The Battle of Athens, Tennessee 1946 Restored the Rule of Law by using The Second Amendment.


The Battle of Athens

1-2 AUGUST 1946

  • Those who took up arms in Athens, Tennessee:
  • wanted honest elections, a cornerstone of our Constitutional order;
  • had repeatedly tried to get Federal or State election monitors;
  • used armed force so as to minimize harm to the law-breakers;
  • showed little malice to the defeated law-breakers;
  • restored lawful government.

The Battle of Athens clearly shows:

  • how Americans can and should lawfully use armed force;
  • why the Rule of Law requires unrestricted access to firearms;
  • how civilians with military-type firearms can beat the forces of “law and order”.

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I. Introduction: 

On 2 August 1946, some Americans, brutalized by their county government, used armed force to overturn it. These Americans wanted honest, open elections. For years they had asked for state or Federal election monitors to prevent vote fraud — forged ballots, secret ballot counts, and intimidation by armed sheriff’s deputies — by the local political boss. They got no help.

These Americans’ absolute refusal to knuckle-under had been hardened by service in World War II. Having fought to free other countries from murderous regimes, they rejected vicious abuse by their county government. These Americans had a choice. Their state’s Constitution – Article 1, Section 26 – recorded their right to keep and bear arms for the common defense. Few “gun control” laws had been enacted.

II. The Setting 

These Americans were Tennesseeans of McMinn County, located between Chattanooga and Knoxville, in Eastern Tennessee. The two main towns were Athens and Etowah. McMinn Countians had long been independent political thinkers.

They also had long accepted bribe-taking by politicians and/or the Sheriff to overlook illicit whiskey-making and gambling; financed the sheriff’s department from fines – usually for speeding or public drunkenness – which promoted false arrests;put up with voting fraud by both Democrats and Republicans.

Tennessee State law barred voting fraud:

  • ballot boxes had to be shown to be empty before voting;
  • poll-watchers had to be allowed;
  • armed law enforcement officers were barred from polling places;
  • ballots had to be counted where any voter could watch.

III. The Circumstances

The Great Depression had ravaged McMinn County. Drought broke many farmers; workforces shrank. The wealthy Cantrell family, of Etowah, backed Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1932 election, hoping New Deal programs would revive the local economy and help Democrats to replace Republicans in the county government. So it proved.

Paul Cantrell was elected Sheriff in the 1936, 1938, and 1940 elections, but by slim margins. The Sheriff was the key County official. Cantrell was elected to the State Senate in 1942 and 1944; his chief deputy, Pat Mansfield, was elected sheriff. In 1946, Paul Cantrell again sought the Sheriff’s office.

IV. World War II Ends; Paul Cantrell’s Troubles Begin

At end-1945, some 3,000 battle-hardened veterans returned to McMinn County. Sheriff Mansfield’s deputies had brutalized many in McMinn County; the GIs held Cantrell politically responsible for Mansfield’s doings. Early in 1946, some newly-returned ex-GIs decided:

  • to challenge Cantrell politically;
  • to offer an all ex-GI, non-partisan ticket;
  • to promise a fraud-free election.
  • In ads and speeches the GI candidates promised:
  • an honest ballot count;
  • reform of county government.

At a rally, a GI speaker said, “‘The principals that we fought for in this past war do not exist in McMinn County. We fought for democracy because we believe in democracy but not the form we live under in this county.'” (Daily Post-Athenian, 17 June 1946, p. 1).

At end-July 1946, 159 McMinn County GIs petitioned the FBI to send election monitors. There was no response. The Department of Justice had not responded to McMinn Countians’ complaints of election fraud in 1940, 1942, and 1944.

V. From Ballots to Bullets

The election was held on 1 August. To intimidate voters, Mansfield brought in some 200 armed “deputies”. GI poll-watchers were beaten almost at once. At about 3 p.m., Tom Gillespie, an African-American voter, was told by a Sheriff’s deputy, “‘Nigger, you can’t vote here today!!'”. Despite being beaten, Gillespie persisted; the enraged deputy shot him. The gunshot drew a crowd. Rumors spread that Gillespie had been “shot in the back”; he later recovered. (C. Stephen Byrum, The Battle of Athens; Paidia Productions, Chattanooga TN, 1987; pp. 155-57).

Other deputies detained ex-GI poll-watchers in a polling place, as that made the ballot count “public”. A crowd gathered. Sheriff Mansfield told his deputies to disperse the crowd. When the two ex-GIs smashed a big window and escaped, the crowd surged forward. “The deputies, with guns drawn, formed a tight half-circle around the front of the polling place. One deputy, “his gun raised high …shouted: ‘You sons-of-bitches cross this street and I’ll kill you!'” (Byrum, p. 165).

Mansfield took the ballot boxes to the jail for counting. The deputies seemed to fear immediate attack, by the “people who had just liberated Europe and the South Pacific from two of the most powerful war machines in human history.” (Byrum, pp. 168-69).

Short of firearms and ammunition, the GIs scoured the county to find them. By borrowing keys to the National Guard and State Guard Armories, they got three M-1 rifles, five .45 semi-automatic pistols, and 24 British Enfield rifles. The armories were nearly empty after the war’s end.

By eight p.m., a group of GIs and “local boys” headed for the jail to get the ballot boxes. They occupied high ground facing the jail but left the back door unguarded to give the jail’s defenders an easy way out.

VI. The Battle of Athens

Three GIs – alerting passersby to danger – were fired on from the jail. Two GIs were wounded. Other GIs returned fire. Those inside the jail mainly used pistols; they also had a “tommy gun” (a .45 caliber Thompson sub-machine gun).

Firing subsided after 30 minutes: ammunition ran low and night had fallen. Thick brick walls shielded those inside the jail. Absent radios, the GIs’ rifle fire was un-coordinated. “From the hillside, fire rose and fell in disorganized cascades. More than anything else, people were simply ‘shooting at the jail’.” (Byrum, p. 189).

Several who ventured into “no man’s land”, the street in front of the jail, were wounded. One man inside the jail was badly hurt; he recovered. Most sheriff’s deputies wanted to hunker down and await rescue. Governor McCord mobilized the State Guard, perhaps to scare the GIs into withdrawing. The State Guard never went to Athens. McCord may have feared that Guard units filled with ex-GIs might not fire on other ex-GIs.

At about 2 a.m. on 2 August, the GIs forced the issue. Men from Meigs county threw dynamite sticks and damaged the jail’s porch. The panicked deputies surrendered. GIs quickly secured the building. Paul Cantrell faded into the night, almost having been shot by a GI who knew him, but whose .45 pistol had jammed. Mansfield’s deputies were kept overnight in jail for their own safety. Calm soon returned: the GIs posted guards. The rifles borrowed from the armory were cleaned and returned before sun-up.

VII. The Aftermath: Restoring Democracy in McMinn County

In five precincts free of vote fraud, the GI candidate for Sheriff, Knox Henry, won 1,168 votes to Cantrell’s 789. Other GI candidates won by similar margins.

The GIs did not hate Cantrell. They only wanted honest government. On 2 August, a town meeting set up a three-man governing committee. The regular police having fled, six men were chosen to police Athens; a dozen GIs were sent to police Etowah. In addition, “Individual citizens were called upon to form patrols or guard groups, often led by a GI. …To their credit, however, there is not a single mention of an abuse of power on their behalf.” (Byrum, p. 220).

Once the GI candidates’ victory had been certified, they cleaned-up county government:

  • the jail was fixed;
  • newly-elected officials accepted a $5,000 pay limit;
  • Mansfield supporters who resigned, were replaced.

The general election on 5 November passed quietly. McMinn Countians, having restored the Rule of Law, returned to their daily lives. Pat Mansfield moved back to Georgia. Paul Cantrell set up an auto dealership in Etowah. “Almost everyone who knew Cantrell in the years after the ‘Battle’ agree that he was not bitter about what had happened.” (Byrum, pp. 232-33; see also New York Times, 9 August 1946, p. 8).

VIII. The Outsiders’ Response

The Battle of Athens made national headlines. Most outsiders’ reports had the errors usual in coverage of large-scale, night-time events. A New York Times editorialist on 3 August savaged the GIs, who:

“…quite obviously – though we hope erroneously – felt that there was no city, county, or State agency to whom they could turn for justice.

