THE EFFORT TO DISMANTLE OUR CONSTITUTION
Submitted by Charleston Voice
Sep. 26, 2005
States With a Standing Call for a Constitutional Convention
The remaining 18 states have not called for a convention. Citizens must
keep a vigilant watch to block legislation in any of these states that
calls for a Con-Con.
Although 32 states had initially passed resolutions calling for a
Con-Con (for the alleged purpose of adding a Balanced Budget Amendment
to the Constitution), 3 states — Alabama, Florida and Louisiana
— rescinded their calls.
The Nevada House of Representatives "purged" its resolution. However,
since both chambers passed the resolution, it is questionable whether
the one-chamber purge would be accepted as a rescission. Conversely, it
has been argued that because the resolution was actually purged from
the records it would negate the initial resolution, since it must pass
in both chambers.
We should not consider Nevada's purge, nor the rescissions of Alabama,
Florida and Louisiana as a safety margin.
According to Article V of the Constitution, Congress must call a
convention when 2/3rds of the states apply. That magic number is 34
states. Since three states have formally withdrawn (rescinded) their
calls, that would seemingly leave us 5 states away from having a
Con-Con. However, we have been informed that the advocates of the
convention are waiting to capture not five, but only two more. It is
said that if they get two more states to pass resolutions for a
Con-Con, they plan to challenge the rescissions of the three states and
throw them into the courts while going ahead with a convention.
Considering the blatant corruption in courts at all levels today, it
would be folly to rest on our laurels and feel safe that the courts
would uphold those rescissions. For that reason, it should be
considered at this time that only two states are needed to require the
Congress to call a Constitutional Convention.
After experiencing the onslaught of lawyers (scribes, as in "scribes
and Pharisees") in Florida's presidential election fiasco, can you
imagine the hay-day they would have with a court battle of this
magnitude and importance?