Recall that last week, we gave you three essential steps to stopping Article V convention applications. This week we have a new tool to help you educate yourself and others. In fact, it’s the release of the second booklet in our Constitutional Principles Series: “What Is A Constitutional Convention?”
With this booklet you can learn how an Article V constitutional convention works, the precedents created by the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the original purpose of the state-initiated convention provision, the dangers of a constitutional convention, why a runaway convention is bad, whether the Article V ratification process is a safeguard, and what you can do to help.
The threat of a constitutional convention weighs heavily on our shoulders. The Constitution as we know it could be seriously in danger of a rewrite during a convention, so it becomes imperative to educate yourself and others.
The booklet helps us dig deeper into a constitutional convention.
For instance, constitutional convention by using Article V is a method of amending the Constitution, but the Constitution carefully crafted by the Founding Fathers does not need changing, it needs abidance. Black’s Law Dictionary defines a constitutional convention as the assembly of delegates or representatives to frame, revise, or amend its constitution.
From our new booklet:
Article V gives power to three bodies concerning the calling of a convention for proposing amendments:
- State Legislatures: The only power guaranteed to state legislatures is that of making application to Congress to call a convention.
- Congress: If two-thirds of the states apply for a convention, then Congress is supposed to call a convention.
- Convention Delegates: Once a convention is called, the responsibility for its direction rests entirely with the delegates.
Currently we have no idea who the delegates, the decision-makers in the new amendments, will be. Blindly opening up our Constitution only increases the risk of a runaway convention. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the constitutional convention of 1787. America started with the Articles of Confederation and the convention completely rewrote it. Do you trust today’s politicians to form a better Constitution than the liberty-loving Founding Fathers did?
The power of choosing the delegates lies with Congress. Should Congress be focused on selecting delegates or obeying the Constitution? The Founding Fathers intended Article V to be used to make corrections to the Constitution. They are not at fault for Big Government. Citizens and lawmakers should be reining in the federal government by enforcing the Constitution with Article VI. Our booklet answers the question to what Article VI is:
Article VI states that only those laws that are “made in pursuance” of the Constitution “shall be the supreme law of the land.” This is what is known as the Supremacy Clause. In other words, any laws passed by Congress that are not made in accordance with the Constitution are not the supreme laws of the land, rendering them invalid.
Federal and state government officials take an oath to defend the Constitution. How do you think they are doing? It is their responsibility to declare unconstitutional acts void. Let’s help them by showing them how to protect the Constitution by standing with Article VI not V.
- Learn even more with our “What Is A Constitutional Convention?” booklet.
- Work with likeminded organizations to stop new Article V convention applications and to rescind already passed convention applications.
- Contact your local coordinator to learn of action opportunities in your area!