… “There is a warning for all of us in the occurrence…and above all a warning for the veterans of McMinn County, who also violated a fundamental principle of democracy when they arrogated to themselves the right of law enforcement for which they had no election mandate. Corruption, when and where it exists, demands reform, and even in the most corrupt and boss-ridden communities there are peaceful means by which reform can be achieved. But there is no substitute, in a democracy, for orderly process.” (NYT, 3 Aug 1946, p. 14.)

The editorialist did not see:

  • McMinn Countians’ many appeals for outside help;
  • some ruthless people only respect force;
  • that it was wrong to equate use of force by evil-doers (Cantrell and Mansfield) with the righteous (the GIs).

The New York Times:

  • never saw that Cantrell and Mansfield’s wholesale election fraud, enforced at gun-point, trampled the Rule of Law;
  • feared citizens’ restoring the Rule of Law by armed force.

Other outsiders, e.g., Time and Newsweek, agreed. (See Time, 12 August 1946, p. 20; Newsweek, 12 Aug 1946, p. 31 and 9 September 1946, p. 38).

The 79th Congress adjourned on 2 August 1946, when the Battle of Athens ended. However, Representative John Jennings, Jr., from Tennessee decried:

  • McMinn County’s sorry situation under Cantrell and Mansfield;
  • the Justice Department’s repeated failures to help the McMinn Countians.

Jennings was delighted that “…at long last decency and honesty, liberty and law have returned to the fine county of McMinn…”. (Congressional Record, House; U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1946; Appendix, Volume 92, Part 13, p. A4870.)

IX. The Lessons of Athens

Those who took up arms in Athens, Tennessee:

  • wanted honest elections, a cornerstone of our Constitutional order;
  • had repeatedly tried to get Federal or State election monitors;
  • used armed force so as to minimize harm to the law-breakers;
  • showed little malice to the defeated law-breakers;
  • restored lawful government.

The Battle of Athens clearly shows:

  • how Americans can and should lawfully use armed force;
  • why the Rule of Law requires unrestricted access to firearms;
  • how civilians with military-type firearms can beat the forces of “law and order”.

Dictators believe that public order is more important than the Rule of Law. However, Americans reject this idea. Criminals can exploit for selfish ends, the use armed force to restore the Rule of Law. But brutal political repression – as practiced by Cantrell and Mansfield – is lethal to many. An individual criminal can harm a handful of people. Governments alone can brutalize thousands, or millions.

Since 1915, officials of seven governments “gone bad” have committed genocide, murdering at least 56 million persons, including millions of children. “Gun control” clears the way for genocide by giving governments “gone bad” far greater freedom to commit mass murder.

Law-abiding McMinn Countians won the Battle of Athens because they were not hamstrung by “gun control”. McMinn Countians showed us when citizens can and should use armed force to support the Rule of Law. We are all in their debt.

This is a bare bones summary of a major report in JPFO’s Firearms Sentinel (January 1995). To learn how the gutsy people of Athens, Tennessee did the Framers of the Constitution proud, send $3 to JPFO, 2872 South Wentworth Avenue; Milwaukee, WI 53207; and request the January 1995 Firearms Sentinel. This document is from: chiliast@ideasign.com (A.K. Pritchard)


Press reports on the Battle of Athens and Chronology — From contemporary sources.

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Source: http://www.constitution.org/mil/tn/batathen.htm

Judge Openly LAUGHS At Bundy Ranch Defendants Rights


We have CORRUPT federal judges. Everyone, please read this and realize this is happening in America right now. You may find yourselves one day in the same type of kangaroo court. I’m sickened by this.
By Shari Dovale
what you allow the government do to others they will do to you
Judge Gloria Navarro made a mockery of the judicial system today.

The first Bunkerville trial is underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The prosecution has had over five weeks to present their case. Now that the defense is ready to put on their case, Judge Gloria Navarro has shut them down.

Out of the entire witness list, there is one witness, other than the defendants, that she will allow to testify. Garrett Frenner was a witness to the slaughter of the Bundy cattle. However, Judge Navarro will not allow him to testify to those events. The prosecutors and the FBI spent a couple of hours harassing this man, threatening him with prosecution if he dared to testify. She has made it clear that he can ONLY testify to which of the defendants he saw with guns.

Every witness that the defense tried to proffer today was questioned by the Judge. She stressed to each one of them that she was ready to have them removed from the courtroom in handcuffs, if she thinks they are committing perjury.

Judge Navarro then backed up the prosecution when they threatened witnesses by naming them as “UNindicted Co-conspirators”. Navarro allowed this bullying, and took part in it herself.

buny remind me again who pointed guns at who

After the intimidation of their witness, the defense believes he has been compromised and stated they are unsure of calling him as a witness. This made Eric Parker so distraught and upset that they have no witnesses for their defense that he broke down and cried in the courtroom. This, of course, made his wife and supporters cry as well.

Judge Navarro showed no sympathy. Reports are that she actually laughed out loud at their distress. The prosecutors also laughed and joked at the defense. She continued to reiterate that they have no rights as defendants.

Navarro also stated in the courtroom that no one is guaranteed their first amendment rights or their second amendment rights. Additionally, she told everyone that there is Never a time when anyone is allowed to defend themselves against a Law Enforcement Officer, even if they caught him breaking into their home. If he even sees a gun near them, they are guilty of assaulting him.

The defense had plans to call numerous witnesses, including Carole Bundy, Shawna Cox, Michele Fiore and more. Judge Navarro refused to allow them to testify because she feels their testimony might risk her jury to nullify.

blm sent 200 thugs to ranch over turtles

Jury Nullification is her worst fear. She continues to tell the defense that she will not allow them to put on any defense that might sway her jury to nullify. This includes any information of why these men came to Bunkerville, the abuses of the BLM agents, and more.

Judge Navarro is quoted as saying, “The risk of jury nullification… for the jurors to hear about different defense witnesses, that can’t happen!” Navarro mentioned this at least three times during the day.

When the defense team attempted to object, she shut them down again, saying “Don’t bother to object.” as she intendeds to side with the prosecution each time.

And she carried through with this threat, not allowing the defense any leeway at all.

Dan Love was the Special Agent in Charge of the operation in Bunkerville, and his testimony was the main evidence in front of the Grand Jury. However, because he is under investigation for abuses, Judge Navarro has ruled his testimony is irrelevant and will not allow him to be called to testify.

Eric Parker has now decided that he has no choice but to testify. He may very well be the only witness in the defense case. This case could end up in the jury’s hands as early as tomorrow.

The heavy-handed judge has ruled these men do not deserve the right to defend themselves.

BLM JAIL BONANZA COWBOYS

On Friday, July 29, 2016. It was revealed that the FBI does not actually have any evidence against the Bundy’s or their co-defendants.


Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore dropped a bombshell today in the Bundy case.

Citing personal anonymous sources, Fiore confirmed that the Federal government has no actual case against rancher Cliven Bundy, or any of the other defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff case.

A lead FBI agent working with the prosecutor in the Bundy case revealed information about the case on Friday, July 29, 2016. It was revealed that the FBI does not actually have any evidence against the Bundy’s or their co-defendants.

The main reason that the judge has sealed the evidence is because there is none!

The only evidence in this case is from Facebook. There is no actual evidence of a crime being committed in Nevada.

The plan is to delay the trial for as long as possible so that the defendant’s spirit gets broken. The FBI is counting on these regular people needing to be home to take care of their families.

Being incarcerated for over six months is taking it’s toll on the cowboys and their families. Their parents, spouses and children are having to deal with the effects of not having the major breadwinner in the home. Some of them are said to be homeless.

It has been revealed that Joseph O’Shaughnessy was threatened with never seeing his 80 year old mother alive again.

Is it any wonder that these good Patriots are settling for making deals and plea bargains. The actions of the FBI are coercing the patriots to flip on the Bundy’s, as well as make up stories in order to straighten out their home situations.

Theses tactics make people believe they are in trouble, and could spend over 100 years in prison, when they haven’t done anything to warrant this, at all.

“However, when you have an authoritarian agent terrorizing you, and trained to do so,” Fiore explains, “one can become traumatized and cooperate believing that is the only way out.”

These American citizens are being held hostage in jail with no actual evidence. They are just hoping to break them into submission. They have sealed evidence from the press and the American people. They are frightening innocent men into taking plea bargains.

