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Good morning! And what a glorious winter morning this is. I hope that this post finds you well.
Currently, in many state legislatures, there are bills in support of a new Constitutional Convention. Also known as a Convention of the States, a Con Con, or an Article V Convention.
This is a bad idea, and one that we oppose with every fiber of our being. What is wrong with our Constitution? There is nothing wrong with it. The problem lies in the fact that we are not following the one we already have. Many people want us to amend the Constitution to make it so we are required to balance the budget. News Flash! We are already required to balance the budget, but we still don’t do it. Amending the Constitution will not change that problem.
In addition, many people want to have a Constitutional Convention to completely re-write the Constitution to be what they want it to be. Taking away many of the rights that have made our country great, and made it the kind of place in the world where one can go to try to make their dreams come true. A place where you can find true freedom to become who you want to become.
The Father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison, wrote this warning on November 2, 1788, against calling another general constitutional convention:
“If a General Convention were to take place for the avowed and sole purpose of revising the Constitution, it would naturally consider itself as having a greater latitude than the Congress appointed to administer and support as well as to amend the system; it would consequently give greater agitation to the public mind; an election into it would be courted by the most violent partisans on both sides; it would probably consist of the most heterogeneous characters; would be the very focus of that flame which has already too much heated men of all parties; would no doubt contain individuals of insidious views, who under the mask of seeking alterations popular in some parts but inadmissible in other parts of the Union might have a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric.
“Under all these circumstances it seems scarcely to be presumable that the deliberations of the body could be conducted in harmony, or terminate in the general good. Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers experienced by the first Convention which assembled under every propitious circumstance, I should tremble for the result of a Second, meeting in the present temper of America, and under all the disadvantages I have mentioned.”
Opening up the Constitution for change would undoubtedly result in changes to the First Amendment limiting our right to free speech forever. Imagine what could happen to Religious freedom. With the climate that we are faced with now, what would happen to a Christian’s right to worship? It could result in an elimination of, or great restriction of, our Second Amendment rights giving our government total control over us. There are absolutely no guarantees of what could happen if we allow a new Constitutional Convention!
How many of you have sat in a State Legislative session and seen a bill totally change from its first draft? Or seen State code change through amendments? I have seen that happen more times than I can count. I shudder when I think of that happening to our beautiful, inspired Constitution! America, as we know it, would cease to exist. We would end up in a world we could have never dreamed of. It would fracture the nation.
Michael Farris, co-founder of COS, “If I am a delegate to the Convention of the States, I will propose the reconfiguring of the Supreme Court after the model of the European Court of Human Rights. There are 46 nations in the court’s jurisdiction, and every nation appoints one judge. We should expand the Supreme Court to 50 justices and have the states appoint the justices for a specific term (6 or 8 years) with no right of reappointment.”
Others wish to eliminate the Electoral College effectively taking the voice away from less populated states. These states would become nothing more than pawns, having no voice or rights beyond what the larger states wish to grant them. We would cease to be a Constitutional Republic and become a straight Democracy where the majority has all power and the minority has no rights.
I could go on and on with the dangers of what could happen if we open up our Constitution for change with an Article V convention. I have been called a “fear monger” but honestly, I can see no good that would come out of a Convention of the States. Let us stop trying to change this inspired document and start actually following it.
Yours in Liberty,
Bruce Williams,National Chairman
January 27, 2019
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