"So now it is illegal to ask trespassers to leave your own property? Even with police collaboration? What is this country coming to?"
"Coming to a turning point in American history where it is do or die," said the senator calmly.
"That's a broad statement, darling, but I know what you mean. So, what are you going to DO about it?"
Two days later, a phone rang in a farm house in western Pennsylvania. "Hello, is Ms. Shannon Stone there please?"
"Ms. Stone, my name is Barbara Scott. I am the executive secretary of Senator Alan Wells. The senator would like to speak with you, if you don't mind."
"No, I don't mind. Please put the senator on."
"One moment please."
"Hello, this is Senator Alan Wells, Washington state. How are you, Ms. Stone."
SS: "Thanks for asking, Senator, I am fine, considering."
AW: "Yes, considering, which leads to why I am calling. So let me get straight to the point. I am considering sponsoring a bill to protect the Constitution from being undermined by contradictory and contravening state-level laws."
SS: "I'm listening."
AW: "And that, if and when a conflict arises between the two, the Constitution shall prevail."
SS: "This sounds better and better all the time, Senator. I wish you luck."
AW: "It is not luck that I need, Ms. Stone. I need your help."
AW: "By testifying in the congressional hearing when it happens, as my star witness."
SS: "I'll be there. Count on it. Just let me know when."
AW: "Before I do, I need to ask you just one yes/no question."
AW: "Have you been totally truthful in your answers under direct- and cross-examination during the trial?"
SS: "Yes, 100%."
AW: "Good enough, Ms. Stone. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support. I'll be in touch."
SS: "Thank you for your trust, Senator, and for taking this initiative."
Within a month, the bill had acquired a number: HR 1724