To the editor:
A silent war has been fought since the 1970s in State legislatures to destroy the U.S. Constitution through an Article V Constitutional Convention (ConCon) method to amend the Constitution.
Mostly it still moves behind the headlines toward this goal. Flag waving and firecrackers on the 4th of July are a wonderful demonstrations of patriotism, but they do little to help preserve the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States and the biblical principles of government therein. How many Americans over the past century have been blessed in school with a thorough study of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution?
The first method of amending the Constitution has given us 26 Amendments. But carefully read Article V, keeping in mind, "what is not said." It starts out: "....whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to the Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a convention for proposing amendments...."
Further on there is silence about ratification procedures by the states among many other specifics decisions about a convention. But in both cases 3/4 of the several States are needed for ratification. The Convention path of Article V, after unlimited Amendments or a new Constitution is submitted by the "sovereign convention," this will represent the "will of the people," superior to both the state or federal Congress control. The political climate of our day surely lacks the farseeing biblical wisdom to ensure liberty to posterity as the founding generation did.
The decline of our Republic from the intent of its birthing documents, to the gargantuan size of the federal government, today: "must not continue to intimidate state representatives under the threat of what is essentially "blackmail," the cutoff of federal money. The originating States insight into the future, who created the federal government, have brilliantly provided protection for us today, against such criminal government activity.
State officials must not continue to ignore their duty to hold the federal government to the specific powers delegated to them. For the Tenth Amendment it limits federal power by essentially saying, "If we forgotten anything that the Federal government cannot do, they can't do that either." Madison tells us. "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."
For many years at the New Hampshire State House hearings held on ConCon's, sponsors of ConCon's have argued, states can limit the number of amendments in ConCon's. Even while in these same years several whole new constitutions had been written. This potential of replacement is still alive for the latest draft of a new constitution was called the "Conservative Constitution," written in November of 2021 by a member of the COS Advisory Board, Robert P. George.
Beware, the "Deep State" for decades have an intense dislike for the U.S. Constitution. These ConCon red flags of danger are alarming. Why are many State legislators trusting this movement that George Soros has funded $2.2 billion through his Open Society Foundation to the American Constitutional Society a major funder of ConCon's, promoted by the Convention of States (COS) and Compact for America (CFA), among others? Other global minded billionaires over the years have provided unlimited budgets with multi-billions to promote ConCon's for various good causes such as the Balance the Budget Amendment to attract wide support. Beware such Deep State power desires big dividends in return. Documentation at:
Educating the electorate about the Constitution is the Founders solution as Jefferson concluded:
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power."
In the past hundred years widespread constitutional ignorance has been the major author of the downfall of our nation. This has been a foundational cause of all the critical issues of these times. If the "blamers of the Constitution have their way, this will be a major step toward the death of our nation."
It is obvious that Article V ConCon's endangers losing the whole Constitution. Whereas Article VI is the Founders solution providing a safe avenue to rein in runway federal power. We should ask, why do the ConCon leaders ignore this power the states have from the text: " This Constitution , and the Laws of the the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof , and all Treaties made , or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land;....?"
In other words , any laws not made that will pursue the original intended purpose of the Constitution are essentially, "null and void." None other than Hamilton, Madison and Jay provide this opinion from the Federalist Papers. Our State legislators must be educated that they have the power too "Nullify" "all federal power not supported by Constitutional authorization.
Limiting our political leaders to their specific authorized job-write-up in the Constitution has been a major project of The John Birch Society since 1958. Our solution is based on Jefferson's powerful words: "In questions of power .... let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind them down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."
Check out our teaching seminars around the nation called: "The Constitution is the Solution," that have prepared many citizens to utilize the power "we the people" have to rein in the federal government. For info, pllease contact Matthew Rhodes, Field Coordinator of The John Birch Society for more information at email@example.com, or at tel # 207-391-0970.
- Russ Payne,