This is Part 2 of a 2-part series of guest editorials on the option of convening the states to reform how Washington works.
The simple majority of the delegates changed the rules of the convention. And instead of amending the Articles of Confederation they drafted a brand new Constitution. Those opposing a modern day CON CON fear the convention delegates will change the rules and potentially dismantle all or at least portions of the Bill of Rights i.e. the Second Amendment.
Here is my opinion of the current CON CON / COS debate. I’m against it for several reasons.
1. It is a colossal waste of time and finances. People are getting rich lobbying state legislators around the country. The old saying follow the money would be a good rule to follow here. The CON CON is not funded by a ground swell of conservative Tea Partiers. Big money from politically well connected PACs and rich individuals most likely are funding this effort.
2. Never in a million years do I believe or have any hope what so ever that 3/4th super majority vote of the states could ever agree on anything worth while. But I do have a nagging fear that 3/4th of the states could agree on dismantling the 2nd Amendment among others.
3. I’m positive that there isn’t the moral convections and brain trust found in our politicians today as we had in Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, Henry and the other founding fathers. I don’t know of even one politician in the America today that would honestly say and follow through with the idea of “give me liberty or give me death” as Patrick Henry said.
4. Although a new amendment may never be offered by congress I believe it is beyond impossible for the States to agree to pass one. Our country is way too divided. We have not been operating as constitutionally designed for many years. We are supposed to be 50 independent, sovereign states with unlimited governing power. The national government was given limited and defined authority by the consent of the governed. Obviously the feds operate way out of bounds of the Constitution that our founders set up. And our States have relinquished most of the “peoples” power and authority to the national government, usually in exchange for federal dollars. Exchanging liberty for money is a horrible deal that we the people now suffer.
I have come to the conclusion that hope for restoring our liberty will not come from a CON CON or another amendment. It will come from individual states protecting the rights of their citizens. That will only happen when leaders protect the sovereignty of their citizens of their state they represent regardless of what the national government does or does’t do. I don’t care to depend on California, Maryland, or Massachusetts to help control Oklahoma’s future by a wishful “national” amendment. Our focus should be at our state leaders. And boy do we need to refocus!
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...