No Convention Needed (re-post)

Some members of Congress are crowing that the Electoral College needs to be abolished, annulled, disbanded, whatever you want to call it, they want it gone.  One of the ways that could be accomplished would be to have an Article V Convention.

I wrote this post in Feb, 2017.  I think it is worth re-posting.


If people think the Electoral College is bad, it is nothing compared to what a Constitutional Convention might cause.

The Missouri Campaign for Liberty reports that H.C.R. 5, H.C.R. 10, S.C.R. 4, and S.B. 13 all call for an Article V Convention (also called ConCon), where all of your rights would be open to revision — or abolished completely.

The special interest groups supporting these measures are twisting the facts.  For one thing, they insist an “Article V Convention” is not a “Constitutional Convention”.

But according to Blacks Law Dictionary, that’s not true:

A Constitutional Convention is “a duly constituted assembly of delegates or representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of framing, revising, or amending its constitution.”

These special interest groups don’t want you to know an Article V Convention is the same thing as a Constitutional Convention because the entire Constitution could be thrown out if that is what the convention “delegates” decide to do.

They want you to believe nothing can go wrong and that Article V limits what can happen at a convention, but that’s not true either.

Article V itself does not back up any assertions that a convention can be limited — and noted constitutional scholars agree.

The Constitution itself doesn’t place limits or restrictions on subject matter, spell out the convention process, or determine how delegates should be chosen.

Hundreds of progressive organizations, such as Wolf PAC, Sierra Club, Code Pink, Alliance for Progressive Values, MoveOn, and “Occupy,” have been pushing for a convention for the last decade.

They want to limit your political speech rights protected by the First Amendment, and do away with the Second Amendment entirely.  Many are now demanding a convention to do away with the electoral college.

Also, there are groups who want to call a Constitutional Convention to make an amendment on “balancing the budget” of the United States, but that is just a cover:  Once the convention is called, everything in the Constitution is in danger of being re-written or thrown out.

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and New Hampshire called for a convention in the 1970s, and all later rescinded the requests. While they were not the only states to rescind the measure, since 2010 they have again called for a convention to specifically deal with a balanced-budget amendment.  But again, nothing says the Convention would be restricted to deal with only that issue.

27 states have already resolved to call a convention; if 34 states do so, Congress is required to call an Article V Convention.  That is the only thing congress has to do with it.  Each State will elect it’s own convention delegates (some may be appointed), and they may or may not be representatives and senators.  Also, each state has the right to rescind their application at any time before the Convention occurs.

Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros has been working behind the scenes for years to end the electoral college, and as a result of the 2016 general election, he’s more determined to do whatever it takes to make it happen.  When Trump won the election, some sources say Soros lost millions of dollars spent trying to influence the election outcome.

An Article V Convention would give him the chance to see his dream of destroying America become a reality.

We do not need to rewrite the Constitution; we need to start affirming it, and demand our elected officials abide by it.