This is the country we have become. These tactics are against the very fabric of our law. Would you be able to handle this if one of your family members were locked up under these circumstances?

This must stop! The government is out of control and running as if they are above the law!

The Americans Are Coming!

View Video Here
https://vimeo.com/177442679/71ac6086a9

http://redoubtnews.com/blog/2016/08/03/fiore-reveals-bombshell-bundy-case/

An Excellent Letter To State Legislators


To The Honorable State Legislator,
I am contacting you with the hope that you will take a hard look at the information I am presenting you today. I am asking you to pre-file The Countermand Call on Congress along with the corresponding Delegate Resolution containing the pre-approved text of The Countermand Amendment. I pray that this vitally important legislation can be introduced first thing next session. Please have your policy directors and analysts examine the following.. I hope to hear from you soon.
On Saturday April 16, 2016 Alaska made Constitutional history and it is going to change the course of our Constitutional Republic forever.  The Alaska House and Senate passed with overwhelming margins and with bi-partisan support (3 democrats and 1 independent) both the Article V Countermand Amendment ‘Application’ on Congress and the Delegate Resolution.  NON-PARTISAN!! Finally something we can ALL agree on!
HJR14 and SJR15 the Application for the Countermand Amendment Convention and HCR4 and SCR4 the Delegate Resolution
What does The Countermand do? Excellent question!

UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS CAN BE COUNTER-MANDED AND RESCINDED: (Not just nullified but rescinded!)
1. Executive Orders
2. Court decisions
3. Budgets & Debt
4. Obamacare
5. Social Issues
6. Treaties
7. Laws Against 2nd Amendment
8. DHS, EPA, BLM, IRS, DOJ Regulations and more COUNTERMAND IT!!

We don’t need 8 to 10 different amendments because The Countermand Amendment is THAT POWERFUL. 8 short clauses and fewer than 400 words of pure inspired good Old Fashioned American Ingenuity that our Founding Fathers would be proud of.
The Countermand Amendment will empower the States to Countermand and rescind any Federal law or regulation that violates States Rights or personal liberties. When 60% of the States agree on a specific Countermand the law or ruling is automatically rescinded. The Federal government can rewrite the law in a way more amenable to the States or abandon it. The States now become respected partners in government, not subjects to Federal mandates.
The Countermand Amendment does not alter the Constitution in any way. It simply allows the States the proper authority to protect their sovereignty from Federal or other forms of encroachment. There is not much time left before we are all under a tyranny that forbids us from properly using Article V. Only the States can restore our Constitutional Republic with Article V.
The Countermand Amendment stands apart from and independent of all other Article V initiatives. We will cooperate with any of them if they do not surrender sovereignty and deliberative Legislature authority. We have one chance to get this right. We must not be duped by flawed claims by others who have assumed that an Article V Convention is a ConCon (or some modified form) and that delegates are equivalent to the delegates at the 1787 Convention. Article V delegates are Ambassadors of the Legislatures, not free agents. They are not charged with the awesome task of creating a new Constitutional document and government.
The Countermand Amendment will stop Federal encroachments on: enumerated rights; un-enumerated rights (each rescission constitutionalizes a States Right in 10th Amendment); privacy; free markets; Congressional budgets; Court decisions; regulatory rulings; taxes; energy; Executive Orders; unfunded liabilities; health care; social issues; and more.

Intentional violators of the Amendment can be prosecuted under Federal or State laws.

With the Countermand Amendment the States retain their sovereign deliberative authority. WE THE PEOPLE will be able to petition legislators to seek relief from specific encroachments by the Federal government.

Each State Legislature can establish its own Countermand Committee to:
1) select and countermand encroachments adversely affecting their State: and
2) notify other State Countermand Committees of its action requesting they join them by exercising a similar countermand.

These are the 3 necessary documents below, I have also included step by step instructions for State Legislators

1) APPLICATION ON CONGRESS

Single Issue Countermand Amendment Convention
To assure that Congress will convene the Countermand Amendment Convention it is important that all Calling States have identical Titles and language in their Applications.
For a PDF copy of the Application on Congress click: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/call_on_congress_countermand.pdf

2) COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT TEXT

To assure a safe, quick and successful Countermand Amendment Convention this text must be pre-approved by Calling States and included in the Delegate Resolution.
For a PDF copy of the Countermand Amendment click: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/countermand_amendment.pdf

3) DELEGATE RESOLUTION COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT

Delegates are Ambassadors of their State Legislatures, they are not free agents! To assure a safe, quick and successful Convention it is necessary that all Calling States have the same instructions to their delegates to the Convention. This will prevent possible violations of Article I, Section 10 prohibiting Interstate Agreements without the consent of Congress. The Governor has no Article V authority and does not have to sign this Resolution. For a PDF copy of the Delegate Resolution click http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/delegate_resolution_countermand_amendment.pdf

Supporting Information:

STEP BY STEP PROCEDURES FOR STATE LEGISLATORS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Step_by_Step_Instr_8-3-15.pdf

COMPARISON TABLE OF THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT VS. OTHER ARTICLE V GROUPS: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Media/Comparison-Table.pdf

WHY THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Why_CA_2.pdf

EMPOWERMENTS FOR STATE LEGISLATORS: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/CA_Empowerment_List.pdf

As an aside: 

We have 12 States suing over unprecedented federal land grabs. 26 States challenging E.O. AMNESTY law suit. 27 States challenging ACA obamacare. 24 States challenging the EPA over coal regulations. 27 States challenging Obama EPA water regulations. 11 States suing over bathroom policy?? Where does it end?

Why waste anymore time or money in Federal Courts with no guaranty of a favorable outcome when 30 States can simply Countermand the issue? If each lawsuit costs each State at least a million dollars just think how we could save The States right here alone!! We can free up our State resources again and use them to help The States and the people prosper again! Just imagine! SUPPORT THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT TODAY!!!

Visit www.countermands.us to learn how YOU can help rescue Liberty for America!

Our State Legislatures need the power of The Countermand NOW!
Don’t miss these awesome video messages from Alaska and Pennsylvania State Legislators who are endorsing The Countermand in their Great States.
PA State Rep. Cris Dush on Using The Countermand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqBKIrSCFlQ
AK State Rep Shelley Hughes on The Countermand
Together we CAN and WILL rein in The Federal Government safely, quickly and peacefully with The Countermand Amendment!!
Best Regards, from Kelli D Gordon serving as National Coordinator for
Citizen Initiatives Art 5 Countermand Amendment Convention
956-279-1604 located in McAllen, TX 78504
Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.
Under the Directorship of
Mr. Charles Kacprowicz, Executive Director
CITIZEN INITIATIVES
Countermand Amendment
P.O. Box 523
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Charles can be reached at 828-783-0599
SAM ADAMS AND BRUSHFIRES OF LIBERTY

Volunteers Wanted. State Leaders Willing To Do What It Takes To Rescue Liberty For Your Great State. Join Citizen Initiatives Today! Be Part of History in the Making! Discover How We The People Will Countermand the Tyranny in 2017.


Friends, We are very close to losing the protections we have in the Constitution. There is a tyranny looming over our heads and only the Countermand Amendment can stop it peacefully. State legislators alone are the final arbiters in all Constitutional matters, not the delegates they send to a Convention. It is past time for you to join us in your State to secure the 34 Article V Applications on Congress that are needed to convene the Countermand Amendment Convention and secure Ratification by 38.
We don’t need 8 to 10 different amendments because The Countermand is THAT POWERFUL. 8 short clauses and fewer than 400 words of pure inspired good Old Fashioned American Ingenuity that our Founding Fathers would be proud of.
The Countermand Amendment does not alter the Constitution in any way. It simply allows the States the proper authority to protect their sovereignty from Federal or other forms of encroachment. There is not much time left before we are all under a tyranny that forbids us from properly using Article V. Only the States can restore our Constitutional Republic with Article V.
The Countermand Amendment stands apart from and independent of all other Article V initiatives. We will cooperate with any of them if they do not surrender sovereignty and deliberative Legislature authority. We have one chance to get this right. We must not be duped by flawed claims by others who have assumed that an Article V Convention is a ConCon (or some modified form) and that delegates are equivalent to the delegates at the 1787 Convention. Article V delegates are Ambassadors of the Legislatures, not free agents. They are not charged with the awesome task of creating a new Constitutional document and government.
Our State Legislatures need the power of The Countermand NOW!
Don’t miss the video messages from Alaska and Pennsylvania State Legislators who are endorsing The Countermand in their Great States.

