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May 12th 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Family Covenant Ministries(formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 32 years!

www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

 

Same Location! NO STEPS! Now located in Gym on first floor!

FCM (CHEF) Used Curriculum and Book SaleWednesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon at the beautiful Salem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza.

 

Both buyers and sellers have told us that this one is the best! We have people come from all over the state and other states. Sellers may begin setting up at 8:00 a.m. Tables are $13 for a 6-ft. table.

 

To reserve your table, please contact Sonia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 314-920-6135. Please mail checks payable to FCM, c/o Sonia Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO  63645.

 

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FCM 2016 CONFERENCE–Spectacular that’s what it is!

 

Family Covenant Ministry’s 32nd Annual Conference-A Walk Through the Bible This extraordinary conference will be life transforming! Please join us as we impart clear direction for glorifying God in our daily lives as salt and light for our families, churches, communities, and nation!

 

No matter how big your vision is, it’s too small. –Thomas Chalmers

We have a bigger vision for you and your family!

 

Family Covenant Ministries Homeschool Week

Branson, Missouri, September 5-9, 2016

 

SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

 

HURRY-Limited Time

 

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE!

 

Now until June 10th

 

Family PassNow Just $99; Regular $139

  (Includes unmarried children still living at home)

Couple PassNow Just $69; Regular $99

  (Husband and wife)

Individual PassNow just $49; Regular $79

 

First Time Attendee

Family PassNow Just $79; Regular $89

CoupleNow Just $49; Regular $59

Individual Now Just $29; Regular $39

 

Exhibit Hall Free

 

Online Registration

 

This exclusive price is now available online by going to Family Covenant Ministries (CHEF).

 

If you have any trouble registering, please let us know by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 314-920-6135. Please keep in mind that it may be a few days before we are able to respond.

 

Registrationincludes two full days of workshops at the AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center overlooking Table Rock Lake with additional workshops and presentations at other venues and special admission prices to Silver Dollar City, Sight and Sound Theatre’s production of Moses, and the Titanic Museum.

 

Cancellations/RefundsRegistrations cancelled before July 15 will be refunded at 50%. All registrations after this date are non-refundable.

 

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April 22nd 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Family Covenant Ministries(formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 32 years!

www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

 

ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF THE STATES

 

David Klarich shares: “The [Missouri] House passed HCR57 (Rep. Burlison) relating to the Article V Convention by a vote of 105-43.  I am convinced that this call of the states is unwise and unnecessary.  It is now in the hands of the [Missouri] Senate.” Please contact your Missouri state senator and ask him to vote No on the call for an Article V Convention of the States (SCR 53 and SCR 61). See attached FCM 04.21.2016 legislative report and the last FCM email for detailed information.

 

RAISED UP FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!

 

God designed marriage for producing a godly seed and for the family to impact the world for His kingdom. He has a purpose for your family. Don’t miss this amazing conference and weeklong line up of activities—for the same price as last year!

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

 

1.  FCM 2016 Conference Registration

2.  Speakers Thus Far

3.  Schedule and Special Pricing of Additional Activities

4.  Accommodations  

5.  A Compelling Case for Donating to Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF)

 

FCM 2016 CONFERENCE–Spectacular that’s what it is!

 

Family Covenant Ministry’s 32nd Annual Conference-A Walk Through the Bible This extraordinary conference will be life transforming! Please join us as we impart clear direction for glorifying God in our daily lives as salt and light for our families, churches, communities, and nation!

 

No matter how big your vision is, it’s too small. –Thomas Chalmers

We have a bigger vision for you and your family!

 

Family Covenant Ministries Homeschool Week

Branson, Missouri, September 5-9, 2016

 

SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

 

HURRY-Limited Time

 

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE!

 

Now until June 10th

 

Family PassNow Just $99; Regular $139

  (Includes unmarried children still living at home)

Couple PassNow Just $69; Regular $99

  (Husband and wife)

Individual PassNow just $49; Regular $79

 

First Time Attendee

Family PassNow Just $79; Regular $89

CoupleNow Just $49; Regular $59

Individual Now Just $29; Regular $39

 

Exhibit Hall Free

 

Online Registration

 

This exclusive price is now available online by going to Family Covenant Ministries (CHEF).

 

If you have any trouble registering, please let us know by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 314-920-6135. Please keep in mind that it may be a few days before we are able to respond.

 

Registrationincludes two full days of workshops at the AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Centeroverlooking Table Rock Lake with additional workshops and presentations at other venues and special admission prices to Silver Dollar City, Sight and Sound Theatre’s production of Moses, and the Titanic Museum.

 

Cancellations/RefundsRegistrations cancelled before July 15 will be refunded at 50%. All registrations after this date are non-refundable.

 

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SPEAKERS THUS FAR (We are still waiting to hear from Dr. George Grant)

 

Curtis Bowersis a Christian statesman, husband, father, filmmaker, speaker, and businessman. He served as a state representative in the Idaho legislature, started and operated three award winning fondue restaurants, and produced the $101,000 grand prize winning film, AGENDA: Grinding America Down.Curtis and his wife of 26 years, Lauren, home educate their 9 children and operatethe independent film company Copybook Heading Productions.The Bowers sing at events across the country and released their new film, AGENDA 2: Masters of Deceitin October 2015.Curtis Bowers and his family have been operating home-based businesses for over 30 years. From screen-printing to vending machines, fondue restaurants, real estate development and a Christian bookstore, they have loved the blessings of working together. Their latest ventures include filmmaking, creating home goods for The Red Farm House, selling pastured eggs and dairy products, and farming alfalfa.In 2010, the Bowers family produced the award winning film AGENDA: Grinding America Down. They have since traveled to over 40 states singing and speaking to promote it. Most copies of AGENDAhave been packed and shipped by the children from the kitchen table in rural Idaho!

Link to Website: http://www.agendadocumentary.com

Link to Trailer: https://vimeo.com/136798883

 

Jack Herschend along with his brother, Peter, is co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, formerly Silver Dollar City, Inc. Over the years, the brothers have expanded the family business interests. Herschend Family Entertainment owns, operates or partners in 26 properties in 12 states. Since the company was founded in the early 1960s, the many properties have been internationally awarded numerous times for excellence in theme, presentation and operations, including the worldwide Applause Award for excellence and the THEA Award (Themed Entertainment Association). Jack and Peter have been personally recognized for industry excellence, having been named to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Hall of Fame in 2004, and they were co-recipients of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Central Midwest for 2005. For most of the company’s first 50 years, Jack served as Chairman, President and CEO. Jack’s intensity and deep caring for people shaped the company culture into what it is today. Jack attended Northwestern University and served as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps before returning home to focus on the family business. He has a deep passion for personal service and giving and has actively served several Christian ministries including Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch, Kids Across America, and the National Institute of Marriage. In 1992, Jack founded The Gift of Green, which has planted nearly 200,000 trees to counter deforestation due to development in the Missouri Ozarks. Jack and his wife, Sherry, whom he met at Silver Dollar City, have been married since 1954. They live in Branson surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

www.hfecorp.com

 

David John Klarich, a homeschooling father of five children,has served as CHEF’s homeschooling attorney and advocate for nearly 30 years. He presently serves as FCM’s homeschooling attorney and registered lobbyist. David’s dependence on Christ, his biblical worldview, extensive experience in law, personal relationship with representatives, senators, and judges, his sterling reputation, and his vigilance for liberty is responsible for keeping Missouri the best state in America for homeschooling. He has drafted language specifically protecting our families and has personally handled CHEF/FCM Division of Family Services, trade school, and Armed Forces cases. David was elected to the Missouri Senate (1994-2002) where he served as the Chairman of Judiciary; Chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions & Ethics; and member of Judicial Resources, Ways and Means, Pensions and General Laws, and Local Government and Economic Development. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives (1990-1994). David drafted, sponsored, and passed legislation relating to virtually all subjects. Included among his legislative accomplishments are the creation of the Child Custody, Abuse and Neglect Commission; created and/or protected the Uncompensated Tort Victims Fund, Crime Victims Fund, and Unemployment Compensation Fund; passed a law that prohibits frivolous lawsuits by making inmates pay for their own legal fees; created a state program to put “at-risk” youth to work instead of turning to crime; created the first expedited capital crimes procedure; banned the death penalty for the mentally retarded; drafted and passed the first Violent Sexual Predators law, the Predator Registry, and Predator Civil Commitment procedure; defined and defended marriage; drafted and co-sponsored the “Safe Schools Act”; drafted significant civil, corporate, and judicial reform legislation; secured additional resources for education and transportation; and reformed property tax laws. He works in the private law practice with the Clayton law firm of Riezman Berger, P.C. In 2002, David Klarich created and now manages a company known as Citizens for Policy Reform, LLC that provides government relations services before the United States Congress, Missouri General Assembly, and administrative agencies. David Klarich has built a strong practice in the areas of governmental affairs and regulations, legislation and government related industries, procurement, administrative law, business law, closely held businesses, communications and media, contract law, and home education. David has assisted companies, associations, and individuals in addressing issues involving municipal law, education funding and policy, health care, tax policy, administrative law, banking and financial institutions, telecommunications, environmental law, intellectual property, home education, and others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts in public policy and a Juris Doctorate from Regent University, Virginia, where he was awarded the University Faculty Award, an Am-Jur in Professional Responsibility and Insurance law. David has been recognized by the Missouri Bar Association, “Up and Coming Lawyers” Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, Missouri Legal Services, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges, Judicial Conference of Missouri, Missouri Health Care Association, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Missouri, Missouri Society of Accountants, American Heart Association, Association of Retarded Citizens, American Society of Landscape Architects, and others.

www.riezmanberger.com

 

James Nickel, author of Mathematics: Is God Silent?graduated summa cum laude from Fresno State College. After college he worked as a mathematical analyst for the United States Navy in Point Mugu where he designed code to analyze radar flight data of the F-14A Tomcat and the Tomahawk cruise missile. Then he designed and programmed the order entry and accounting system for a major publishing house in Minneapolis. While teaching mathematics at YWAM’s international base in Hawaii, God touched his heart in a unique way by leading him to read Foundations of Christian Scholarship: Essays in the Van Til Perspective, an exploration of the full orbed nature of the Christian faith. It was this understanding that gave him the foundational intellectual basis for writing Mathematics: Is God Silent? God also directed him to attend a seminar entitled How Should We Then Teach? This seminar, which thoroughly documented the biblical worldview and presented an historical approach to the history of the philosophy of ideas, challenged James to reinterpret mathematics from a distinctively biblical Christian perspective. He also began to read R. J. Rushdoony’s monthly Chalcedon Report and was immediately impressed with Dr. Rushdoony’s encyclopedic knowledge, deep-rooted and comprehensive God-centered theology, and insightful wisdom soaked in biblical truths. Then he read a “word of exhortation” concerning Christian school curriculum from Barry Emmett. He found it profound. Here are a few excerpts: …the basis, the foundation of any educational endeavor is that rock, the Lord Jesus Christ…each discipline is to be a revelation of Christ, each from its own perspective, from its own frame of reference point to Jesus…Even as every name of Christ reveals a portion of truth…science reveals Jesus as creator and sustainer of life, history as God working through men to achieve His divine purpose, mathematics as a language describing God’s work…Mathematics reveals God in a precise way no other discipline can…The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. Enlarge your vision until Jesus permeates and fills every pore. Let the glory and majesty of the Lord come out from your academic materials… Following this, he read Morris Kline’s Mathematics and the Physical World. This author quoted some amazing statements from Johannes Kepler’s 1619 publication The Harmonies of the World—psalms of praise to God as a result of his planetary observations: The wisdom of the Lord is infinite; so also are His glory and His power. Ye heavens, sing His praises! Sun, moon, and planets glorify Him in your ineffable language! Celestial harmonies, all ye who comprehend His marvelous works, praise Him. And thou, my soul, praise thy Creator! It is by Him and in Him that all exists. That which we know best is comprised in Him, as well as in our vain science. To him be praise, honor, and glory throughout eternity. It was through a careful study of Kline’s book that James entered the mathematical Elysium; a region furnished with rich fields, groves, shades, streams—a domain of delight consisting of the pleasurable beholding of God’s great and marvelous works as per Psalm 111:2, The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. This became the dedicatory verse of his math book. He also began to read a newsletter published by Gary North entitled The Biblical Educators and read many of Rushdoony’s works, especially his Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum, The One and the Many, By What Standard? and The Mythology of Science. Through these works, he began to see more clearly that Cornelius Van Til’s presuppositional and biblical approach to knowledge was the key to unlocking the door to a proper understanding of mathematics. In turn, James began teaching educators on issues in science, mathematics, history, and missions. He then received his MA in education. What he most highly treasured about receiving this degree was the signature of Dr. Rushdoony on the diploma. After reading James’s master’s thesis, Rushdoony told him that it must be published and gave him some publishing contacts for Mathematics: Is God Silent? James also taught for an Australian Christian school; was a high school math instructor; and served as a systems analyst for a utility business, programming, designing, and maintaining software applications. He is currently doing full-time consulting and research work. Above all, he loves researching and writing (especially in the areas of mathematics and science) and has accumulated a library of over 2,000 books covering these fields and the fields of theology, history, economics, education, and law. He encourages his listeners and readers to press on in their unique calling under God. He says, Our lives are webs of His weaving; each strand is ordained of Him…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who is at work within us both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12,13). He has learned that “working out our salvation” does require work, but this work is ultimately energized by God; it is not of our doing. The things that James has done or learned in the working out of God’s calling in his life were founded on the source of grace from whence comes the ability to do or to learn.

