Three Reasons To Oppose A Constitutional Convention
The movement to have a Constitutional Convention seems to have gained some traction in certain circles. It’s a strange mix of Republicans and Democrats which in today’s climate suggests the citizens need to be even more vigilant. Almost from its inception the US Constitution has had its detractors and yet for almost two hundred years many have considered it to be an example to be admired and emulated. The irony inherent in the country which produced it wishing to replace it can hardly be over-stated.
The fundamental premise that citizens must remember is that those who wish to rewrite the constitution are, by definition, unhappy with it in its present form. Conservatives who support a convention are either extremely misguided or have hidden motives while liberals are simply upset that what’s left of the Constitution continues to restrict their freedom of action. In other words, those who wish to replace the Constitution are the very ones from whom the Constitution is designed to protect us. Of course they wish to abrogate those articles and clauses of the Constitution which prevent them from completely dominating the “ninety-nine per cent”, it’s in their nature. The Constitution was designed to protect the people from their government and thus it is hardly surprising that those in government wish to tweak it “just a bit” and get rid of those pesky little sections that prevent them from installing a dictator and eliminating our input.
So? The first three reasons to oppose a Constitutional Convention.
1. There is no limit to the kinds of changes such a Convention might ratify.
2. The delegates to the Convention are bound to be beholden to powerful and moneyed interests.
3. The status of the individual states in today’s world, meaning:
A. The sovereignty of the individual states being recognized by the Founding Fathers was a necessary ingredient in the production of the final product, while today’s delegates are almost certainly going to have other loyalties.
B. Conversely, a constitutional convention would necessarily recognize the right of each individual state to reject any new agreement and declare their independence.
For, “WE the people”, a constitutional convention is an extremely BAD idea.