The Convention of the States, The Constitutional Convention
An exercise in trying the extremes of Unintended Consequences
I am often approached by people who have given up on politics and politicians and have been sold on the idea of either a Convention of the States or a Constitution Convention as provided in Article V of the Constitution of the United States. My first reaction is wonderment because the idea of a convention or a convention of the states is the same as asking the same politicians who will not perform their Constitutional duties today to do so in convention. The response from those who want a convention is often shock because they have not thought past their anger and disgust at what passes for their Representative, Senators, judges and President. No one seems to have asked the questions about who would represent them, how those people would be selected, and would the outcome be any better than what we presently have?
The Constitution does not answer these questions. Perhaps because the founders could not have foreseen that our government would devolve into a circus of politicians owned by special interests. Most of the founders were Godly men who were just as concerned with their condition after death as while they were alive. Today’s present evil was probably unimaginable. Could we count on finding a slew of delegates of the quality of the founders??
Since there were no rules laid out in the Constitution, many politicians would look to Robert’s Rules of Order for Conventions. The last rule that is most concerning reads as follows:
Suspend the Rules: Allows a violation of the assembly’s own rules (except Constitution); the object of the suspension must be specified
The problem with this rule is that, if invoked, there would be no rules. Everything is on the table for discussion and everything is at risk, including the Constitution itself. There is even a thought among parliamentarians that, upon gaveling the Convention to order, the old Constitution is gone unless all or part is included in the new Constitution. How many of the first ten amendments would be kept in this current political climate?
If Robert’s Rules are not used, then who writes the rules and who appoints or elects the writers? Who makes the rules about how many delegates per state and based on what criteria? Do states the size of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii get the same amount of delegates as Texas or Florida? Are illegal aliens counted the same as citizens when determining the number of delegates based on population?
For years I have taught the decision making model called a SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. A Convention of the States or a Constitutional Convention cannot pass any honest SWOT analysis. There are no strengths, many threats, weaknesses that would take years to address and the only opportunities are illusory at best. The idea of solving the problem by convention is the outcome of depression, despair and anger at human failure that brings us to this place in history.
To think that a new constitution that replaces the old will make any difference is an irrational expectation. Replacement of our current political class, preferably in its entirety, is probably the only way to remedy what is wrong with our country. Replacement will only occur when the public has been through great suffering, loss, grief and even the threat of enslavement by foreign powers. Does anyone think that those holding trillions in U.S. debt would not take everything we own and then enslave us to get their wealth back?
Using the same SWOT analysis we can come up with the following ideas:
Unless someone has a 90% constitutional rating, meaning that they ascribe to Original Intent of the writers of the Constitution, vote them out or do not vote for them at all.
Let the Congress know that it is their job to impeach and remove anyone on the Supreme Court who does not rule according to original intent. The SCOTUS is not infallible, they are the court that handed down the Dred Scott decision that led to the Civil War at a cost of over 600,000 deaths. Their rulings out of the 14th Amendment creating a fiction of birthright citizenship and the Plyler case that ordered school districts to educate the children of illegal aliens are examples of rulings where the court made law rather than interpreting it according to original intent.
As to the Executive Branch, we should reject anyone whose family has ever held the presidency. Also to be rejected are those with great inherited wealth because they have little idea what it is like to live as a working citizen.
As to the wealthy whose open borders policies have brought us this flagrant disregard for the rule of law, do not patronize their businesses, buy their products or facilitate their objectives.
Many of you will say that none of these ideas will have any impact on the current situation and you may be correct. Why should we expect any president, congressman, judge or open borders/cheap labor lobby businessman to change? The only reason is that they value their lives and fortunes above sacred honor. The prospect of being poor, common, unsuccessful, despised, and without honor is the worst that could happen to these arrogant aristocrats. And therein may be the solution to the problem, but they must feel the risk.
Tell your state representative, senator and the governor to reject any type of convention as a solution to the problem of illegal migration or any other national problem. After all, do you trust them now?
Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek whispers to an aide at a hearing of the Sunset Advisory Commission on Jan. 14, 2015.
The Big Conversation
Health and Human Services chief Kyle Janek finds himself in the spotlight again over a contract awarded to a single bidder.
That contract — to privatize Terrell State Hospital — was given to Geo Care, which changed its name to Correct Care Solutions. As the Tribune’s Terri Langford andAman Bathejareport, the particulars of this case differ from an earlier no-bid contract on Medicaid fraud detection software that is the subject of ongoing investigations at the state and federal levels.
We can save marriage by passing HB 4105, the Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act.
IMMEDIATE ACTION ITEMS:
Contact the Texas House State Affairs Committee Chairman, Rep. Byron Cook at 512-463-0730 and at firstname.lastname@example.org and urge him to allow a committee vote on HB 4105, the Preservation of State Sovereignty over Marriage Act.
Contact Speaker Joe Straus who appointed Rep. Cook chairman of the committee at 512-463-1000 and at email@example.com and tell him that you want HB 4105 passed out the State Affairs Committee and then voted on by the House of Representatives.
Then contact Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at 512-463-0001 and at firstname.lastname@example.org and let Lt. Gov. Patrick know that you want him to pass the Texas Senate companion bill to HB 4105 which is SB 673 by Sen. Charles Perry.
There is an assault on public health and environmental integrity underway in the Texas Legislature right now that’s the worst I’ve seen in my twenty-something years as an environmental advocate.
The Texas Legislature is currently considering a series of bills that would eliminate much of the important rules protecting not just air and water, but also public health and safety. Many of these laws have been in place for decades and are critical in a state where the energy industry and large polluting companies are a key part of our economy.
Here’s a run-down of some of the worst ………. read more here.
Liberal Prof. Margo Kaplan: Pedophilia is NOT a Crime – Paving the way for Sharia?
Margo Kaplan is a special kind of liberal thinker. The special kind that believes all behavior is excusable, because we should all be ‘tolerant’. Well, I have news for you, lady. This isn’t gonna fly with most of mainstream Americans, and probably not many of your colleagues, either.
She has written a precious little article that states, of all things, that now we should accept the PEDOPHILES are ………. read more here.
Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures.
A report from the Center for Immigration Studies that analyzed the statistics said that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the immigrant population totals 78 million.
Reports from residents out of Big Spring, Texas have cited helicopters and tanks being brought in and maneuvering around the town’s airport ahead of Jade Helm 15, the massive military drill being conducted across 9 states from July 15th to August 15th.
FILE: A man in Oklahoma wears an unconcealed side arm. The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters.
Texas is poised to become the largest state in the U.S. to allow citizens to openly carry handguns, a change long sought by gun-rights activists.
The Texas House of Representatives on Friday voted 96-35 to allow residents with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry their guns in public in holsters. A similar open-carry measure passed the Texas Senate last month; the two open-carry bills must be squared before being sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has indicated support for the idea.
In contrast to its reputation for ……….. read more here.