The 3 Strong Points Against the Con-Con Con
By Rich Loudenback
The state of our Constitutional Republic today is so dire that it seems the biggest pitch of the nefarious proponents for a very dangerous Article V Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) being pitched as Convention of the States (COS) is that everything in Washington DC is broken and we have to do something even if it’s wrong.
The three most important points to understand about the constant drumbeat by well-paid pitchmen for a ‘Convention of the States’ or any other Article V Convention are:
FIRST: A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION
Why should we believe that Congress or citizens would magically follow new laws any more than present laws?!!! Few state legislators seem to realize that our nation’s disastrous budget deficits have accrued out of disregard for constitutional restraints in the first place. Because had government been held only to its constitutionally authorized activities, no budget crisis could have developed. See: ‘The Solution Is the Constitution, Not Article V’
Much can be accomplished by following the Constitution, enforcing laws and by Nullifying unconstitutional laws.
SECOND: A RUNAWAY CONVENTION CANNOT BE PREVENTED!!!
Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren Berger issued a stern warning: “Nobody tells a Con-Con what to do. Its powers to propose Amendments are unlimited. In light of this information, does America, do you, really want to risk a convention? Whatever gain might be hoped for from a new Constitutional Convention could not be worth the risk involved. A new convention could plunge our Nation into constitutional confusion and confrontation at every turn, with no assurance that focus would be on the subject needing attention. I have discouraged the idea of a Constitutional Convention, and I am glad to see states rescinding their previous resolutions requesting a convention.”
In his early career before he became Justice of the Supreme Court, the late Anthony Scalia is often quoted as stating he supported a constitutional convention. However, later in his career with the wisdom from a lot more experience and considering the realities of the day he became opposed to it.
During the question-and-answer session following a speech Scalia gave to the Federalist Society in Morristown, New Jersey, on May 8, 2015, he was asked whether a Constitutional Convention would be in the nation’s interest: “Although COS might have one believe that a constitutional convention is a ‘different creature entirely’ from an Article V convention or ‘convention of the states,’ as they call it, this is simply not true. A Constitutional Convention is a horrible idea,” Scalia replied. “This is not a good century to write a Constitution.”
THIRD: RATIFICATION REALITY
Proponents of an Article V Constitutional Convention strongly assure us that the process is extremely safe because 38 state legislatures have to ratify the results before they go to the president for signing into law. They want us to believe that. They would rather us not be aware of the alternative after the word or in the middle of Article V. A Ratifying Convention. They will try to downplay it when confronted. But if you use the common sense God gave you, what way do you think they would go?
You can count on this! A Constitutional Convention would not risk sending their results out for 38 state legislatures to ratify since Article V’s option (Ratifying Conventions) offers such a failsafe alternative. (Factoid: Utah’s legislature would never have repealed Prohibition. A Ratifying Convention repealed it.) The mindset of the convention will assuredly be that ratifying in state legislatures would be entirely too perilous with endless debate, filibustering, committee assignments, legal challenges etc. into ad nauseum multiplied times 50 hoping to get 38 state legislatures who vote Yay.
No. They would send convention results to hand-selected delegates at Ratifying Conventions who will be like-minded, baggage carrying colleagues who would be chumps in the world of constitutional patriotism. Helpful substantiation for my point is that our last Amendment (Amendment 27) took 202 yrs, 7 months and 12 days to ratify. Most amendments took well over a year to several years to ratify.
RATIFICATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS TO DATE
1st – 10th Amendments – Sept. 25, 1789 Ratified Dec. 15, 1791 – 811 Days
11th Amendment – Mar 4, 1794 Ratified Feb 7, 1795 – 340 Days
12th Amendment – Dec. 9 1803 Ratified May 19, 1804 – 189 Days
13th Amendment – Jan. 31, 1865 Ratified Dec 6, 1865 – 309 Days
14th Amendment – Jun. 13, 1866 Ratified Jul 9, 1868 – 757 Days
15th Amendment – Feb. 26, 1869 Ratified Feb. 3, 1870 – 342 Days
16th Amendment – Jul. 12, 1909 Ratified Feb 3, 1913 – 1302 Days
17th Amendment – May 13 1912 Ratified Apr 8, 913 – 330 Days
18th Amendment – Dec. 18, 1917 Ratified Jan 16, 1919 – 394 Days
19th Amendment – Jun 4, 1919 Ratified Aug 18, 1920 – 441 Days
20th Amendment – Mar 2, 1932 Ratified Jan 23, 1933 – 327 Days
21st Amendment – Feb 20, 1933 Ratified Dec 5, 1933 – 288 Days
22nd Amendment – Mar 21, 1947 Ratified Feb 27, 1951 – 1439 Days
23rd Amendment – Jun 17, 1960 Ratified Mar 29, 1961 – 285 Days
24th Amendment – Aug 27, 1962 Ratified Jan 23, 1964 – 514 Days
25th Amendment – Jul 6, 1965 Ratified Feb 10, 1967 – 584 Days
26th Amendment – Mar 23, 1971 Ratified Jul 1, 1971 – 100 Days
27th Amendment – Sep 25, 1789 Ratified May 7, 1992 – 74,003 Days (202 years, 7 months and 12 days)
Regular amendments passed by the US Congress have a tough enough time getting ratified in state legislatures. There also are actually 6 amendments that have been passed by Congress that have not yet been ratified which were proposed from 1789 to 1978. See the list of existing amendments and their ratifications compiled by usconstitution.net.
Of 11,000 attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution, only 27 amendments have passed so Con-Con proponents truly believe that to accomplish their ends they must circumvent US Congress via a Con-Con where their carefully selected delegates could have their way with our Constitution.
Other points to ponder:
See short video: Rep. Moon Exposes Fraud by Con-Con Peddlers
Applications never time out, they are intentionally rescinded once states come to their senses. Idaho has had 6 applications in our past going all the way back to 1910. You have to ask yourself why so many times did our states awaken and rescind. I think Americans are smarter than they often are given credit for and have just temporarily given into the spell cast by poker-faced presentations which have been fueled by our being fed up with how poorly our system has performed from not following the Constitution and the hunger to right things with the wish of a quick fix. In other words, the Convention pushers are appealing to an attitude that’s nearly saying ‘We have to do something, even if it’s wrong!’
Nothing is more dangerous to our Republic than the opening of such a convention because it can literally take down our country as we’ve known it almost overnight. There are very clandestine and powerful forces behind it. We have problems today which are being exploited to hasten such a magical fix that can alter or even literally abolish our sacred Constitution.
The money behind it all: The Con-Con con today, in our political climate is being overseen by unelected, unaccountable powerful global elitist who know what’s best about everything for everybody. They will be directly or indirectly influencing the attendees to be sure the results of such a convention would be fatal to our republic. That is why they are spending all the millions pushing this.
These funders include the likes of and including George Soros who would transform America into a globalists’ panacea. No more Bill of Rights! No more Constitution!
Sure things are a mess, because elected officials have gotten away from what brought us and what we are really about: A nation of limited national government, with the states and the people shouldering most responsibilities themselves. We are not supposed to be socialists and that’s where our majority of legislators have been taking us unintentionally or on purpose.
OUR ONLY ‘REAL’ FIX!
In summation, we don’t have a Constitution problem. We have an adherence problem. The ‘fix’ is following law, law enforcement, prosecution, CONSTITUTIONAL judges and nullification. Nullification is the real serious effort that would surely work with bad legislation affecting our states and our citizens and needs being pursued with all our might.
Citizens direct the fix by educating ourselves, informing others, watching Freedom Index voting records for Washington, DC found at TheNewAmerican.com and the Idaho Freedom Index for voting records for Idaho found at the IdahoFreedom.org and culling all elected vermin at the polls. Vermin because they are betrayers of their sacred oaths to our US and states’ constitutions. It might be said that nothing hurts more than betrayal.
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” — Abraham Lincoln