It was the weekend of November 9-10, just two weeks ago, when I finished reading Mark R Levin’s newest book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, in which he argues for a first ever Article V amendments convention initiated by the states as the only means to bring America back to its intended path of limited central government that respects the sovereignty of the states and the people. With this book, true scholar Levin reveals the depth of his connection to the essence of America’s founding principles, how they have been gradually eroded over time, and the urgency to restore them in order that our great nation remains the beacon of liberty and freedom for the world. I was moved. I thought of how the teaparty/912 movement should consider dropping all their other causes to focus on making a first ever Article V convention a reality.
Then, on November 10, a brief twitter interaction, led to a two week journey of amazing discovery of information that leaves us today two weeks away from what may be one of the most significant gatherings in America since the days of our nation’s founding. It started like this:
That link to a story at The Times of Northwest Indiana, “Indiana Senate leader working toward U.S. constitutional convention”, suggested Levin’s book was having an immediate impact. It told of a planned gathering at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, on December 7, with representatives from various states considering an Article V convention. I made the assumption that it was Levin’s book that initiated this action, but also found it curious that Mark Levin or The Liberty Amendments was never mentioned in the article.
Monday morning, November 11, I called the author of the article, Dan Carden. He explained that Indiana has a history of Article V attempts and that President of the Indiana Senate, David Long, started this process well before the August 13 release of Levin’s book. I noted that Levin was talking about his new book well in advance of its release and still thought there may be some connection. Carden said he didn’t know.
I then called the office of Senator David Long. They confirmed that his efforts and Levin’s book coming together at the same time was a coincidence, but certainly not insignificant. They said they have read The Liberty Amendments, which by the way never mentions Senator Long’s efforts, and are excited about the boost it may bring.
Curiously, Long’s office told me the main source of opposition they have encountered is coming from the very teaparty/912 groups I thought should be its most ardent supporters. Their fear is of a runaway convention that would completely rewrite our constitution. Senator Long, however, also recognized this threat and introduced defining and limiting bills as model legislation that has passed the Indiana legislature and been signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. They are serious and ready to go.
Senator Long’s office also informed me that Senator Long would be on Mark Levin’s radio show Wednesday evening, November 13, in the final hour to discuss the December 7 gathering they are calling The Mount Vernon Assembly. Of course, I listened to that show, and thanks to Levin’s making available podcasts without subscription, anyone else can too. Here is the link to this must listen interview. The Senator Long portion runs from 84:40 to 106:20 and is a very thorough discussion of what is taking place. Long indicated 26 states, at that point, intend to send delegates to the meeting.
This past Tuesday, November 19, I visited the Pennsylvania state capitol to encourage our legislature, so far absent, to send a delegation to Mount Vernon. While there I discovered that, without knowledge of the December 7 gathering, our liberty loving states rights senator, Mike Folmer, has introduced a co-sponsorship memorandum declaring Pennsylvania’s support of the Liberty Amendments as outlined in Levin’s book.
Finally, I called Senator Long’s office again yesterday, November 22, for any updates. They told me the state count is now about 30 and that I could check with Wisconsin Rep Chris Kapenga, who is handling RSVPs and keeping tabs on that. I called Kapenga’s office and they confirmed the count is about 30 states, but they are hoping for a few more, and a room has been reserved in the library.
That room, by the way, is in the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Washington’s estate. As if this unlikely confluence of events is not enough to ponder, Washington wrote over 200 years ago of a need for a library to house his works. This wish was only concluded September 27, 2013 with the library’s dedication. How’s that for a tingle up the spine?
Would it not be almost incomprehensibly ironic then, if the renewed progressive push and centralization of power by the current administration, with its disregard for our constitution as an outdated, out of touch document of yesteryear, turns out to be a fatal overreach that contributes to a constitutionally provided Article V convention of the states that effects its restoration and solidification for generations yet to come? Thanks to Mark R Levin, Senator David Long, and every patriot taking this effort seriously!
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