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You’ll Never Guess Who Wants A Convention Of States

While the election of 2016 may give Republicans their best chance at a successful Article V convention, it is by no means a slam dunk.

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In the weeks since the election, Jeb(!) Bush has been conspicuously absent. He ended his absence today with a surprising op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that, among other advice to the president-elect and the Republican Party, calls for a convention of states to amend the Constitution.

Bush, who acknowledges that Mr. Trump “tapped into the anger and deep distrust that voters feel toward Washington” and the belief that “our system is skewed in favor of the powerful and the connected,” points out that “This election was more about voting against something than voting for something. Americans voted against the ‘establishment,’ against the country’s changing culture, against a dysfunctional Washington, against the privileged, against Hillary Clinton—and, yes, against Donald Trump.”

Bush notes that, even though Republicans won a decisive electoral victory, neither Trump nor the party is popular. To assume that the election results are a mandate for everything that Trump campaigned on, even as he trails by more than 2 million popular votes, might lead to the same trap of federal overreach that ensnared Barack Obama.

Instead, Bush argues for a positive agenda that will appeal to the majority of Americans. “Americans, by wide majorities, agree that Washington is broken, so let’s send power back to the people and back to the states,” Bush writes. “Republicans should support convening a constitutional convention to pass term limits, a balanced-budget amendment and restraints on the Commerce Clause, which has given the federal government far more regulatory power than the Founders intended.”

What Bush is referring to here is typically referred to as an “Article V convention” or a “convention of states,” an alternative method of amending the Constitution that has never been used, but that has been much discussed in recent years. Article V of the Constitution provides that two-thirds of the states can call a constitutional convention and amendments can then be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures or conventions in three-fourths of the states. This would require 34 states to call for the convention and 38 states to ratify.

While the election of 2016 may give Republicans their best chance at a successful Article V convention, it is by no means a slam dunk. Ballotpedia shows that starting in 2017, Republicans will control all three branches of government in 25 states. While this is a historic high, it falls short of the number of states required to ratify an amendment or even call for a convention. Conversely, only five states are completely controlled by Democrats. This falls short of the 13 states needed to block an amendment.

These numbers give the Republicans have an advantage, but the 20 states with bipartisan government control will be decisive. A constitutional convention would be dominated by Republicans, but there would be no blank check. Republicans would be forced to compromise to amend the Constitution.

Perhaps realizing the difficulty of amending the Constitution, Bush offers an agenda that can be accomplished through Congress. “Most critically, Republicans should reverse the Obama-era policies that have made America weaker, both here and abroad. We need to repeal and replace ObamaCare, eliminate business-killing regulations, and reverse the massive expansion of government. While we protect our borders and our laws, we should also take on the hard work of reforming legal immigration and affirming the role that immigrants play in building up our economy and our nation.” Bush also calls on the new president to “restore American leadership in the world” and “protect and reassure our friends and allies.”

He also calls upon Republicans to repair their party’s tarnished image. “Republicans must restore our brand as the party of conservative ideals, shared prosperity, liberty and responsibility,” he writes. He stresses that this should be done “without stooping to the identity politics of the left. Let’s not focus on angst, grievance and division over race, class or gender.”

Bush makes the point that Trump’s victory was neither a license for Republicans to take reckless action or an excuse to take the reins of power and then rest on their laurels. Democratic overreach and disregard for the will of the people is what handed the Republicans this victory. The voters will hold Mr. Trump accountable if he does not follow through with his promise to “make America great again.”

“The GOP has no excuse for failure,” Bush writes. “We are in charge of both the executive and legislative branches in Washington, and we dominate in the states like never before. We have the power to set the agenda, and we have the responsibility to govern, not merely on behalf of the voters who supported President-elect Trump, but for all Americans.”

Originally published on The Resurgent

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David W. Thornton is a freelance writer and commercial pilot. He writes from the perspective of a conservative Christian and economic libertarian. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Emmanuel College. A native of Georgia, he currently lives in Villa Rica with his wife and two children. An archive of his work can found at his syndicated blog, CaptainKudzu.com. David can be contacted at [email protected]

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Eminem Just Got DEVASTATING Dose Of Karma 1 Week After Telling Trump And His Fans To ‘F’ Themselves

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Ever since Trump won the election, liberal butt-hurt has been on full display. Obama-worshiping celebrities are worst types of liberals, with rappers like Snoop Dogg now utilizing  their “talent” to act out Trumps assassination plots in their music videos, as they jive around making terroristic threats to a catchy beat.

Several weeks ago, washed up aging rapper Eminem was the latest celebrity to vomit his opinion about President Trump into the universe, where he tailored a song specifically for Colin Kaeprnick, praising the third-string quarterback’s disrespect for our country, where the remainder of the song was written to bash President Trump. Eminem then told any fan of his who had voted for Trump to basically “F themselves,” displaying yet again the “tolerance” of the left.