 

PA State Rep. Cris Dush on Using The Countermand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqBKIrSCFlQ

AK State Rep Shelley Hughes on The Countermand https://vimeo.com/160622372

LEARN HOW UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS CAN BE
COUNTER-MANDED AND RESCINDED:
1. Executive Orders
2. Court decisions
3. Budgets & Debt
4. Obamacare
5. Social Issues
6. Treaties
7. Laws Against 2nd Amendment
8. DHS, EPA, BLM, IRS, DOJ Regulations and more COUNTERMAND IT!!

ALASKA IS LEADING THE WAY! On Saturday April 16, 2016 Alaska made Constitutional history and it is going to change the course of our Constitutional Republic forever.  SUPPORT THE COUNTERMAND 2016 HJR14 and SJR15 are the Application for the Countermand Amendment Convention and HCR4 and SCR4 are the Delegate Resolution.

 

The Alaska House and Senate passed with overwhelming margins and with bi-partisan support (3 democrats and 1 independent) both the Article V Countermand Amendment ‘Application’ on Congress and the Delegate Resolution.  NON-PARTISAN!!

 

Together we WILL rein in The Federal Government safely, quickly and peacefully!! Will you introduce The Countermand Amendment Call on Congress to your Great State’s Legislature? Will you sponsor The Countermand Delegate Resoluton that safely defines and controls the Art 5 Amendment Convention and the delegates? We will need 51% to pass.

1) APPLICATION ON CONGRESS Single Issue Countermand Amendment Convention To assure that Congress will convene the Countermand Amendment Convention it is important that all Calling States have identical Titles and language in their Applications. For a PDF copy of the Application on Congress click this link: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Art_5_Application.pdf

2) COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT To assure a safe, quick and successful Countermand Amendment Convention this text must be pre-approved by Calling States and included in the Delegate Resolution. For a PDF copy of the Countermand Amendment click:  http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/countermand_amendment.pdf

3) DELEGATE RESOLUTION COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT Delegates are Ambassadors of their State Legislatures, they are not free agents! To assure a safe, quick and successful Convention it is necessary that all Calling States have the same instructions to their delegates to the Convention. This will prevent possible violations of Article I, Section 10 prohibiting Interstate Agreements without the consent of Congress. The Governor has no Article V authority and does not have to sign this Resolution. For a PDF copy of the Delegate Resolution click this link:

http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/delegate_resolution_countermand_amendment.pdf

4) STEP BY STEP PROCEDURES FOR STATE LEGISLATORS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS  http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Step_by_Step_Instr_Alone_8-3-15.pdf

WHY THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT:

http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Why_CA_2.pdf

COMPARISON TABLE OF THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT VS. OTHER ARTICLE V GROUPS: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Media/Comparison-Table.pdf

26 states involved in the AMNESTY law suit.
26 States are angry about obamacare.
24 states challenging the EPA over coal.
27 States challenging Obama EPA water regulations AND the list goes on.
Why waste time and money in Federal Courts with no guaranty of a favorable outcome when 30 States can simply Countermand the issue entirely.  www.countermands.us
Please contact me with a convenient time for Citizen Initiatives to speak with you about The Article V Countermand Amendment Convention: Be a Leader for your Great State!
Regards, Kelli D Gordon serving as National Coordinator for
Citizen Initiatives Art 5 Countermand Amendment Convention
956-279-1604
Thank you for your time and have a blessed day.
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Find out how you can help! www.countermands.us

Globalists Continue To Push The Lie That Treaties Are Binding Upon The United States Citizens: Treaties Can Be Nullified By States Or Statutes & Obama Removed From Office!


Our Senate and President (not to mention that he is a usurper) lack lawful authority to enter into a treaty that conflicts with The Constitution so even signed and ratified it would not be a valid treaty.

Reblogged from Political Vel Craft dated July 2012

The following qualifies as one of the greatest lies the globalists continue to push upon the American people. That lie is: “Treaties supersede the U.S. Constitution“.

The Second follow-up lie is this one: “A treaty, once passed, cannot be set aside”. HERE ARE THE CLEAR IRREFUTABLE FACTS: The U.S. Supreme Court has made it very clear that

1) Treaties do not override the U.S. Constitution. 2) Treaties cannot amend the Constitution. And last, 3) A treaty can be nullified by a statute passed by the U.S. Congress (or by a sovereign State or States if Congress refuses to do so), when the State deems a treaty the performance of a treaty is self-destructive. The law of self-preservation overrules the law of obligation in others. When you’ve read this thoroughly, hopefully, you will never again sit quietly by when someone — anyone — claims that treaties supercede the Constitution. Help to dispell this myth. “This [Supreme] Court has regularly and uniformly recognized the supremacy of the Constitution over a treaty.” – Reid v. Covert, October 1956, 354 U.S. 1, at pg 17.

This case involved the question: Does the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (treaty) supersede the U.S. Constitution? Keep reading. The Reid Court (U.S. Supreme Court) held in their Opinion that,

“… No agreement with a foreign nation can confer power on the Congress, or any other branch of government, which is free from the restraints of the Constitution. Article VI, the Supremacy clause of the Constitution declares, “This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all the Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land…’

“There is nothing in this language which intimates that treaties and laws enacted pursuant to them do not have to comply with the provisions of the Constitution nor is there anything in the debates which accompanied the drafting and ratification which even suggest such a result…

“It would be manifestly contrary to the objectives of those who created the Constitution, as well as those who were responsible for the Bill of Rights – let alone alien to our entire constitutional history and tradition – to construe Article VI as permitting the United States to exercise power UNDER an international agreement, without observing constitutional prohibitions. (See:Elliot’s Debates 1836 ed. – pgs 500-519).

“In effect, such construction would permit amendment of that document in a manner not sanctioned by Article VI. The prohibitions of the Constitution were designed to apply to all branches of the National Government and they cannot be nullified by the Executive or by the Executive and Senate combined.”

Did you understand what the Supreme Court said here? No Executive Order, Presidential Directive, Executive Agreement, no NAFTA, GATT/WTO agreement/treaty, passed by ANYONE, can supersede the Constitution. FACT. No question! At this point the Court paused to quote from another of their Opinions; Geofroy v. Riggs, 133 U.S. 258 at pg. 267 where the Court held at that time that,

“The treaty power as expressed in the Constitution, is in terms unlimited except by those restraints which are found in that instrument against the action of the government or of its departments and those arising from the nature of the government itself and of that of the States. It would not be contended that it extends so far as to authorize what the Constitution forbids, or a change in the character of the government, or a change in the character of the States, or a cession of any portion of the territory of the latter without its consent.”

Assessing the GATT/WTO parasitic organism in light of this part of the Opinion, we see that it cannot attach itself to its host (our Republic or States) in the fashion the traitors in our government wish, without our acquiescing to it. The Reid Court continues with its Opinion:

“This Court has also repeatedly taken the position that an Act of Congress, which MUST comply with the Constitution, is on full parity with a treaty, the statute to the extent of conflict, renders the treaty null. It would be completely anomalous to say that a treaty need not comply with the Constitution when such an agreement can be overridden by a statute that must conform to that instrument.”

The U.S. Supreme court could not have made it more clear : TREATIESDO NOT OVERRIDE THE CONSTITUTION, AND CANNOT, IN ANY FASHION, AMEND IT !!! CASE CLOSED. Now we must let our elected “representatives” in Washington and the State legislatures know that we no longer believe the BIG LIE… we know that we are not bound by unconstitutional Treaties, Executive Orders, Presidential Directives, and other such treasonous acts.

