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Regarding Constitutional Commission
Some point-counterpoint on USC enforcement
via 'nation-statist' libertarian friend


Consitution Commission AmendmentEditor's Note: Lately I've been receiving some encouraging news from the people: a) that Don Rumsfeld stands to be tried in a federal court for torture of American citizens and b) that Cheney is concerned that he will be 'Pinocheted' (arrested, tried, convicted, jailed somewhere outside the US), which is why he wrote a book. [Yippie! Finally, we reach the threshold of war crimes' prosecutions of leading members of the Bush administration.]

So I dutifully pass on such information to one of my favorite local prowar (i.e. pro any recent war initiated by the USG) libertarian friends. He's a Marine from the Vietnam era, and his first comeback to my news about American government war criminals is that we can't have anyone outside the US participating in such prosecution. His second comeback, today, is a priority over 'addressing illegal wars' is to upgrade the US Constitution (USC) with the Constitutional Commission Amendment.[1]


I don't agree with you, Joe.

I'm talking about mass murder and war crimes of great magnitude, committed by the commander in chief and his gang of Republican—would these be RINOs, too, in your terminology?—, corporatist, globalist scum. Bringing these men to justice—thus putting every would-be government aggressor-murderer on notice—is a much higher priority than getting the legal infrastructure right.

If one's wife and daughter have been taken from one's home and raped, tortured, and murdered, how can one morally or practically neglect to seek justice for the perpetrators, and instead busy oneself remodeling the living room? The continued unaccountability of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and hundreds or thousands of other murderers/torturers who acted against the Constitution is a peak moral toxin to our country that destroys everything else. We must face and punish these crimes, or we are complicit in them, and our country is destroyed by them.

At first glance, I find the Constitutional Commission Amendment (CCA) you have passed on cumbersome and easily ignorable by the vast numbers of persons who would need to be convinced. By contrast, the Jeffersonian idea of consensual government—freedom of choice in government (panarchy)—is a breeze to persuade people of. Likewise it's radical and portends a true solution: forthright and quick replacement of the current system by one that better 'seems to effect our safety and happiness.'

Also, this CCA legal-infrastructure-change argument perpetuates what I regard as the nation-state addiction: people clinging to the law, to codified rules of behavior and their interpretations in the context of the current wholly corrupt legal system. We're playing the game of the statist controllers when we accept their premises, in this case their bought courts and legislative goons. No thanks. I have other ideas strategically, which I've identified in my book Breakthru Strategy. And I'd certainly appreciate your comments. (The free PDF is located at

Having stated the above, I do find agreement with CCA-related radical assertions of individual sovereignty such as jury nullification, and, more broadly, state-level nullification of federal enactments. These more direct and effective initiatives, I feel, are undercut by establishing another official legalize-wrapped institution that no one will understand or implement properly, and therefore will simply be absorbed (ignored) in the labyrinth of incomprehensible legal code that enslaves us now.


At this point I confessed that obviously we do not share the same premises intellectually and morally. Then mentioning that getting to those premises for resolution is difficult if they are held with 'compulsive mentality' (CM), I stated we needed to look at getting beyond CM. I've found that the only way to get beyond CM is through spiritual processes. And I asked him to breathe deeply five times then perhaps begin a new discussion of where we are spiritually. I asked him, for starters, if he had read Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) or looked into a cultivation practice such as Falun Dafa/Falun Gong ( Paths to true liberation.


What I'm really trying to get to with Joe and with everyone else is we all need to break free spiritually from the Stunted Limbic System (SLS) trap that I describe in my book, The Barrier Cloud. [The SLS syndrome is essentially a blind-obedience to authority psychology that automatically and without independent judgment yields to an authority structure one usually has grown up with—grounded in religion, politics, nation-state, family, sports idolatry—and acts according to whatever that authority structure dictates... usually through emotional-perceptual media.][2] It's a start.

[1] The Constitutional Convention Amendment (CCA), as I understand it, is the creation of one William J. Watkins, Jr., the author of a book on the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 written secretly by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively. Watkins' book is entitled: Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy. The following is the text of the CCA:

Section 1. The Constitutional Commission shall settle questions presented by the several states concerning the constitutionality of measures or actions taken by the government of the United States.

Section 2. The Constitutional Commission shall be composed of one Commissioner from each state, elected every second year by the people thereof from two candidates chosen by the state legislature, and the electors chosen by the state legislature, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for the electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature; each Commissioner shall have one vote.

Section 3. No person except a natural born citizen shall be eligible for the office of Commissioner; nor shall any person be eligible for the office who shall not have attained the age of 35 years, and been 14 years a resident within the United States, and been nine years a resident of that state for which he shall be chosen. No person shall be elected to the office of Commissioner more than four times.

Section 4. When vacancies happen by resignation, or otherwise, during the recess in the legislature of any state, the executive thereof may make temporary appointments until the next meeting of the legislature, which shall choose two candidates to present to the people to fill the vacancy.

Section 5. The Constitutional Commission shall assemble it least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the third day in January, unless it shall appoint a different day. The Constitutional Commission shall choose its Chairman and other officers. The Commission shall be the judge of the election returns and qualifications of its own members, and three-fourths of the Commissioners shall constitute a quorum to do business. The Commission may determine the rules of its proceedings. The commission shall keep a journal of the proceedings, and from time to time publish the same.

Section 6. No Commissioner shall receive compensation for his services out of the Treasury of the United States. No Commissioner shall, during his time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States.

Section 7. Whenever the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission shall receive petitions from one-fifth of the legislatures of the several states requesting a ruling on the constitutionality of a specific measure or action of the government of the United States, the Commission shall convene. The act or measure of the national government shall be void and [have] no force if three-fourths of the Commissioners present vote against its constitutionality.

Section 8. The Constitutional Commission shall not sit as a Convention as prescribed in Article V of the Constitution of the United States.

As I read it in a nutshell: one commissioner from each state, elected popularly from two candidates chosen by the state legislatures, two-year terms, body has the authority to rule on Constitutionality of US enacted laws when one-fifth of the state legislatures request a ruling.

[2] By emotional-perceptual mode I'm referring to a process of consciousness that acts as a stimulus-response cycle: one sees an image and immediately has an emotion for or against. For example, an Arab man on an airplane.

2011 September 05
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