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  1. George Edwards

    Dear South Carolina State Representative Alan Clemmons and the other State Legislature Representatives and Senators
     
    Thank you for your years of service and leadership.
     
    Please consider two things as the new South Carolina legislature session starts.
     
    Pressing for South Carolina to join those states calling for a convention of states to propose amendments to the U. S. constitution,
    Expanding your push for S.C. school education beyond the U.S. second amendment to the U.S. Constitution as a whole.
     
    1. As to the first, those who oppose a Convention of States for fear it could become an out-of-control convention may have not looked into its constraints in sufficient detail. As it is, we have an out of control federal government. We should use the constitutional provisions for a convention proposing amendments to bring an out-of-control federal government back into the control of the states and the people.
     
    You might consider Thomas Jefferson’s words: ‘Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the Ark of the Covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age wisdom more than human and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.’ –Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ‘Let us go on perfecting the Constitution by adding, by way of amendment, those forms which time and trial show are still wanting.’ –Thomas Jefferson to Wilson Nicholas, 1803.]
     
    A growing number of state legislatures are approving a common wording [See note 1] requiring congress to “call a Convention for proposing amendments.” The 2013 Convention of States [COS] wording limits the convention delegates to proposing constitutional amendments that further limit the power of the federal government.
     
    The power for state legislatures to require congress to call such a convention is provided in Article V. of the constitution.
     
    Article V. further provides that only one delegate per state is allowed in such a convention and that the amendments that such a convention proposes shall become part of the 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 may be proposed by congress.”
     
    The selection by congress providing for the states to ratify by state conventions or by the legislatures directly is the only power the constitution allows the federal government in the amendment process.
     
    As in all other cases, Amendment X. of the constitution provides that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited to the State, are reserved to the state respectively, or to the people.”
     
    Therefore, the states and the people, not the federal government, have the sole power to select and retain the delegates to a convention of states.
     
    If the delegate of a state proposes an amendment other than those it is chartered to do [in the present case, an amendment other than to further limit the power of the federal government] that state legislature has the power to call such a delegate back, replace him or her with another delegate or even bring the delegate up on legal charges.
     
    If congress has selected the mode of state ratification to be by the legislature directly, none of these further legislature powers are needed.
     
    If congress has selected the mode of state ratification to be by individual state conventions, the elected state legislatures still hold the power that each individual state law provides. Should that power be inadequate for a legislature’s control or a state legislature fails to act in enforcing the amendment constraints, three fourth of the states still must approve any such amendment. In such an extremely unlikely event, any such amendment could still be struck down in court.
     
    It is evident that the possibility of amendments being added to the constitution by the convention of states approach other than those abiding by the originally proposed constraints are extremely, if not overwhelmingly, unlikely.
     
    On the other hand, it is assuredly overwhelmingly unlikely that the already out-of-control federal government will impose additional limitations on its own powers.
     
    Given all this, the convention of states approach is the only constitutional way to assuredly rein in the federal government. The alternative is to slavishly accept tyranny.
     
    Please urge your fellow legislators to put a “pedal to the metal” to require congress to, in the constitution’s words, “call a convention for proposing amendments.”
     
    Note 1. The common wording being used  for a Constitution of States  application is: “The legislature of the State of ______ hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”
     
    2. As to the second, thank you for pushing for S.C. school education on the second amendment. If we are to avoid the federal government taking control of our students’ “education” with “Common Core,” etc. we should make local and state alternatives available. For starters, we need to ensure our text books are adequate. More than anything else, we need to ensure students are adequately taught American history and its founding documents.
     
    An excellent book explaining the U.S. Constitution and the founding fathers intent is The 5,000 Year Leap—available used from Amazon.com at a total of $4.01 that includes the $3.99 shipping costs!  In addition to other content, The National Center for Constitutional Studies offers course material and CDs using the 5,000 Year Leap as a text that is suitable for High School education at the Web address http://www.nccs.net.
     
    Once the http://www.nccs.net information is on screen, click “Online Resources” and under “The Principles of Liberty,” click “American Government and the U.S. Constitution”
    “This course contains:
    a text book (The 5000 Year Leap)
    a curriculum guide
    suggested course requirements and grading standards
    teaching objective for each lesson
    reading assignments
    quizzes
    examinations
    lesson presentations on six DVD’s.”
    If South Carolina and local governments do not act, Bill Ayers and his cohorts will determine what our children are taught.

  2. Martin Bellamy

    Dear Legislators,

    I have been a full time resident in Horry county since 1986 and enjoy the benefits we all share in this special part of the world. My purpose for taking the time to voice a cause for concern is for the safety of our residents and visitors.

    On the streets of Myrtle Beach and major arteries such as 17 bypass, we have mopeds pulling vendor bike trailers. “Rent Me’ golf carts are buzzing in and out of traffic with no clue of the danger they impose on themselves. These mopeds and golf carts are competing for space on streets and highways with full size automobiles, full size trucks, concrete trucks, 18 wheelers and the list goes on. Horry county is not the far east. Where and what is the voice of concern for safety from you our policy makers. During the month of May we will have thousands of motorcycles in town with riders not wearing helmets competing for the same road space from the list above.

    Please enact legislation for the safety of residents and visitors. Mopeds and golf carts cannot compete safely for a space on a highway with an automobile or any size truck. Require helmets for motorcycles!

    Thanks for your time……..MB

    1. Allison

      If people do not understand the dangers they are imposing on themselves by driving motorized vehicles of minimal size on the same road as construction vehicles, etc. then they probably should not be driving in the first place. However, I do believe that if people do want to take these risks, then they must have valid health insurance…that is not a typo…HEALTH INSURANCE. It is not fair that people driving the mopeds (mostly forced to due to previous DUI’s) should have their medical bills paid for by government trauma grants. It is job security for the health fields whether the patient is uninsured or not, but the government should not have to pay for this.

  3. Christopher Clagg

    As Horry County is the only one of the 46 counties in this state that maintains a police force other than the Sheriff (a Constitutional Office). Further as the Horry County police either by choice or politics cannot maintain and properly operate a department I urge the delegation to return control of law enforcement in Horry County to the Sheriff. The 1998 vote was a joke as most new residents didn’t even understand what the original purpose was. This is the 21st century it’s time Horry County joined it. Politicians that refuse too follow the State & United States Constitution, will learn at the voting booth.

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