[Note: the above information was taken from Aid & Abet Police Newsletter, with limited revision. P.O. Box 8712, Phoenix, Arizona. Acknowledgment given to Claire Kelly, for her good assistance and in depth treaty research. The use of this information is not to be construed as endorsement of Aid & Abet Police Newsletter. Claire Kelly is a trusted and knowledgeable friend. – CDR]

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Here’s what Thomas Jefferson said on the right to renounce treaties:

“Compacts then, between a nation and a nation, are obligatory on them as by the same moral law which obliges individuals to observe their compacts. There are circumstances, however, which sometimes excuse the non-performance of contracts between man and man; so are there also between nation and nation. When performance, for instance, becomes impossible, non-performance is not immoral; so if performance becomes self-destructive to the party, the law of self-preservation overrules the law of obligation in others”.

pg 317 – “The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson,” A. Koch & Wm. Peden, Random House 1944, renewed 1972. Jefferson also said in a letter to Wilson C. Nicholas on Sept. 7, 1803, Ibid. pg 573

“Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction [interpretation]. I say the same as to the opinion of those who consider the grant of the treaty making power as boundless. If it is, then we have no Constitution.” ______________________________________________________________Further evidence:

Excerpt from a letter from U.S. Senator, Arlen Specter, (R. Penn.) to constituent, November 3, 1994.

“Dear Mr. Neely:”Thank you for contacting my office regarding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. … I have signed on as a cosponsor of Senator Bradley’s resolution [SR 70, which urges the president to seek the advice and consent of the Senate for ratification] because I believe that the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child is an appropriate step in the direction of promoting the well-being of children throughout the world. [he goes on to mention concerns that the treaty would subjugate familial and parental responsibility to an international entity, which he denies] “… Secondly, the Convention would not override the U.S. Constitution; rather, as in the case of any treaty, any provision that conflicts with our Constitution would be void in our country… “

[CDR Note: It is our belief that Arlen Specter would not have been as truthful regarding Constitutional Supremacy over treaties if he had a clue that this letter to a constituent would have found its way into the hands or eyes of the public.]

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Logical deduction:      No law or treaty supersedes the Supreme Law of the Land.  ‘Supreme’… meaning ‘highest or greatest’.  What is higher than highest or greater than greatest, other than our Creator?  The Constitution acknowledges our God-given, unalienable rights, and secures those rights in that acknowledgement.         The Constitution gives the US Senate authority to ratify treaties with other nations. Americans have been propagandized into believing that those treaties become the supreme law of the land superseding the Constitution. Let’s examine this deception closely and dispel the myth once and for all. Article VI of the Constitution states:

Clause 2 – “This Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution [of any state] or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”Clause 3 – “The senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executives and judicial officers, both of the United States and the several states, shall be bound by oath of affirmation to support this Constitution .”

Laws made in pursuance of this Constitution are laws which are made within the strict and limited confines of the Constitution itself. No federal, state, or international law, rule or bureaucratic regulation and no state constitution can supersede B or be repugnant to B this Constitution.

Treaties made under the authority of the United States… the United States (federal government) was authorized by and on behalf of the people and in pursuance of this Constitution to enter into certain treaties with other governments. The United States (federal government) obtains its authority solely from the Constitution. It would be ludicrous to think that it has the power to circumvent (via treaties) that which grants it its authority.

In Clause 3, it is made clear that every elected official, both federal and state, is bound by oath to support this Constitution. Who can rightly, and genuinely claim to be given the power to destroy that which they are elected and sworn to uphold?

The powers granted by the Constitution cannot sanely be construed to provide the authority to usurp, pre-empt or eradicate it.       The U.S. Supreme Court as cited above correctly ruled that the supremacy of the Constitution overrides treaties. It should be noted that if any Court, be it a State, Federal or the U.S. Supreme Court, should ever rule otherwise, the decision would be repugnant to the Constitution and the ruling would be null and void.

The answer to this question is self-evident.

The Constitution authorizes the United States to enter into treaties with other nations B the word Anation@ although not explicit, is certainly implied. The United Nations is an Organization – a Global Corporate Bureaucracy.The ‘experts’ in international law, commerce, banking, environment, etc.; and a cadre of alleged conservative / Christian-conservative leaders — lawyer, Dame of Malta, Phyllis Schlafly being a prime example — have been spewing forth propaganda to instill and further the myth of ‘treaty-supremacy’ for decades.

Their ‘expertise’ is an illusion created apparently with hopes to instill a sense of inferiority in the ‘common man’ (their term) so we will all defer to their superior intelligence. Let’s not go there. Here’s a perfect example of ‘expert’ propaganda on the supremacy question: On April 11, 1952, Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles (cfr), speaking before the American Bar Association in Louisville, Kentucky said…

“Treaties make international law and also they make domestic law. Under our Constitution, treaties become the supreme law of the land…. Treaty law can override the Constitution. Treaties, for example, …can cut across the rights given the people by their constitutional Bill of Rights.”

Mr. Dulles is confused about the People’s rights. To repeat an earlier statement of fact: the Constitution doesn’t ‘give’ us rights. The Constitution acknowledges and secures our inherent, Creator-endowed rights. What Creator gives, no man can take away. The Dulles brothers worked (lied) long and hard to firmly establish the treaty-supremacy myth. And they realized it would have to be done by deceit — propaganda. Admittedly by propaganda.

“There is no indication that American public opinion, for example, would approve the establishment of a super state, or permit American membership in it. In other words, time – a long time – will be needed before world government is politically feasible… This time element might seemingly be shortened so far as American opinion is concerned by an active propaganda campaign in this country…”

Allen W. Dulles (cfr) from a UN booklet, Headline Series #59 (New York: The Foreign Policy Association., Sept.-Oct., 1946) pg 46.      The question of “nationhood” in reference to the United Nations seems to have been addressed by the errant Congress.  A quick fix apparently took place in the U.S. Senate on March 19, 1970. According to the Anaheim (Cal) Bulletin, 4-20-1970, the Senate ratified a resolution recognizing the United Nations Organization as a sovereign nation. That would be tantamount to recognizing General Motors as a sovereign nation. Are we beginning to get the picture? Case Closed Sweet Liberty

Second Important Article About The Treaty Myth.

