A Convention Threatens Our Rights!

A constitutional convention (aka a Con-Con, an Article V convention, or a convention of states) would threaten our rights. That’s because our rights are secured by the Constitution, and a constitutional convention would have the power to become a “runaway” convention that could completely change the Constitution. How do we know such a convention could become a “runaway”?

  1. There’s the precedent of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which completely rewrote the Articles of Confederation and changed the ratification procedure; and
  2. There’s the right of the sovereign people meeting in convention to alter or abolish their form of government (as stated in the Declaration of Independence), which could include rewriting the Constitution and changing the ratification procedure.
 

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BBA is Too Close for Comfort

This map shows that we are just six states away from the 34 states needed to force Congress to call a risky, runaway-prone constitutional convention. Members of The John Birch Society and their allies have worked with state legislators to prevent the calling of a constitutional convention ever since the movement to call a constitutional convention for proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment reached its high-water mark of 32 states in 1983 with “live” applications for such a convention.

Thankfully, many states have canceled their applications for a BBA constitutional convention since 1983. However, enough states have also applied or re-applied for such a convention to bring us to 28 states with a “live” application. Still too close for comfort!

What is a Constitutional Convention?

A Constitutional Convention is an official meeting of representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of writing or amending its constitution. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides two ways to propose amendments:

  1. Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments;
  2. Congress, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing amendments.
  • The first method has been used 27 times; the second method has never been used. Any proposed amendments would have to be ratified by three fourths of the states before being added to the Constitution.
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