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What’s all the fuss about a Convention of the States? 


Our Friday lunch meeting topic is the much-debated issue of whether or not states should convene a “Convention of the States” in a constitutional attempt to rein in the federal government. 


Although discussed and debated in activist circles for many years, the Convention of the States discussion took on new life with the August 2013 release of Mark Levin’s The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

For those not familiar with Mark Levin, his talk show is featured on AM 600 KTBB Monday – Friday from 5 PM – 8 PM and on Sirius XM’s Patriot Channel 125 from 6 PM – 9 PM.  He is an American lawyer, author, constitutional scholar and the host of American syndicated radio show – The Mark Levin Show.  Levin worked in the Reagan administration and was chief of staff for Attorney General Ed Meese.  Levin is president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, contributes commentary to various media outlets, occasionally appears on Fox News, and is a personal friend of Rush Limbaugh. 

Levin’s The Liberty Amendments proposes eleven amendments which he believes will restore the Constitution’s chief components: federalism, republicanism (representative government elected by the people), and limited government. He proposes making the amendments via an Article V Convention of the States.

Purpose of Friday’s meeting 

This meeting is NOT an endorsement of a Convention of the States.  We believe Grassroots America should hear both sides of this topic because there are good, decent patriots on both sides of this issue.   For the purpose of introducing the topic, we have invited a pro-convention speaker.  In the future, we plan to host a full-fledged debate on this topic.  
Grassroots America Hosts “Convention of the States” Speaker 

Date:  Friday, May 2, 2014 

Time: Lunch served 11:30 AM; announcements 11:45 AM; program Noon – 1 PM. 

Location: Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 10818 University Boulevard, Spur 248 75707, two miles from the Loop 323 intersection. 

Lunches are available for purchase, or attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches. 

Speaker: Tom Dowdy 

About the speaker:  Tom Dowdy serves the Convention of States Project as the Director of Coalitions of Texas. He is a retired telecommunications manager after 30 years with GTE.  He works for BDI Data Lynk as a fiber optics instructor.  He is a commercial pilot and volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol. Dowdy has been a resident of Tarrant County for 45 years. 

Program: Convention of States presentation entitled “Article V is Our Patriotic Duty,” which describes an amendment process championed by constitutional scholar and Landmark Legal Foundation President Mark Levin. 

We look forward to seeing you on Friday!  If JoAnn is back from Austin, she’ll have an update for us!