FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Legislatures Asked to Risk Harming the Constitution Through Article V Convention
APPLETON, WIS. — FEBRUARY 24, 2015 — Battles are now being waged in state legislatures across the country regarding an Article V convention. Supporters of calling for such a convention are asking these legislatures to risk reliving 1787 by rewriting the Constitution. Both supporters and opponents of an Article V convention agree that the federal government is out of control, but disagree on how to rein it in.
The John Birch Society (JBS), staunch supporters of limited government under the Constitution, leads the opposition to calling for an Article V convention. Since the mid-1980s, JBS has directed members to educate legislators on the risks of calling for a convention, based on the precedent of the first Constitutional Convention in 1787. These risks include the potential for the replacement of ratification procedures and a rewriting of the Constitution. In essence, the risk is a runaway convention that cannot be controlled. JBS has no opposition to amending the Constitution through Congress and referring proposed amendments to the states for ratification, like the 27 amendments already added to the Constitution.
If a convention were called, powerful special interests would seek to revise the Constitution in their favor. If the convention would rewrite the ratification rules, sufficient safeguards might not be in place to prevent the rewriting of such treasured portions of the Constitution as the Bill of Rights.
Amending the Constitution denotes that there is a deficiency in the guiding document. JBS asserts that if the Constitution were being followed as intended, there would be no need for such amendments as term limits, balanced budget, etc. These proposed amendments do not attack the root of the problem, merely the symptoms. If Congress is not following the Constitution now, then Congress cannot be counted on to follow any new amendments.
Ultimately, JBS sees the Article V movement as a colossal waste of time, energy, and precious resources that will only disappoint those who are working so hard to rein in the federal government. Only the long-term plan of obeying the Constitution (defunding and getting rid of all federal agencies and programs not authorized in the Constitution, as well as states being the final check by disregarding unconstitutional measures) will rein in the tyranny that has built up over the last 100-plus years.
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wis., The John Birch Society (JBS.org) is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, state, and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, members have a strong sense of duty, and their educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of America and the freedom of citizens.
Additional Article V Resources:
JBS Choose Freedom – Stop a Con-Con Action Project:
The Constitution Is the Solution, Not Article V: