Gov. Abbott’s Mission to Write a New Manifesto for These united states

On Friday January 8, 2016, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released his call for a new manifesto for these United States. His new manifest is titled: “The Texas Plan”. Abbott admits the problem is not with the U.S. Constitution by stating; “The Constitution itself is not broken. What is broken is our Nation’s willingness to obey the Constitution and to hold our leaders accountable to it.”

If the Constitution is not broken, then why would the highest ranking Republican of Texas promote a constitutional convention with representation from George Soros?  Why would Gov. Abbott support a con con with delegates representing brand new manifestos (constitutions)? Here are a few manifestos just waiting for the right crisis:
1.) Constitution for the New Socialist Republic of North America (Soros)
2.) Constitution 2020 Movement (Soros)
3.) Constitution for the New States of America (Ford and Rockefeller Foundations)

Most reading this have some understanding of the ideology of George Soros. But the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations aren’t that bad – right? The Ford & Rockefeller Foundations were behind 2 of the worst amendments we have today – the 16th Amendment (federal income tax), and the 17th Amendment (direct election of U.S. Senators).


Let’s review the nine (9) amendments that Gov. Abbott proposes and readers can be their own judge of their merits.  [HINT: Each “proposed” amendment has a solution already within the constitution. The constitution IS the solution!]


I. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State

Article I, Sec. 8 delegates enumerated duties to Congress, along with the power to tax & fund those duties. Nowhere in the current constitution is authority given to Congress to regulate intrastate commerce.

The [INTERSTATE] COMMERCE CLAUSE – Article I, Sec. 8, cl 3: “The Congress shall have power …To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;”

Article I, Sec 9, cl 5: “No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state.”

Congress does not have the power to levy tax between the states; it is forbidden.

Relative to Obamacare, if the act of not purchasing products affects “commerce”, then what can congress NOT regulate?

Can congress tell Japan how many cars they may produce? No.

To regulate commerce was meant to keep the trade among the states “regular”.
The Purpose of the commerce clause is to prevent tariffs between states. So Abbott’s proposal #1 is already in the constitution. Enforce it!

The REAL SOLUTION would be:
Enforce Article I, Article VI (supremacy clause), and the 9th & 10th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution which state – if this constitution doesn’t grant the power to the feds, the powers are reserved to the states or to the People.

II. Require Congress to balance its budget

This is Gov. Abbott’s demonstration of the success to be had using deceit & distraction through the practice of the Delphi technique.

The 1977 Texas Legislature already passed a resolution asking Congress to call a con con for a BBA (Balanced Budget Amendment), but only in the absence of a national emergency, and that call for a con con specifies that the federal appropriations not exceed estimated federal revenues. There is no mention of a limit on raising taxes, but the deception of the Delphi technique has Texans believing otherwise. Not to mention, we’ve been under a declared national emergency for at least 36 years now. That so-called Balanced Budget is the antithesis to liberty. That outstanding call from the 1977 Texas Legislature MUST be rescinded. However, Gov. Abbott has no intention of doing so. Will your State Rep. or Senator author a bill to rescind this and other outstanding calls for a con con? See the list here or here.

Congress & We the People aren’t likely to find the tax code that will balance the budget, because it’s found in the US Constitution.
Congress has all legislating and taxing powers [1st eleven words of the Constitution: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress”]. Article I, Sec. 8 grants Congress with 18 enumerated taxing powers;
cl 1. “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States;” and the Framers went on to define the “common defense” and “general welfare” in clauses 2 thru 17…


Article I, Sec 8 ends with clause 18, to clarify that Congress shall tax for the “foregoing powers” and other powers “vested by this Constitution” – anything outside of those delegated acts listed in the constitution are prohibited.  Honestly, does one believe that 39 survivors of the Revolutionary War would leave the definition of “common defense” and “general welfare” up to future national bodies?  Think again!

The Real Solution:
Enforce Article I of the US Constitution.
Enforce the 9th & 10th Amendments when Congress taxes the States and the People for undelegated activities, and exercise state executive powers to refuse and prohibit unconstitutional federal actions in the State of Texas.

***For a better understanding of the balanced budget provided in the current constitution, watch a 50 minute video with a breakdown of Article I, Sec. 8…

III. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from CREATING federal law

This solution is simple.
The 1st eleven words of the Constitution: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress…” When the Congress usurps or exceeds their delegated authority, it is the duty of the master and creator (the states) to ignore and defy such un-delegated actions.  Simply put, without the cooperation of the states, the federal body can’t accomplish their goals.  The Oath of Office requires that sovereign States ignore unconstitutional acts – every day, 24 hours a day.  The Oath is a perpetual commitment.  Ask any U.S. military veteran.

The Real Solution:
Enforce Article I (the legislative powers), Article VI (the supremacy clause), and the 9th & 10th Amendments of the US Constitution which reserve all rights NOT delegated to the feds, to the states and the People.

IV. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from PREEMPTING state law.

