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U.S. Two States Away from Constitutional Convention

Written by Subject: Constitution
Urgent Action Alert!!!
Extremely Urgent Action Alert!
U.S. Two States Away from Constitutional Convention

This is the most urgent, most important action alert the American Policy Center has ever issued! The Ohio state legislature is expected to vote today, Wednesday, Dec. 10th, to call for a Constitutional Convention (Con Con). If Ohio calls for a Con Con only one more state need do so and Congress will have no choice but to convene a Convention, throwing our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights up for grabs. Ohio's vote today poses a grave threat to the U.S. Constitution. Please immediately call the Ohio lawmakers listed below. ACT FAST - time is of the essence!

I apologize! This malignancy most foul remained undetected by our radar until a good friend brought it to our attention yesterday. The hour is late, but WE MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

It does not matter where you live. Ohio's vote today endangers everyone in every sta te in the Union, so we must pressure Ohio lawmakers to discard this disastrous legislative effort.

Thirty-two (32) other states have already called for a Con Con (allegedly to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution). 34 states are all that is required, and then Congress MUST convene a Convention.

The U.S. Constitution places no restriction on the purposes for which the states can call for a Convention. If Ohio votes to call a Con Con, for whatever purpose, the United States will be only one state away from total destruction. And it's a safe bet that those who hate this nation, and all She stands for, are waiting to pounce upon this opportunity to re-write our Constitution. We dare slumber no longer; we must take immediate action to preserve this nation!

Certainly all loyal Americans want government constrained by a balanced budget. But calling a Con Con risks a revolutionary change in our form of government. The ultimate outcome will likely be a new constitution; one that would possibly eliminate the Article 1 restriction to the coinage of real money or even eliminate gun or property rights. So what may look like a good idea to the legislators driving this effort - all Republicans - will certainly make them prey to the law of unintended consequences - at the very least insuring the U.S. will never have a balanced budget - while destroying what vestiges of liberty the government still allows.

You may have heard that some of those 32 states have voted to rescind their calls. This is true. However, under Article V of the Constitution, Congress must call a Constitutional Convention whenever 2/3 (or 34) of the states apply. The Constitution makes no provision for rescission. We've been told advocates of the convention are waiting to capture just two more states - Ohio, and one other. They can then challenge the other states' res cissions in the courts while going ahead with the Convention. Congress alone then decides whether state legislatures or state conventions ratify proposed amendments.

You may have heard the states can control the subject of any convention. In truth no restrictive language from any state can legally limit the scope or outcome of a Convention! Once a Convention is called Congress determines how the delegates to the Convention are chosen. Once chosen, those Convention delegates possess more power than the U.S. Congress itself; if it were not so they would not be able to change the U.S. Constitution!

We have not had a Constitutional Convention since 1787. That Convention was called to make small changes in the Articles of Confederation. As a point of fact, several states first passed resolutions requiring their delegates discuss amendments to the Articles ONLY, forbidding even discussion of foundational changes . However, following the delegates' first agreement that their meetings be in secret, their second act was to agree to debate those state restrictions and to declare the Articles of Confederation NULL AND VOID! They also changed the ratification process, reducing the required states' approval from 100% to 75%. There is no reason to believe a contemporary Con Con wouldn't further "modify" Article V restrictions to suit its purpose.

As former Chief Justice Warren Burger said in a letter written to Phyllis Schlafly, President of Eagle Forum:
"...there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the convention would obey. After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don't like its agenda. The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the confederation Congress..." (emphasis mine)

We were blessed in 1787; the Con Con delegates were the leaders of a freedom movement that had just cleansed this land of tyranny.

Today's corrupt politicians and judges would like nothing better than the ability to legally ignore the Constitution - to modify its "problematic" provisions to reflect the philosophical and socials mores of our contemporary society.

The majority of U.S. voters just elected a dedicated leftist as President. Republicans are at their weakest right now! This is a horrible time to try such a crazy scheme. We cannot control the debate right now! Don't for one second doubt that delegates to a Con Con wouldn't revise the 1st Amendment into a government-controlled privilege, replace the 2nd Amendment with a "collective" right to self-defense, and abolish the 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments, and the rest of the Bill of R ights. Additions could include the non-existent Separation of Church and State, the "right" to abortion and euthanasia, and much, much more.

Our uniquely and purely American concept of individual rights, endowed by our Creator, would be quickly set aside as an anachronistic relic of a bygone era; replaced by new "collective" rights, awarded and enforced by government for the "common good".

The problems our nation faces are not a result of deficiencies in our Constitution; rather, they are the direct result of our disregard for that divinely-inspired document of liberty.