Treaties do not override the Constitution.
By Don Fotheringham In anticipation that our president may sign one or more treaties that conflict with the U.S. Constitution’s limited grant of power, several voices of alarm are contending that a treaty can override, or in effect amend, our Constitution. Although that view has gained some currency, it is a myth that contradicts the intent of those who framed the Constitution. And it violates any reasonable interpretation of that document. Origin of the Myth The frightful idea that U.S. treaties with foreign nations supercede the Constitution has been regularly promoted since the Eisenhower era.
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1 It was given a big boost in 1952 when Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a founding member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), made the following statement:
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2 … congressional laws are invalid if they do not conform to the Constitution, whereas treaty laws can override the Constitution. Treaties, for example, can take powers away from Congress and give them to the President; they can take powers from the states and give them to the Federal Government, or to some international body and they can cut across the rights given the people by the Constitutional Bill of Rights.
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3 It would be hard to find a more preposterous assertion. Sadly, however, many citizens have been led to believe that treaties do override the Constitution. Could anyone really think our founding fathers spent four months in convention, limiting the size, power and scope of government, and then provided for their work to be destroyed by one lousy treaty?
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But one might object, what about Article VI? Article VI establishes the supremacy of U.S. laws and treaties made within the bounds of the Constitution. It is called the Supremacy Clause, because it places federal laws and treaties that are made pursuant to the Constitution above state constitutions, laws. and treaties. Some Important History This was needed because, contrary to their agreement under the Articles of Confederation, certain states had violated their trust and entered into treaties with foreign powers.
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Madison said: “Experience had evinced a constant tendency in the States to encroach on federal authority; to violate national Treaties, to infringe the rights and interests of each other.”
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4 State-made pacts often conflicted with peace and trade treaties wanted by the Confederation Congress for the benefit of all thirteen states, making it hard for Congress to consummate better agreements with other nations. This also led to fierce contention between the states in their effort to monopolize the import of goods from Europe and the Indian tribes. But more serious dangers arose in matters of security, for should one state be at war with a foreign power while a sister state honors its peace agreement with the same enemy, the security of the entire Confederation would be threatened.
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5 In an effort to head off such dangers, the Confederation Congress frequently attempted to nullify
state-made treaties in the state courts (there were no federal courts). But as might be expected, the state judges ruled inevitably in favor of their own states, pursuant to the state laws and constitutions.
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The 1787 Convention corrected that problem by making certain only federal treaties would be recognized as valid. In this light, it is not hard to understand why paragraph two of Article VI is worded as follows: This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land, and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding. Upon ratification of the Constitution, the state treaties were nullified.
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Thereafter, only federal treaties were recognized as supreme, regardless of any remaining state provisions to the contrary. Moreover, under the new Constitution the founders established a Supreme Court, granting it original jurisdiction over treaty controversies, and thereby removing from state judges jurisdiction over treaty cases. In addition to quelling strife among the states, Article VI accomplished a major objective of the Convention, mainly that of placing the United States in a position to speak to the world with one voice.
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United States treaties are created when proposed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The power of the President and the Senate, in their treaty-making capacity, was never intended to be a power greater than the Constitution. Citizens who met in the state ratifying conventions (1787 to 1790) to examine with great care the provisions of the proposed Constitution had a correct understanding of the Supremacy Clause.
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During the ratifying debates, James Madison answered questions regarding the new national charter and commented on the extent of the treaty-making power under Article VI: “I do not conceive that power is given to the President and Senate to dismember the empire, or to alienate any great, essential right. I do not think the whole legislative authority have this power. The exercise of the power must be consistent with the object of its delegation.”
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Madison said: “Here, the supremacy of a treaty is contrasted with the supremacy of the laws of the states. It cannot be otherwise supreme.” That is, a treaty cannot in any other manner or situation be supreme. Thomas Jefferson: “I say the same as to the opinion of those who consider the grant of treaty- making to be boundless. If it is, then we have no Constitution.”
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But we do have a Constitution. Its life and viability depend entirely on the small number of citizens who 1) understand the document, and 2) who equally understand the forces at work to destroy it. At this point enough time has passed, and enough false teachings have been promulgated, to cause modern Americans to fall for the treaty power ploy. It is not surprising that John Foster Dulles, a ranking member of the CFR, should in 1952 circulate the treaty-power heresy that yet prevails.
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It is time for serious reflection on the words of Edmond Burke, “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” Those who seek to preserve the sovereignty of the United States must work energetically to expose the Dulles delusion — the ridiculous idea that treaties have intrinsic powers greater than the Constitution.
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1 In decades immediately prior to the Dulles speech, Supreme Court decisions had already begun to enunciate the idea (see, for example, Missouri v. Holland in 1920 and United States v. Pink in 1942).
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2 Dulles actually made this statement during a speech in Louisville on April 2, 1952, shortly before Eisenhower appointed him Secretary of State.
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3 Quoted by Frank E. Holman, Story of the Bricker Amendment, (New York Committee for Constitutional Government, Inc., 1954), pp. 14, 15.
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4 The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Farrand, Vol. I, p. 164.
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5 Benjamin Franklin’s Plan of Union, America, Vol. 3, p. 47.
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6 Debates on the Federal Constitution, Jonathan Elliot, ed., second edition, Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Company, 1907, Vol. III, p. 514. Robert Welch University
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DONT FORGET.. Before deciding ALL States are same-sex marriage.The SCOTUS also managed to turn the entire country into an abortion death cult costing us 60 million TRUE Americans while the EPA and BLM protect humpbacked Chubs and an invasive species of mollusk.. COUNTERMAND IT! www.countermands.us

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Our State Legislatures need the power of The Countermand NOW!
LEARN HOW UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS CAN BE COUNTER-MANDED AND RESCINDED:
1. Executive Orders and Harmful Treaties ~ Good bye illegal invaders/immigration, good bye treaties, gun grabs and land grabs. SECURITY!!
2. Court decisions ~ STOP LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH!! STATES HAVE RIGHTS!!
3. Budgets & Debt ~ Good bye unfunded liabilities thrust upon The States and The People while wickedly advancing the financial enslavement of our kids.
4. Obamacare ~ Who doesn’t want this gone?
5. Social Issues ~ Same sex marriage, abortion and education! Goodbye Common Core!
6. Laws Against 2nd Amendment ~ Molon labe gun grabbers!
7. EPA, BLM, IRS, DOJ, DHS etc. Regulations and more!! Let’s COUNTERMAND them!! GOOD BYE to Unelected, unaccountable unconstitutional agencies crushing The States and the People’s Right to prosper from their resources.

RESCUE OUR…INDUSTRY, ENERGY, WATER, LAND AND MINERALS!!! PROSPERITY!!

The Constitution provides for limited federal lands within each state, originally assumed to be about 1 to 2%, to be purchased for post roads, forts, arsenals, etc. How is it, then, that the federal government owns 62% of Alaska and 47% of 11 border-sharing Western states, including Utah? (Just a hint: vast oil and mineral reserves exactly underlie confiscated lands.) Federal land theft is a polished art, with federal ownership at 635 million acres, or 28% of available US land, most of it in the West, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Federal land grabs typically create national parks or protected wilderness areas. There is no constitutional authority to do so; parks are a state prerogative, not a national one. Undaunted, the Environmental Protection Agency and its unelected, uninhibited and UNACCOUNTABLE bureaucrats ignore the law.

Please feel free to contact me for more information.. Below I have included the 3 documents necessary to convene a safe, quick and successful Art 5 Amendment Convention along with step by step instructions for State Legislators to follow that should help them avoid the confusion associated with The Art 5 due to other all the fear mongering, confusion and muddying up the water.

The Article V is actually pretty simple. I don’t know why everyone is making it so difficult. The Article 5 is an Amendment Convention NOT a Constitutional Convention.

I have also included some supporting information and an opinion piece about The Art 5. We have sponsors in 23 States but we still have much work to do… We are going to need 51% of the State House of Representatives and 51% of the State Senates of 34 States to apply to The US Congress specifically for The Article V Countermand Amendment Convention.. That will kick off The Art 5.. once the Constituitonal thresh-hold has been met The applications then become a MANDATE to The US Congress. The Article 5 will proceed whether the Federal Government likes it or not. They can go sit at the kiddy table while the grownups talk.. The Art 5 belongs to The States with no permission necessary and no interference from a corrupt The US Congress.

This is the document needed to apply.
1) APPLICATION ON CONGRESS
Single Issue Countermand Amendment Convention
To assure that Congress will convene the Countermand Amendment Convention it is important that all Calling States have identical Titles and language in their Applications.
For a PDF copy of the Application on Congress click this link:http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/call_on_congress_countermand.pdf

Next we again need 51% of The State Houses and 51% of The State Senates (simple majority) to approve the text of the proposed Countermand Amendment along with The Delegate Resolution is the missing piece to The Article V Puzzle. It contains the pre-approved Countermand Amendment text. The Delegate Resolution is the missing piece to The Article V puzzle. It will safely control and clearly define the rules for both The Countermand Convention as well as roles of The Delegates sent to that convention. With 26 States PRE-APPROVING The Delegate Resolution we can safely control the convention, effectively eliminating any mischief or mayhem, insuring a quick and favorable outcome!! These are the 3 necessary documents below, including step by step instructions for State Legislators:

2) COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT
To assure a safe, quick and successful Countermand Amendment Convention this text must be pre-approved by Calling States and included in the Delegate Resolution.
For a PDF copy of the Countermand Amendment click:http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/countermand_amendment.pdf

3) DELEGATE RESOLUTION COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT
Delegates are Ambassadors of their State Legislatures, they are not free agents! To assure a safe, quick and successful Convention it is necessary that all Calling States have the same instructions to their delegates to the Convention. This will prevent possible violations of Article I, Section 10 prohibiting Interstate Agreements without the consent of Congress. The Governor has no Article V authority and does not have to sign this Resolution.For a PDF copy of the Delegate Resolution click this link:http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/delegate_resolution_countermand_amendment.pdf

Please print the links,share them with your local State Reps and all your friends. Discover for yourself the beauty and power of The Countermand Amendment and the genius of The Citizen Initiatives well-defined Article V strategy before you sign off on The Convention of States approach which will strip The States Legislatures of their Legislative Sovereignty and Deliberative Status left to our State Legislatures in The Article V of The Constitution. Convention of States Groups Vague legislative language and promises of an orderly convention and effective remedy is not the safest or quickest way to go. The Delegates sent to The Convention are there to consider what their State Legislatures have set before them and to vote the way their State Legislatures have instructed them to. They are NOT there to write ANYTHING!

STEP BY STEP PROCEDURES FOR STATE LEGISLATORS AND CONCERNED CITIZENShttp://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Step_by_Step_Instr_8-3-15.pdf

The Countermand Amendment will empower the States to Countermand and rescind any Federal law or regulation that violates States Rights or personal liberties. When 60% of the States agree on a specific Countermand the law or ruling is automatically rescinded. The Federal government can rewrite the law in a way more amenable to the States or abandon it. The States now become respected partners in government, not subjects to Federal mandates.

