We all know that only fascists censor legal issues, and we all know that here in the USA the Constitution is supreme. What most may not know, is that over the past ten years, through scholarship and reasoned debate at American universities and private foundationseven the US Constitution Center in Philadelphiait has dawned indeed, that there is a convention clause in Article V, that Congressional Records show the states have legally satisfied it, and that the 116th Congress has a present obligation to issue the call with a date.
No to a "constitutional convention" is the typical response to such, but upon close examination, one sees Article V authorizes nothing more than a national town hall, a formal building of consensus, which does nothing more than bring together Americans from across a regionalized nation, to formally ask: where are we as a society and what might we agree to add to our high law based on what we know at this late date? Once that convention adjourns, everyone from movie stars to dishwashers begin to discuss amendment language, knowing the 28th Amendment needs 75%+ approval to alter how we live now.
And here we have this situation developing over ten years of Article V activism, with Rob Kall and top contributors to Op-Ed News never speaking of it. We've had over ten years of The New York Times and corporate media report how monied interests are destroying everything from the rule of law, to the economics of the middle classes, forcing society into a Hunger Games scenario, where everyone wears rags, except an elite who pretend this is the way things ought to be. For ten years we've watched this: Kall and Op-Ed News contributors, through their silence, are in effect, saying No to a national discussion of We The Living, because if they put their minds to it as if lives of loved ones depended on it, Congress would issue the call, allowing us to formally discuss Congress, the chief executive, the USSC and how they currently operate.
Yet over the past ten years the Congressional Research Service has written its paper detailing all things Article V, including the view of national group FOAVC, that has steadfastly been espousing the truth: the legal requirement for a national convention has been met, and the Congress is illegally ignoring it. Yet, in this social media day and age, if enough Americans become aware of it, the Congress will blink. Indeed it has already blinked twice over the past ten years by beginning to post PDFs of state applications to the website of the Clerk of the House, alongside updating the initial 2012 CRS report several times.
So where is Chris Hedges and people like him? Chris will detail all these dark things happening to us as a society, but won't mention how, if enough people become cognizant of the objective solution, there is nothing a "government" can do except adhere to the will of the people here and now. Kall and Hedges are mentioned, so why go down the list? Top contributors to Op-Ed News ought to be advocating for what is clearly required in the face of everything we're witnessing todaya formal discussion. Political polls of the past quarter century show that conservatives and liberals alike agree private funding of political campaigns corrupts public policy, but we're being denied our right to formally discuss that, and instead it's an endless informal discussion led by people like Kall, Hedges, and corporate players who report our demise before cutting to a segment about Kardashians. Are people like Kall and Hedges really going to let this happen without a word? Are we really going to throw away everything humanity has built itself up out of and is capable of being from here?
On the slight chance Kall and Hedges and other Op-Ed News contributors are simply being myopic about our collective situation, and the facts on the table, and how the Article V Convention is not a "constitutional convention" but rather a much needed discussion, then maybe we can bring aboard people who already ought to be aboard. Because that's the way it's supposed to happen, right? The country with a written constitution allowing for formal discussion, goes through that process, averts meltdown and/or bloody revolution, and redirects the course of human civilization for the better. Isn't that the way Kall and Hedges and people like them ought to be looking at a federal convention, as a chance to have a moment of clarity, helping all humanity decide where to go from here?
In a nutshell, we've reached a point of farce as a society, a government built to serve the living now only serves legal fictions and the tiny, tiny number of people hoping for their triumph. The status quo must be broken so it can be reformed. No one is going to re-write the Constitution because seven out of ten Americans alive today would never agree to it. But they might agree to adding protections against dishonesty. That requires delegates from all regions to assemble and begin the formal process, the execution of the ultimate right of alter and abolish as set forth in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence. We have the means and the people to force the Congress to call it, Kall and Hedges and top Op-Ed News contributors who ignore this are either in a strange trance of some sort, or they are fascists without declaring so.