Now just one week after Eminem’s anti-Trump song went viral among liberals, karma has just smacked the 45-year-old so hard, he might just get launched all the way to the Compton trailer park where he belongs. “Slim Shady” recently decided to freestyle about how much he hated Trump, taking the stage on Saturday Night Live to perform his new single, “Walk On Water.”

The aging Eminem was hoping that his new hit single could rocket him back into the spotlight he lost back in the early 2000’s, but his uninspiring performance promoted several of his fans to give some unsolicited advice that has absolutely crushed Eminem’s ego.

 Not only were some of his fans disappointed and telling Eminem to go back to the trailer park, but the Daily Mail reveals even more brutal comments that appeared across social media following what should’ve been Eminem’s “comeback performance:

“Eminem is SKEWERED on social media after his bizarre performance on SNL.”

“Eminem doing a time machine performance and it ain’t helping the fact that he’s washed up and old,’ a user wrote,

“Awful performance on SNL. @Eminem.”

“Eminem sucks so bad and it sounds like he’s spitting every time he talks @nbcsnl make it stop,” one user wrote, breaking specific elements in the performance which they believed weren’t up-to-snuff.

Another groused: “Eminem is terrible…damn does the dude have any sense timing/rhythm? Well at least he got the grey dyed out of his beard… that’s something I guess.”

Echoing a similar sentiment, one said: “Wish I could text my 7th grade self like: ‘Omg b****, Eminem still raps in 2017 and he sucks!’”

What’s hilarious is this isn’t the first Trump-bashing celebrity to get a massive dose of well-deserved karma immediately after publicly bashing our president. Carrie Underwood delivered a disgusting anti-Trump performance  on stage at the CMAs, going on to break a bone shortly afterwards.

Amanda Shea via mPolitical reported:

Country music fans who are typically conservative and support our president and appreciate what he’s done to make America great again, lost all respect for Underwood and Paisley after they decided to turn against the fans and the president on stage at the CMAs. With total disregard for who was watching and the CMA executives orders, hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood suggested Trump’s a cheater in a song performance and put on skits poking fun of some things he’s done in the public eye. They clearly crossed the line and the show’s instant ratings plummet proved it, but Underwood just took a really hard fall that her former fans are calling “karma” for her nasty anti-Trump antics.

It’s pretty hilarious that no matter what liberals do to destroy our president, their antics always manage to blow up in their faces. But how fitting is it that

 

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BREAKING: Hillary Just Announced She’s Leaving U.S. To Be President – Here’s Where She’s Headed

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Hillary Clinton has wanted to be president for decades, and last year she really thought she would win. Hillary had the support of the crooked liberal mainstream media, money from George Soros, celebrity endorsements, and of course, voter fraud galore. Everything was lined up correctly for Hillary to be crowned but that all changed the moment Donald Trump stepped onto the scene. The tough-talking New Yorker dashed Clinton’s chances for a presidential win and in the process also destroyed the Democrat party in a single blow.

For a year, liberals have been pouting over Trump’s win, and Hillary Clinton is still licking her wounds and obsessively whining about losing the election. And, it appears she is not giving up on her dream of being president even if that means leaving the country, or planet to be elected.

In the real world when someone starts talking about living in an alternate universe where they are president, it usually signals that they have had a break with reality, and they would be taken quickly to a doctor. Well, that would be a logical solution, though if you are Hillary Clinton and you fantasize about being president on another planet, it is just laughed off.

In a recent interview with the liberal online publication, Now This, Hillary Clinton sat down to be interviewed and languished over being president on another planet. Yeah, you read that correctly.

Hillary Clinton actually sat down and daydreamed about being president on the fictional planet Earth 2 where she would save the world from Kim Jong-un and how she would handle the supposed Russian “collusion.”

Here is more from The American Mirror:

Hillary Clinton really wants to be president — even if that means blasting off from Earth to do so.

The failed Democratic candidate recently talked with Now This, a liberal online news outlet, where she pined for a presidency.

While discussing a variety of topics, Clinton envisioned leaving Earth and venturing Earth 2, where that planet faces the same issues as the actual Earth.

“We went to another planet with Hillary,” the caption reads as Clinton and Now This’s Nico Pitney fired off a series of topics.

“People joke about Earth 2, where you are president,” he told a giggling Hillary.

On Earth 2’s North Korea, Clinton said she would have “full on diplomatic pressure” to solve the crisis with the portly dictator Kim Jong-un.

Clinton said if she was in charge, she would be “putting as much money as it took into enforcing the laws we already have,” and added she would want “universal background checks.”

After answering a question about the opioid crisis, a handler attempted to cut off the interview.

“I fear we have to end it here,” a voice off camera said.

“Okay,” Pitney responded.

“You want one more? I’ll be short — one more. Because I like being on Earth 2,” Hillary said.

Pitney then asked Clinton what she would do about Russia.

“If I had been president, or on Earth 2, where I am,” Hillary said she would have an “independent commission” look into the alleged Russian “hacking” of the presidential election.