Here are some supporting links and information:
EXCITING, PROMISING AND POWERFUL PRESENTATION BY REP. CRIS DUSH, PA PROPOSING THE ADOPTION OF THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT THROUGH STATE LEGISLATURES IN AS LITTLE AS 4 MONTHS – A MUST VIEW . . .
https://youtu.be/4MYoIdxDNB8

WHY THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT:http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Why_CA_2.pdf

COMPARISON TABLE OF THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT VS. OTHER ARTICLE V GROUPS:http://citizeninitiatives.org/Media/Comparison-Table.pdf

COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT CAMPAIGN: STEP BY STEP PROCEDURES FOR STATE LEGISLATORS AND CONCERNED CITIZENShttp://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Step_by_Step_Instr_8-3-15.pdf

The Countermand Amendment will empower the States to Countermand and rescind any Federal law or regulation that violates States Rights or personal liberties. When 60% of the States agree on a specific Countermand the law or ruling is automatically rescinded. The Federal government can rewrite the law in a way more amenable to the States or abandon it. The States now become respected partners in government, not subjects to Federal mandates.

With the Countermand Amendment States retain their sovereign deliberative authority. WE THE PEOPLE will be able to petition legislators to seek relief from specific encroachments by the Federal government.

Each State Legislature can establish its own Countermand Committee to:
1) select and countermand encroachments adversely affecting their State: and
2) notify other State Countermand Committees of its action requesting they join them by exercising a similar countermand.

The Amendment will stop Federal encroachments on: enumerated rights; un-enumerated rights (each rescission constitutionalizes a States Right in 10th Amendment); privacy; free markets; Congressional budgets; Court decisions; regulatory rulings; taxes; energy; Executive Orders; unfunded liabilities; healthcare; social issues; and more.

Intentional violators of the Amendment can be prosecuted under Federal or State laws.

Vist us at www.countermands.us and volunteer to join the team!

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***ACTION ALERT*** URGENT!!
****Please email the 4 documents listed below to your local State Represetative and also send it to your local State Senator. Ask them to sponsor The Countermand in 2016.

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YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS MUST VIEW THIS 5 MINUTE VIDEO.  PLEASE SEND IT TO THEM.  

EXCITING, PROMISING AND POWERFUL PRESENTATION BY REP. CRIS DUSH, PA PROPOSING THE ADOPTION OF THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT THROUGH STATE LEGISLATURES IN AS LITTLE AS 4 MONTHS – A MUST VIEW . . .

FACEBOOK:    https://www.facebook.com/repdush/videos/901600596583418/?theater

YOUTUBE:   https://youtu.be/4MYoIdxDNB8

1. The “Countermand Amendment Text” – go to: http://countermands.us/countermand-amendment.html

2. The “Application” on Congress calling for a “Single Issue” Countermand Amendment Convention – go to: http://countermands.us/countermand-application-on-congress.html

3. The Delegate Resolution to bind the delegates – includes the text for the Countermand Amendment – go to: http://countermands.us/countermand-delegate-resolution.html.

4. OVERVIEW and STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS: http://www.citizeninitiatives.org/Media/Step_by_Step_6_Instr_8-3-15.pdf

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This is a chart showing The Level One Priority States that we need to get into first because they begin and end early, or of short duration and many have a limit to the number of pieces of legislation that an be introdued per session… it also show the ‘hot buttons… of which states are already suing the federal government and over which infringement.

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Article. V.

Article-V
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, 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; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

WHY THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT?

James Madison: “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 [federal powers] will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce…. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

Why the Countermand Amendment is crucial to restore our nation

The Countermand Amendment is powerful and limitless in regaining and retaining state sovereignty. We do not need 8-10 amendments to get our federal government under control,because the Countermand Amendment is so powerful. 30 states can countermand Obamacare, Dodd-Frank. all the unreasonable EPA regulations (like the ones destroying the coal industry), federal land grabs, Supreme Court decisions like Roe v. Wade or eliminating prayer from schools,Executive Orders like the threatened one on immigration amnesty, any tax increases, raising the debt limit and out-of -control budgets, and any other legislation already passed. If States wished to remove the federal government from control of our schools, the law creating the Department of Education could be countermanded. The Countermand would also be a future protection against loss of our 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights as well as any onerous future legislation.

This amendment is also “tools with teeth”.

It provides a criminal penalty for violating the amendment, whereby a state can prosecute federal violators. It is an amendment from the People, as we had contributors from across the country.

Executive Coordinator, Citizen Initiatives
Our State Legislatures need the power of The Countermand NOW!
LEARN HOW UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS CAN BE COUNTER-MANDED AND RESCINDED:
1. Executive Orders
2. Court decisions
3. Budgets & Debt
4. Obamacare
5. Social Issues
6. Laws Against 2nd Amendment
7. EPA, BLM, IRS, DOJ Regulations and more COUNTERMAND IT!!

JUST IMAGINE! 30 STATE LEGISLATURES CAN AGREE TO COUNTERMAND ANYTHING THEY DEEM HARMFUL TO THEIR STATE!!

We are alerting our State Legislatures and State Governors trying to share with them and show them this brilliant and peaceful remedy so that the States may regain respect and stop the neverending Federal Mandates passed down by bad court decisions, executive orders, unelected bureaucrats and federal agencies etc.

We have a viable and simple strategy and powerful remedy that is being overlooked. I pray you investigate further. Citizen Iniatives team has been working diligently to advance The Article V Countermand Amendment Convention.. Making very good progress thru State Legislatures and working to make sure all The State Governors also know about this effective and peaceful solution to stop federal government overreach so that your Great State may retain your rights and liberty.
Together we WILL rein in The Federal Government!

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Will you sponsor and support The Countermand?

Thank you for taking the time to investigate The Art 5 Countermand. These are the 3 necessary documents that total 7 pages. At the bottom of this message I have left you a few extra goodies to help you figure out what we are trying to do… It is very simple and quite elegant. Our founders were GENIOUS!!!! Charles Kacprowicz has discovered the missing piece to the Article V Puzzle.

1) APPLICATION ON CONGRESS
Single Issue Countermand Amendment Convention
To assure that Congress will convene the Countermand Amendment Convention it is important that all Calling States have identical Titles and language in their Applications.
For a PDF copy of the Application on Congress click this link: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/call_on_congress_countermand.pdf

2) THE PROPOSED COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT

To assure a safe, quick and successful Countermand Amendment Convention this text must be pre-approved by Calling States and included in the Delegate Resolution.
For a PDF copy of the Countermand Amendment click: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/countermand_amendment.pdf

3) DELEGATE RESOLUTION COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT
Delegates are Ambassadors of their State Legislatures, they are not free agents! To assure a safe, quick and successful Convention it is necessary that all Calling States have the same instructions to their delegates to the Convention. This will prevent possible violations of Article I, Section 10 prohibiting Interstate Agreements without the consent of Congress. The Governor has no Article V authority and does not have to sign this Resolution.For a PDF copy of the Delegate Resolution click this link: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/delegate_resolution_countermand_amendment.pdf

THE ARTICLE V COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT CONVENTION: STEP BY STEP PROCEDURES FOR STATE LEGISLATORS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Step_by_Step_Instr_8-3-15.pdf

Please print the links and discover for yourself the beauty and power of The Countermand Amendment and the genius of The Citizen Initiatives well-defined Article V strategy before you sign off on The Convention of States approach of taking away The State’s Legislative Sovereignty in exchange for their promises of an orderly convention and effective remedy. SUPPORT THE COUNTERMAND 2016!!

Text of proposed
COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT
ARTICLE 28 (or alternate number to be assigned by Congress)

Section 1. The Article restores State sovereignty in our Constitutional Republic by providing State Legislatures Countermand authority.

Section 2. State Legislatures in the several States shall have the authority to Countermand and rescind any Congressional Statute, Judicial decision, Executive Order, Treaty, government agency’s regulatory ruling, or any other government or non-government mandate (including excessive spending and credit) imposed on them when in the opinion of 60 percent of State Legislatures the law or ruling adversely affects their States’ interest. When the Countermand threshold has been reached, the law or ruling shall be immediately and automatically nullified and repealed. This Countermand authority shall also apply to existing laws and rulings.

