Do you really wantDo you REALLY want a federal convention convened?!
The guise of ”reining in the federal government” sounds good, but you had better figure out what’s going to happen there. (Here are some previous articles by Secure Arkansas about an Article V convention.)
A ‘ Convention of States’ is the last thing America needs right now.
Caution! We should take the time to focus on the delegates for the federal convention because once the convention has convened, the delegates have what is known as “plenipotentiary power”.
Concerning delegates -- There is no higher power of enforcement to control them, command them, or stop them from doing anything they want to do. They have been given power to change the Constitution and are therefore above the current CONSTITUTION, above STATE LAW, above the STATE lawmakers, and are a force unto themselves.
The delegates hold power to propose amendments, OR they can write a new constitution that creates a new form of government, dear reader! Seems the lobbyist group, Convention of States (COS), leaves this vital piece of information out!
If you don’t believe this or you have supporting evidence to the contrary, SHOW IT, Mark Meckler and Tom Coburn! These men are making statements that are very misleading and unreliable which will inflict harm upon our great country. These highly-paid lobbyists have assured lawmakers that states can control the Article V convention! What a con!
Who chooses delegates – What about the delegates chosen? Does anyone have a clue as to whom will be chosen? Can we actually trust them to mediate our values and expectations on our behalf of beloved U.S. Constitution, or will they rewrite the constitution and set up a new form of government? What kind of power will the delegates have to conduct this federal convention?
Plenipotentiary powers – Delegates to the convention will have absolute powers, called “plenipotentiary powers”, because remember, they (NOT the state legislators) have FULL authority to broker the deal!!! Delegates are NOT under the authority of the states. The states have been totally duped if they think they can control delegates chosen to conduct a FEDERAL convention or pull them back from the convention.
Example: In 1779, John Jay was sent to Spain as a minister plenipotentiary.
Inherent sovereign authority -- The delegates will have inherent sovereign authority to throw off both State government and federal government by proposing a new constitution with whatever new mode of ratification is deemed necessary at the time! The founders CHANGED the ratification process at the same time they threw off the old Articles of Confederation, and we believe modern day delegates will do the same. They’ll change the ratification process by exercising their right to plenipotentiary power.
Our founding fathers met in secret with instructions to amend the Articles of Confederation. Current day’s delegates could have the right to choose to meet in secret so they could not be monitored.
Power of Attorney – Once the delegates have convened, they have full power of attorney to conduct transactions on behalf of the convention and are answerable to nobody. The state laws which you are currently making are useless and in vain, lawmakers.
The delegates have the highest lawmaking ability of the land, including Congress!
And ALL of the aforementioned powers are completely legal!
Lawmakers, we want to make you aware of few terms.
Plenary session refers to meeting of all the members of a deliberative assembly, not just a committee. In conferences, it refers to that part of the conference which all members of all parties should attend. It is a general assembly for all participants in a conference or other formal gathering. For example, Congress of Vienna does not meet in plenary sessions.
Think before you vote, representatives! The safety of our country and state is riding on your vote on Monday! This federal convention, for which the state of Arkansas is applying to Congress to call, will meet for plenary sessions! What a circus of utter chaos it will become! Delegates will have numerous powers we’ve never seen put into action — uncontollable by the states.
Article V shows that the convention is the deliberative body.
Plenipotentiary gets its power from its Latin roots: plenus, meaning ”full,” and potens, “powerful.” … Both the adjective and the noun plenipotentiary (meaning “a person invested with full power to transact business”) appeared in the mid-17th century.
plen·i·po·ten·tia·ry | ˌple-nə-pə-ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)rē
Definition of plenipotentiary
(Entry 1 of 2)
1: invested with full power
2: of or relating to a plenipotentiary
The adjective plenipotentiary is typically used, as in our second example, after the noun it modifies in the ranking of diplomatic hierarchy. Plenipotentiary gets its power from its Latin roots: plenus,meaning “full,” and potens, ”powerful.” When government leaders dispatch their ambassador plenipotentiary, minister plenipotentiary, or envoy plenipotentiary, they are not just sending an agent to deal with foreign affairs but one having full power to act on the behalf of his or her country and government. The word extraordinary is also found in titles of government representatives-sometimes in combination with plenipotentiary (as in “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary”)-to denote an agent assigned to a particular (or extraordinary) diplomatic mission. Both the adjective and the noun plenipotentiary (meaning “a person invested with full power to transact business”) appeared in the mid-17th century.
Examples using “plenipotentiary”:
1. The relaxation involved here goes with the group strategy of naming one individual, or perhaps a small set of individuals, as dictator or plenipotentiary.
From Cambridge English Corpus
2. They speak as representatives and plenipotentiaries in negotiations.
From the Hansard archive
UPDATE: The Arkansas House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee has done another amendment on SJR3 on 2/6/2019 to add the representatives listed below as co-sponsors.
If you can’t get the Representatives to pull their support and sponsorship on SJR3, you might want to think about boycotting their business listed below. After all, it’s only the state of the nation with which they are recklessly gambling…
Arkansas Representatives sponsoring the dangerous convention resolution SJR 3 who have betrayed our trust:
Austin McCollum, Occupation: Business/Analytics/Retail at Walmart, Inc.
Jon Eubanks, Occupation: farmer, Eubanks Farms, Inc., Jon Eubanks has business holdings of greater than $12,500 with the Bank of the Ozarks (Bank OZK). This is the bank that was involved with the bonds for NABORS landfill in Baxter County, AR, and Senator Gary Stubblefield also has holdings at Bank OZK. Could these men be some of the bondholders surrounding the NABORS Landfill debacle?
Michelle Gray, Occupation: Chief Financial Officer of Gray Family Practice Clinic, PllcMelbourne, AR
Andy Davis, Occupation: engineer; Andy Davis has no financial disclosure statement filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State. Andy Davis has operated New Water Systems, LLC since 2003. He is also a licensed builder.
Brandt Smith, Occupation: Professor Liberty University, President of Brandt Smith Consulting & Associates, Jonesboro, AR
Mary Bentley, Occupation: owner Bentley Plastics, Perryville, AR with her pending ex-husband. Back in 2015, Ted Bentley had a run-in with a different law enforcement agency involving hunting practices in the Ouachita National Forest. At the time, Rep. Bentley suggested to Game and Fish officers that its budget could be threatened as a result of interfering with her husband. Also, click here for State Rep. Mary Bentley threatens Game and Fish funding in encounter with wildlife officer.
Karilyn Brown, Occupation: Technical/Expository Writer
Cameron Cooper, Occupation: Manager for Pathfinder, Inc, Jacksonville, AR, Farmer
Jim Dotson, (ALEC State Chair) Occupation: Realtor at Gibson Real Estate, Rogers, AR. Jim Dotson has no financial disclosure statement on file with the Arkansas Secrutary of State.
Jack Fortner, Occupation: retired businessman, previously lived in CA, and NV.
Justin Gonzales: Occupation: Farmer -Justin Gonzales’ wife Cassie is the Register Agent of Compass Concierge Healthcare, LLC and Compass Healthcare, LLC both located in Arkadelphia, AR. Compass Concierge Healthcare, LLC is not listed on Justin Gonzales’ financial disclosure on file with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Steve Hollowell, Occupation: Real Estate – Broker at Gilmer & Mosley Realty, Forrest City, AR, Steve Hollowell is also the Register Agent of Broadway Cinema in Forrest City, AR, Eastark Investments Inc, and Eastark Liquid Assets aka Southview Liquor Store which had been revoked.
Jack Ladyman, Occupation: Engineer; NORDEX, 5907 Krueger Drive, Jonesboro, AR.
Robin Lundstrum, Occupation: Property Management; Robin Lundstrum is the Register Agent of Hall Family Investments, LLC and Max’s Aviation, and a dissolved Robin’s Wings, LLC as shown on a Arkansas Sec. of State filing, The Convention of States Project picked up Robin Lundsturm’s travel, room, and board for representing Arkansas as a delegate to a mock Convention of States in Williamsburg, VA from 9/21/16 to 9/25/16.
Roger Lynch, Occupation: Heating, Air Conditioning - Lynch HVACR LLC+, Lonoke, AR
Stephen Meeks, Occupation: Computer Technician - Papa John’s Pizza 215 Farris Road, Conway, AR
John Payton, Occupation: Payton Select Automotive Heber Springs, AR (501-362-5815)
Aaron Pilkington, Occupation: Health Clinic Administrotor – Sparks Regional Medical Center, Fort Smith. aka Baptist Health -Fort Smith.
Marcus Richmond, Occupation: Retired Cattle Farmer
Laurie Rushing, Occupation: Realtor Trademark Real Estate, Inc, Hot Springs
Johnny Rye, Occupation: retired Poinsett County Assessor
Jim Sorvillo, Occupation: Advertising
Dan Sullivan, Occupation: CEO of Ascent Children’s Health Services, Jonesboro, AR — however, this business closed in November 2018
DeAnn Vaught, Occupation: Farmer, Pilgrim’s Pride, Greeley, CO, contract poultry producers; JBS Live Pork, Centralia, MO
Richard Womack, Occupation: Contractor, Richard Womack Paint & Construction, Arkadelaphia, AR
Rick Beck, Occupation: Electrical Engineer, Rick Beck has no financial disclosure statement on file with the Arkansas Secretary of State.
This is what we have found so far, and we will let you know if we find additional information.
CALL TO ACTION:
Call, email, and/or text your Arkansas State Representatives and ask them to VOTE NO on SJR3 that calls for an Article V convention.
Click here for ALL 100 Arkansas Representatives’ names, email addresses, and phone numbers.
Latest actions today, Feb. 9, 2019: Secure Arkansas has sent FOIA requests to:
1) Bureau of Legislative Research, Arkansas
2) Doyle Webb, Chair of the Arkansas Republican Party
In closing, 26 states RAN from convening a federal convention by using Article V legislation, and may Arkansas be the next one to do the same!
Stay aware, stay involved, and stay vigilant.
Remember: eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.