www.biblicalchristianworldview.net

 

Lou Priolo is the founder and president of Competent to Counsel International. He is a graduate of Calvary Bible College and Liberty University and has been a full-time biblical counselor since 1985. He is the author of several books including The Heart of AngerThe Complete Husband; Teach Them DiligentlyGetting a Grip: The Heart of Anger Handbook for TeensPicking Up the Pieces: Recovering From Broken Relationships; Pleasing People: How Not to Be an ‘Approval Junkie’; and Resolving Conflicts: How to Make, Disturb, and Keep Peace. In addition to his books, Lou has dozens of recordings extrapolated from his years of lectures, teaching, and preaching. He is the editor of the Resources for Biblical Living series of booklets dealing with numerous counseling issues. Lou is a Fellow in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and an instructor with the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He travels frequently throughout the United States and abroad training pastors, laymen, and fellow counselors. Lou and his wife, Kim, have been married since 1987 and are the parents of two girls, Sophia and Gabriella.

www.loupriolo.com

 

Dr. Georgia Purdom is a creation scientist currently working for Answers in Genesis as a teacher, researcher, writer, and lecturer. She became interested in creation studies after hearing Ken Ham speak at Cedarville University. Georgiareceived her PhD in molecular genetics from Ohio State University. Her professional accomplishments include the winning of a variety of honors, research presentations at national conferences, and the completion of six years of teaching at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio), where she served as a professor of biology. At Answers in Genesis, Georgia lectures, teaches online classes, and writes articles for Answers magazine and AIG’s website. She designed the ‘Natural Selection Is Not Evolution’ exhibit for AIG’s Creation Museum. Her papers have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, the 2008 proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism, and the Answers Research Journal. She is a member of Creation Research Society, the American Society for Microbiology, and the America Society for Cell Biology. While at AIG, she has researched the role of microbes before and after the Fall of man and organized and headed the first meeting of creation microbiologists, called Microbe Forum, countering evolutionists’ views on the subject. Some of Dr. Purdom’s works include Be Bold for Truth; The Genetics of Adam and Eve; Galapagos Islands: A Different View; Eugenics, Abortion, and Genetics; The Sanctity of Life; Kids Most Asked Questions about Science and the Bible; Genetics, Evolution, and Creation; Hope Amid Despair: The Legacy of Eve; All Creatures Great and Small: Microbes and Creation; Wonder of the Cell; Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution?; The Intelligent Design Movement: How Intelligent Is It?; and The Code of Life: DNA Information and Mutations. Georgia and her husband have one daughter.

www.answersingenesis.org

 

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond began his pilgrimage in 1985 when Christ called him to the orthodox faith of biblical Christianity. By early 1991, Pastor Paul had ministered as a youth counselor, adult Bible school instructor and was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church as Minister of Education & Evangelism. At that time the CRC was undergoing severe doctrinal turmoil and was on the brink of a denominational split. Through his on-going studies and researching of many doctrinal teachings, Pastor Paul, along with others, was compelled to challenge many accepted dogmas and improper practices of the CRC and was convinced that the CRC, as a denomination, was beyond repair. In the fall of 1992, the Reformed Bible Church of Suffolk County was established. In mid-1998, Pastor Paul moved his family to Virginia and established the Reformed Bible Church in Central Virginia at Appomattox which continues the Scriptural “Sola” tradition of Reformation theology and practice, with a strong emphasis upon the Christian cultural mandate of Genesis 1:28 to subdue and take dominion over the earth. In July 2002, Raymond expanded the ministry by establishing an institute for higher theological learning and Christian scholarship - The Institute for Theonomic Reformation (www.hisglory.us) and in 2009 established The New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy (www.NewGeneva.us). Paul Michael Raymond is a graduate of Whitefield Theological Seminary, holding a Master’s degree from Whitefield, and a doctorate from Almeda Theological University. Raymond lives in Virginia with his wife of 28 years and has three grown children.

 

Jory Rolf is the Founder and Director of Make Believers International Enterprises, Make Believers International Ministries, DisciplesQuest International Ministries, Ozark Mountain Legacy, and AIM Around the World. Jory received his Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wyoming. After teaching for several years, he began his nationwide ministries. Make Believers International Ministries equips families, communities, churches, ministries, and individuals to “live out their God-given legacy” through intentional discipleship and living out core values. Make Believers International Enterprises operates as the Rolf Family’s “tent-making” business, enabling them to continue serving in ministry opportunities. Make Believers Family Players includes the Rolf children in family and music ministry. DisciplesQuest International Ministries identifies individuals, families and teams that have the heart for discipleship training and equipping them to “make believers to make disciples” in our needy world. AIM Around the World disciples young people and families through creative evangelism, mission work and biblical studies. The Ozark Mountain Legacy, beginning in Branson, MO, identified the area’s Mission, Vision and Core Values through a citizen-led initiative. The Legacy’s goal is to be intentional in helping communities, families, organizations, ministries and churches identify their God-given legacy and become purposeful and intentional in living it out and passing it on to the next generation. As a result, Jory also launched The Legacy Youth Institute in Ozark Mountain Country – designed to train young leaders in the area’s Core Values of Championing Family, Faith, Friends, Flag and Future. Jory is now available to train other communities and organizations to identify and develop their own LegacySTEP process. The Rolf family lives in Branson, MO where Jory is involved in many community efforts and activities, including the Legacy Core Catalyst Team, the Adoration Parade Committee, the Legacy Youth Institute and Legacy University. Jory’s passion is to “make believers” out of every individual and organization that God brings across his path. Jory, his wife Tess and their five beautiful children, Banner, Nation, Anthem, Justus and Honour, call Branson, MO their home as well as their headquarters for their international ministries.

www.makebelievers.org/rolf.html

 

Jon and Candy Summers have homeschooled since 1980. From 1987 to 1998, and then again in 2006, they served as leaders of North County Christian Home School Association. In 1987, they created There’s No Place Like Home, a business that publishes a newsletter which is emailed across the country, and also a book, planner, and website. This eventually broadened to include interior decorating, remodeling, and blogging as part of its overall mission to improve the home. Since 1993, Jon and Candy have led Missouri’s state organization, Christian Home Educators Fellowship—now Family Covenant Ministries. Along with their children, they host statewide monthly meetings, monthly family activities, and an annual state conference. Considered to be one of the top conferences in the nation, the conference draws families from all over the country and other nations. In 2003, men laid hands on Jon to establish and pastor the Lord’s Family Fellowship, dedicated to equipping faithful generations of covenanted families. Together, Jon and Candy co-author in-depth chronological Bible studies for the church and their CHEF/FCM families. In 2003, they also began a family business called Summers on the Lawn—a complete lawn care and landscaping company that involves their entire family in serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers. With the help of caregivers, their entire family has cared for Jon and Candy’s parents since 2005. In 2012 they began working very hard to shape a viable farm for their children and their children’s children. Since then the family has begun several related businesses: Summers Family Farms; Jersey Downs Dairy; Summers Smokehouse; and Summers Wood Products. For truly “There’s No Place Like Home,” and no community is stronger than one situated firmly on multiple generations of Christian families. www.thereisnoplacelikehome-summers.com

www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

 

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CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST!

 

Shalom! Join FCM’s Journey through the Promised Land and meet Moses, along with Aaron, as they lead us through the Bible, so you can learn firsthand to avoid the pitfalls that plagued the Hebrew people.

 

·      A Spectacular 5-day celebration held at the beautiful AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center, Silver Dollar City, College of the Ozarks, Titanic Museum, and Sight and Sound Theatre

·      Christian Hospitality Welcome Bags

·      World Class Speakers and Workshops

·      Celebrity Book Signings

·      A Special Viewing of Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit

·      Sight and Sound Theatre Singers

·      Biblical Impersonators

·      Treasure Hunt

·      Special Biblically Related Gifts

·      Hymn Sing

·      Bible Quiz

·      Christian Pageant

·      Costume Contest

·      Spectacular Biblical Scenery at Sight and Sound Theatre

·      Bible Ball

·      Special Pricing for Silver Dollar City

·      Workshop on Family Business and Impacting Your Community by Jack Herschend, co-owner of Silver Dollar City/Herschend Family Entertainment

·      Tour of the Cave at Silver Dollar City

·      Special Workshops at Silver Dollar City presented by the best of America’s Craftsmen

·      Treasure Hunt at the Titanic Museum

·      Tour at College of the Ozarks

·      Especially convenient for families with young children, Chateau on the Lake Resort’s guest rooms and suites are just above the conference ballrooms.

·      For your convenience, the entire conference will be held on the main floor of the Chateau, including our Exhibitors, with a glass elevator to guest rooms and suites just around the corner from the registration tables.

 

SCHEDULE & SPECIAL PRICING OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Monday, September 5: Silver Dollar City (Special classes to be announced)

Tuesday, September 6: Conference at Chateau on the Lake

Wednesday, September 7: Conference at Chateau on the Lake

Thursday, September 8:

   Titanic Museum 9:00 a.m.

   College of the Ozarks Tour and Lunch 11:30 a.m.

   Lunch on own at Keeter Center

   Sight and Sound Theater Moses Production 3:30 p.m. (Arrive 2:45 p.m.)

   Christian Pageant and Bible Ball in Sight and Sound’s Lobby

Friday, September 9: Silver Dollar City (Special classes to be announced)

 

Events and Special Ticketing Prices

 

To order your tickets go to http://www.homeinbranson.com/homeschoolweek1.html.

 

Silver Dollar City 2-day Special Passfor Monday, September 5 and Friday, September 9

Adult: $57

Child (4-11): $43

Includes taxes, shipping, service fee

(Compare to regular price 1-day tickets: $65.64 adult/$53.80 child)

We will have a tour of the cave and special workshops planned for you at Silver Dollar City.

 

Titanic MuseumSeptember 8, 9:00 a.m.

Child (4-18): $9 plus one adult

Other adults: $25

(Compare to regular price: $28 adults ages 13 and up/$10 child ages 5-12)

 

College of the Ozarks Tour and LunchSeptember 8, 11:30 a.m.

Tour: Free

Lunch on your own at Keeter Center

This tour will not only impart the history, vision and mission of the college but also allow you to see firsthand the students working around the campus.

 

Sight and Sound Theater Moses ProductionSeptember 8, 3:30 p.m. (Arrive at 2:45 p.m.)

