Speaker Bedke Trying To Force Article V Convention
by Shari Dovale
It was announced today that Speaker of the Idaho House, Scott Bedke, has mandated all representatives suspend their work for a presentation in favor of a Constitutional Convention (Article V) by a Harvard professor that espouses American Democracy instead of a Republic.
All representatives are required to read the presenter’s work prior to this presentation.
Posted by Rep. Priscilla Giddings:
Speaker of the House, Scott Bedke (Dist 27 – Oakley) just announced that he is going to suspend/delay committee meetings on Feb 9th for Harvard professor/writer, Dr. Moss, to give a 2 hr. presentation on the benefits of an Article V Constitutional Convention. All 105 legislators will be given a personal copy of the Dr.’s case study and it is “mandatory” reading in order to optimize the presentation. Do you think this is a proper use of his authority?
We have already seen how Scott Bedke has been manipulating the state to take part in this horrendous idea.
From Rep. Ron Nate, September 15th:
Idaho has defeated the resolution calling for an Article V Convention twice. Only 19 states sent 71 total delegates to the non-binding “planning” convention in Arizona. Idaho sent 10 delegates paid for with Idaho taxpayer money. Does this seem ok to you?
Idaho sent the most delegates to the ‘Practice Convention’ in September, despite it’s being voted down twice. I am sure that Speaker Bedke will continue to spend unnecessary taxpayer dollars on these “simulated” conventions, so his hand-picked representatives will be ready to vote his way when he finally forces the issue.
UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF STATES
Last year I was one of three Idaho legislators who were invited to an Article V “Simulated Convention of States” in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was an amazing experience working on proposed Amendments to the Constitution to return our federal government to the limited governing authority the Founder’s wrote into the original constitution.
There were five prospective amendments the body of Legislators from nearly 40 States envisioned; among them was a “Balanced Budget Amendment” of which now has been approved by 27 different State legislatures.
Not only was this voted down, it was voted down TWICE. But, that still is not good enough for Scott Bedke. He is determined to force Idaho to take part in this travesty to change our constitution.
Do not be fooled by those that say it can only deal with a balanced budget. The proposed amendments are laid out in a book by Justice John Paul Stevens, titled “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.”
- The “Anti-Commandeering Rule” (Amend the Supremacy Clause of Article VI) This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges and other public officials. in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
- Political Gerrymandering – Districts represented by members of Congress, or by members of any state legislative body, shall be compact and composed of contiguous territory. The state shall have the burden of justifying any departures from this requirement by reference to neutral criteria such as natural, political, or historical boundaries or demographic changes. The interest in enhancing or preserving the political power of the party in control of the state government is not such a neutral criterion.
- Campaign Finance – Neither the First Amendment nor any other provision of this Constitution shall be construed to prohibit the Congress or any state from imposing reasonable limits on the amount of money that candidates for public office, or their supporters, may spend in election campaigns.
- Sovereign Immunity – Neither the Tenth Amendment, the Eleventh Amendment, nor any other provision of this Constitution, shall be construed to provide any state, state agency, or state officer with an immunity from liability for violating any act of Congress, or any provision of this Constitution.
- Death Penalty– (Amend the 8th Amendment) Excessive Bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments such as the death penalty inflicted.
- The Second Amendment – (Amend the 2nd Amendment) A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.
It is very clear that the elite government class, which includes Speaker Scott Bedke, wants to rule over the people as if we are serfs. They want to take away our rights, as if they are only privileges.
The citizens are against this. The only ones that seem to be in favor are the elitists in the government ruling class. A protest was held at the Idaho Capitol this weekend where people from both sides of the aisle voiced their opposition. This is not a partisan issue. This is a “We The People” issue!
Call your elected representatives. Keep calling them! Tell them this is a Bad Idea! We do not need to gut the US Constitution. We will not give up our rights, regardless of Scott Bedke trying to tell us we have No Choice!
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