Why an Article V Convention is Wrong

The below article from the Eagle Forum is an excellent piece on why the Article V convention is the wrong tactic at the moment.  It is absolutely right that there is not an abundance of conservatives in government at the moment.  We are making progress but it is going to take many more elections to achieve what we are seeking.  Frankly to be honest I would rather have classical liberals in office (Men in the mold of Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, etc) for classical liberals are the ones who are truly for liberty and freedom but that is another post for another day.

I have said from day one to my tea party leaders and others conservative friends that this is the wrong approach. Having this convention would open a Pandora’s box that we may never recover from and completely destroy the document that we are so desperately trying to save. Some have listened many have not.  Please look at all options, read up on what is going on and don’t discount those in the conservative movement who warn against this.  It is the wrong approach at this time.  Instead support legislation like H.J. Res 104 which is a bill to repeal the 16th amendment. Such a bill would be proposed and passed by the Congress and then submitted to the states for ratification as an amendment.  This effort of amending the Constitution at this critical time prevents those who would do harm to our republican form of government from attempting any drastic change the the Constitution.

Learn be informed and be willing to listen to all sides.

On December 7, 2013, at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, there will be a closed-door meeting for hand-picked State Legislators from across the country. This secret meeting is designed as a pre-convention to prepare for what is being called “Convention of the States” (better known as an Article V Constitutional Convention or Con Con) for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution by using Mark Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments as a blueprint.  

Article V of the U.S. Constitution delineates the methods for amending the Constitution, beginning traditionally with Congress, but also offering another method that has never been used: “The Congress . . . on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments . . .” 

Some suggest that Article V creates a path to bypass Congress through a so-called “Convention of the States.” But, in reality, the only power the states have is the opportunity to submit an “application” asking Congress to call a convention. Hundreds of such applications have been submitted over the years, with widely different purposes and wording, but if Congress ever decides to act, Article V gives Congress the exclusive power to issue the “call” for a convention to propose “amendments.”