972. Known commonly as Revenue Sharing.
The good news is that there is a way to untangle this mess. In 1995, Oklahoma State Rep. Charles Key introduced a bill titled, “State Sovereignty & Federal Tax Fund Act.” It passed unanimously in the House went to the Senate and was buried amidst the ashes of the Bombed Murrah Fed. Building.
This Act would establish an escrow account within the state. All taxes collected – including alcohol, tobacco, liquor, Fed. withholding, road taxes, etc. would be held. The state keeps all interest on the money and sends the funds to D.C.
Finally in closing, It’s been said that the Center for Constitutional Studies wants to wait to call a CC until we are in a 1929 type depression. That way people would readily except whatever was offered. That time is growing close, as we can see daily. Rexford Tugwell was a member of the CCS and the lead author of the Constitution for the NewStates of America.
Check it out. See what America looks like under this New Constitution. There are no “states” by the way, just ten regions ruled by appointed overseers; no gun rights, free speech, etc. Think it can’t happen? You thought the court would strike down same sex marriage, didn’t you? You thought having the House and Senate would make a difference.
What we have to do is explain to everyone who thinks a Constitutional convention is a great idea that it’s not. It merely puts a bunch of men in a room, men whose interest are not ours, and giving them an opportunity to rewrite the Constitution. Instead, invoking the 10th Amendment and passing the State Sovereignty and Fed. Tax Fund Act would be a great first step. After all, we have nothing to lose at this point and maybe everything to gain. It’s a long shot, of course it is, but do you have a better idea.
I realize this has been a very long and at times technical item, but I felt it was very important to get this out there. We’ve handed most of our freedoms over to government without so much as a whimper. Isn’t it time we at least take a stand to save the country? Or maybe it doesn’t matter to you. Maybe you’ve already thrown up your hands and said “Let them do what they want.” If they do you won’t be happy. You won’t be free, You won’t be anything. Tell me if you think this was worth knowing about.