Adult (14 and up): $29

Children (4-13): $12

Lap children up to 3 years: Free

Includes tax and service fee

(Compare to regular price: $50.22 adults/$21.20 children)

 

Our Spectacular Biblical Pageant and Ball will commence in Sight and Sound’s lobby following the production of Moses. We will get back to you about the time.

 

Silver Dollar City Tickets will be mailed so that you are able to go on Monday; all other tickets will be available at Conference Registration Table on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7.

 

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MEET MOSES AND BECOME A MEMBER OF FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES ENTOURAGE TO THE PROMISED LAND

 

SHALOM! Join the journey to the Promised Land as you learn how to navigate the pitfalls that plagued the Israelites.

 

CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY AT ITS FINEST!

 

Celebrations will include Hymn Singing, Bible Quiz, Costume Contest, and Bible Ball.

 

We are very excited about the upcoming 2016 conference. Although this conference continues our reputation for excellent speakers, messages, and fellowship, it will be distinctive in many ways. So keep watching as we unfold plans for this spectacular conference in upcoming newsletters—plans that are sure to excite and delight your family!

 

IMPERSONATORS

 

We had such an outstanding response last year to all of the impersonators that we are going to do it again this year.

 

Calling volunteers for becoming impersonators of the Bible—Prophets; Priests; Kings; Mothers and Wives of the Prophets, Priests, and Kings; Centurions; Reformers; Preachers; Missionaries; Hymn Writers; Christian Composers…

 

Thoroughly investigate your character so you are prepared to answer attendees’ questions as they attempt to identify your person.

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text92302 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-920-6135.

 

COSTUMES

 

View Sight and Sound Theatres media gallery for costume ideas.

 

http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/home.do

 

http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/mediaGallery.do#m2

 

http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/shows.do?showCD=MOS

 

TREASURE HUNT

 

Before the conference, we will print cards with the names of the characters coming to the conference and hand these out to our attendees.

 

Characters will wear a nametag that identifies them as an impersonator and sign their characters’ name on attendees’ Treasure Hunt cards when someone discovers their identity.

 

The first attendee in each age category to fill their card by discovering the identity of our impersonators will receive a special biblically related gift. Attendees need to brush up on the Bible and biblical history so they are prepared to ask good questions of our impersonators.

 

BIBLE PAGEANT

 

We will also ask our impersonators to be part of our Bible Pageant in Sight and Sound’s spectacular biblically themed lobby, where we will announce each character before our Bible Ball commences. Attendees will vote on the best impersonator’s costume, and the winner will receive a biblically related gift.

 

For Those Who Do Not Wish to Be Impersonators But Wish to Dress in Period Costumes

 

Our Bible Ball will be comprised of dances from the Jewish culture. Costumes are not mandatory; however, for those of you who do not wish to be impersonators but wish to dress in period costumes, you should begin sewing or selecting your gowns, dress attire, or uniforms for the Ball. This can be Hebrew dress, Roman attire, Reformers attire…or dress up as any of the characters above. You do not have to participate as an impersonator to dress up as one of our biblical characters.

 

THE PERFECT FAMILY VACATION & A GREAT PLACE TO RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS

 

CELEBRITY BOOK SIGNINGS

 

Have your books signed for your posterity! The time schedule of each book signing will be listed in our program, which will be handed to each attendee at the registration table.

 

Family Covenant Ministries Homeschool Week in Branson, September 5-9, 2016

 

Most of our speakers’ workshops will be held on September 6 and 7 at the AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center overlooking Table Rock Lake. Please view the gallery of beautiful pictures of this lovely Four Star resort:

http://www.chateauonthelake.com/gallery-en.html

 

Room Rates as low as $104; pricing below.

 

Treat yourself to some of the coziest accommodations in the Ozarks at Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa.

 

Widely recognized as one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, the Chateau is situated in the picturesque Ozark Mountains overlooking scenic Table Rock Lake just 10 miles from downtown Branson, Missouri. The resort features an impressive 10-story sky-lit atrium that has a waterfall, meandering streams brimming with colorful Koi fish, a charming library lounge with a great stone fireplace, 43,500 square feet of meeting space, an indoor and scenic outdoor pool, theater, restaurant, deli, café, and sweet shop.

 

Accommodations-Beautifully Appointed Rooms and Suites

 

The hotel’s 301 newly refurbished guest rooms now feature new color schemes with rich tones of brown, beige and yellow, Serta Perfect Sleeper plush mattresses, elegant cherry wood headboards, custom-made toppers with down inserts, two types of fluffy king-size pillows, and 300-thread count sateen sheets. In addition to these comforts, guest rooms and suites also include other upscale amenities such as granite-top desks, bedside tables and phones, beautiful new window treatments, tiled stone baths, custom-made shower curtains, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, free Wi-Fi, 37” flat-screen HDTVs with satellite programming, coffeemakers, iron and ironing board, and room service. Most rooms also have a private balcony with beautiful views of Table Rock Lake or the surrounding mountains.

 

The resort’s upscale accommodations offer plenty of space for families, including their pets. Families love staying in the Ambassador suites, which come fully equipped with wet bars, microwaves, separate bedrooms, mini-refrigerators, pullout sofas, bathrobes, and two HDTVs.

 

Find the vacation you’ve been looking for at this Ozark Mountains resort, where warm Midwest hospitality meets European-style service. This extraordinary “Castle in the Ozarks” is sure to delight everyone.

 

Exceptional Convention Center

 

Featuring breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake and exceptional meeting facilities, Chateau on the Lake has long been a favorite with meeting planners for events. A recipient of the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating for 15 consecutive years, the resort features an impressive mountaintop and lakefront setting, providing beautiful vistas of pristine Table Rock Lake, lush gardens, and the surrounding mountains. Boasting a vast array of recreational options, award-winning service, and a location convenient to the diverse entertainment offerings of Branson, it is easy to see why the resort is such a popular choice for groups.

 

The resort features a private 54-seat theater for special presentations, high-speed Internet access in all meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, complimentary Wi-Fi in preconvention areas, and outstanding banquet and catering services.

 

Recreational options at the resort include the exceptional 14,000-square-foot Spa Chateau. The full-service European-style spa features 10 luxurious treatment rooms; customized body treatments; a soothing Infinity Tub that is filled from the ceiling; an opulent outdoor Roman Bath situated beneath a waterfall overlooking Table Rock Lake; a lake-view Movement Therapy Studio for Zumba; and a hair salon.

 

In addition, the resort features a 24/7 fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, a 24/7 year-round indoor pool and hot tub, an outdoor seasonal hot tub and pool, hiking and biking trails, the indoor video theater, and full-service concierge. Golf at six area courses, which includes two of Missouri’s finest, also is available to groups and guests.

 

Dining

 

From gourmet cuisine to poolside snacks, there’s always something delicious to satisfy your appetite at Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa.

 

Chateau Grille

 

The resort’s scenic location overlooking Table Rock Lake provides an unparalleled dining experience in Branson. By combining gourmet quality food and spectacular views, this award-winning restaurant, Chateau Grille, has become a favorite among tourists and locals alike.

 

Atrium Café

 

Located in the Atrium Lobby amongst lush foliage, this café is a perfect place for casual lunches and dinners beside the hotel’s beautiful indoor waterfall and stream.

 

Sweet Shoppe

 

Located in the main lobby with indoor and outdoor seating, our old-time Sweet Shoppe is the ideal place to enjoy a sweet snack overlooking Table Rock Lake. Whether you’re in the mood for a morning pastry and a great cup of specialty coffee or an ice cream for the family, The Sweet Shoppe is the place to be.

 

Library Lounge

 

The traditional Library Lounge is the perfect place for cozy conversations over your favorite soda. Located in the main lobby, the lounge features tasteful Old World décor, a baby grand piano and a beautiful stone fireplace. Step outside to take in beautiful sunset views.

 

Downstairs Deli (Seasonal)

 

In the mood for a quick bite? Come and visit Chateau on the Lake’s Downstairs Deli for light meals and picnic-style dishes such as bistro-style sandwiches, hand-made pizza, and to go box lunches-served throughout the day. This fun and friendly deli is the perfect place to get a snack to enjoy on the patio, out on the lake, or on a picnic here in Branson.

 

Area Attractions

 

Described as the “Live Music Show Capital of America,” Branson features more than 80 live shows per day during the season and a variety of impressive attractions. Among the recreational options in Branson are the popular Silver Dollar City and the acclaimed Titanic Museum Attraction. Other offerings include The Branson Landing in the heart of downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo, just one block away from historic downtown, which features festivals, musical events, a variety of waterfront dining options, and 400,000 sq. ft. of shops, boutiques, galleries, and specialty gift shops.

 

Christian Atmosphere

 

When we met with the Hotel’s manager to negotiate our contract, he said that he opens each day’s staff meeting in prayer and that the Holy Spirit lives in this hotel, as his staff sees miracles every day.

 

Guest Rooms & Suites for FCM Families

 

Special Breakfast Buffet Pricing just for our families!

 

The Hotel is offering special vouchers to our families for a delicious Breakfast Buffet. This exceptional breakfast buffet is only $5 a person with children under age 5 free. Normally $15 per guest makes this a great deal. Breakfast may be eaten either in the beautiful Chateau Grille or in the Atrium Café beside the indoor waterfall and stream. Gratuity not included in breakfast service; individuals to provide gratuities at time of service. You are also welcome to bring food into your hotel rooms; however, you must eat that food in your rooms.

 

Guest rooms will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Mountain View King/Double Queensnot including breakfast $104 for single, double, triple, and quad rate

 

Mountain View King/Double Queensincluding breakfast vouchers for all occupants of room (Maximum of 6 guests) $134 for single, double, triple, and quad rate

 

Ambassador Suitenot including breakfast $149 for single, double, triple, and quad rate

 

Ambassador Suiteincluding breakfast vouchers for all occupants of room (Maximum of 6 guests) $179 for single, double, triple, and quad rate

 

The rates have been procured specifically for our FCM families. Rates for guests just prior to our event begin at $230 a room compared to our great room rates, and the tax rate in Branson is less than in St. Charles.

 

We were told that there would not be any sales tactics used to coerce customers to upgrade rooms, which has been a problem at the Embassy Suites in St. Charles.

 

Reservations-by phone only!

 

In order to assign individuals to specific rooms, room reservations will be required. Group’s attendees will make their reservation request by calling 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) and identifying themselves with Family Covenant Ministries. No online reservations are available for our group because we have been blessed with special breakfast buffet vouchers. You will need to ask for either a regular room with or without breakfast or an ambassador suite, with or without breakfast.

 

The Hotel does not confirm reservations to individual attendees in writing.

 

When reservations are made, the Hotel will require a deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night for each reservation. An individual’s deposit is refundable to that individual only if the Hotel receives notice of an individual’s cancellation at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival. Upon check-in, each guest will be required to present a valid credit card upon check-in, on which an amount of sufficient pre-authorization can be obtained to cover the room and tax charges and parking for the length of the guest’s stay, plus the agreed use of the Hotel’s ancillary services, and the Hotel requires each guest’s home-business address and e-mail address.

 

Check In/Check Out

 

Guest accommodations will be available at 4:00 p.m. on arrival day and reserved until 11:00 a.m. on departure day. Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure. Should the Hotel allow for late check-out, if may impose a half day rate.

 

Internet

 

The Hotel offers complimentary 1MB wireless Internet access in all guestrooms. Guests may upgrade for a fee. Complimentary wireless Internet is also available in our lobby level public spaces.

 

Parking

 

Indoor self-parking in covered parking garage is available at no charge for all registered guests. Outdoor self-parking is available at no charge on the ground of the Hotel for all attendees.

 

Airport

 

Springfield airport is just 50 minutes from Branson.

 

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A COMPELLING CASE FOR DONATING TO FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES (CHEF)

 

Destruction of the traditional, biblical family is the greatest culprit in the demise of our nation and the world at large. Restoration of the backbone of this Christian civilization is the only long-term solution to our society’s disorder, beginning and ending with covenant fidelity to parental discipleship throughout multiple generations.

