Conservatives Who Oppose an Article V Convention

01/27/2014
       
Conservatives Who Oppose an Article V Convention

Many prominent conservatives oppose the calling of an Article V convention.

Although The John Birch Society has played a leading role in opposing the calling of an Article V convention (widely referred to as a constitutional convention or con-con) for the past thirty years, there are certainly many other conservatives who also oppose such a convention. Here are a few of them.

Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center
Tom, much revered by Tea Party and other conservative groups across the nation for his pioneering work exposing Agenda 21, vigorously opposes calling for an Article V convention. Here's what he wrote in "We must stop the call for a Constitutional Convention!" back on June 27, 2013:

Those pushing the idea are powerful and well funded. Every single state
 government and all state legislators in the nation have received very 
expensive, professionally-produced packages detailing how a Con Con could be called and controlled for a Conservative agenda.

This is an outright lie. A Con Con can not be controlled and there can be no guarantee that delegates will do anything they are instructed to do.

By calling a Con Con our precious Constitution will be placed on an 
operating table and cut to ribbons. Nothing is more dangerous to our 
Republic.

But the movement for a Constitutional Convention is gaining strength.
 Conservatives are being targeted because of our love of the Constitution and
 our frustration over how it is being ignored by those leading our
 government.

The effort is misguided, dangerous and just plain wrong.

Phyllis Schlafly, President, Eagle Forum
Eagle Forum has been on the front lines with The John Birch Society in opposition to calling an Article V convention for several decades. Here's what Phyllis Schlafly had to say in "Is Article V in Our Future?" on August 28, 2013:

If Congress ever decides to act, Article V gives Congress exclusive power to issue the “Call” for a convention to propose “amendments” (note the plural). The Call is the governing document which determines all the basic rules such as where and when a convention will be held, who is eligible to be a delegate (will current office-holders be eligible?), how delegates will be apportioned, how expenses will be paid, and who will be the chairman....

Article V doesn’t give any power to the states to propose constitutional amendments, or to decide which amendments will be considered by the convention. Article V doesn’t give any power to the courts to correct what does or does not happen.

Edwin Vieira, Jr., Constitutionalist Attorney and Author
Edwin Vieira is widely known among conservatives as a preeminent expert on the Constitution and especially on the topic of what is constitutional money. He also vigorously opposes the calling of an Article V convention. He gave some of his reasons in "Prudent Fear of the Unknown Is No 'Fallacy'" on October 16, 2013:

Article V of the Constitution provides that “[t]he Congress, * * * on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments.” The language “shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments” sets out a constitution duty in Congress. It embraces a constitutional power as well. That brings into play Article I, Section 8, Clause 18, which delegates to Congress the power “[t]o make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers [that is, in Article I, Section 8, Clauses 1 through 17], and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.” The power to “call a Convention for proposing Amendments” is one of those “all other Powers.” Therefore, pursuant to that power, Congress may enact whatever “Law[ ] which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the * * * Power[ to call a Convention]...."

First, Congress could arguably influence the substance of such a “Convention"….

Second, Congress arguably could influence — I should think could control — the procedures employed at the “Convention,” with decided, if not decisive, effects upon the “Convention’s” substantive outcome….

"Choose Freedom — STOP a Con-Con"
For information about The John Birch Society's action project to stop the calling of an Article V convention, go to "Choose Freedom — STOP a Con-Con."



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