As I watched the Senate State Affairs Committee hearing on SJR10 and SJR1, I could not believe the lack of understanding as to the risks to our original constitution that is posed by a Constitutional Convention. I detected reservations on the part of several committee members, so I am wondering if passing it out of committee was in order to please the Governor and Lt.Governor?Instead of passing another unnecessary ConCon resolution, the Senate and House should be rescinding the two ConCon resolutions passed in the 70’s that are still valid. Fifteen states have rescinded their previous resolutions and that is what Texas should be doing!
While the State Affairs Committee Chair, Senator Robert Duncan, pointed out that he sees only two ways to balance the federal budget—1) Raise taxes or 2) Congress could push the costs of spending legislation down to the states to pay for. Of course a third way to ‘balance’ the budget he did not mention would be to print more fiat money thereby contributing to the further devaluation of the dollar. As we all know, the states cannot print money.
Senators Van de Putte and Eddie Lucio did an excellent job of quizzing the authors of the Joint Resolutions about the lack of control over a Convention once convened. Neither Senator Ogden nor Shapiro knew the answer.
It seems that no one in the hearing, witnesses and committee members alike, really wants a Constitutional Convention but wants to ‘scare’ Congress into passing a Balanced Budget Amendment. A ConCon is what is scary! Don’t ask for what you do not want for you may get it!
A balanced budget, without an amendment, is an excellent idea. However, a Constitutional Convention for a BBA or any other well-intended purpose is a BAD IDEA!
All of the witnesses and both authors were clueless as to the lack of guidelines set forth for a Convention, with the exception of Mrs. Gerstenschlager and another man who testified against the ConCon resolutions.
It matters not that the state of Texas, or any other state, may desire to limit the convention to one or more proposed constitutional amendments. There is nothing in the constitution or in any rule that limits a ConCon, once convened, to any one amendment or group of amendments. To say that Texas would rescind its resolution if the convention votes to consider any amendment's other than the Balanced Budget Amendment is ludicrous! Would such an action lead to the expulsion from the convention of the Texas delegates thereby removing our voice from the debate? No one could answer that question.
According to the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Warren Burger, “There is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don’t like the agenda.”
The original constitution was written by Godly men who had experienced governmental tyranny. They produced a constitution unsurpassed in the world today to protect the people from excessive governmental control. In today’s volatile political climate a ConCon would be disastrous--chaos would reign supreme--both inside and outside the convention-- with ideological conflicts from the Right, the Left and in-between, and our God-given right to Life, Liberty and Property would be in peril.
The cost of waging an effective educational campaign against bad amendments would be enormous and possibly a losing effort as the media, TV, radio and the internet add to the confusion. Politicians who led us into such a mess will have lost credibility and their re-election placed in jeopardy (as well it should be!) When those in Congress continually ignore the original constitution, refuse to listen to the people on important issues, is it not naïve to believe they would enforce any new amendment? The safest alternative is to vote them out of office. The new resolutions calling for a ConCon can be stopped in the Senate with 11 votes to block the vote on the floor of the Senate. Will the Republican Senators go-along- to-get-along out of fear of retaliation from the Governor and Lt. Governor and approve this liberty-destroying legislation; or will they stand up for saving our original Constitution?
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Don’t Delay—Do it Today!
Don’t Delay—Do it Today!
Save our Constitution!Kill all ConCon Resolutions however well-intended. Rescind the 70’s resolutions
Our liberty depends upon safeguarding the Constitution and you have been sworn to do that.