Section 3. From the time the initial Countermand is issued by a State Legislature, the other Legislatures shall have 18 months to complete the Countermand process. If the Countermand process is not completed in 18 months, then the law or ruling that is being challenged shall remain enforceable.

Section 4. Each State Legislature must complete their Countermand affidavit and deliver a certified copy to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the United States, and when applicable the Government Agency or Body that is being challenged.

Section 5. Any elected or non-elected government official, or any non-government individual or organization, who intentionally obstructs or prevents the implementation of any provision in this Article shall have committed a criminal offense and shall be subject to impeachment (when applicable) and criminal prosecution and upon conviction serve up to five years in prison.

Section 6. Individual States shall have authority to prosecute violators of this Article under State laws in the absence of Federal prosecution after 90 days from the date of the alleged violation. Multiple prosecutions, by multiple States, for the same alleged crime are prohibited.

Section 7. The Article shall be immediately part of the United States Constitution upon ratification by three quarters of the State Legislatures in the several States.

Section 8. The provisions of this Article are enforceable within the United States which shall include the Several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the territories and possessions of the United States.

visit http://www.countermands.us to help Rescue Liberty TODAY!!!

Support The Countermand Resolution


WHENEVER YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO HELP US END THE TYRANNY… JOIN CITIZEN INITIATIVES TODAY!! https://www.countermands.us/
Our State Legislatures need the power of The Countermand NOW!
LEARN HOW UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS CAN BE COUNTER-MANDED AND RESCINDED:
1. Executive Orders
2. Court decisions
3. Budgets & Debt
4. Obamacare
5. Social Issues
6. Laws Against 2nd Amendment
7. EPA, BLM, IRS, DOJ Regulations and more COUNTERMAND IT!!

Watch this video as PA State Rep Explains The Power of The Countermand.

Published on 19 Nov 2015

PA State Rep Cris Dush gives a detailed explanation of constitutional laws which allow the states to refuse and rebut federal authority; in the case he speaks of, refusing a possible influx of Syrian refugees into Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

 

We are alerting our State Legislatures and State Governors trying to share with them and show them this brilliant and peaceful remedy so that the States may regain respect and stop the neverending Federal Mandates passed down by bad court decisions, executive orders, unelected bureaucrats and federal agencies etc.”

We have a viable and simple strategy and powerful remedy that is being overlooked. I pray you investigate further. Citizen Iniatives team has been working diligently to advance The Article V Countermand Amendment Convention.. Making very good progress thru State Legislatures and working to make sure all The State Governors also know about this effective and peaceful solution to stop federal government overreach so that your Great State may retain your rights and liberty.
Together we WILL rein in The Federal Government! Will you sponsor and support The Countermand?

Thank you for taking the time to investigate The Art 5 Countermand. These are the 3 necessary documents that total 7 pages. At the bottom of this message I have left you a few extra goodies to help you figure out what we are trying to do… It is very simple and quite elegant. Our founders were GENIOUS!!!!
Charles Kacprowicz has discovered the missing piece to the Article V Puzzle. Our State Legislatures need the power of The Countermand NOW!

1) APPLICATION ON CONGRESS
Single Issue Countermand Amendment Convention
To assure that Congress will convene the Countermand Amendment Convention it is important that all Calling States have identical Titles and language in their Applications.
For a PDF copy of the Application on Congress click this link: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/call_on_congress_countermand.pdf

2) COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT
To assure a safe, quick and successful Countermand Amendment Convention this text must be pre-approved by Calling States and included in the Delegate Resolution.
For a PDF copy of the Countermand Amendment click: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/countermand_amendment.pdf

3) DELEGATE RESOLUTION COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT
Delegates are Ambassadors of their State Legislatures, they are not free agents! To assure a safe, quick and successful Convention it is necessary that all Calling States have the same instructions to their delegates to the Convention. This will prevent possible violations of Article I, Section10 prohibiting Interstate Agreements without the consent of Congress. The Governor has no Article V authority and does not have to sign this Resolution.

For a PDF copy of the Delegate Resolution click this link: http://citizeninitiatives.org/amendment_countermands/delegate_resolution_countermand_amendment.pdf

Please print the links and discover for yourself the beauty and power of The Countermand Amendment and the genius of The Citizen Initiatives well-defined Article V strategy before you sign off on The Convention of States approach of giving them your authority in exchange for their promises of an orderly convention and effective remedy.

WHY THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Why_CA_2.pdf

COMPARISON TABLE OF THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT VS. OTHER ARTICLE V GROUPS: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Media/Comparison-Table.pdf

COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT CAMPAIGN: STEP BY STEP PROCEDURES FOR STATE LEGISLATORS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS: http://citizeninitiatives.org/Legislators/Step_by_Step_Instr_8-3-15.pdf

Thank you for your time, dedication and service,
From Kelli D Gordon serving as National Coordinator
for Citizen Initiatives under the direction of Mr Charles Kacprowicz
director@federalamendments.us
My contact info is:
Kelli D Gordon 956-279-1604
McAllen, TX 78504
articlev@mail.com
the.texas.tiger@mail.com
Visit the website at: http://countermands.us

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YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS MUST VIEW THIS 5 MINUTE VIDEO.  PLEASE SEND IT TO THEM.  

EXCITING, PROMISING AND POWERFUL PRESENTATION BY REP. CRIS DUSH, PA PROPOSING THE ADOPTION OF THE COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT THROUGH STATE LEGISLATURES IN AS LITTLE AS 4 MONTHS – A MUST VIEW . . .

FACEBOOK:    https://www.facebook.com/repdush/videos/901600596583418/?theater

YOUTUBE:   https://youtu.be/4MYoIdxDNB8

State by State Signature download and print

(NOTE:  Print out your States pages in English or Spanish, if needed blank pages either in English or Spanish) fill it out and sign them mail them using the address at the bottom of the signature page.  ( Please make sure  all areas are filled out complete and signed before you mail in a flat letter size envelope. )

https://toupsmlcignet.wordpress.com/state-by-state-signature-download-and-print/

This charts shows which priority States (meaning States congressional sessions that begin and end early 2016)  States are suing The Federal Government and why. Also it is my understanding that there are 31 States suing over the Syrian refujihad resettle of American States and cities. Tho I have not found that data yet. This much I have vetted. I will have an updated one including ALL States soon.

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This is a chart showing The Level One Priority States that we need to get into first because they begin and end early, or of short duration and many have a limit to the number of pieces of legislation that an be introdued per session… it also show the ‘hot buttons…  of which states are already suing the federal government and over which infringement.

 

COUNTERMAND AMENDMENT The Missing Piece in the Article V Puzzle

THE MOST IMPORTANT HISTORICAL EVENT SINCE THE 1787 CONVENTION.  

Learn how we can restore our Constitutional Republic with the Countermand Amendment.

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Headline: Federal encroachments create problems for states

Dear America,

Were you concerned when our States spent precious funds fighting the EPA and illegal amnesty? Are you concerned about other federal encroachments like gun control and Obamacare? Are you concerned about the loss of United States sovereignty to the United Nations and global governance? The answer to restore state sovereignty is the the Countermand Amendment through Article V. We are asking you to support the application for the Countermand Amendment through your state legislature

Citizen Initiatives has the answer with the Countermand Amendment. The Countermand can be used to restore our constitutional republic safely and quickly. Encroachment by the federal government on states rights and individual liberties has surpassed alarming proportions: executive orders, congressional statutes, court decisions, and agency regulations. The Countermand gives each state back its sovereignty. The states created the federal government with limited powers. The Founders provided Article V to keep the federal government contained, and it is time for the states to use their constitutional powers to contain the overwhelming federal overreach. With the Countermand, 60% (30) of the states can repeal and revoke any federal encroachment on the sovereignty and the liberties of the citizens. The Countermand can be used to repeal or countermand:
Obamacare,
EPA and energy regulations,
Supreme Court decisions,
federal land grabs,
executive orders such as the one on immigration,
excessive credit raising the debt limit,
Dodd-Frank
treaties,
and it can be used to protect our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights.
And it provides a criminal penalty to anyone breaking the provisions of the Countermand. The Countermand Amendment is “tools with teeth”.
Citizen Initiatives also has an accompanying Delegate Resolution to control the amendment convention. This is the answer to the Article V convention concerns