The states have all power over the federal government; that is if they enforce the constitution and not submit to the destruction of it. The federal body has only those powers granted to them. All other powers are retained by the People through the States. When the Constitution was ratified in 1789, each State proceeded to adopt 13 separate and sovereign State constitutions to deal with all powers they did NOT delegate to the federal body through the U.S. Constitution. This was necessary for a civil society because the powers and duties addressed in the U.S. Constitution were very few and defined. All other powers were addressed in the several state constitutions. Those several separate State constitutions are sovereign and superior to the federal constitution.

The Real Solution:
Enforce Article I [legislative powers], Article VI [supremacy clause], and the 9th & 10th Amendments of the US Constitution. Then our Governor should enforce the Texas Constitution and Texas laws against unjust, undelegated federal actions.

V. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision

Texas is not required to seek the advice or consent of any state or federal body to enforce the Oath to the constitution.

Every state is required to enforce ALL of the Constitution, all the time, the 10th Amendment included.

The Oath to the constitution is active, not passive.

The constitution is not a menu to pick and choose from.

Five Un-elected lawyers in a 10 square mile district, 1200 miles from Texas, do NOT have unlimited authority over the states.

Each state has the authority and duty to ignore unconstitutional federal acts, especially those of un-elected lawyers acting outside of their jurisdiction. States already override SCOTUS opinions without the advice or consent of another state or the federal body and it is required by the constitution to do so. Some examples of modern day enforcement of the 10th Amendment would be:

    • 41 states passed marijuana state laws providing for medical and recreational uses, including Texas.
    • The REAL ID Act of 2005, was a federal mandate to convert state driver licenses to federal driver licenses. Texas said no and refused to comply, as did other states.  In 2005, 12 state legislatures passed resolutions, and 12 Governors signed, stating that the Federal REAL ID Act would not be enforced in their respective states. Had the SCOTUS rendered a favorable “opinion” on the REAL ID Act, with Gov. Abbott’s proposal the REAL ID Act would now be national law since 33 states (not 12) would have been required to nullify the UN-constitutional federal act.
    • Several states are pushing back against the same-sex marriage opinion, which our Texas Governor refuses to do! He should be publicly called on the carpet for his dereliction of duty to uphold the Texas Constitution and the Texas Family Code.

The Real Solution:
Enforce Article I (legislative powers), III (limited jurisdiction of the courts and the SCOTUS), VI (supremacy clause), and the 9th & 10th Amendments of the US Constitution (reserving all undelegated powers to the state and the People).
Enforce and uphold the Texas Constitution and Texas Laws when un-elected lawyers “opine” in violation of it.

VI. Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law

This is THE MOST heinous of all nine of Gov. Abbott’s proposals!!!

Abbott proposes to amend the first 11 words in the U.S. Constitution to read:
All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress and a Supreme Court

What is a democratically enacted law? Any law passed by a majority of the body that voted.  Another phrase for this action – mob rule, or rule by the majority, or pure democracy.  That includes your city councils, county commissioners, and state legislators.

FIRST OF ALL, the SCOTUS has NO legislative powers. The first 11 words in Article I say: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress”. How many legislative powers are left to grant to the judiciary???? NONE.

Current federal law requires 5 of 9 Supreme Court Justices to determine a majority “opinion” within the court. Gov. Abbott’s Delphi technique proposes to increase that to 7 of 9 unelected lawyers, BUT in doing so, Abbott would grant a court of appointed lawyers the ability to legislate! Well, actually he already does that (Obergefell v Hodges opinion). Abbott shirked his executive duty in June 2015, thumbing his nose at the Texas Constitution and Texas law.

State legislatures and governors have routinely ignored unconstitutional acts of the federal body.  Without state enforcement of the 10th Amendment, we will never restore our republic, whether through the current constitution or a brand new one.

The Real Solution:
Enforce Article I (legislative powers), III (limited judicial powers), VI (the supremacy powers of all of the constitution), and the 9th and 10th Amendments, reserving all undelegated powers to the states and the People. Enforce the Texas Constitution and Texas Statutes.

VII. Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution

Does anyone understand the purpose of the constitution?

This is the only good idea in Abbott’s Texas Plan. However, this balance of power already exists in the constitution. He as governor lacks the fortitude to enforce it. Instead, Abbott prefers to open up the constitution to a treasure trove of communists who have published their own proposed amendments. And several have even published entirely new manifestos to replace our constitution. Two of the published new constitutions are through PACs funded by George Soros.

The Real Solution:
What will Texas look like when Texas enforces the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, and the laws of this state?

VIII. Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.

Suing a federal body, through the same court system that ends up in the SCOTUS that has ruled that abortion is a woman’s national right, and same-sex marriage the law of the land, is more political folly and not worth the paper this is written on.

Sovereign states do not need the advice or consent from another state or any federal body to ignore undelegated, unjust, and unconstitutional federal acts. They just ignore them. The duty of all magistrates is to the People. When the superior or higher ranking civil authority makes immoral/unjust laws or policies, the lower or lesser ranking civil authority has both a right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lesser authorities may even actively resist the higher authority.

