Although the JBS has been battling against state calls for a constitutional convention (Con-Con) for about 30 years, the pro Con-Con forces have renewed strength this year due to their ability to recruit many newly awakened members of the Tea Party movement who have not yet been exposed to the case against such a convention. Some of the most popular issues that are being used by the pro Con-Con groups to attract support among Tea Party activists and state legislators are the repeal amendment, a balanced budget amendment, and an amendment to require state approval for federal debt limit increases.
Due to the work of members of the JBS and their constitutionalist allies, the pro Con-Con movement was stopped in its tracks back in the early 1980s when the 32nd state (out of the necessary 34 required to force Congress to call a Con-Con) issued its petition to Congress to call for a constitutional convention for the purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution. Since that time only one state, Florida in 2010, has issued a petition to Congress to call a balanced budget amendment Con-Con. And Florida had already issued such a call back in the 1970s, so the number of states that have called for a BBA Con-Con remains at 32.
Meanwhile, members of the JBS and allies such as the Eagle Forum and the American Policy Center have been encouraging state legislators to pass resolutions rescinding all previous Con-Con calls in their state. From 1988 to 2010 seventeen states passed such rescission resolutions. Then in 2010, Florida, a state that had previously rescinded all its Con-Con calls, issued a new BBA Con-Con call. Thus, the present number of states that have rescinded all previous Con-Con calls stands at sixteen.
This new video, Beware of Con-Cons: State Legislators Warn Against a Constitutional Convention, features Oklahoma State Representatives Charles Key and Dr. Mike Ritze along with recently retired State Senator Randy Brogdon. In this 12-minute video (as well as in a 30-minute version, Beware of Con-Cons: A Deeper Look) these three state legislators warn their fellow state legislators in all 50 states against the dangers of issuing petitions to Congress to call a constitutional convention. They also strongly recommend that state legislators in the 34 states that haven't yet rescinded their existing Con-Con calls, do so in 2011.
JBS has also posted a new "No Con-Con Documentation Packet" PDF on JBS.org that includes nine letters/statements by constitutional scholars and judges warning against a constitutional convention. Some of these letters are mentioned in the Beware of Con-Cons video.
Click here to send an email to your State Representative and Senator to tell them to oppose any new Con-Con calls and, where appropriate, to support rescinding all previous Con-Con calls.
For more information on this JBS action project go to http://www.JBS.org/STOPaCon-Con.