Kill the Constitutional Convention Resolutions in the Legislature!
by Shirley Spellerberg on January 29, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Don’t Mess With Our Constitution!
Resolutions Calling for a Constitutional Convention (ConCon) have Been Filed by Republicans in Both the House and the Senate. They must be stopped!!
- SJR10—Florence Shapiro;
- SJR15—Wentworth; HJR60—Pitts;
The well-intended purpose for calling a ConCon is to enact a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA).
The risk of a Constitutional Convention outweighs any hoped-for good results. Once the convention convenes there is no provision in the constitution, or in law, to limit the convention to any one agenda item.
A Runaway Convention Carries a Host of Unintended Consequences:
- Repeal of the Second Amendment (the gun-grabbers would love this)
- Repeal of the 10th Amendment (the Feds would love this)
- Repeal of the Electoral College (in favor of a popular vote) The liberals would love this!
- Repeal of presidential term limits (this should remain in place)
- Recognition of International Law as a part of our Supreme Court decision-making (already being done unconstitutionally)
- Re-write of the Fourteenth Amendment by excluding the ‘under the jurisdiction thereof’ phrase to include children born of Illegal Aliens
- Adoption of a North American Union (open borders—proposed by George W. Bush )
These are but a few of the problems with which we would be faced.
A BBA would not control federal spending. It would merely give political cover to the big-spenders to raise taxes because the BBA would require a tax increase or exorbitant fees to balance the budget. How else to get revenues to match the uncapped spending? The newly proposed Federal BBA Amendment should be closely scrutinized to see that it guards against higher taxes and requires spending reductions and/or caps before endorsing it. The cost of waging a campaign against bad amendments would be enormous!
Fighting the liberal media, which would be in support of liberty-destroying amendments, would be an expensive, ominous and potentially losing task!
In today’s highly contentious political climate, it makes no sense to subject the wisdom of our godly Constitutional Founders to the destruction of the safeguards against governmental oppression embodied in the Constitution.
Other Methods of Balancing the Budget
The budget could be balanced through specific legislation calling for a Balanced Budget without an amendment– or through the traditional process of a congressional Balanced Budget Amendment in Congress which would then have to be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. Before it is embraced, this newly proposed Federal Balanced Budget Amendment should be closely scrutinized to see that it guards against higher taxes and requires spending reductions
But, the Constitutional Convention process should never be considered for any reason however well-intended.
The original intent of the Constitution is sufficient to meet today’s needs if the president, members of congress and the judiciary would honor and enforce it. If they ignore what the Constitution says now, why should we expect them to enforce any new conservative amendment/s?
The aforementioned legislative Resolutions will probably be voted the week of January 31-February 4–first in the Texas Senate and then in the House. Contact your state Representative and state Senator immediately to OPPOSE all resolutions calling for a ConCon.
Urge your state Senator and Representative to read Phyllis Schlafly’s excellent expose’ of a ConCon
http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2010/apr10/10-04-09.html — Good advice Against a ConCon
CON CON: Playing Russian Roulette with the Constitution –Dec. 1984 Phyllis Schlafly
Immediate Action Needed!
Contact your State Senator and Representative Now.