“I worry about ’18. I worry about 2020 because this is the first time we’ve even been attacked and not imposed any real consequences on our adversary,” Clinton asserted, ignoring moves by Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration to impose new sanctions on Russia since the election.

The L.A. Times reported in late October:

The Russian government on Friday accused the United States of displaying “hostility” as the Trump administration belatedly took the first steps toward imposing new sanctions to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

In early August, after considerable delay and with minimal fanfare, President Trump signed into law a measure that required the new sanctions, which target individuals and firms with ties to Russian defense and intelligence agencies.

Under the law, companies that “knowingly engage in a significant transaction” with people or firms on the list could be subject to U.S. sanctions after Jan. 28.

It appears that Hillary Clinton has lost her mind completely, but no one on the left will say it in order to save face. They all know that Hillary Clinton is damaged goods and by her doing these public interviews and making these outlandish remarks only proves the point more. Instead of Hillary Clinton retiring and fading off into the distance, she continues to push her insane conspiracy theories and whine about losing the election.

If she had any sense of decency in her, she would just keep her mouth shut and leave the American people alone, but that isn’t how Hillary works. Hopefully, one day soon she will officially retire or find another hobby that doesn’t involve politics or activism so we all be left alone in peace.

H/T [The American Mirror]

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Racist NAACP Wants To Make Sick New Change To National Anthem That Will Infuriate Every White American

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In another attempt to rewrite our American history the far left, race-baiting NAACP has stepped forward demanding to change the national anthem. Ever since anti-American NFL players began to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, conservatives knew it was only a matter of time before the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ would be attacked further. And, as if right on cue, the NAACP has not failed to follow through with their next attack on American history by seeking this major change to our nation’s song.

The NAACP has been working overtime over the last several years in their attempt to change everything about our country. Just a few months ago, the NAACP was active in demanding the removal of Confederate statues across the country, including Stone Mountain Georgia’s monument. A couple of years earlier the racist group again demanded that school’s across the nation change their mascots if they offended the black community, and now they want the national anthem removed.

Yes, you heard that right. These selfish, angry individuals want the entire national anthem to be thrown away since it is offensive to the black community. 

The NAACP’s California chapter announced that in January they would begin the fight to remove the national anthem. According to Alice Huffman, president of the California chapter of the NAACP, the anthem is hostile to black people, racist, and pro-slavery. Huffman is referring to the lyrics in the anthem that has been long since removed and haven’t sung in years, but that doesn’t matter to this race-baiting woman.

Here is more from Inquisitr:

This song is wrong,” Huffman said, according to CBS station KOVR-TV. “It should never have been there, and just like we didn’t have it until 1931, it won’t kill us if it goes away.”

Apparently referring to the third stanza of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” which says “no refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,” Huffman condemned the song as racist.

“It’s racist. It doesn’t represent our community. It’s anti-black people.”

She noted that analysts have interpreted the lyrics as being in reference to black slaves fighting for their freedom. It is widely believed that the lyrics celebrate the death of black slaves who fought with the British in the War of 1812 for their freedom. Francis Scott Key (1779-1843), who wrote the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was a slave owner who fought against abolitionists, critics also note.

“Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.”

“I believe that any individual that hears the song, that believes in the song should take the time to understand what the song is really saying,” NAACP Regional Director Ronald Hasson said, according to KABC-TV.

Hasson then went on to reveal that the NAACP plans to lobby legislators to replace the song as the national anthem.

“If we’re going to talk about a song that’s supposed to represent all people, let’s really be serious about what we’re talking about, or what is being sung,” Hasson said.

According to KABC-TV, the NAACP plans to push for a resolution in January to replace the “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. The NAACP also plans to push for a resolution in support of Colin Kaepernick who helped to spark a debate about racial inequality in the country by kneeling during the national anthem sung before football games.

Many Americans have criticized the suggestion that “The Star-Spangled” banner be replaced as the national anthem.

“That’s an extreme way of doing things,” protested Kenneth Lu, a veteran who lives in Davis, according to CBS News.

“It won’t solve any problem,” said veteran John Cox.

For anyone to suggest erasing our national anthem as a way to fix race relations in this country are living in a fantasy world. Before Barack Obama was elected into office, race relations were at an all-time high, but the great the “divisionary” ripped off that band-aid with his hateful rhetoric. Now, eight years later race relations are in the tank and are not getting any better especially when you have people like Alice Huffman fanning the flames of division.

No one is saying that our country didn’t go through dark times, but we came through it with lessons learned and erasing it doesn’t make it the reality disappear. Removing Confederate monuments, school mascots, and the national anthem will not change the past and if someone is having adverse reactions to these inanimate objects they may need to seek professional help.

At any rate, these race-baiters will only continue to push for American history to be erased which means we as conservatives need to push back even harder. The 2018 elections are quickly approaching and we need to make sure we elect people that will protect our American history and not capitulate to these irrational demands.

H/T  [Fox News]

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