 

From its inception, Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educator’s Fellowship) has diligently labored to equip generations of families to fulfill their biblical mandate to disciple their children at home. As a matter of fact, leaders from across the country have touted our organization as the premier educational and advocacy group for home educators. All because of our uncompromising tenacity to covenant faithfulness and our indefatigable labor for discipling our families in the Word. The result of this long-term commitment is summed up in several leaders’ summation that FCM (CHEF) isn’t only discipling our nation, but the nations of the world.

 

While our country suffers violence from the great influx of ideologies and values antithetical to the biblical principles on which it was established, rapidly hurling it into pagan barbarism no less, FCM’s diligence assures continuity from one generation to the next of the ideas, values and principles necessary to keep it free. Producing well educated, disciplined young people faithful to their Christian legacy provides the moral fiber needed for rebuilding this culture.

 

Yet for all its hard labor, FCM cannot continue to exist if not financially assisted by those who believe in its mission and vision. Indeed, if the Christian community desires to advance the Kingdom in this cultural war, they must be willing to finance the vanguard who continues to battle, day in and day out, year after year.

 

As you know, FCM is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that has dedicated these past 32 years to honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through equipping generations of families to fulfill their biblical mandate to disciple their children at home. Making certain that our events remain affordable for all homeschooling families, while providing scholarships to widows and those in distress, FCM consistently experiences shortages for most events.

 

When it comes to the conference, the shortfalls are huge because unlike most other conferences that use vendors as their speakers, with only one or maybe two featured speakers, FCM’s adherence to excellent messages requires large outlays of money that results in enormous shortages.

 

Although we are thrilled to serve the Lord and help advance FCM’s extraordinary work in transforming our culture, we feel that we have a fiduciary responsibility to our own children to enlist more families to make significant pecuniary contributions towards supporting the tremendous costs involved in operating this organization.

 

Contributing from 40-80 plus hours each week to the work, our family can attest to the huge amounts of money it takes to continue the daily tasks that go into managing the organization, ministering to thousands of families each year, orchestrating events throughout each year (particularly our annual conference), while also writing monthly newsletters.

 

Who has not benefitted from the excellent teachings expounded in the newsletters, at meetings, or at the conference? In a world of information where meaningless drivel continues to take the place of valuable content, families need to understand the significance of maintaining the hand that feeds, nurtures, equips, and supports them. Especially when families continue to make a point of expressing their gratitude for the instruction provided in the newsletter and the conference, because they don’t get it anywhere else, we must turn those words of gratitude into acts of love and appreciation by supporting those who labor on behalf of so many. Even those who don’t realize FCM’s impact have benefitted by the influence it is having on our nation, but more importantly, by the blessings it has brought upon so many families because of our faithfulness.

 

God says that the laborer is worthy of his wages; yet not only have we not been paid these past 30 years, but our family continues to cover the huge shortfalls each year.

 

Sound harsh? The truth of the matter is that it is tragic and a poor witness that one family shoulders the brunt of the hefty weight of the ministry’s shortfall, when thousands who benefit from the weekly labors of the few continue to neglect the great need of their brethren.

 

Our ministry needs help. Will you help us?

 

Leading up to Valley Forge, during the time at Valley Forge, and while engaged in the battle for our freedom, Washington continued to plead for the finances he knew were needed for winning the war. Americans are still experiencing far more grace than deserved because of our founders’ faithfulness in pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to that cause. Please allow us to repeat what national and local leaders continue to share with us that many home educators in this land are living in the light of God’s blessings because of FCM’s arduous labor on their behalf.

 

We are engaged in a fierce battle for the hearts of our families and the soul of our nation!

 

Please consider making a donation now at https://familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=21or when you register online for the Conference.

 

Besides the huge conference shortfall ($20,000-$40,000) we incur each year, our website must be updated, costing an additional $4200 that we do not have. Please help!

 

Please notethat although we are a nonprofit organization, donations provided for Family Covenant Ministries are not tax deductible because we reserve the right to speak truth freely about legislation, to actively campaign for candidates who share our vision and mission, and to lobby without government restrictions. We deeply appreciate your support!

 

Pastors Our family has always been pleased to offer free admission to pastors and their families for their sacrificial labor and to help train them with our speakers’ magnificent teachings. However, due to the sheer magnitude of FCM/CHEF’s shortfall each year and the great number of pastors that attend each year, we have been encouraged by others to eliminate this offer. We are sorry because we are truly grateful for each pastor and his family, as we pray that they become instruments in bringing a revival to this nation. Instead, we are encouraging pastors to ask their churches to pay for them to attend since it is the church body that will benefit from these life-transforming messages. If you wish to make it possible for your pastor and his family to attend, you may pay for their admittance online, or you can mail a check to FCM, c/o Sonia Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown, MO 63645.

 

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Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 32 years!

www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

 

Our thanks for George and Janet Engelbach who have fought for our liberties since Candy and I first began homeschooling. And our thanks to Diane Drinkard for encouraging us to get this out right away and for sending the articles by Publius Huldah.

 

Candy and I have always strongly opposed a Constitutional Convention and the Parental Rights Amendment. If you have attended our conferences and read the books on our Essential Book List, you certainly understand the dangers of both.

 

In response to the calls for an Article V Convention, our FCM homeschooling attorney and lobbyist David Klarich stated: “Please refer to the legislative report attached [FCM 04.07.2016.pdf]. Many of these resolutions have been placed on the chamber calendars for consideration. (They could be taken up for a vote at any time). If passed, they would be sent to the alternative chamber for consideration. There are five (5) weeks remaining in the session.”

 

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URGENT: Missouri Action Call to Protect Constitution!

 

Missouri Eagle Forum Legislative Director Janet Engelbach shares:

 

A Convention of States is absolutely DANGEROUS! We hope your FCM families can help us defeat this bad legislation. Many seem to believe we need to change our United States Constitution to force Congress to “do something!” While we all agree Congress is out of control changing our Constitution is not the answer. If Congress is not following the current Constitution that has worked for 200 years what makes one believe they will follow a new or changed Constitution? Who in the world would we send to represent us?

 

The Missouri legislature would place our United States Constitution at risk with any and all Calls for an Article V Convention, Compact, or Convention of States.

These Resolutions could be voted on as early as this week:

 

HCR 57

 

SCR 53&44 -Schaefer

Applies to Congress for the calling of an Article V convention of states to propose certain amendments to the United States Constitution which place limits on the federal government

 

SCR 55 -Holsman

Urges Congress to call an Article V Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution

 

SCR 61 -Parson

Applies to Congress for the calling of an Article V convention of states to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution regarding term limits for members of Congress

 

Please call your Missouri Legislator asking for a FIRM NO on any and ALL calls for any of these Constitutional Convention bills. Remind the legislators: With the death of Justice Scalia, the ongoing contested Presidential race, and the uncertainty of the future Supreme Court balance, now is NOT the time to open up the Constitution to revision! Having an Article V Constitutional Convention is Dangerous.

Missouri Eagle Forum

Janet Engelbach

Legislative Director?314-708-0094

 

To look up your Missouri State Senator and Missouri State Representative go to

 http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/alerts/2016-archives/mo-protect-constitution.html

 

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Article V Convention: Pouring Gasoline on the Burning Constitution

by Janine Hansen

 

I have fought this dangerous idea of an Article V Constitutional Convention for more than 30 years and currently serve as the National Constitutional Issues Chairman for Eagle Forum. Now more than ever before, the extreme hazards of this bad idea have been exposed.

 

A Constitutional Convention will be the Greatest Political event in the history of our nation since the original Constitutional Convention... Do you think that the liberals will sit back and let the Conservatives control the Convention? Are you dreaming?

 

All we know for sure about an Article V Convention is what Article V states. There are no precedents because there has never been one called. All else is speculation. However, proponents tell us that the safeguard is that any amendments coming out of an Article V will have to be ratified by three-quarters of the states. As history tells us the original Constitutional Convention CHANGED the ratification process in the Articles of Confederation which required unanimous agreement to a requirement of only nine states.

 

Some Background: Article V of the U.S. Constitution states: “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments (in the plural), which, in either Case shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress...” Notice that Congress Calls the Convention and will set the rules...not the States. Do you have faith in what Congress will do?

 

A Convention cannot be Limited: Former Chief Justice Warren Burger stated: “I have also repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don’t like its agenda...”

http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/concon/pdf/WarrenBurger-letter.pdf

 

Interesting note: Michael Farris/Mike Meckler’s Convention of the States organization is proposing three amendments and Mark Levin’s book promotes ten separate amendments. There can be no legitimate discussion of limiting a convention to a single subject by supporters of an Article V Constitutional Convention.

 

Just ask yourself: Do we control our City Council, County Commission, State Legislature or Congress? How in the world are “conservatives” going to control a Constitutional Convention of the States? This is the myth being promoted by the Convention of the States group...that the people, of course the conservatives, will control a Convention.

 

How will Delegates be chosen? We don’t know. Will there be one vote per state like the original Constitutional Convention? Can you imagine California or New York putting up with that? If delegates are based on population, the large liberal states will control the convention. And don’t forget recent experiences at Republican and Democrat Conventions. He who has the gavel makes the rules.

 

Besides Conservatives: Who else is interested in Changing the Constitution besides the Conservative Elite?

 

Liberal Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recently published a book about the Six Constitutional amendments he is promoting. Specifically he wants to change the Second Amendment. Stevens proposes that the Second Amendment should be modified by adding five words, as follows: 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.” This change adding “when serving in the militia” eliminates the individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms. A Convention would be a real opportunity for the Gun Grabbers. Phyllis Schlafly wrote an article about this threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms

http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/unexpected-suggestions-for-constitutional-changes.html

 

Move to Amend is a leftist organization which opposes the U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Citizens United. Move to Amend wants to take away our right of free speech by eliminating independent contributions and expenditures for campaigns and limit campaigns to government money only (which will silence dissent). They support an Article V Constitutional Convention. This year California and Vermont passed this radical proposal calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention to implement it. If you go to Move to Amend’s website, you will see nine pages of leftist organizations across the nation supporting this radical idea. “We will win our amendment through Congress or through a Constitutional Convention (Article V)...

https://movetoamend.org/2013-highlights

 

Their radical amendment prohibits candidates from spending their own money on their own campaigns. Their claim is that money is not free speech. Really? I guess we can stand on the corner and shout at passing cars with our message, because you won’t be able to purchase literature, pay for a website, place ads on TV, put up campaign signs, pay for phone calls or campaign workers or print and mail a newsletter. Screaming on the corner would be about all that would be left to us if we can’t spend any money to exercise free speech.

 

Conservative Republicans who claim to support a Balanced Budget Amendment are blowing smoke!

 

All States receive a significant portion of their budgets, between 19% and 45%, from the federal government. Nevada receives 25.48% of its budget from the federal government. You could look high and low and not find a conservative Republican legislator willing to refuse the federal money and mandates. They want to cut the federal budget but not their state’s budget! This is why conservatives who say they want a Balanced Budget Amendment are blowing smoke. Legislators, conservative or not, will not vote to reject federal funds and mandates. Do you think they will go to an Article V Convention and vote to cut their own state budgets by 25%? This is why a Balanced Budget Amendment won’t work.

http://www.statebudgetsolutions.org/publications/detail/new-data-reveals-amount-of-federal-aid-to-states-in-2012

 

BBA supporters admit a BBA Article V Convention will raise your taxes, not cut spending.

Fritz Pettyjohn, a former Alaska legislator, is the Co-Founder of the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force and currently the Field Director of Lew Uhler’s National Tax Limitation Committee. February 26, 2014, during a meeting of the Utah Legislature’s Conservative Caucus in a room full of legislators, Pettyjohn was asked, “What would prevent the Congress from raising our taxes to balance the budget?”

 

Pettyjohn responded by saying, “They probably will raise our taxes, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It would make the people so mad they would throw them out.” WOW! The Article V BBA failed at the Utah Legislature. Many legislators were not willing to support a measure that would result in taxes being raised.

