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Op-Ed Regarding an Article V Constitutional Convention

In 1983, Idaho was one of 27 states that petitioned Congress to call an Article V Constitutional Convention (con-con) to add a Balanced Budget Amendment. 34 States needed to make that Call before Congress acts.

In 1989, 32 states had applied to Congress to convene a con-con. Still two states short. That year, I brought some concerns to this Legislature about the role Congress would play in a con-con.

Article V states, Congress shall convene a Convention when two thirds of the states have applied for a con-con. It does not say Congress shall turn the Convention over to the states to set the rules and do as they please. It says: Congress shall convene (and control) the convention.
Congress certainly has the members to pull it off.  

The Senate has: Chuck Schumer, Mitch O’Connell, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. The House has Nancy Pelosi, Liz Cheney, Jerry Nadler, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff and Mike Simpson. They’ll welcome any opportunity to remove Constitutional restraints that have bound them down from mischief for centuries.

There’s a trove of Amendments waiting to become part of our Constitution: The Balance-Budget Amendment; Abolish-the-Fed Amendment; The International-currency Amendment; The line-item-Veto Amendment; The Affordable-Care-Act Amendment; The Definition-of-Marriage Amendment; The Trans-Gender-Adolescence Surgery Amendment; Abolish Electoral College Amendment; The Election-Finance-Amendment; The Alien-Voter-Rights-Amendment; The UN-Global-Peace-Force Amendment.

Americans are weary and suspect of those in Congress who’ll run this con-con. They’ll determine the number of delegates and how they’ll be chosen. They’ll also decide when and where the convention will be held. Any watchdog Idaho could slip into this fight would be quickly muzzled, neutered and whupped. Idaho has been assured by con-con Proponents that this Convention will be controlled, limited & guided by enlightened proponents who’ll guide us through this Perfect Storm.

This Convention will attract every Opportunist, Monopolists and Globalists. They’ll certainly be controlled and manipulated by Elitists like George Soros, Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, and statists like John Kerry, Hillary, Al Gore, Barack Obama and many others. Any delegation Idaho sends to con-con will be endowed with sovereign authority to act in behalf of “We the People” of the State of Idaho.

America has powerful detractors who’ll welcome any occasion to subvert, divert, and pervert America’s Constitution. Let not these Proponents of a con-con entice us to throw caution to the wind and become the 34th State that plunges America into a new con-con. These are Masters of Deceit who deceive the very elect. You don’t need to encourage the Schumers, The McConnells, the Warrens, the Romneys, the Feinsteins, the Boxers, the Pelosies, and the Nadlers. They all aspire to be the Founding Fathers of a Build Back Better America. These are Politicians, not Statesmen. They’re Brawlers, not Diplomats. You’ll be sending our delegates into the Lion’s Den.

In 1787, the thirteen Colonies sent their delegations to Philadelphia to ratify The Articles of Confederation to make us a nation. Those Delegates saw immediately the Articles had no power to bind us as a New Nation. Quietly they closed and bolted the doors. They shuttered the windows. Shelved the Articles and proceeded in absolute secrecy to bring forth the most Noble and Glorious Constitutional Republic the world had ever known. The English Jurist Graystone said: “The US Constitution is the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.” Our Constitution is a full-blown Restraining Order to keep Government out of our pockets and off of our backs. To allow Americans to keep the fruits of their labors.

America became the Shining City on a Hill because our Founders understood the profane nature of Government. George Washington said: Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is a force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Let’s not feed the animals.

2 replies on “Op-Ed Regarding an Article V Constitutional Convention”

Ahh, Dale, good to see you here. I have mixed thoughts on this; remember when you and your organizational partner and I met in a coffee shop years ago and the two of you explained the issue? One of you had the Mark Levin book and as it happened I had just finished it myself. Then the two of you gave me some handouts. Since then, I have seen the light, even later on, when I had a conversation with Mr. Meckler. In fact, he couldn’t make his case. Tossing out the Rule Book during polarization in times like this, tells me this is not the time to not to try to fix things in the manner of a Convention, Constitutional or otherwise. It would be dicey in the best of times.

The folks who are opposed to Article five of the Constitution don’t understand the Constitution and would be the very ones who would have hidden in their basements during the Revolutionary war.
“We have never had self-rule before, the has always been someone there to tell us what to do. I’m scared, look at all the powerful folks aligned against it.”
Shame on you and your lack of faith in the very document that has given us our freedom.

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