Of Satire and Slander: A Statement on My COS Informative Video

The informative video that I wrote and hosted as a member of the Convention of States Project Alabama a year ago has finally received criticism that I anticipated at the beginning. Specifically, I am referring to criticism of the brief political cartoon segment that satirizes the robotic, knee-jerk term used to oppose an Article V Convention of States: CON-CON.

The video was excellently filmed and edited by Matthew Perdie, with some camera assistance from Abigail Read.

The video was excellently filmed and edited by Matthew Perdie, with some camera assistance from Abigail Read.

The moment at which the image of John Birch Society CEO Art Thompson pops up on the screen like a puppet and mechanically interjects (in his own voice) “CON-CON” satirizes the absurd “Con-Con” (Constitutional Convention) label that opponents copy and paste onto the COS Project’s reputation.

It is not a personal attack or slanderous attack. It is multimedia political cartooning. (See Mean or Meaningful: Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke, and the Use of Satire)

Those who question the tastefulness of my (not COS Project’s) creative license ought to consider the fact that JBS opponents of the Convention of States Project regularly make baseless claims that Mark Meckler and Michael Farris receive the shady financial backing of globalist billionaire George Soros.

Never mind the fact that utilizing Article V for exercising state sovereignty is completely antithetical to everything Soros represents.

That, my friends, is slander.

Conservatives and liberals alike have the right to run in and vote in elections; conservatives and liberals alike have the right to exercise the first and second amendments; conservatives and liberals alike have the right to utilize Article V for whatever purpose they choose. The completely Constitutional option of a Convention of States is not inherently corrupt just because somebody we disagree with might try to use it.

If one truly wants to know the difference between a Constitutional Convention and an Article V Convention of the States, James Madison’s letter to G.L. Turberville, Esq. and Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist No. 85 are a good place to start. A Constitutional Convention would be, as Madison defines it, a convention in which “first principles are to be recurred to,” whereas a Convention of the States is when the already established “forms of the Constitution are to be pursued” – that is, amending it while keeping “valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution,” as the Constitution says so itself. Hamilton confirms this, asserting that while rewriting the Constitution as completed requires infeasible unanimous action, anytime the States decide an amendment to the Constitution as it stands would be beneficial, only 2/3 of them are needed to call a convention on the subject.

To summarize it in one sentence, a Constitutional Convention requires a unanimous summons and ratification by all 50 of the United States, whereas a Convention of States requires a call from only two-thirds of the States, and ratification by three-fourths of them.

If you have any further questions, feel free to comment.

Special thanks to State Director Ken Quinn of Convention of States Project Maine for bringing my attention to James Madison’s letter to G.L. Turberville.

When Art Predicts Life: “Lumbersexual” vs. “Metrosexual” in Romans XIII

Strange things arise from idiosyncrasies displayed on the internet. The latest is a term for the raw manly man rebound against the metrosexual prototype – “lumbersexual,” a term that unfortunately sounds like something unnatural happening with trees. It actually refers to the renaissance of the wild at heart spirit of the pioneer…and rough rider.

The above clip features a scene I wrote a year ago for the upcoming series Romans XIII intended to satirize the very culture that pundits are catching onto today: two extremes that engage in frequent battles of wit, particularly through social media…each one esteeming themselves to be more astutely above-the-fray than the other. You didn’t expect to find that subplot buried amidst political intrigue and discussion of Alinsky tactics and Biblical epistles, did you?

It is a meager effort to meet the public where it’s at. Laughing at ourselves is a good thing.

Veterans Day Collection

Clockwise, left to right: Great-Grandfather Ross E. Bryan; Huntsville Times family portrait from 2000; Father's promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2002; Cousin Keith Argraves, POW and Medic in World War II; General Petraeus shaking hands with Uncle Steve, LTC, in 2010.

Clockwise, left to right: Great-Grandfather Ross E. Bryan; Huntsville Times family portrait from 2000; Father’s promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2002; Cousin Keith Argraves, POW and Medic in World War II; General Petraeus shaking hands with Uncle Steve Sayers, LTC, in 2010.

A passion for protecting this country runs in my blood. Here is an archive of my articles on this subject (the lives of veterans and their families):

Veterans Day and Family Forces – 11 years ago (November 11th, 2011)Communities at The Washington Times

A Christmas tribute to the troops (original – December 19, 2010), Communities at The Washington Times

Too easy to forget: Honoring sacrifice on Memorial Day (May 27th, 2014), Brenner Brief News

Memorial Day (May 28th, 2012), AmandaRead.com

An October At Fort Monroe (October 28th, 2007), AmandaRead.com

America was built on the sacrifice of those willing to deny themselves. That is something to be highly grateful for in this season of thanksgiving!





Jennifer Lawrence and Sanctity vs. Commodity of Body

Jennifer Lawrence’s reason for privately taking the nude photos that were disseminated across the internet against her will and knowledge was the following, as she told Vanity Fair:

I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.

Jennifer LawrenceThis is such a travesty of thought. True liberation and self-worth come from an awareness that one’s body is not a mundane “choice” to dispense like currency and commodity (no matter how selectively), but is a holy gift from an artistic Creator to be a temple of the Holy Spirit and a blessing to a committed spouse. I Corinthians 6 may have no meaning to this actress if she is not a Christian, of course, and I would not dare hold her to Christian standards if she does not profess Christ herself.

But there is something else here that nags at me as a writer for the page and screen. Apparently women whose beauty is before the public eye feel particularly pressured to give their real-life unmarried love interests something more than they ought. (A man in a relationship with an actress may think he deserves to see at least as much of her as men get to see of her on screen!)

Lowlife media and porn are devastating single women as well as married women. Men and marriages are not spared either. Those of us who recognize this have a responsibility to raise the bar and produce material that is creatively earthy without violating the sanctity of body and relationship.

Miss Lawrence, as lovely and nearsighted a sinner as all of us, could not comprehend that someone in this world would stoop so low as to violate her privacy and private property rights. Her actions do not excuse a peeping troll who was in pursuit of sordid gain, but she would have done well to take such a risk factor into account.

The reality is that humanity is not basically good, but inherently sinful. There are people who will give in to temptation at every opportunity, especially when Mammon is involved.