 

I often hear the argument in favor of an Article V Constitutional Convention that everything is so bad that we have to do something. If my house was on fire and the only liquid available was gasoline, I would not throw gasoline on my burning house because I had to do something. That’s what an Article V gives us...the real chance of throwing gasoline on an already burning Constitution.

http://www.eagleforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ArticleVConvention.pdf

 

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Deceptions of Convention of States (COS) Language by Janet Engelbach

 

Listing three “issues” when in fact one of the three “issues” encompasses the other two, to give it the appearance of relating to multiple specific issues i.e., not the entire Constitution, when in fact it does relate to the entire Constitution,

 

First, “…impose fiscal restraints” is requesting a change of the spending power of Congress. This relates to the money powers enumerated in Article I of the federal Constitution.

 

Second, “...limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress...” This phrase would entail changes to Article I (Congress), Article II (President /Executive branch) and Article III (Judicial branch).

 

Third, “...limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government...” is exactly what the U.S. Constitution was created to do. Therefore, this calls for changes (nonspecific) to Articles I, II, III, IV, V and VI. Encompasses the very purpose of the Constitution.

 

Fourth, the term “limit” is being used to make the unwary think it means to lessen or reduce the “power and jurisdiction” of the federal government. “Limit” does not mean “reduce.” “Limit” means simply to set a boundary or an outer perimeter of authority.

 

By way of example, to increase the terms of Office of the President from its current limit of two terms to a new limit of three terms (as many would like to do and in fact have submitted proposed amendments to the Constitution to do) would in fact be “limiting” the “power and jurisdiction” of the Office the President under the request, it would be increasing the federal government’s power by enlarging the number of terms.

 

Likewise, the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA), which Mike Farris (head of the COS) promotes, and which was in Congress, would for the first time in our history create authority in the federal government to regulate parental rights. Yes, even though it is giving more power to the federal government it would be seen as “limiting” federal authority under COS application because it sets a boundary (limit) where no authority previously existed. This is pure sleight of hand.

 

Words mean something, and if one is not careful with the use of words, words can do more harm than good.

 

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Open Letter to State Legislators Everywhere: The other side of the Article V Convention Issue by Publius Huldah

 

[FCM homeschooling families just went to Jefferson City to hear Publius Huldah. This is what Diane Drinkard had to say about this author/speaker: “Publius Huldah is very good. She has a true understanding that our rights come from God, not the Constitution, not the government, etc. She has a great command of the understanding of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Federalists Papers, etc. She is very strong in what she teaches, backs it up. Gives a lot of information and facts, very high in content.”]

 

Publius Huldah is a retired litigation attorney who now lives in Tennessee. Before getting a law degree, she acquired a degree in philosophy where she specialized in political philosophy and epistemology (theories of knowledge).

 

She now writes extensively on the U.S. Constitution, using the Federalist Papers to prove its original meaning and intent. She shows how federal judges and politicians have ignored our Constitution and replaced it with their personal opinions and beliefs. She also shows how The People can, by learning our Founding Principles themselves, restore our Constitutional Republic.

 

If there is an Article V convention, we will lose the Constitution we have, and another Constitution will be imposed.

 

You are not getting both sides of this issue. Throughout the country, those of us who are warning of the dangers of an Article V convention are marginalized, ridiculed, smeared, shut out of meetings, and barred from speaking in public forums. THIS short essay from the Principled Policy Blog describes what we face every day.

 

HERE is an account by Donny Harwood, a citizen of Tennessee, describing how he was shut out of the public meeting which the Convention of States people held on October 19, 2015, at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the Leaf-Chronicle, a number of Tennessee legislators were at the meeting. A prominent Tennessee radio talk show host was also present.

 

And everyone at the meeting was prevented from hearing the other side of this issue.

 

The reason convention proponents forbid dissenting voices is that we can prove, by means of facts and original source documents, that the claims and promises of the convention proponents are false. HERE are some of the original source documents legislators would hear about if they were presented with the other side of this issue.

 

We are in the final stage of a takeover. Leftists of every variety want a new Constitution to legalize our transformation from the constitutional Republic created by our existing Constitution to a dictatorship.

 

To get a new Constitution, they need a convention. So they are telling conservatives that our Constitution is causing our problems, and we need to amend the Constitution. And they say we can only make the amendments they say we need at a convention.

 

Article V of our Constitution provides two methods of amending our Constitution. Congress can either:

                Propose amendments, or?

                Call a convention to propose amendments if 34 states apply for it.

The first method was used for our existing 27 amendments: Congress proposed them and sent them to the states for ratification or rejection.

 

Under the second method, Congress calls a convention. We have never had a convention under Article V. Such conventions are extremely dangerous. HERE is one of many articles which illustrate the danger. It sets forth warnings from two of our Framers and two former US Supreme Court Justices, and explains why delegates to a convention can NOT be controlled by state laws.

 

National conventions are dangerous because the delegates have the plenipotentiary power to impose a new Constitution with a new mode of ratification. The video by Chuck Michaelis at the Principled Policy Blog explains these plenipotentiary powers.

http://www.principledpolicy.com/an-article-v-convention-fact-vs-theory/

 

Such delegates are the Sovereign Representatives of the People and have the power to impose a new Constitution. This has already happened in our history:

                At the Federal Convention of 1787, this plenipotentiary power was exercised to replace our first Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, with the Constitution we now have. On February 21, 1787, The Continental Congress called a convention “for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation.” But instead of proposing amendments to our first Constitution, the delegates wrote a new Constitution – the one we now have.

                Furthermore, the new Constitution had a new and easier mode of ratification: Article XIII of the Articles of Confederation (p. 8-9) provided that Amendments to the Articles had to be approved by the Continental Congress and all of the then-13 States. But the new Constitution, drafted at the “amendments” convention of 1787, provided in Article VII thereof that it would be ratified upon approval by only nine of the then existing 13 States.

So! Not only do delegates to a national convention have this plenipotentiary power to impose a new Constitution, but the precedent to do so has already been established.

 

The Left has been pushing for a convention for 50 years – ever since the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations produced the Constitution for the Newstates of America. They need a convention to get it imposed.

 

Several other Constitutions are already prepared and waiting for a convention.

 

If there is a convention, the only issues will be (1) whose Constitution will be imposed by the delegates; and (2) what new mode of ratification will be set forth in the new Constitution.

                The Constitution for the Newstates of America imposes a totalitarian dictatorship. Article XII, § 1 thereof provides for ratification by a referendum called by the President. The states are dissolved and replaced by regional governments answerable to the new national government.?

                The Revolutionary Communist Party USA has a Constitution for The New Socialist Republic in North America.?

                George Soros, Marxist law professors all over the country, Cass Sunstein, and Eric Holder want a Marxist Constitution in place by the year 2020.?

                The “Convention of States” project wants a “re-written” Constitution which legalizes powers the federal government has already usurped, and delegates new powers to the federal government such as total power over children. Yet they are telling conservatives that they want a convention so they can get amendments “to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government”!?

                Under the planned North American Union, Canada, the United States, and Mexico will surrender their sovereignty to a Parliament set over the three countries. The United States will need a new Constitution to transform us from a sovereign nation to a member state of the North American Union. This is what the Establishment wants. And it is being imposed on us by stealth. Read the Task Force Report of the Council on Foreign Relations HERE. And to see how the European Union is working out for the formerly sovereign nations of Europe, watch this 7.5 minute video by Pat Condell.

 

In the past, conservatives defeated the periodic pushes for a convention. So the Left changed tactics: Now, they are marketing it to appeal to conservatives: they are telling conservatives that a convention is the only way to rein in the federal government. These leftists, some wearing conservatives’ clothing, are using the classic techniques of the Left: They are not telling the truth; they are smearing their opponents; and they have divided conservatives. Conservatives who fell for the marketing have been induced to attack and exclude conservatives who are warning of the dangers of a convention. And they won’t let us address their groups.

 

Our existing Constitution really was a 5,000 year miracle. We delegated only a handful of enumerated powers to the federal government – you can see what we delegated HERE. Our Constitution doesn’t need “fixing” – we need to restore the Constitution we already have. We begin the restoration by reading and learning our Constitution (in light of the Declaration of Independence). And enforcing it! See, in this regard, the Tenth Amendment Center’s 2015 State of the Nullification Movement Report.

 

For the Love of God and Country, heed this warning.

Very truly yours, Publius Huldah

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/huldah/151111

 

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Delegates to an Article V Convention Can’t Be Controlled by State Laws! by Publius Huldah

 

Our Declaration of Independence (2nd para) sets forth our long forgotten Founding Principles that:

                All men are created equal.?

                Rights come from God.?

                People create governments to secure God-given rights. The first three words of our Constitution throw off the European model where political power originates with the State; and establish the new Principle that WE THE PEOPLE are the “pure, original fountain of all legitimate political authority” (Federalist No. 22, last sentence).?

                When a government seeks to take away our God given rights, we have the right to alter, abolish, or throw off that Form of government.

These are the Principles which justified our Revolution against a King.

 

These are also the Principles which permit us today to throw off our Form of government by discarding our existing Constitution and replacing it with another one. This is why the language at Article V of our Constitution, which authorizes Congress to call a convention “for proposing amendments,” does not restrict Delegates to merely “proposing amendments”: Delegates are invested with that inherent pre-existing sovereign right, recognized in our Declaration, to abolish our existing Form of government (our Constitution) and propose a new Constitution.

 

This has happened once before in our Country. I’ll show you.

 

The Federal Convention of 1787: Federal and State Instructions to Delegates

 

Pursuant to Article XIII of The Articles of Confederation, the Continental Congress resolved on February 21, 1787 (p 71-74) to call a convention to be held at Philadelphia

 

“for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation.”

 

The Continental Congress authorized each of the then 13 States to appoint Delegates to the convention. Twelve of the States [1] made laws respecting the appointment of Delegates and issuing instructions to Delegates. Ten States instructed their Delegates to propose alterations to the Articles of Confederation; and only two (North Carolina and New Hampshire) gave instructions which arguably permitted their Delegates to do more than propose alterations to the Articles of Confederation. [2]

 

But the Delegates ignored the federal and State limitations and wrote a new Constitution. Because of this inherent authority of Delegates, it is impossible to stop it from happening at another convention.

 

The Delegates also instituted an easier mode of ratification. Whereas Article XIII of the Articles of Confederation required approval of all of the then 13 States before an amendment could be ratified; Article VII of the new Constitution provided that only 9 States were required for ratification of the new Constitution.

 

Why is an Article V Convention Dangerous?

 

So! Do you see?

 

If we have a convention today, there is nothing to stop Delegates from proposing a new Constitution with its own new method of ratification.

 

New Constitutions are already prepared and waiting for a convention. Here are three:

                Fifty years ago, the Ford & Rockefeller Foundations produced the Constitution for the Newstates of America. It is ratified by a referendum called by the President [Art 12, Sec. 1]. If we have a convention, and Delegates propose the Newstates Constitution, it doesn’t go to the States for ratification – it goes directly to the President to call a Referendum. The States are dissolved and replaced by regional governments answerable to the new national government. Read the Newstates Constitution and tremble for your country.?

                The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA has a Constitution for The New Socialist Republic in North America.?

                The Constitution 2020 movement is funded by George Soros and supported by Marxist law professors and Marxist groups all over the country, Cass Sunstein and Eric Holder. They want a Marxist Constitution, and they want it in place by the year 2020. It further appears that Soros is funding much of the current push for an Article V convention.

 

Warnings from the Wise

 

Brilliant men have warned against an Article V convention. It is immoral to dismiss their warnings:

                Alexander Hamilton writes of “the utter improbability of assembling a new convention, under circumstances in any degree so favorable to a happy issue, as those in which the late convention met, deliberated, and concluded...” Federalist No. 85 (9th para)?

                James Madison writes in his Nov. 2, 1788 letter to Turberville that he “trembled” at the prospect of a second convention; and that an Article V Convention would give “the most violent partisans” and “individuals of insidious views” “a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric” of our Country. In Federalist No. 49, he shows that the convention method is NOT GOOD to correct breaches of the federal Constitution because the People aren’t philosophers – they follow what influential people tell them! And the very legislators who caused the problem would get themselves seats at the convention so they could control the outcome.?

