Con-Con Fight: Front and Center in Your State Legislature

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Robert Welch taught us there are no quick fixes to the problem of adhering to the Constitution. It must be through an educated electorate that forces Congress to follow the Constitution.

LIBERTY ALERTS, CHOOSE FREEDOM, STOP A CON-CON

Last week’s posting of “How the Compact for America Threatens the Constitution” kicked off the next phase of Choose Freedom, Stop a Con-Con.

The article details the plan of attack from the Compact for America Initiative. It plans to have 38 states adopt calls for a Constitutional Convention through Article V of the Constitution. Member states of the compact will have pre-ratified a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. Once the Congress would convene a constitutional convention, governors of each state would be the convention delegates. These delegates would vote on the Compact for America’s balanced budget amendment proposal, and then by virtue of 38 having “pre-ratified” this amendment it would be considered ratified, and the Constitution would now have a balance budget amendment. Couldn’t be easier, right?

Except, it’s not. There are many problems with calling a constitutional convention, and not the least of which is the ability to control it. While the CFAI will claim otherwise, a constitutional convention cannot be bound to proposing a specific amendment. The threat is there to go beyond the single amendment process, much like what happened in the “amending” of the Articles of Confederation. However, the outcome in 1787 was definitely a positive one, given the likes of George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others. Do ANY of our existing politicians rise to that level? How many rise to the level of Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi?

Have Congress and the President followed limited government under the U.S. Constitution? Why do we think that they would follow a new amendment or a new constitution?

Regarding a balanced budget, the problem is not with the Constitution, it is with Congress. If Congress were to follow the Constitution, there would be no budget problems.

Read the article and share it with your state legislators. Reprints of the individual article are coming, and the January 21, 2013, issue of The New American it appears in is now available. The article as a PDF is also available for you to share electronically.

Contact your state legislators in opposition to any Compact for America legislation to bring about a con-con. See article below on a coordinated effort to do so. Check out our Choose Freedom, Stop a Con-Con action page for update tools as well as our free tools.

You might also enjoy a great video by constitutional law expert Scott Bradley,“The Unseen Side of a Balanced Budget Amendment–To Preserve the Nation.”

We certainly cannot fault them for coming up with a creative fix, but as our founder Robert Welch pointed out, there are no quick fixes to the problem of adhering to the Constitution. It must be through an educated electorate that forces Congress to follow the Constitution. It’s not a quick fix, but it is the long term solution for returning to limited government and individual prosperity.


Used with the permission of the John Birch Society.