The Real Solution:
Enforce ALL of the US Constitution, and uphold and defend the Texas Constitution and Texas Statutes

***The Delphi technique at work: A Warning about Kentucky: Homosex and the treachery of the GOP

IX. Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation

        This proposal restricts states-rights! 

Sovereign states do not need the advice or consent from another state or any federal body to ignore undelegated, unjust, and unconstitutional federal acts. They just ignore them (see Abbott’s proposal V above). The duty of all magistrates is to the People. When the superior or higher ranking civil authority makes immoral/unjust laws or policies, the lower or lesser ranking civil authority has both a right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lesser authorities may even actively resist the higher authority.

The Real Solution:
Enforce the 9th and 10th Amendments of the US Constitution. Uphold the Texas Constitution and Texas Statutes. Stop deceiving the ignorant Texan, and uphold the Oath of Office:

All elected AND appointed officers,…shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:
“I, do solemnly swear …[to] preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State,…”

I highly recommend these two books:
The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates” by Matt Trewhella
The Magdeburg Confession of 1550” by the pastors of Magdeburg, translated by Matthew Colvin

Visit the website – to purchase the books and use the many resources you will find on this website also. These books will give you the historical knowledge to enforce the U.S. Constitution through your government.
Buy a copy for your local police chief, county sheriff, city councils, county commissioners, Justices of Peace, judicial court officers, and your Texas state Representative and Senator. If you wish, send a copy to Gov. Abbott. I already hand delivered a copy of both books, but I know he never read either one. I did however receive a beautiful thank you note from his staff – LOL!

One should question why Gov. Abbott, the highest ranking “R”epublican in Texas, has listed the con con as his #1 priority, when 8500 Texas GOP convention delegates ranked the con con as their lowest priority (ranked dead last; 266 out of 266 planks).  This is NOT a grassroots movement.  This is a top-down power grab.

-Barbara Harless
Collin County, TX

Change It or Obey It? — Why the Constitution is the Solution
We’re only a handful of states away from the calling of a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) Article V convention. Which side are you on in the escalating debate over holding a constitutional convention for a whole variety of reasons? In this engaging video Robert Brown helps you make up your mind by analyzing (1) Marketing Claims of Convention Promoters; (2) Proposed Amendments; and (3) True Constitutional Solutions.

9 thoughts on “Gov. Abbott’s Mission to Write a New Manifesto for These united states”

  1. Thank you again Barbara for rising to the occasion. Unfortunately, my legislator has bought into Governor Abbott’s proposals. I am just curious how they will decide who represents Texas at a Con-Con and what agendas really come to the front.

  2. “This is NOT a grassroots movement. This is a top-down power grab.” As one of the two million everyday Americans nationwide, spread among every county in the country, who believe the Constitution – ALL of it, including Article V – is the solution, I beg to differ.

  3. Of course it is a grassroots movement. George Soros is not part of this, I am. We want power back to each state. The power granted to the States under Article V of our U.S. Constitution.

  4. A.L. – I understand that you and I both want our power back but the point we must consider is we are the only ones that stand to lose ground. The left has much to gain through negotiations. George Soros will have representation through his many PACs that are also pushing for amendments. He has been promoting his own amendments for decades now, longer than the COSP has. Please read the 2 ready-made new constitutions that are linked in the article. We have to understand who the players will be.

    1. Hello, Ms. Harless. I sympathize with your fear of Soros getting his greedy little mitts on the Constitution. I do. But I’ve studied this from all sides. I know, personally, many of the people in the grassroots movement of the Convention of States. There is not a paid shill in the lot of them. It’s a common misconception that as soon as a convention is called, all bets are off and it’s a free-for-all. That’s not in the least bit accurate. It’s a toss-up whether the applications for a Balanced Budget Amendment or the Convention of States will reach the 34 mark first, but you can be sure that when it’s called, the State legislatures will be the ones in charge of it. Not the Soros PACs. They write the instructions their delegates must obey; they choose the delegates that will obey them; they ratify whatever comes out of it. Or not. With much more attention to your voice in the whole affair than anyone else will hear. Let’s talk more about what concerns you, ok?

  5. It has been my experience that every “conservative” who opposes an Article V solution does so out of fear and ignorance… fear that the amendment process could be “hijacked” by those who would harm our Constitution, and ignorance of the built-in protections against such a possibility, and of the iron-clad 300-year history of precedents that such political conventions enjoy. How can anyone look at the state of the republic, where bureaucrats in Washington DC make virtually all of the decisions in our daily lives and our state legislatures are reduced to mere agents of the federal government, then still call themselves “conservative,” knowing full well that their opposition to using the remedy provided by our Founding Fathers is the very reason we find ourselves, as a nation, in such a fiscal and regulatory morass? That remedy…? An Article V Convention of the States to propose amendments to the Constitution.

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