                Former US Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg reminds us in his Sep. 14, 1986 article in The Miami Herald, that at the convention of 1787, the delegates ignored their instructions from the Continental Congress and instead of proposing amendments to the Articles of Confederation, wrote a new Constitution. He warns that “...any attempt at limiting the agenda [of the convention] would almost certainly be unenforceable.”?

                Former US Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Berger warns in his June 1988 letter to Phyllis Schlafly that “there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention”; “After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don’t like its agenda”; and “A new Convention could plunge our Nation into constitutional confusion and confrontation at every turn...”

 

Can State Laws Control Delegates?

 

Convention supporters say we don’t have to worry about any of the above because States can make laws controlling their Delegates.

 

Really? James Madison, Father of our Constitution and a consistent opponent of the convention method of proposing amendments, didn’t know that. Two US Supreme Court Justices didn’t know that. They said there is no effective way to control the Delegates.

 

But in case you are uncertain as to who is telling you the Truth – and who isn’t – I will show you how easily State laws which pretend to control Delegates can be circumvented.

 

Let’s use House Bill 148, recently filed in the New Hampshire Legislature, to illustrate this:

 

Section 20-C:2 I. of the New Hampshire bill says:

                “No delegate from New Hampshire to the Article V convention shall have the authority to allow consideration, consider, or approve an unauthorized amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America.” [italics mine]

Section 20-C:1 V. of the bill defines “unauthorized amendment” as:

                “any amendment outside the scope permitted by the Article V petition passed by the general court of New Hampshire.”

What is wrong with this?

                It doesn’t prohibit New Hampshire Delegates from proposing or approving a new Constitution.?

                Article V of the US Constitution provides that Amendments will be proposed at the convention. Any state laws contrary to Article V must fall under the supremacy clause at Article VI, US Constitution.?

                New Hampshire Delegates can’t restrict Delegates from other States.?

                It ignores the inherent sovereign authority of Delegates to throw off both their State governments and the federal government by proposing a new constitution with whatever new mode of ratification they want. Remember! Under the proposed Newstates Constitution, the States are dissolved and replaced by regional governments answerable to the new national government.

And if the States already know what amendments they want, they should tell their State congressional delegations to propose them in Congress. This is the method James Madison always advised.

 

Section 20-C:2 II. of the New Hampshire bill says:

                “Any vote taken by a delegate from New Hampshire at the Article V convention in violation of paragraph I of this section shall be null and void. Any delegate making this vote shall be immediately disqualified from serving as a delegate to the Article V convention.”

What is wrong with this?

                What if the Delegates vote to keep their proceedings secret? At the federal convention on May 29, 1787, our Framers made rules restricting publications of their proceedings.

                What if the Delegates vote by secret ballot? As long as some vote “for” and others vote “against” every proposition, there is no way to tell who did what.

Section 20-C:2 III. of the New Hampshire bill says:

                “Every delegate from New Hampshire to the Article V convention called for by the Article V petition shall be required to take the following oath”:

                “I do solemnly swear or affirm that to the best of my abilities, I will, as a delegate to the Article V convention, uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States and the state of New Hampshire. I will accept and will act according to the limits of the authority as a delegate granted to me by New Hampshire law, and I will not vote to consider or approve any unauthorized amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America. I understand and accept any penalties that may be imposed on me by New Hampshire law for violating this oath.” [boldface mine]

Does one need to comment on the efficacy of Oaths of Office in our degenerate times? Article II, §1, last clause, of our Constitution requires the President to take an Oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”; and Article VI, last clause, requires everyone in the federal and State governments to take an oath to obey the Constitution.

 

Who today honors his Oath of Office?

 

Section 20-C:2 IV. of the New Hampshire bill says:

                “Any delegate who violates the oath contained in paragraph III of this section shall be subject to the maximum criminal penalty under RSA 641:2.”

Any criminal defense attorney worth his salt can figure out how to get around this one:

                As shown above, if the proceedings of the convention are kept secret, or Delegates vote by secret ballot, one would never know if any one Delegate violated his oath. Defense counsel would get any attempted criminal prosecution of any particular Delegate dismissed at a pretrial hearing.?

                Congress can pass a law granting immunity from prosecution to the Delegates.?

                The Delegates can insert a clause in the new constitution granting themselves immunity from prosecution.?

                If the new constitution abolishes the States, as does the Newstates Constitution, there is no State left to prosecute Delegates.?

                The local prosecutor is the one who decides whether he will prosecute any criminal offense under his jurisdiction. Politics are a deciding factor in deciding whether to prosecute. Remember Eric Holder refused to prosecute Black Panthers who intimidated white voters at a polling place?

Do you see? James Madison, Justice Arthur Goldberg, and Justice Warren Burger were right: It is impossible to restrict the Delegates.

 

Everything to Lose, Nothing to Gain

 

If there is a convention today, George Washington, James Madison, Ben Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton won’t be there to protect you. Who will the Delegates be? You don’t know. Do you trust them?

 

Our Framers never said that when the federal [and State] government violate the Constitution, the remedy is to amend the Constitution they violate. They never said the remedy is to file a lawsuit and let federal judges decide.

 

They expected us to act as they did – with “manly firmness” [3] – and resist unconstitutional acts of the federal and state governments. Our Constitution doesn’t need “fixing” – it needs to be read and enforced by our votes; and failing that, by manly opposition – resistance – nullification.

 

NOTES:

 

[1] Rhode Island boycotted the Convention. See RI’s Statement of Reasons in document at 2 below.

 

[2] For the texts of the States’ instructions to their Delegates and a helpful commentary, go to Principled Policy Blog HERE.

 

[3] The 7th paragraph of the Declaration of Independence says: “He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.” [boldface mine] PH

 

© Publius Huldah

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/huldah/150119

 

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Legislative Director of Eagle Forum, Janet Engelbach shares: There are many Articles on Michael Farris and Constitutional Convention online. Here are some of them. http://freedomoutpost.com/convention-states-michael-farris-grasping-poison-straws/

http://www.eagleforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ArticleVConvention.pdf

 

Convention of States’ Michael Farris is Grasping at Poison Straws by Cheryl Pass

 

I’ve been asked, “Why do (I) think that certain people who seem to be respected in conservative circles would be involved in the Convention of States if it is as bad as I say it is.” I’ve answered that I don’t know the exact motives of each of those involved, but it seems there are many different motives, none of which have much of anything to do with preserving the U.S. Constitution as it was written. Then I get the “but we have to modernize” argument, again from people who claim to love America and yet don’t understand that Convention of States aims to change the very America they claim to love. Further they contend, “But it isn’t working now, so we must act.”

 

To answer these questions, I think it is best to look at the organizations involved, the people at the top of them, and the amendments themselves. As you read this, know I am not in the character assassination business. I just think people need to ask these questions before they follow a path that leads in the wrong direction.

 

Convention of States has a board of directors Michael Farris is the head of the Convention of States project. Evidently, he is the hero of homeschool parents for defending the rights of homeschooling for several years. However, there seems to be another side to this man and the amendment he proposes regarding parental rights that happens to grant more power to the federal government, power the federal government does not have in the original Constitution. He denies this. Michael Farris is also President of “Parental Rights.org,” and Grover Norquist is the Director. Grover Norquist is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Norquist is married to a Muslim and is a Muslim convert. I find this partnership with Norquist to be curious and troublesome. This isn’t just an acquaintanceship. It’s a business partnership. Is it wise to put your faith in a man who is that closely associated with someone who is promoting Islam’s Sharia law? Take a look at Norquist’s Islam Connections.

 

At CPAC this year, Grover Norquist told a George Soros publication that Islam “is completely consistent with the U.S. Constitution and a free and open society,” a statement that reveals either a profound lack of understanding of Islamic law, or a conscious effort at deception. This sounds just like Barack Obama’s DHS advisor Mohamed Elibiary.

 

Why would Michael Farris create a partnership with a man such as Grover Norquist, if Farris is as he claims, a devotee of the U.S. Constitution? Does anyone else find this troubling?

 

On this page, under “Parental Rights Basics,” Mr. Farris’s organization links the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. For those of us who have been in the trenches, battling the insidious infiltration of the UN’s Agenda 21 Doctrine in our United States, this is very curious. Publius Huldah has also pointed out the model for Mr. Farris is this UN Doctrine.

 

ParentalRights.org Basics

 

                The Parental Rights Amendment

                The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

                About Us

                 

I think Constitutional Conservatives in the grassroots might find that fact just a little disconcerting. Has Mr. Farris revealed to the Tea Parties and grassroots folks, or the legislators, that what he is doing is placing a UN doctrine on parental rights into our Constitution?

 

So how about the amendment that Mr. Farris wants to place on the table for the Convention of States Convention? There is serious debate on this from both sides. Two people in particular, one of whom used to be a supporter of Farris’s efforts regarding homeschooling, have been ridiculed and tossed aside by Mr. Farris in recent years, Phyllis Schafly and Publius Huldah. There are others objecting to his proposal as well. Mr. Farris’s amendment, by virtue of enumerating an additional right not included in the bundle of Natural Rights, by the federal government, gives the federal government dominion over that right. The rights of parents, heretofore, have been implicit and inherent in the bundle of Natural Rights given to us by “Nature’s God” as described in the Declaration of Independence. The Founders explained that all of these Natural Rights were not to be enumerated, but understood, save the few in the Bill of Rights. As we have seen, at least three of the enumerated rights are under attack constantly lately; freedom of speech, 2nd amendment gun rights, and property rights. If adding another enumerated right for parents is supposed to avert attacks on parental rights, it seems this amendment idea would do the opposite, simply draw more fire and not succeed at the supposed intention.

 

Mr. Farris would like to place something into the Constitution that would add a Constitutional enforceable amendment, giving the federal government power over it. This same argument is being used by those who wish to redefine what marriage is, another tenet of Natural Law. I will admit it is possible, giving him the benefit of the doubt that Mr. Farris is trying to reinforce what historically has been known as a Natural Right, “Parental Rights,” just as an amendment for traditional marriage on the federal level might do. (DOMA = federal Defense of Marriage Act, is not an amendment.) What happened to DOMA? We have now a government refusing to enforce DOMA without changing the law. Repeating myself, we have 1st and 2nd Amendments that are also being ignored by the federal government. (Among a myriad of other insults and attacks against amendments already in the Constitution.) If those conservative friends of mine would see how far DOMA has gotten us, they might understand that when the federal government gets the power to decide the definitions of rights extraneous to the Constitution, today’s policy brokers don’t land on the side of traditional Natural Law. There is also the federal judiciary which would be adjudicating the purpose and intent of the amendment, and we have seen clearly today that the federal judiciary is not on the side of conservative causes or necessarily individual rights and liberties. Mr. Farris denies this is a problem.

 

Mr. Farris explains that amending the Constitution is not an act of the Federal government, but is an action by states. He says that, but that is not the point. The point of the Convention of States is that the amendments require interpretation and enforcement by the federal government and the federal judiciary. He argues otherwise. He asserts on the one hand that the states can ignore the federal government by going through the Convention of States process, but nonetheless, the amendment he proposes is an addition to the federal Constitution. If the states are so independent as to ignore the federal government, why is he concerned with adding an amendment to the Constitution? 

 

One more thing I noticed in one of Mr. Farris’s arguments against Publius Huldah that makes me question the Convention of States. The Convention of States proponents, i.e. Mr. Farris, continually assert that this has nothing to do with Congress and that the states can do this on their own...or at the least, Congress MUST ratify what the states have decided. He says that Article V gives all the power of doing this to the states. Yet, in this article, according to Mr. Farris:

 

“Constitutional amendments are created by a two-thirds majority vote of both houses of Congress which is followed by ratification by three-fourths of the several states.”

 

So I wish to ask, which is it? He admits here that you must go through Congress in order to create amendments to the Constitution. He says the states ratify these after Congress has voted to create the amendments. That is backwards and upside down from what his organization, the Convention of States sales people are telling grassroots conservatives. In effect, in his quote above he is admitting that the only power the states have in this situation is ask for Congress to convene a Constitutional Convention to create amendments.

