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Who is representing us?

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There is a growing movement to call for a Convention of the States (COS,) also known as a constitutional convention, in order to add amendments to our Constitution, citing Article V as the authority to do so. Their argument is that since we can’t trust Congress to do the right thing, we should have delegates from the states get together to alter our Constitution.

At the 1787 constitutional convention, we had George Washington, George Mason and their ilk. Who do we have today? Who is representing us Virginians?

Bill Howell appointed those attending the first COS get-together on December 7th.

Attending from Virginia were:

Senator Frank Ruff –who voted for the tax increase/transportation (HB 2313) in the last Virginia Assembly and fought against the Bonetta Farm bill.

Lingamfeller – voted in 2004 in the Virginia Assembly to rescind the previous call for a con con (that had been passed when the Democrats controlled the Assembly) on this basis:

“WHEREAS, the operations of a convention are unknown and the apportionment and selection of delegates, method of voting in convention, and other essential procedural details are not specified in Article V ………the prudent course requires the General Assembly to rescind and withdraw all past applications for a convention to amend the Constitution of the United States …”

Now he has prefiled a motion to call FOR a constitutional convention to be voted on in the 2014 Assembly.

Delegate Jim Le Munyon -who voted for the tax increase/transportation bill ( HB 2313) in the last assembly and who voted to rescind the previous call for a con con but is an advocate for one now.

Delegate David Albo who also voted for the tax increase/transportation bill ( HB 2313) in the last assembly and voted against a con con in 2004 –but for it in 2013

Do these sound like people we can trust to vote on changes to our Constitution?

Wouldn’t it be better to change the Congress rather than the Constitution? If legislators won’t honor the Constitution we have now, why think they would honor an altered one?


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

2 Responses to “Who is representing us?”

  1. Reagan George says:

    Do these sound like people we can trust to vote on changes to our Constitution?
    ==> These are not necessarily the people that would represent the Commonwealth in a COS. Ultimately the entire GA would have final say on each amendment passed at a COS. Would you rather trust a runaway Federal government?

    Wouldn’t it be better to change the Congress rather than the Constitution?
    ==> It would be better, but impossible to change Congress since they have Gerrymandered their districts to the point of either retiring or dying to be removed from office. Plus when they leave they get replaced by like thinkers in their party. Reality trumps idealism. We can not keep waiting to replace Congress. Hope is not a strategy.

    If legislators won’t honor the Constitution we have now, why think they would honor an altered one?
    ==> It is not a question of honoring the Constitution. They don’t want to be accused of being unconstitutional. They play in-between the words of the Constitution so they can move their agenda based on questionable wording in the original document. A COS would take out the wiggle room that the Progressives use all the time.

    • Jon Walker says:

      Do these sound like people we can trust to vote on changes to our Constitution?
      ===> I don’t know of any active politician with whom I would trust to a con con. The natural tendency is to garner power and votes, not provide freedom to the citizens; which historically comes from either the ballot box or the ammunition box.

      Wouldn’t it be better to change the Congress rather than the Constitution?
      ===> Of course it would, and that will only happen by working from the small to the large i.e. School Boards, City Halls, State Legislatures, on up. Everyone seems to have forgotten that the way to power is to overtake the weaker opponent before moving to the stronger. Give me a small group of dedicated people willing to run for school board and you can take it over. Now rinse and repeat.

      If legislators won’t honor the Constitution we have now, why think they would honor an altered one?
      ===> They won’t. It was Alexander Hamilton who decided that the words “promote interstate commerce” meant that the central government could control what happens between states; and the SCOTUS has always agreed with that interpretation. Yet only in the government does the word “promote” translate into “control”.

      It is quite apparent that only an educated citizenry, jealously guarding it’s freedoms at the ballot box, has a hope to remain free.

      —————–

      “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

      “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

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