The purpose of the Twelve Lights League is to TeLL or inform the American public about an optimistic campaign – to restore America the beautiful under God and the written Constitution. We would wage this campaign of hope under the banner of one arch-amendment to the U.S. Constitution, an interlocking unit of comprehensive reforms organized into a total of twelve sections.
To conduct this campaign, TeLL proposes the book, Treatise on Twelve Lights. This interactive book is available on computer disk by donating to TeLL. The book is also accessible online at no charge. Please click here, or on the icon to your right, for free internet access to the book's full text.
The creation of the United States, and of its highest law, took place in ways that will help light our path. To illuminate that path, citizens can reflect on two watersheds in our national origins.
First, on June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced into the continental congress a motion for independence from the British Empire. John Adams of Massachusetts seconded the motion. As elaborated and later enacted into law, it remains well known to students around the world as the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
The interactive book before you emulates, or rather imitates this approach of 1776. Lee’s motion to the continental congress sought to sever the thirteen colonies from a regime that had metamorphosed into tyranny. Similarly, Treatise on Twelve Lights is a motion or plan for setting the USA free from postmodernist forms of tyranny, which came slouching forth like Leviathan during the era that followed the Kennedy assassination.
Lee's motion of 23 decades ago was intended to restore what Jefferson, the prime author of the Declaration, called the most valuable of all freedoms – the freedom of a people to be self-governing. Likewise, we the people of the United States must rise once again to a very considerable challenge. Our task is to restore genuine self-governance under God and the written Constitution.
Second, from the standpoint of the U.S. Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia: Its historic proceedings offer a paradigm for our own approach. The U.S. Constitution grew out of a plan drawn up by Professor George Wythe, a teacher in his early sixties, together with six fellow citizens from the state of Virginia. In May, 1787, prior to being sworn in as delegates, they put together a document which subsequently they submitted to the Constitutional Convention. In June that informal prototype – known to history as the Virginia Plan – was taken up as the Convention's agenda after Edmund Randolph proposed it from the floor. Throughout that Summer the delegates molded, modified, and elaborated the Virginia Plan into the document that the states would be asked to ratify.
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In less illustrious but somewhat parallel fashion, a longtime teacher in the state of Washington, also in his sixties, has composed a prototype arch-amendment to which this book is keyed. Proposed from what might be termed the floor of the great parliament of public opinion, it is offered as the agenda for what the U.S. Constitution (Fifth Article) terms a “convention for proposing Amendments.”
Unlike the Virginia Plan, however, written in less than a month, the composition of the proposed twelve lights law was over the course of 33 years.
A point in common is that the Virginia Plan was neither a decree nor an edict forced down the throats of an unwilling population, but rather a motion to which the governed consented. Likewise what the proposed constellation law sets forth here is manifestly not an amendment of the Constitution by adjudication; i.e. by the form of usurpation, sans consent of the governed, that has become infamous in our own time. Nor is it proposed as a bill to be enacted by career politicians, but rather via that temporary assembly of citizens for which the Framers provided. The Article V convention would then propose their arch-amendment to the states for ratification.
Note that the Convention of 1787 proceeded in much the same way. It was a temporary citizen assembly, and it let ad hoc ratifying conventions elected in the states decide whether radically to upgrade our first national constitution, the Articles of Confederation.
With such democratic precedents to illuminate our steps; and with that motivating virtue, hope, spurring us to better the future; may the Twelve Lights League (TeLL) help restore the reality in the opening words of the U.S. Constitution:
"We the People"