Amending the Constitution

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Amending the Constitution
First Constitutional Convention
25 May to 17 September 1787
Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Every lawful, peaceful means should be used to advance the Confederate Cause!
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The Confederate Legion presents the below options, as to restraining the growing bureaucratic political power!  The path to restoring our rights and liberties lay in a free and independent Confederacy.  In the transition, the Confederate States Constitution must be reactivated, via Confederate National Elections.  Some will say our Constitution is sorely out of date, and among other things allows slavery, neither of which is true.  Slavery was an institution of its own time, and no one today could be made a slave under its provisions!

In any case, there is a workable process by which the Confederate Constitution can be amended; a strategy initiated by only three States!  Any three states may call for a single convention, propose and pass an amendment, then send it out to the states for possible ratification.  However in this article we suggest that while under occupation, we should work within the system, searching for, finding and making use of any advantages, however meager, that might be found.
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The Confederate Legion believes in equal rights for all, special privilege for none, which brings with it the right to succeed, as well as to fail.  Special entitlements based upon race, amounts to a failure to accept personal responsibility.  Victimization for the sake of rallying political party loyalty, leads to dependency and a loss liberty.  God granted in creation certain unalienable rights, which includes the right to compete in society, without a guarantee of success.  No one is owed special treatment, as a result of an injustice inflicted upon past generations.
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The Amendment process is discussed here,
solely as it may benefit the Confederate Cause!

26 October 2014

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Article V of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: “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 severl States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress….”


The most logical means of cutting down the growing power of the federal government, is to call for a Constitutional Convention of the States, but this carries with it additional dangers to our liberties.  Nonetheless if preparations are made before hand, to ensure the process is not taken over by liberals and socialist, the process could work.  Such people tend to ignore the restraints provided in the Constitution, and govern as they wish, using presidential orders and regulations, without regard for the constitution or the law.

Should such people gain sway over a Constitutional Convention, they would no doubt set aside the present U.S. Constitution, in favor facism, or else a Yankee version of Communism by another name
.  ‘Article V’ of the U.S. Constitution {quoted above}, indicates that two thirds of the States are needed, there upon the Congress shall call a convention of the States, for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution.  As of the writing of this article, 34 States have already met this provision and have called for a convention.

However, several of these States have since withdrawn their approval, which brings on a constitutional question, since ‘Article V’ does not provide for a State, after making a call, to then withdraw!  Presently the Speaker of the House is going through the process of ensuring the proper course is followed, so whether or not a Constitutional Convension is called, remains in question.  The normally used process is for Congress by a two thirds vote, themselves would then propose an amendment, and send it out to the States for possible ratification.

This may be the better option, should there arise a two thirds support for a particular amendment, so that if 38 States are prepared to ratify such an amendment, it would become part of the U.S. Constitution.  The question then arises, what type of amendment might we Confederates propose, which would benefit our cause?  Should we gain enough Congressional support, so as to propose such an amendment, the issue of State Secession, would not likely gain ratification by a sufficient number of States.

However, suppose we muster sufficient support, so as to approach the issue from a different angle!  Using the proper phraseology, a totally different form of amendment would be passed by the Congress, and sent out to the States for ratification.  An Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would provide that the States shall govern over all domestic affairs with their own borders?  Just maybe such an amendment, properly worded, would stand a better chance, and would put us one step closer to liberation.

An amendment such as this, would leave domestic governance solely to the States, but must be so written so as to deny Congress, the Executive Branch and the Federal Judiciary, the interpretation of what constitutes State domestic governance.  There must be a provision within, which allows a given number of States, to remove any federal official, which violates the sovereignty of the States.  Let it be said, since 34 States have recently called for a Convention, and Congress itself has done so in past years, then surely the number can be mustered, to restore State Sovereignty.

There have been a multitude of those who continued to support the Confederate Cause, even after the Cause was, as those people like to say, a lost cause.  After struggling to achieve political office, they then abandon the vary Cause, formerly claimed as their own.  How is it that our people cannot manage to enter the halls of power, and use their political office to advance the Cause?  Somehow I lack the ability to understand, why men can be so extreme in support of an evil and vile purpose, yet we Confederates won’t go beyond patreotic rhetoric. 

The Holy Scriptures says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” {James 2:17},  The Apostle James understood that to believe, then sit by and do nothing, is not a  true faith!  Works in and of itself cannot save us, but is rather the product of faith!  If we believe the Confederacy should be liberated, then where is our works, for without works, our faith is to no avail, it is a faith with no substance, a dead faith.  The Apostles, all had faith, and through their faith they zealiously went forth and Preached the Gospel, and did so even at the cost of their own lives.

We Confederates have walked among, those people, yet we have never did so with the same zeal in behalf of the freedom of our people and nation.  Those people stand like a collossus upon the necks of the Confederate Cause, and still we fail to take advantage of their inherant weeknesses.  None of us, standing alone, are wise enough or strong enough to see the way, but should we stand together before the Almight God, in Christ Jesus, he will himself loosen the chains of occupation, and open the door.
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Amending the Confederate States Constitution
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Since governments habitually expand their exercise of political power, as exemplified by so many temporary measures becoming permanent.  The Confederate States Constitution has a remedy built into the document itself!  Notice the phraseology from the below ‘Article V’, which states “… any three states, legally assembled …”  This allows the States to inititate the process of amending the Constitution.  The article by its wording, allows for a more certain State action, where the federal government has exceeded its power, or else new unforeseen circumstances have arisen.

Article V, Section 1 of the C.S. Constitution reads as follows: “Upon the demand of any three States, legally assembled in their several conventions, the Congress shall summon a convention of all the States, to take into consideration such amendments to the Constitution as the said States shall concur in suggesting at the time when the said demand is made; and should any of the proposed amendments to the Constitution be agreed on by the said convention voting by States and the same be ratified by the Legislatures of two- thirds of the several States, or by conventions in two-thirds there of as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the general convention they shall thenceforward form a part of this Constitution.  But no State shall, without its consent, be deprived of its equal representation in the Senate.”

God save the Confederacy
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Constitutional government in America ended April 9, 1865. It ended four years earlier in the United States with Abraham Lincoln’s ascension to the presidency. Within a year of his inauguration, he effectively eliminated Constitutional rights. He suspended the writ of habeas corpus and imprisoned and deported an Ohio Congressman without warrant or due process. He censored telegraphic communications, stopped circulation of newspapers that criticized his autocratic rule and imprisoned many of their editors. He deprived states of representative government, and unilaterally waged war without the consent of Congress by blockading Southern ports and calling for 75,000 volunteers to invade the sovereign States of the South. --- Jefferson Davis 

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