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I had some questions about the Democrat and Republican National Conventions. The delegates there at these conventions, they don't elect the next president, right? They don't tell the rest of America who is going to serve in the Oval Office, right? The conventions simply create consensus about who they think has the best chance of beating their opponent. Last night there was consensus from Democrats that Barack Obama should be presidential candidate for them.
Is that dangerous? Is the building of consensus dangerous if it has no legal effect? The convention proposes, but its the election which confirms the will of the country, right?

The Article V Convention is quite the same thing. If America convokes a convention on the authority of the Constitution the delegates can build consensus about what? Not who should be president, but what might make for a proper amendment to our high law.

During all the speeches at the Democratic National Convention, I haven't heard a thing about voting integrity. If the brilliant people who take the stage in Denver have nothing to say about how we can standardize our voting process in order to remove threats to its transparency and accuracy, what does that mean? It means the people in the beautiful clothing, and perfect hair, and bleached teeth, are...what? Not that brilliant? Beautiful on the outside? Hollow?

Is Barack Obama going to say anything about voting integrity? I don't know. I sure hope so. If he doesn't, I hope enough Democrats and Republicans keep this in mind for next year, for after all the clueless are spent of their emotional catharsis and perhaps ready to champion that thing upon which all others rest.

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While I understand the hype and the excitement surrounding the Obama presidential campaign, no candidate is more important than The Vote. To place a candidate before the integrity of our voting system is what we call ass-backwards, cart before the horse, etc.

A somewhat well-know American actress recently made a comment in Denver, that she was afraid Barack Obama was going to turn out to be just another politician. She's afraid of getting burned once again.

If that turns out to be true, I hope she and other Americans like her then recognize and seize the opportunity to be honest and authentic about who they are and what they profess to be.

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If you're unaware of what the Article V Convention is, take a moment and become familiar with some of the information found here:

Perhaps some months down the road its relevance will become clear.



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Writer/artist/activist from California, with a degree in Creative Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Advocating for the convention clause of Article V since 2001.

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