by Andrew Schlafly, Esquire
Affiliate, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
There are enemies, foreign and domestic, to our United States Constitution. Some want to make our Constitution more globalist-friendly, some want to dilute the Second Amendment, and some want to eliminate the Electoral College. Some simply want to become important by rewriting our Constitution.
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced on Monday that she would like to change the Electoral College requirement in the Constitution. Without that, no non-incumbent Republican candidate would have won the presidency in the last quarter century. Without the Electoral College, money alone would dictate the outcome in presidential elections.
Billionaires have poured many millions into pushing a project deceptively named the “Convention of States,” which seeks an Article V convention that could rewrite our entire U.S. Constitution. These hidden donors may be connected with George Soros or with the Koch brothers, who are not conservative on the moral issues. Regardless of who the financial backers are, they secretly think they will rewrite our Constitution and they are spending millions to do so.
No thanks. Yet Governor Greg Abbott has fallen for this scheme when he should be focusing on good legislation for Texas, rather than on this dangerous pie-in-the-sky plot to rewrite the Constitution. There is no way to limit an Article V convention and it could insert every liberal entitlement into it.
Last July in Cleveland, the Republican national platform committee resoundingly rejected an attempt to include a call for an Article V convention into the platform. Justice Antonin Scalia, in his final year before he passed away, explained at a public event in May 2015 that it was a “horrible idea” to hold an Article V convention to change the Constitution. Other conservative leaders throughout history, from Phyllis Schlafly to James Madison, have emphatically rejected this bad idea.
Yet this has been introduced in the Texas Senate as SJR 2, fittingly consisting of 666 words as it seeks to launch a new constitutional convention that would be dominated by the liberal media, by Democrats, and by RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). Fortunately, only eight states have enacted the Convention of States out of the 34 required to force a constitutional convention, but it is being pushed hard by Abbott in Texas.
The Constitution is not the problem, and an Article V convention to change it cannot be limited as part of an application for one. The text of the Constitution expressly states that only Congress may “call” a constitutional convention, and it would not be a “Convention of States” but rather would be convened (called) under the direction of power-brokers in Washington, D.C.
The original Constitutional Convention had three essential conditions that do not exist today: (i) secrecy from the media, (ii) participants who fought in the American Revolution against tyranny, and (iii) George Washington presiding. Today, instead of men like Benjamin Franklin who wrote our Constitution, we would have liberals like Nancy Pelosi rewriting our Constitution.
We should reject the tactics of the Left that are being used to try to pass a “Convention of States,” using secret donors and hidden agendas. We should not allow the “bait-and-switch” tactics of pretending that an Article V convention would be something better than our Congress. It would not be better, and would be far worse.
The first thing liberals would do in an Article V convention is attempt to repeal the Second Amendment, and also insert a right to taxpayer-funded abortion into the Constitution.
Big liberal states like California and New York would have greater power at an Article V convention than most conservative states would, because the Supreme Court has required the “one man, one vote” rule since 1964. In calling a convention, the House of Representatives would also require voting based on population.
Supporters of the “Convention of States” falsely claim that States would not ratify bad amendments. Many state legislatures did ratify the liberal 17th Amendment, which allowed for the popular election of U.S. senators. Prior to this amendment, U.S. senators were elected by each state’s legislature. There will be immense media pressure to ratify various liberal amendments that would be introduced at this convention.
If the problem is that politicians do not obey the current Constitution, then writing a new one is no solution to that problem. Politicians who ignore the current Constitution would ignore a new one.
There are important, good laws to consider and pass in the next 100 days in Texas. Let’s focus on them, rather than falsely pretending that the Constitution is somehow the problem.
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