America is Screwed?

Red Millennial

Has America succumbed to a fatal and inevitable decline? This attitude seems to be infecting a growing number of conservatives, especially since government has continued to centralize, regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats are in power.

Although I understand this cynical sentiment, I ultimately find it insulting and disturbing.

For too long I fell into the trap of complaining about what was going on in the country without doing anything about it. Ranting on social media or whining at the water cooler only goes so far, if it does anything at all, to advance liberty.

Ronald Reagan’s words come to mind:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

In a sense, the “America is screwed” crowd is absolutely right–if we surrender the fight, then…

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Vietnam Vet Still Fights for Constitution

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This article was originally published at Convention of States.

The year was 1964, and Gary Porter wanted to fly.

“This one ROTC instructor really made an impression on me and convinced me the Air Force was the best way to go,” Porter says. He was sent to pilot training where he met his wife Phyllis. Married for 45 years, they have two children and seven grandchildren.

Porter performed so well at pilot training that he was afforded his choice of assignment.

“I only wanted to fly fighters, and really one in particular” Porter says with a smile. He chose the F-105, considered to be the premiere fighter jet at the beginning of the Vietnam War.

“Our job as ‘Wild Weasels’ was to keep the bomber force safe and suppress the surface-to-air missile threat.” After flying a total of 107 missions, the war ended and Porter returned to the states.

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The Reason Why Conservative Talkers are Covering for Trump

Red Millennial

For weeks I’ve been scratching my head over why some of my favorite conservative commentators have been giving Donald Trump a free pass on so many issues. Three of the most-listened to conservatives in America–Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin–among others, have spent many hours defending Trump and giving him extra air time.

Meanwhile, others are raising questions about his conservative bonafides. Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Erik Erickson, and other conservative stalwarts have been adamant in their criticisms of Trump.

I have listened to Levin religiously for about eight years, and I became confused by the fact that he would not nail Trump on his obvious disregard for liberty principles. My frustration came to a head after the second debate when Levin and others went after Carly Fiorina for some of her past positions.

While Fiorina isn’t my first choice, the knee-jerk reaction to immediately attack Fiorina struck me…

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Exclusive: The Government Follows a 3000-PAGE Constitution

Red Millennial

You might be surprised to learn that the federal government does, by-and-large, follow the US Constitution–but not the one that was penned in 1787.

“Congress does follow the written Constitution,” said Gary Porter, who serves as the Executive Director of the Constitutional Leadership Initiative. He pulled a small booklet from his shirt pocket.

“This is a pocket Constitution,” he said. “It’s 4,400 words. About 7000 words if you count the amendments.” Porter then turned toward a large document on a nearby table. It looked like an encyclopedia.

“Here is the Constitution enforced today,” he said, flipping the book open with some effort.

“This is 3000 pages of Supreme Court rulings showing what every ruling has done to the original words.”

It’s called the The United States Constitution: Interpretation and Analysis and is available for free on a government website, but a physical copy costs about $300. The document serves as the legal authority for everything that the federal government does.


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Read the Proposed Rules for a Convention of States

Red Millennial

Convention of States Project recently unveiled its COS Caucus, a group of state legislators from around the country working to draft rules for a future Article Five Convention. 

A copy of those rules as they exist in their first draft form is now available. State legislators can join COS Caucus to collaborate and edit the rules in an online forum. The caucus is currently made up of more than 200 state legislators representing 40 states. 

Rule 4 recognizes the historic precedent of “one state, one vote.” Regardless of population or the number of commissioners a state sends to the convention, each state gets one vote.

Another notable aspect of the document is Rule 5 which states:

Irrespective of how many commissioners a state includes within its delegation, no more than five commissioners from any one state shall be on the floor at the same time.

Rule 24 pertains specifically to the…

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