You are going to hear about the effort to organize a convention of states according to Article V of the U.S. Constitution with increasing intensity over the next several months. For your convenience, and to help shed light on the myths versus facts about this effort, I am embedding the audio from a radio conversation that I participated in with Professor Joe Heim and the host, Mike Hayes, on WIZM radio.
Here are some of the highlights of that discussion:
At approximately 1:40 in the audio Professor Heim, right out of the gate, misleads listeners by calling this a "Constitutional Convention." He is completely wrong. The Constitutional Convention was the meeting in 1787 in Philadelphia where delegates from 12 states met to first create the United States Constitution. Part of that document which our nation ratified and is still the law of the land today includes Article V which reads in part:
"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States..."
No one, not a single person, is advocating for a Constitutional Convention to throw out the current document and start over with a new one. The effort under way today is simply an Article V convention of states where amendments may be considered but would still have to be ratified by three fourths of the states in order for them to become official.
Be warned: Professor Heim is using the types of hyperbole and mis-information (fake news if you will) to fear monger and scare you into opposing this effort. This kind of fake news will intensify as more and more states sign on and pass their applications for the convention of states to take place.
At approximately 2:00 in the audio, Mike Hayes raises his concern about putting politicians in charge of amending the U.S. Constitution. While I completely understand his concern I have to say, "Why are politicians in charge of health insurance? Why are politicians in charge of marriage? Why are politicians in charge of social engineering? Etc, Etc." The answer to those questions is that liberal politicians and their liberal activist judges have been slowly destroying the U.S. Constitution for decades through un-Constitutional legal precedents. We the People can demand a "reset" by amending the Constitution and invalidating those legal precedents through the legal procedures outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Once two thirds of the states have completed the application process for calling the convention of states they will next need to appoint delegates to attend. I HIGHLY encourage those of you who are average, every day Americans who know how to read to lobby heavily to your state legislature to be appointed. I agree with Mike Hayes that politicians should have little involvement, however, Article V gives them the authority to appoint the delegates however they see fit. If enough concerned citizens come forward to put pressure on them then they will appoint the right people.
At approximately 2:50 in the audio, Professor Heim makes the totally asinine suggestion that a convention of states could be used to repeal the first or second amendments. This is EXACTLY the kind of misleading hyperbole and fake news that liberals all across the United States will use to trick you into opposing this effort. First, at a convention of states where thousands of Americans from all across the nation would gather to discuss amendments, do you REALLY believe that some idiot would be able to convince the majority of that gathering to support such an asinine idea? Second, if there were enough idiots to support it at the convention do you REALLY believe that three fourths of the states would vote in favor of ratifying it? Come on, professor, we're not that stupid.
At about 3:50 in the audio I was allowed to participate and helped guide Professor Heim back to reality and away from his liberal talking points. Mike Hayes asked me why we should even bother with the convention of states and I described why I am concerned about our nation's future. As I mentioned in the audio, our nation is split nearly 50/50 between those of us who believe in the U.S. Constitution as it was written (originalists like Justice Neil Gorsuch) and those who believe that the Constitution is out dated and irrelevant and that our society and culture should dictate which laws should or should not apply (activist judges like Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg).
The remainder of the audio included some interesting conversation about my suggestion that one of the amendments I would like to see proposed is one that mandates term limits for federal judges so they are recycled more often instead of spending their entire lives finding new ways to thwart the Founding Fathers.
As you can tell, I strongly believe that an Article V - Convention of States is a very good idea.
First, the U.S. Congress has proven that it is totally unreliable and incapable of policing themselves. Two thirds of that body would never take the steps necessary to amend the Constitution in the manner that We the People are demanding.
Second, the Convention of States is one of the most important escape valves that the Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution so that We the People can exercise our authority over the federal government as they intended. We are at the top of the political organization structure in this nation, not the politicians.
By following the procedures outlined within the Constitution to call a convention of states we are sending a powerful message to Washington that we've had enough of their B.S. and we are going to put a stop to it.
Third, our nation is divided. Our people are pitted against one another in multiple ways. Our leaders manipulate us through our differences instead of uniting us by our common values. I firmly believe that a convention of states might act like a pressure valve to release some of the tension that has built up among us by giving all of us an opportunity to come together, discuss our differences, propose sound amendments to the Constitution that can help us going forward, and build good will throughout the nation. I fear that if this kind of peaceful effort does not take place then more violent efforts will occur. We are already witnessing violent protests among people who support and oppose the president. There are states who are seriously considering seceding from the union. I have heard of at least two organizations that are drafting new declarations of independence from the federal government. I fear that if we do not come together at a peaceful convention of states then we may fracture into groups even further to persecute each other according to our differences.
There are currently 12 states who have signed on to the effort to call for a convention of states according to Article V of the U.S. Constitution. 34 are necessary in order to call the convention. Be very cautious about what you hear in the media about this effort because I guarantee that once there are 20 states signed on the Leftists in this nation are going to pull out all the stops and lie, cheat, and steal in order to stop this from happening. They hate the Constitution and the people's power and they want all authority to remain within the bureaucracy in Washington. Fight them by informing yourselves and exercising the authority that you have as a citizen of the United States. To learn more visit the web site for the Convention of States by clicking here.