Monday, September 8, 2014

Now is the Time for Action

I proudly served my country as a young Marine and later as a Foreign Service Officer. During assignments to Sri Lanka, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Guyana, Egypt, Pakistan and India I made many foreign friends and fully appreciated the fact that they all admired America and its citizens as the leaders of the Free World. Obviously this is no longer true. The hard truth is that we have not only lost our way abroad we have lost it here at home.

I believe that career politicians of all stripes bear most of the responsibility. They have arrogated unto themselves much more power than was intended by our Constitution. We are suffering the consequences and if citizens and the States do not take the recommended actions soon our country will never recover. Please read the following and take action!

Dick Smith

Time is Running Out !
(A One Subject Newsletter) 
Dear Friends:

I'm neither an alarmist nor pessimist, but those of us who have experienced a long life have a basis of comparison and most of us recognize America has changed - and not for the better. Recent national poll shows that two-thirds or more of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction while only a quarter of likely voters believe our country is on the right track.

Time is Running Out for America
Our problems are many. Arguably, America is quickly losing its position as the world's leader and our foreign policy is in disarray. The national debt is staggering and could very well sink us. Welfare costs are skyrocketing. The economy is sluggish. The real jobless rate for Americans is 15% to 18% even though the federal government's statistics make it look considerably lower by not counting those adults who have given up looking for work.  

Worse, the real cost of living is dramatically higher than reported by the federal government. But, you know that intuitively because it's painful every time you buy something.  Again, the federal government purposely misleads us with its calculations. Starting in the mid-80s it began manipulating the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to save money because most salaries, pensions, Social Security payments and other transfer payment increases are tied to the CPI. The federal government reports the current annual cost of inflation at 2%. Of course, they conveniently don't factor in the big ticket items we buy weekly; gasoline and groceries.  

What's the real inflation rate? You won't like the answer! According to the national Chapwood Index that measures the purchase price of 500 items monthly, the real inflation index is running at more than 10% annually in the fifty largest cities; that's probably somewhat less in South Carolina.

Who's to Blame?
It's not fair to single out Democrats or Republicans; both are complicit in the problems our county faces today. Both parties have expanded the federal government and its reach into every nook and cranny of our personal lives. They issue dictates regarding which light bulbs we can burn to how to regulate the flushes of our toilets. Every day there are new laws and regulations enacted that rob each of us of our personal liberties. This isn't new; our federal government has been expanding its rule for decades regardless which political party is in charge.

The reality is Washington D.C. will never voluntarily relinquish its power. It will take an alliance of citizen patriots from all political persuasions to fix our broken government.

Direction Must Come from the States - South Carolina Must Lead
South Carolina and other states can course correct America and rein-in the federal government. Our Founding Fathers knew our federal government might one day careen out of control. Thankfully, they provided is an emergency rip cord. Article V of the Constitution provides a state-led way for "we the people" to propose amendments to the Constitution to put needed limits on the federal government. This provision is literally the most powerful "check" that the states have over the federal government when it becomes abusive of its limited and enumerated powers.

This legislation does not seek a specific amendment. It calls for a convention limited to proposing amendments that "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials."  Think balanced budget, term limits, regulation limits, fairer taxation, clarification of the much abused Commerce and General Welfare clauses of the United States Constitution, meaningful oversight and real accountability in a total package of restraints.

To be successful, 34 states must call for a Convention of States and any proposed Constitutional Amendments will need to be ratified by 38 states. The process is really no different than the path that has been used by Congress for all 27 amendments to the Constitution with the important exception that it is state led and controlled.

This is a national movement and South Carolina is in the forefront. The Convention of States Project launched in the fall of 2013 and 12 states, including South Carolina, introduced the identical Article V application. Three states moved swiftly; Georgia, Florida and Alaska successfully passed the identical Article V application. The Convention of States Project grassroots effort is now active in 39 states and it is anticipated 20 states will be filing the COS application in the upcoming 2015 legislative session. Time ran out this past legislative session in South Carolina so I will again file the Article V application in December and I am hopeful it will move forward early in the next legislative session.

Your Help is Needed!
A successful citizen's grassroots movement is essential if we are to succeed in reversing the course of America. South Carolina is fortunate to have a strong grassroots organization that is making a compelling case to legislators. Most of my legislative colleagues carefully listen to constituents and respond appropriately. If this campaign to save America is to be successful, your voice must be heard.

Please take a moment and send a letter to your state Senator and Representative (I've received many and hope to receive hundreds more). It takes only a moment to complete an online form to tell your legislators your position. Please ACT NOW and sign the online petition: from your computer or from your mobile device . 

Additionally, to learn more about the Article V Convention of States, I invite you to visit my website and the COS Project website.

Please be part of the citizen's initiative to restore America's constitutional government. You are needed!
Thank you for the privilege of serving you in House District 86. If I can be of assistance to you, or if you have ideas on issues you want me to share with the rest of the General Assembly, please don't hesitate to contact me.  
In your Service,
Bill Taylor
South Carolina General Assembly

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Bill Taylor for SC House District 86
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