For a State to give up its sovereignty, freedom, and independence is like a person selling himself into slavery.  Since slavery is illegitimate, no man will remain a slave once he wakes up to the fact that he is actually free.  An honest person who has made a contract may fulfill the terms he agreed to, but the idea that a person can be born into slavery, obligated to a contract by his parents, or bound in service against his will is both inhuman and contrary to the principles of the American Revolution.  Every Negro slave who served on a plantation in America has only himself to blame for his enslavement—no White person could enslave them without their consent.  Any man who believed, like Patrick Henry or Gabriel (of Gabriel's rebellion) that death was preferable to the permanent relinquishment of liberty could not be kept in bondage for long. The United States today are filled with men and women who "love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom…"  And rightly for these people, their chains await.
 
While the Nationalists argued for and compromised on human slavery, even writing it into the 1787 Constitution and condemning an entire race to be identified by it, almost every Anti-Federalist railed against it. Legalizing it in the Constitution not only kept slavery legal in the United States, but it forced free states to become complicit in the capture and keeping of slaves. Furthermore, it has been said that States are not free to leave the Union.  Just as no man can be kept in slavery, no sovereign State can be bound in a union against its will, unless the People who compose it truly accept their captivity, and submit to the will of their illegitimate masters.  As God Almighty set the children of Israel free from the house of bondage, so every people should be free to form a State of their own, with their women, their children, their livestock and other property on land they have been given or have earned.
 
In order to keep free people and free States in bondage, the Article V Apologists (AVA's) must trick us into believing that we can restore our freedoms by abiding by the same rules that have been used to enslave us for 227 years.  This has the allure of appearing more moderate than all-out rebellion against the government and must seem attractive to passive conservatives who'd prefer to abide by the rules.  Yet, I am encouraged that my fellow Americans have heard enough doublespeak and seen enough of our rights stripped from us by supplicant Republicans working in concert with totalitarian Democrats to reject the lunacy of the AVA's.  Just like submitting to the power of the federal government to tax incomes, submitting to an Article V Convention is giving an illegitimate government power to use its rules to enslave us yet again.
 
In 1839, John Quincy Adams remarked that the Articles of Confederation "had failed to answer the purposes for which governments are instituted among men.  Its powers or its impotence operated to the destruction of those ends, which it is the object of government to promote."  That day has come for the current Constitution as well.
 
As I mentioned previously, I would like to see a convention where we come ARMED, ready, and willing to secede if things don't go our way.  As I mentioned to Mark Levin at his book signing, the 1787 Convention was a runaway convention.  I WANT a runaway convention just like that—only this time; I want the deck stacked in favor of limited government.  To this end, we must consider which states will be allowed to send delegates, and which states will not.
 
A 2010 article on the subject of an Article V Convention jointly written by Tea Party leader Mark McKinnon and Progressive journalist Lawrence Lessig notes, "There will always be twelve solid blue states and twelve solid red states in America."  On the surface, this tells me that the AVA's will have a very hard time getting the 38 States needed to ratify an Amendment.  But more significantly, it tells me that making a new Constitution where the powers of government are limited will require a convention where at least 12 of the current states will not be represented.  I do not want the politics of Massachusetts, Vermont, California, or even the current politics of Maryland, reflected in any government I will give my assent to.  I have remarked to "Constitutionalists" ambitious for office, struggling to co-opt the brand of "conservative," that getting Republicans to vote for them so they can force limited-government policies on those who vehemently oppose them is a terribly flawed idea. 

The purpose of government is not to impose your will upon others because you think you're smarter than them—that's what Progressives do.  Instead, I repeated my axiom to them:  "I have no desire to rule over socialists, and I certainly have no desire for socialists to rule over me."  The proper way to constitute a government is to ensure that you live in a State where the people are of like mind, and will pass laws that all concerned will agree to live by.  The government needs to be formed at the State level, not the national level.  The mistake of the founders, even in 1776, was they were schizophrenic about whether they wanted to be a single State (like France) or 13 sovereign States.  This ambiguity is the source of the divide between the right and left to this very day.  Let's fix that this time around by forming only sovereign States.  For my part, I have completed a draft of a Constitution, and I recommend that if we truly believe the power lies in the People, then as Nationalist Alexander C. Hanson suggests, any private individual has
"…a right to propose a Constitution to the Americans to adopt at their discretion…"  I, therefore, suggest that those who wish to see liberty restored in this land begin a process of Constitution writing.  We can do it once again, but only if we choose to truly be sovereign, independent, and free. 

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