Urgent: Please ask your Senator and House member to stop SJR87.
RE: SJR 87 asking for term limits via Constitutional Convention
In recognition of the fact that an Article V Convention is not a solution, but rather a Trojan Horse, both Maryland and New Mexico rescinded all previous calls for a Con Con during the first week of April, 2017.
Many well-intentioned conservatives cling to a Convention as a solution to problems our country faces. However, numerous extremely radical, progressive and socialist organizations are also fighting for an Article V Convention with George Soros’ money and massive media outreach. Constitutional scholars* (see below) and political experience confirm that a Constitutional Convention once convened would be a law unto itself. Therefore, it could well put at risk some of our most cherished freedoms and even our entire Constitution.
- COS advocates cover the full spectrum of ideologies and include hundreds of organizations in the Move to Amend coalition like Peace groups (Watch out Second Amendment.), communist fronts, Sierra Club, Code Pink, Occupy groups, and Wolf-PAC, which wants to publicly finance elections. Some toy with ideas like direct democracy and the popular vote, while others never publicly state what they would seek from a convention. All that these groups have been able to agree upon so far is the desire to hold a COS.
- A COS cannot be limited, since there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution and no law to restrict its purpose, procedures, agenda, duration or election of delegates.
- There is no way to assure that COS delegates would obey any restrictions placed on them by the states. They may not have to run for re-election and thus would be free from accountability to the public.
- Term limits in states such as Missouri have given unelected bureaucrats the upper hand with procedural and institutional knowledge. In Alabama, state employees lobbying the Alabama legislature already seem disproportionate to the private sector. How much worse will it be to give the lifetime bureaucrats in DC even more power and control over a frequently changing Congress?
- There is no stopgap for preventing ill-conceived constitutional changes from being ratified by 38 or more states. Modern communications capability gives moneyed special interests the ability to whip the populace up with emotional rhetoric to get them to vote for ideas that test well in focus groups rather than those that have survived the test of time.
- We have for so long neglected to truly educate our children on the Foundational events and documents that created the United States of America that many now believe the Constitution and Bill of Rights, rather than being documents based on the careful study of thousands of years of human behavior, are outdated and irrelevant. It would be easy to stir up those so uneducated into a popular frenzy of support for any number of amendments that would fundamentally change our country.
Let’s limit terms as needed at the ballot box and strive harder to observe the Constitution that we have. PLEASE OPPOSE SJR87.
Following are links for sound arguments against the various forms of legislation related to a Constitutional Convention. They are short and logical. Hope you find them helpful in speaking with your state legislators.
*“At a minimum…the Federal Judiciary, including The Supreme Court, will have to resolve the inevitable disputes over which branch and level of government may be entrusted to decide each of the many questions left open by Article V.”
— Laurence H. Tribe, Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School (affirmed by email 4/7/2017)
“…there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don’t like its agenda. The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the Confederation Congress ‘for the sole and express purpose’.” Chief Justice Warren Burger in letter to Phyllis Schlafly.