We Conservatives tend to blame President Obama for every disaster our nation currently faces. Of course, he is not responsible for all of them — just most of them. Except for his usurpation of legislative authority through the use of Executive Privilege, most of the debacles that have occurred under his watch; Obamacare, shovel-ready stimulus, open borders, unprecedented $17 BILLION debt, etc., etc., could not have happened without being aided and abetted by a politically supportive Congress.
The national debt is of particular concern since there are no signs of it’s being reined in, is largely owed to Communist China, and is a burden our irresponsible Congress is all too happy to pass on to our children and grandchildren.
The election of a more fiscally responsible Congress being a very remote possibility in this era bigger and bigger government, a desperation move is afoot for the sovereign states, under the terms of Article V of the Constitution, to request Congress to convene a Constitutional Convention for the express purpose of limiting government spending. Radio talk-show host Mark Levin has made a living for the past six months proposing such a Convention, and promoting his book on the subject, The Liberty Amendments.
Freedom Outpost contributor, Publius Huldah, who is a strict constructionist of the U.S. Constitution, has written extensively, in these pages and elsewhere, on the dangers of this action, citing authorities such as James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, et al.
Article V of the US Constitution, on which the calling of a Convention is based, is given below in its entirety. It is a short, simple, and easily understood paragraph:
“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”
Although Article V grants the sovereign states authority to request Congress to call a Constitutional Convention, nowhere does it give the states authority to participate in such a convention once it is called! It is strictly a Congressional activity. Members of Congress, and they only, shall “propose amendments.” No states allowed!
So my question to you is: If such a Constitutional Convention is convened, who among our currently elected Congresspersons do you trust to tamper with what is universally recognized as being the most significant — and some think Divinely inspired — document ever conceived by the mind of man?
- Nancy Pelosi?
- Maxine Waters?
- Henry Waxman?
- Alan Grayson?
- Sheila Jackson Lee?
- John Boehner?
- Chuck Schumer?
- Al Franken?
Shall I continue?
Do you think for a moment that if given such unlimited authority to amend the Constitution, members of Congress will confine themselves to just imposing a limit on Federal spending? They never have! They would merely legitimize such spending, along with same-sex “marriages,” unlimited illegal immigration, legalized pot smoking, and whatever other mischief they and Con-Con advocate George Soros could think of.
The states’ calling for a Constitutional Convention would open a Congressional Pandora’s Box over which the states would have no influence and no control. That’s why it has never been done before, and now is not the time to start.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.