 

These are just some reasons to disallow the Convention of States or any other amendment-proposing group from getting their hands on adding power to the Constitution that is not there originally from the brilliance of the Founders. Do you think the Founders were negligent by excluding a Parental Rights Amendment? They also didn’t place a Marriage Amendment into the Constitution. The Founders did not put a right to healthcare or food into the Constitution either. Some things are wisely left to the citizens to morally act as best as they can on their own within the parameters of actual criminal behaviors. Parental rights are one of those things.

 

Whether or not you believe that Mr. Farris has been a champion of parents’ rights for homeschooling or supporter of the Constitution, I don’t believe his Convention of States effort is either a good idea or is what he is telling people it is. I think he is misleading people and that this is a dangerous route he wishes to take you down. Maybe he has all the good intentions in the world, I don’t know. But by doing this Convention of States project, he is opening the door to every other group of people who wish to add “rights” to the U.S. Constitution. His followers in this try to tell you otherwise; that they can control what happens in Convention of States, which again, he admits is a Constitutional Convention. Mr. Farris and Mark Levin deliver all sorts of promises that this process can be controlled by them, but the process itself doesn’t give them that authority. They are being deceitful, I’m sorry to say. For good intentions? I hope we know that is a method of sales pitch that we reject from the socialist and globalist left. Why would we take that from these guys?

 

May be more coming....if there will be a Part Three. This one page of research ought to make you stop in your tracks and rethink any support for Mr. Farris’s Convention of States. Need I go on? 

 

http://freedomoutpost.com/convention-states-michael-farris-grasping-poison-straws/

 

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Parental Rights Amendment: Congressmen Are Selling You and Your Kids Out to Big Government by Publius Huldah

 

If politicians introduced a bill mandating the slaughter of all human babies under the age of two years, but called it, “The Little Babies Protection Act,” establishment conservatives and unthinking people all over the country would be clamoring for its passage.

 

We have become a shallow and easily deceived people. If it sounds good on the surface, we are all for it. We assume the proposal will live up to its name. 1 We don’t trouble ourselves to actually read proposals and analyze them before we clamor for passage.

 

The name, “parental rights amendment” (PRA), sounds so good! But it actually strips parents of their God-delegated authority over their children and transfers that authority to the federal government.

 

In order to understand this, you must first learn about “enumerated powers.”

Enumerated Powers

 

When WE THE PEOPLE ordained and established the Constitution for the United States, We listed, itemized - enumerated - every power WE delegated to each branch of the federal government over the Country at Large. All other powers were retained by The States or The People.

 

James Madison, Father of our Constitution, says in Federalist No. 45 (3rd para from end):

 

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which … concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” [boldface mine]

 

Do you see? We delegated only “few and defined” powers to the federal government over the Country at Large. These are the “enumerated powers” actually listed in the Constitution. 2

 

These enumerated powers over the Country at Large concern:

 

                Military defense, international commerce & relations;

                Control of immigration and naturalization of new citizens;

                Creation of a uniform commercial system: Weights & measures, patents & copyrights, money based on gold & silver, bankruptcy laws, mail delivery & some road building; and

                With some Amendments, protect certain civil rights and voting rights.

 

It is only with respect to the “enumerated powers” that the federal government has lawful authority over the Country at Large. All other powers are “reserved to the several States” and The People. 3

 

So! Where in the Constitution did WE THE PEOPLE delegate to the federal government power over children and their care and upbringing? We didn’t. Accordingly, it has no lawful authority over these objects.

 

Thus, any federal law, treaty 4, executive order, agency rule, or court opinion which pretends to exercise such power over children is unconstitutional as outside the scope of enumerated powers delegated to the federal government for the Country at Large. 5

 

See? This is all very simple.

 

So then, how does the federal government go about obtaining lawful authority over the care and upbringing of children? By means of lies, trickery and deceit:

 

The so-called “Parental Rights” Amendment

 

Let us now read it. Here it is from the website of the deceptively named, parentalrights.org: 6

 

SECTION 1

 

The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.

 

SECTION 2

 

The parental right to direct education includes the right to choose public, private, religious, or home schools, and the right to make reasonable choices within public schools for one’s child.

 

SECTION 3

 

Neither the United States nor any State shall infringe these rights without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.

 

SECTION 4

 

This article shall not be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end life.

 

SECTION 5

 

No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.

 

Look at Section 3! We will go through each section. But first, two general observations:

 

1. Parents have Responsibilities to their children, not “rights” over them.

 

The Creator God who - as recognized by the Signers of our Declaration of Independence - endowed us with unalienable Rights; also assigned to parents specific responsibilities to their children. 7 Among these are:

 

                Provision for children: 2 Corinthians 12:14; Proverbs 13:22; 1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12.

                Education and moral instruction of children: Proverbs 1:8-9, 6:20-21, 13:1, 22:6 & 23:19-22; Genesis 18:19; Deuteronomy 4:9-10 & 6:1-7; Ephesians 6:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:5 & 3:15-17.

                Discipline of children: Proverbs 13: 24, 15:5, 19:18, 22:15, 23:12-14, 29:15-17; Hebrews 12:5-11; Colossians 3:21.

 

Parents are supposed to provide for, care for, teach, protect, and educate their children. NOT civil government!

 

2. The Judicial Power of the Federal Courts

 

Article III, Sec. 2, cl. 1, U.S. Constitution, enumerates the powers of the federal courts:

 

“The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;…”

 

“Judicial Power” refers to the power of courts to hear and decide cases.

 

Amendments are part of the Constitution. Thus, federal courts have power to decide issues addressed by Amendments.

 

The PRA would transform “families” and “children” from matters over which the federal government now has no lawful authority to matters under the total control of the federal government.

 

The PRA is a delegation of lawmaking power over families and children to the federal government. Congress may make whatever laws it pleases pertaining to YOUR children; the Executive Branch may issue whatever rules or orders it pleases pertaining to YOUR children – and under Section 3 of the PRA, federal judges will decide whether these laws, orders & rules serve the government’s interest. If so, you lose.

 

Lawsuits involving these matters would become cases “arising under this Constitution”, or “Laws of the United States”, or “Treaties”, which would ultimately be decided by five (5) judges on the supreme Court. The authority of millions and millions of American parents would be transferred to five (5) judges on the supreme Court.

 

That Court has a long history of perverting every word of our Constitution it touches. 8 It is suicidal to transfer Family Authority to that Court.

 

Let us now look at each section of the PRA:

 

Section 1: The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.”

Just as the Supreme Court sees the First Amendment as the source of our right to free speech, and they decide what speech is protected by that Amendment and what speech is not, 8 so it will see the PRA as the source of “parental rights,” and they will decide what “rights” parents have and what “rights” they do not have.

 

Consider also: Do the words “upbringing” or “care” in Section 1 include religious training, discipline, diet, medical treatment, and whether the child may wield a hoe in the family garden? What does it mean that these are not listed? That parents have no “rights” regarding these issues? The Supreme Court will decide what it means.

 

Section 2: The parental right to direct education includes the right to choose public, private, religious, or home schools, and the right to make reasonable choices within public schools for one’s child.”

What is not included in the parental right to direct education? What is a “reasonable” choice? Who decides what is not included and what choices are “reasonable”? Federal judges decide.

 

Section 3: Neither the United States nor any State shall infringe these rights without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.”

Do you understand this Section? Whatever “parental rights” you think you have will be infringed by the federal government or the State governments if they have a good reason for it. Federal judges will decide whether the federal or State governments have a good reason to infringe your “parental rights.”

 

Section 4: This article shall not be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end life.”

What? Does this mean that parents retained the “right” to make these decisions? Or does it mean that the PRA does not “protect” that right, hence parents no longer have it?

 

I suggest to you that federal courts will construe this section to mean that parents will no longer be permitted to make decisions about terminating or continuing medical care for their seriously ill, injured, or “defective” (Downs syndrome, birth defects, etc.) children.

 

Do not forget: We elected as President a man who supports the murder of little babies who survive abortions. 9 Is this man going to appoint federal judges who disagree with the killing of children?

 

Section 5: No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.”

The PRA does not stop the President and Senate from ratifying the UN Declaration on The Rights of the Child.

 

NO RIGHTS ARE GUARANTEED BY THE PRA! You cannot name one “parental right” which cannot be voided if the federal or state government shows federal judges that the government has an interest in voiding the right.

 

Further, since the PRA makes federal control of children an enumerated power, it is the PRA itself which would give the U.S. Senate constitutional authority to ratify the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of the Child!

 

The PRA is monstrously deceitful.

 

Here is the PRA which has been introduced in the current Session of Congress: H.J. Res. 50

 

Here is a list of House sponsors of the PRA in this Session of Congress. Form delegations and go see your Representatives. Instruct them! I bet they never read it before they endorsed it.

Put Not Your Trust in Princes

 

People! Your blind trust in charlatans and politicians is destroying us. They pretend to be what they are not in order to deceive you. Stop flaunting your blind trust as a mark of virtue. Blind trust in humans is irresponsible – it is not a virtue. PH

 

Endnotes:

 

1 E.g., we assume the “Balanced Budget” Amendment is about curtailing federal spending. Since we don’t look behind the name, we don’t know that the BBA is really about eliminating the enumerated powers limitation on spending & legalizing what is now unconstitutional spending.

 

2 See: Congress’s Enumerated Powers, the President’s Enumerated Powers, & the Enumerated Powers of the Federal Courts.

 

3 Read the Tenth Amendment!

 

4 Parental rights.org has been using the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child to terrorize parents into believing that only the PRA can save them from the UN Declaration.

 

You must learn about the treaty making powers of the United States. The President and Senate may not lawfully circumvent the Constitution by international treaties – they may not do by treaty what they are forbidden to do by the Constitution. Since the Constitution delegates NO powers over children to the federal government, they may not lawfully circumvent the Constitution by ratifying the UN Declaration. These 2 papers explain the treaty-making power.

 

It is the PRA which would give the federal government lawful authority to ratify the UN Declaration! So the PRA is a monstrous deception.

 

5 Accordingly, they are proper objects of nullification.

 

6 Parental rights.org periodically changes the text of their proposed PRA. The version set forth herein was copied from their website during June 2013.

 

7 To my friends in the Ayn Rand camp: These are historical facts – the Bible says what it says and our Framers believed it. Ayn Rand had no argument with the Natural Law Principle that parents have the responsibility of raising their own children.

 

8 The Supreme Court looked at the word, “liberty” in Sec. 1 of the 14th Amendment and said it means “privacy”; and “privacy” means “women may kill their unborn babies”! A short time later, they looked at the same word and decided that it means, “homosexual sex is a liberty right”! Do you see? That Court treats the 14th Amendment as Marquis de Sade’s play dough.

 

And look at how that Court has butchered the First Amendment: That Amendment says, in part: “Congress shall make no law …abridging the freedom of speech…”

 

Since speech control is not one of the enumerated powers delegated to Congress over the Country at Large; and since all legislative Powers granted by our Constitution are vested in Congress (Art. I, Sec. 1); neither the Executive nor Judicial Branches have power over “speech” for the Country at Large.

 

Regulation of speech is reserved to the States and the People (10th Amendment).?The States exercised this retained power by means of State laws against defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intrusion upon seclusion, publicity given to private life, etc., etc.

 

Yet the Supreme Court treats the First Amendment as the source of our right to free speech, and they decide what speech is “protected” by the First Amendment and what speech is “not protected” by the First Amendment. If the former, you may say it; if the latter, you may not say it. The Supreme Court has usurped power to censor our speech!

 

So! In Snyder v. Phelps (2011), the Westboro Baptists picketed, with vile and defamatory signs, the funeral of an American Soldier who was killed in action. The bereaved Father filed a lawsuit under various State Laws such as defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc.

 

The Jury found for the Father and held Westboro liable for $2.9 million in compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages.

