The New American – Conservatives and others who value the liberties protected by the U.S. Constitution are often told by supporters of an Article V Convention (or as they prefer to call it, a “Convention of the States,” or COS) that a national convention to consider amendments to the Constitution is the best way to rein in an out-of-control government. They even accuse conservative opponents of such a convention of siding with liberals in opposing the movement for a Con Con.
Indeed, many conservatives have bought into the argument that a Con Con may even be the only way to stop the progressive Left’s subversion of the Constitution.
But recent events in Massachusetts bring this entire argument into question. The Bay State, home of some of liberalism’s most celebrated icons, such as Teddy Kennedy and John Kerry, is where lobbyists for the COS are making their latest push for a calling of a national constitutional convention.
COS lobbyists have even convinced the Massachusetts Legislature to schedule a joint House-Senate committee hearing on the topic for October 12, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room B-1. The state is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats, who have a 32-6 edge in the Senate and a 126-34 advantage in the House.
If the Con Con is really a device to recapture our lost constitutional liberties and restrict the federal government’s ever-enlarging scope of control over our daily lives, then why would Massachusetts liberals support it? In contrast, many constitutionalists fear a Con-Con. Just a few months before his death, Antonin Scalia told a meeting of the Federalist Society, “A constitutional convention is a horrible idea. This is not a good century to write a constitution.”
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“It is idiotic to assert that you can rein in a federal government which ignores the Constitution by amending the Constitution! – Publius Huldah.