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I recently drove out to Reno, Nevada, from Santa Barbara, California. I went to meet with sheriffs attending the Western States Sheriffs Association (WSSA). There were many sheriffs there whom I have spoken with multiple times. It's about the legal issue surrounding Article V and the convention clause. The states have satisfied the clause, and members of the 115th Congress are illegally failing to carry out their ministerial duty.


I learned a lot at Reno and needed about a week to process it. I then sent a follow-up email to Sheriff Mascher regarding our brief conversation there. I've not heard back, so I'm sending this to him and sheriffs I've known and/or spoke with in Reno.

Boring as it may sound, the right of the whole to formally discuss change is what makes us who we are, and unless you're talking a different Earth and USA, a different Constitution and office of county sheriff, there is no other peaceable way out of our predicament. We are currently being denied what is essential to our survival as a free society, and the hard line, based on fact and law, is that a sheriff can detain a member of Congress until the 115th carries out its ministerial duty and issues the call. That's the hard line, yet Representative Messer's staff (6th District Indiana) recently said they're attempting to revive HR 5306 for our new Congress, so perhaps a softer approach would be for sheriffs, as signatories to a proclamation, to declare that they're aware of the situation and monitoring it.

While speaking with Sheriff D'Agostini for the third time over the years, he recounted how someone from his community requested to be let out the back after being booked. He said it doesn't matter who you are, everyone leaves out the front. In that same spirit, it doesn't matter who you are, ignorance of law is no excuse in breaking it. Every member of the 115th Congress is currently engaged in federal criminal activity by failing the instruction of Article V.

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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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