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I Have Only One Thing to Say About a Constitutional Convention: Slating!

If you have been following politics much lately, a couple of thins have dominated. At least in my corner of the political spectrum.

A lot of folks are talking about having a Constitutional Convention to force congress to do something about the debt. Nothing else seems to work, but a lot of people think a provision in the Constitution could be the key to fiscal sanity.

The Blaze – Glenn Beck’s publication – has this to say on a ConCon.

Inaction in the face of a $17 trillion debt by the federal government has prompted lawmakers from 29 states to call for a constitutional convention to pass a balanced budget amendment.

Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution allows for a constitutional convention to be convened if two-thirds of the states call for one. If a convention approves an amendment, three-fourths of the states must vote to adopt it into the Constitution.

Though this option has never been used for amending the Constitution, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell expects enough states to sign on within the next two years to force a convention. Traveling the state, she said she finds that most citizens are frustrated and disillusioned with the federal government.

“It’s a house of cards. We can’t go that way as a nation,” Harwell told TheBlaze, referring to federal spending. “In Tennessee, we live within our means and have a rainy day fund and fund our pension plan. But we have hanging over our heads the fiscally irresponsible federal government.”

The Tennessee legislature gave final approval last week to a resolution in favor of a convention.

Already, 22 state legislatures have passed resolutions supporting a convention to pass a balanced budget amendment through both chambers, according to the State Government Leadership Foundation, which is spearheading the Demand Balance Now initiative. Meanwhile, five states passed such legislation in one of their legislative chambers during this year’s legislative session.

It takes 34 states to reach the magic two-thirds needed to call a convention of the states.

And doing something to force Congress to act is an admirable thing.

But I tend to lean towards concentrating on the dangers that a ConCon will pose.

And when I look at the shameful way the Republicans in Virginia have acted to protect their establishment Rino’s – the very people who are in charge of amassing this fantastic amount of debt – the hair on the back of my neck stands up at the thought of opening the Constitution to changes in a ConCon.

What the Republicans are doing in a number of localities is a practice called “slating” delegates. Normally when we pick delegates there are more spots available than we have people for, but we still get to cast the total votes. Everyone in the unit’s vote just counts a bit more.

But what Republicans are doing to protect the Rino’s is they are only selecting a few delegates that they are positive will vote for the Rino and telling the rest to go away. So a dozen or so people walk into a convention and cast a few hundred votes – all for the Rino.

Not a good way to ensure the future of the party, but a legal cheat that gets them what they want in the short term.

And after seeing this underhanded backstabbing in several localities, anyone who believes the same type of shenanigans can’t or won’t happen in a ConCon is delusional.

Rather than “fix” the Constitution, we may end up deleting the Bill of Rights.

The danger is simply too great.

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 “I Have Only One Thing to Say About a Constitutional Convention: Slating!”

  1. I have a great deal of respect for that argument, but at the same time, I don’t buy it; primarily because there is zero chance of Congress reforming itself. If an Article V convention doesn’t work, who cares? We’re lost already. I don’t trust Canter with the future of my Republic. But State Legislators, there is a chance… just a chance!

  2. Jenna Hawk says:

    Seems like term limits, repealing the 17th amendment, & a balanced budget amendment would accomplish as much as the con con w/ a whole lot less risk?


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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