 

But the Supreme Court overturned the Jury Verdict and said that the Westboro Baptists had a “right” protected by the First Amendment to spew their malice at this young soldier’s funeral, and it mowed down the State laws which made such defamatory speech actionable.

 

This is how the Supreme Court construes an Amendment which merely prohibits CONGRESS from making laws restricting speech!

 

The federal government has no lawful authority over speech in the Country at Large! Yet those lawless judges on the supreme Court have also seized power to forbid students from leading Christian prayers in the public schools!

 

9 Jill Stanek is an RN who worked in the Labor & Delivery Department in an Illinois hospital where aborted babies born alive were left to die. Read her article where she proves that our President opposed Illinois’ Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Obama wanted the babies to die. How can you put YOUR children in the hands of judges this man nominates?

 

http://freedomoutpost.com/parental-rights-act-congressmen-are-selling-you-and-your-kids-out-to-big-government/

 

Tell your representatives to OPPOSE the Parental Rights Amendment

Our representatives need to know that parental rights are already recognized by the U.S. Constitution and have never been under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Passage of the PRA, or anything like it that erroneously assumes that the federal government has any authority over families or children, would be fundamentally disastrous as it would deconstruct the very nature of true parental authority. It would also be fundamentally unconstitutional, which is important to remember should the bill “pass.”

 

You can contact your Senators and Representatives to urge their opposition to the Parental Rights Amendment by visiting the following links:

http://www.house.gov

http://www.senate.gov

 

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/041387_Parental_Rights_Amendment_federal_government_families.html#ixzz45G6jreMk

 

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How a Balanced Budget Amendment would give the Federal Government Lawful Power over Whatever They Want by Publius Huldah

 

Does our existing Constitution permit the federal government to spend money on whatever they want?

 

No! It contains precise limits on federal spending.

 

Federal spending is limited by the enumerated powers delegated to the federal government. If you go through the Constitution and highlight all the powers delegated to Congress and the President, you will get a complete list of the objects on which Congress is permitted to spend money. Here’s the list:

                The Census (Art. I, §2, cl. 3)?

                Publishing the Journals of the House and Senate (Art. I, §5, cl. 3)?

                Salaries of Senators and Representatives (Art. I, § 6, cl. 1)?

                Salaries of civil officers of the United States (Art. I, §6, cl. 2 & Art. II, §1, cl. 7)?

                Pay the Debts (Art. I, §8, cl. 1 & Art. VI, cl.1)?

                Pay tax collectors (Art. I, §8, cl.1)?

                Regulate commerce with foreign Nations, among the several States, and with Indian Tribes (Art. I, §8, cl.3)?

                Immigration office (Art. I, §8, cl.4)?

                The mint (Art. I, §8, cl. 5)?

                Attorney General to handle the small amount of authorized federal litigation involving the national government (e.g., Art. I, §8, cls. 6 & 10)?

                Post offices & post roads (Art. I, §8, cl. 7)?

                Patent & copyright office (Art. I, §8, cl. 8)?

                Federal courts (Art. I, §8, cl. 9 & Art. III, §1)?

                Military and Militia (Art. I, §8, cls. 11-16)?

                Since Congress has general legislative authority over the federal enclaves listed in Art. I, §8, next to last clause, Congress has broad spending authority over the tiny geographical areas listed in this clause.?

                The President’s entertainment expenses for foreign dignitaries (Art. II, §3); and?

                Since Congress had general legislative authority over the Western Territory before it was broken up into States, Congress could appropriate funds for the US Marshalls, federal judges, and the like for that Territory (Art. IV, §3, cl. 2).

 

That’s what Congress is authorized by our Constitution to spend money on. Did I leave anything out? I’m not infallible; so take a few minutes and, armed with a highlighter, read carefully through the Constitution and see for yourself.

 

Congress is to appropriate funds to carry out this handful of delegated powers; and it is to pay the bills with receipts from taxes. [1]

 

Pursuant to Article I, §9, clause 7, the federal government is to periodically publish a Statement and Account of Receipts and Expenditures. Citizens could use this Statement and Account – which would be so short that everyone would have time to read it – to monitor the spending of their public servants.

 

So that’s how our existing Constitution limits federal spending:

                If it’s on the list of enumerated powers, Congress may lawfully spend money on it.?

                But if it’s not on the list, Congress usurps powers not delegated when it appropriates money for it.

It was unconstitutional spending and unconstitutional promises (Social Security, Medicare, etc., etc., etc.) which got us a national debt of almost $19 trillion, plus a hundred trillion or so in unfunded liabilities.

 

Since the Constitution delegates to Congress only limited and narrowly defined authority to spend money, the Constitution doesn’t provide for a budget.

 

We never had a federal budget until Congress passed the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. By this time, the Progressives controlled both political parties and the federal government.

 

The Progressives wanted a federal budget because they wanted to spend money on objects which were not on the list of delegated powers.

 

A balanced budget amendment (BBA) would substitute a budget for the enumerated powers, and thus would legalize the current practice where Congress spends money on whatever they or the President put in the budget.

 

The result of a BBA is to legalize spending which is now unconstitutional – it changes the constitutional standard for spending from whether the object is on the list of enumerated powers to a limit on the total amount of spending.

                And to add insult to injury, the limits on spending are fictitious because they can be waived whenever Congress [2] votes to waive them.

And because a BBA would permit Congress to lawfully spend money on whatever is put in the budget, the powers of the federal government would be lawfully increased to include whatever THEY decide to put in the budget.

 

So a BBA would fundamentally transform our Constitution from one of enumerated powers only to one of general and unlimited powers – because the federal government would then be authorized by the Constitution to exercise power over ANY object they decide to put into the budget.

 

You must read proposed amendments and understand how they change our Constitution before you support them.

 

All federal and state officials take an oath to support the federal Constitution (Art. VI, clause 3). When people in Congress appropriate funds for objects not listed in the Constitution, and when state officials accept federal funds for objects not listed, they violate their oath to support the Constitution. According to the PEW Report, federal funds provided an average of 30% of the states’ revenue for FY 2013. Look up your state HERE. Were those federal funds used to implement unconstitutional federal programs in your state?

 

Power over education, medical care, agriculture, state and local law enforcement, environment, etc. is not delegated to the federal government: those powers are reserved by the States or the People. Congress spends on objects for which it has no constitutional authority and bribes states with federal funds to induce them to implement unconstitutional federal programs. It was the unconstitutional spending which gave us this crushing $19 trillion debt.

 

                How do we go about downsizing the federal government to its constitutional limits?

We stop the unconstitutional and frivolous spending one can read about all over the Internet.

 

We begin the shutdown of unconstitutional federal departments and agencies by selecting for immediate closure those which serve no useful purpose or cause actual harm such as the Departments of Energy, Education, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency.[3]

 

Other unconstitutional federal departments and agencies must be dismantled and their functions returned to the States or The People.

 

An orderly phase-out is required of those unconstitutional federal programs in which citizens were forced to participate – such as Social Security and Medicare – so that the rug is not pulled out from American citizens who became dependent. The phase-out could be funded by sales of unconstitutionally held federal lands.

 

The federal government is obligated (Art. I, §8, cl. 11-16) to provide for service related injuries suffered by our Veterans.

 

The Constitution delegates to Congress the power to appropriate funds for “post Roads” (Art. I, §8, cl. 7). While there may be room for argument as to what is included within the term “post Road”; clearly, some federal involvement in road building is authorized by our Constitution. State dependence on federal highway funds might be reduced by eliminating or reducing federal fuel taxes, and the substitution of fuel taxes collected by individual states. And there is nothing immoral about toll roads.

 

Since our Constitution was written to delegate to the federal government only the few and defined powers enumerated in the Constitution, we don’t have to change the Constitution to rein in federal spending. The Constitution isn’t the problem – ignoring it is the problem. Let us begin to enforce the Constitution we have.

 

NOTES:

 

[1] Our original Constitution authorized only excise taxes & tariffs on imports (Art. I, §8, clause 1), with any shortfall being made up by an apportioned assessment on the states based on population (Art. I, §2, clause 3).

 

[2] Compact for America’s (CFA) version of a BBA permits spending limits to be waived whenever Congress and 26 states agree. CFA’s version also authorizes Congress to impose a national sales tax and a national value added tax in addition to keeping the income tax! See THIS Paper.

 

[3] George Washington’s Cabinet had four members: Secretary of State, Secretary of War, Secretary of Treasury, and Attorney General.

 

© Publius Huldah

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/huldah/160118

 

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Joye Hengst shares the following prayer:

 

A Prayer for This Presidential Election:

Matt Barber Asks God for ‘a David, a Cyrus or a Paul’ to Lead America

Published: 03/11/2016

http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/a-prayer-for-this-presidential-election

 

Father God, Son and Holy Spirit, Maker of heaven and earth, You are the First Cause of these United States of America.

 

You are sovereign.

 

You knew before time began who You would appoint as our 45th president. You ordained that this soul might be a tool of Your judgment, holy and merited, or a gift of Your mercy, wholly undeserved.

 

Please come, Holy Spirit, and dwell among Your people. Though we deserve Your wrath, we entreat Your mercy. Do not abandon us in our time of need.

 

Like Israel of old, America’s own, today, is a life marked by pride, selfishness, murder, idolatry, hypocrisy, greed, lust and every form of moral privation.

 

We have called evil good and good evil and have turned from Your face to our own treasured wickedness.

 

We have danced with the prophets of Baal and have made sacrifice to Moloch.

 

We repent. We need You now, alone and together, as much as at any time in our fleeting history.

 

You are God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We confess that Your ways are not our ways and that Your thoughts are not our thoughts. As the heavens are higher than the earth, Your ways and thoughts are higher than our own.

 

And so we humbly seek wisdom in all we do and say. We covet Your spiritual discernment, Holy Spirit, and ask that, as we, a nation founded on Your principles and to Your glory and Honor, endeavor to elect our next chief executive, that You might direct our path, and that Your will might be done on this earth, as it is in heaven.

 

You use broken people, dear God – sinners who sin.

 

King David, a murderer and adulterer, was fallen.

 

But he humbled himself.

 

He repented.

 

And was a man after Your own heart.

 

You anointed, 150 years before he lived, Cyrus the Great, a pagan king debauched beyond redemption in the eyes of Your people, as the conduit through which You might free Your beloved from 70 years of captivity.

 

Cyrus humbled himself before You and was used mightily.

 

And the great Apostle? Saul of Tarsus murdered Your bride. He mocked her and held the executioner’s cloak as Christ’s followers were martyred in Your name.

 

But even then he was blinded by the Light of the World and made to see with the clarity of spiritual crystal.

 

He was made to love with a love that belied his fleshly character and, from Saul to Paul, was used by You to lead billions to the foot of the cross.

 

Have You chosen for us a King David, Lord? Is he a man, like all men, who has hated his brother and coveted his neighbor’s wife, yet, by Your grace and through Your stripes, has been healed and, while yet imperfect, has repented and revealed, by way of earthly fruits, that he is a man after Your own heart?

 

Or have You chosen for us a King Cyrus? A man who has yet to display through word or deed a heart broken and a will surrendered – a life marked by humility and repentance?

 

If You have chosen a candidate Cyrus, Abba Father, please surround him with men like Daniel.

 

And if You have chosen a candidate Saul, will You, we pray, break his heart and give to us a President Paul? If done before the eyes of the world, oh what a testament to the transformative power of Christ!

 

Who have You chosen, Father?

 

We cannot know.

 

But Your way is the right way, perfect and good.

 

If we are under Your judgment, let us be judged.

 

And if under Your blessing, let us be blessed.

 

We pray for the 45th president of the United States, that You might reveal Your will and purpose, and bless his soul.

 

And we pray for each candidate who falls short of the goal.

 

Remind us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.

 

Guide us all, as we cast our ballots.

 

We pray that You might bless us with a David, a Cyrus or a Paul.

 

And humbly ask that You spare us our just deserts – an unrighteous leader, an Ahab or a Jezebel.

 

Yet either way, Thy will be done.

 

Because Your ways are higher than our ways.

 

And Your thoughts, higher than our own.