There is no challenge faced by this nation that cannot be solved either by enforcing existing law, or in limited cases, by writing new law. We do not need, AND MUST NOT RISK THE LIBERTY OF THE UNITED STATES with, a Constitutional Convention!

Ohio must not vote for a Con Con! We cannot control the debate! And state #34 is likely sitting silently in the wings, ready to act with lightning speed, sealing the fate of our once great nation before we can prevent it.

Stop the Ohio bill and we can stop the Constitutional Convention.


We need only stop the House bill, HJR8, sponsored by Representative Louis Blessing, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (there is a Senate bill too).

1. Call Chairman Blessing's office and tell his staff you oppose a Constitutional Convention and you want this process stopped.

Tell them this is the most dangerous time ever to call for such a convention.

Tell them no one can control the debate or outcome of a Con Con.

Representative Louis Blessing
Phone: (614) 466-9091
Fax: (614) 719-3583

2. Call Representative Bill Batchelder. He is a very good man. I've known him for y ears. But he has been misled on this issue. The word is he is wavering. Your calls can convince him to withdraw his support. That can kill this bill.

Representative Bill Batchelder
Phone: (614) 466-8140
Fax: (614) 719-3969

3. It is URGENT that you make your calls right now. The bill could be voted on as early as this afternoon (Wednesday).

I'm so sorry for this late notice. We just found out about this last night.

Please get this message out far and wide. This task requires our very best effort! E-mail and call your friends, family and neighbors. Network anywhere and everywhere possible. If you know someone who never takes action, encourage them to break that habit this one time. Our Constitution is under assault!

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6 Comments in Response to

Comment by daniel kingery
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Sadly, too few people actually understand how Constitutional Conventions are supposed to work. Too many people WRONGLY assume that Congress is responsible for the outcome of a convention; Congress almost has no part in a convention. The only part Congress plays in a convention is merely SUGGESTING amendments or merely SUGGESTING the mode of ratification; It is up to the States via either their respective Legislatures or Conventions. Here is a completed PROPOSED Constitution for all Local, County, State, and National levels of government link text 

Comment by Dennis Wilson
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Turn a problem into an opportunity!

On the possibility that such a convention might happen, perhaps freedom lovers should prepare to PUSH the Liberty Amendment at that convention.

**QQ**As long as **QQ**libertarians**QQ** allow themselves to get sidetracked into false issues such as religion, abortion debates, marriage definitions, **QQ**illegal**QQ** immigrants, Islamic terrorist **QQ**threats**QQ** and now the North American **QQ**Union**QQ**, they will be successfully diverted from the one, single political issue that has a ghost of a chance of making a difference, The Liberty Amendment, which seems to have stalled since 1999 after getting endorsed by 9 states in a 38 year period. Unfortunately it will literally take more than an act of Congress to get it passed. The intellectual and cultural paradigm shift needed to pass it are enormous! Pardon my skepticism, but I was 21 when the first state (Wyoming) endorsed it in 1961 and I don**Q**t expect to live long enough to see it actually become law. Furthermore, that amendment is likely to be unenforceable and ignored, if not declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. As Lincoln has already proved, the Constitution is a dead document. Even if it actually passed and could be enforced, it would only be a reduction rather than an elimination of the powers of the police state that surrounds us. Something better is still needed.**QQ**

(Excerpted from my article at )

Comment by Powell Gammill
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God, the people who read Freedom**Q**s Phoenix are great!

Comment by James Higginbotham
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the damn COMMUNSIT DEMOCROOKS are going to keep messing with the american people and our lost freedoms/liberties.
and its going to bring them to that LIBERTY TREE for a good OLE NECK PARTY.
you wait and see.

Comment by Samantha Atkins
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Our rights do not come from any **QQ**creator**QQ** but from our very nature as the kind of beings we are. The separation of Church and State has been fundamental from the beginning of America as an independent nation. The writing of the Founders are full of it. While a Con-Con is certainly a frightening concept do not package deal your own personal religious beliefs into this discussion as if they are essential to our freedom or form of government. They are not.

Comment by Trouser Chili
Entered on: appears to have the list of states with standing calls. It notes 3 of them rescinded their calls.

Arizona is on the list of standing calls, but it rescinded its call in 2003. AZ is not on**Q**s list of rescinding states.

I don**Q**t know how up-to-date the site is, but I personally don**Q**t think there**Q**s much danger in a constitutional convention being called. Why bother? They are systematically ignoring and destroying the one we**Q**ve got now just fine.

BTW, one of Ohio**Q**s resolutions is to have a balanced budget except in time of war. Ha! When have we not been at war in the last 40+ years? War on poverty, war on drugs, war on terror, war on the middle class...

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