UPDATE, January 17, 2014:
The latest push for calling an Article V constitutional convention is coming from Mark Levin's new book, The Liberty Amendments
. Read a critical book review of his book, "Levin's Risky Proposal: A Constitutional Convention
," to learn the pitfalls in Levin's proposals.
In this era of trillion dollar legislative bills for an economic stimulus that's not working, a government takeover of health care, and cap-and-trade energy taxes to supposedly reduce global warming, millions of Americans are "awakening" to the need to limit the federal government by insisting that Congress adhere to the Constitution. Some of these newly awakened Americans have concluded that amending the Constitution would get our nation back on track, while forgetting that our biggest problem is that our elected officials already pay little attention to the Constitution's limitations as it is. Why would they pay attention to some new amendments?
Next, these newly awakened constitutionalists observe that although Congress will not propose certain amendments that would appear to be useful additions to the Constitution, Article V
provides a second way that amendments can be proposed, a constitutional convention (con-con). However, these same newly awakened Americans all too easily overlook the risks involved in a con-con. Click here
to view a 36-minute video, "Beware of Article V," that exposes the unacceptable risks that would be involved in convening a constitutional convention at this time in our nation's history.
Furthermore, most Americans are not aware of the successful 30-year campaign by the John Birch Society and other constitutionalist organizations to preserve the Constitution by preventing the calling of a con-con. Click here
to read "States Should Enforce, Not Revise, the Constitution," which will bring you up to date on this campaign. This article also includes two color-coded maps: (1) showing the high water mark of the movement to call a con-con based on the desire for a balanced budget amendment; and (2) showing the sixteen states where the state legislature has voted to rescind all previous calls for a con-con.
The case against calling a constitutional convention in a nutshell: A large number of constitutional scholars agree that an Article V constitutional convention cannot be restricted as to what amendments they consider and ultimately propose (an example
). After this constitutonal convention would "propose amendments," the amendment(s) would then be submitted to the states (either legislatures or special state conventions according to the Constitution, but possibly some other bodies proposed by the constitutional convention itself following the precedent of our original Constitutional Convention in specifying the means for the ratification of the Constitution) for ratification. Although 3/4s of the states would have to ratify an amendment for it to become part of the Constitution, there is still the all-too-real risk that a harmful amendment or series of amendments could be ratified due to the extraordinary influence exerted on American voters and their representatives by powerful elites in our news media, government, educational institutions, and foundations.
A constitutional convention has been prevented from being called over the past 30 years through the hard work of members of the John Birch Society and their like-minded allies in personally contacting their state legislators of both parties and making them aware of the risks involved in calling a con-con. This is truly a nonpartisan issue. Whenever the time has been taken to present the risks associated with a constitutional convention to state legislators, the majority of both parties have voted against calling for a con-con. Not only have there been only a few additional state legislatures that have called for a con-con for the past 30 years, legislators in 16 states have become so thoroughly convinced of the dangers of a constitutional convention that they have voted to rescind (take back) all previous con-con calls in their states.
In recent years there have been several individuals and organizations that have decided to make the calling of a constitutional convention a top priority, and have begun contacting state legislators throughout the nation to support their project with the goal of influencing at least 34 state legislatures to pass a resolution petitioning Congress to call a constitutional convention for the purpose of considering their proposed amendment(s).
Preserving the Constitution from the threat represented by calling a con-con will require the hard work of constitutionalists throughout the United States. Personal contact through office visits and phone calls are a must (Click here
for contact information for your state legislators.). Your tools include: "Beware of Con-Cons: State Legislators Warn Against a Constitutional Convention" video (free online
, as a DVD
, or as an audio CD
), "Beware of Article V" video (free online
and as a DVD
), "States Should Enforce, Not Revise, the Constitution!" (free online
, as a free PDF
, and as a reprint
), "Levin's Risky Proposal: A Constitutional Convention" (online
, and reprint
), and "Model Con-Con State Rescission Resolution" (free online
When contacting your state legislators keep these two purposes in mind: (1) Convince them to oppose any new con-con call resolution in your state legislature; and (2) Convince one or more of them to sponsor or cosponsor a resolution to rescind all of your state's existing con-con calls based on the "Model Con-Con State Rescission Resolution
" (unless you live in one of the following states which have already passed a resolution to rescind all previous con-con calls: Ala., Ariz., Ga., Idaho, Mont., N.D., N.H., Okla., Ore., S.C., Tenn., Va., Utah, and Wy.).
To supplement the necessary personal contacts mentioned above, a prewritten, editable email message for your state legislators is provided below.
While email messages cannot equal the impact and effectiveness of personal contacts, they can play a role in an overall campaign. Please be sure to personalize your emails for maximum impact.