To: Rep. Perry, L.,
Subject: Please OPPOSE HJR 8!!
The process by which the United States Constitution may be modified is defined in Article V of the United States Constitution. To date, all 27 of the amendments to the Constitution have passed through both the U.S. House and Senate using the first and safest method, with 2/3's margins in both houses, and being ratified by 3/4's of the States. The other option of a convention has never been applied since the ratification of the work of the 1787 Constitution Convention. Certainly, other conventions have been held for many other purposes, but NONE of them have ever claimed the power to originate an amendment to the Constitution.
The un-tried and un-proven second method of modifying the Constitution requires 2/3's of the States (34 States) to apply to congress for a convention, and then congress is required to call a convention.
Because of the unmeasured risks associated with a convention such as is being sought by HJR 8 and dozens of other similar resolutions currently under consideration throughout the United States, in 2001 the Utah legislature rescinded its previous calls for a convention in a near unanimous vote.
This year the movement to call such a convention has exploded upon the nation as a highly organized, cleverly disguised, powerfully promoted, and extremely well funded movement. Advocates that have sought for many years to modify the document which has vouchsafed the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity for over 200 hundred years are co-opting good and caring Americans into support of this effort through fear. Our magnificent Constitution is under assault as never before in our history.
The amendment movement is co-opting “conservative” issues that have developed (such as HUGE budget deficits) because those who hold the reigns of government have abandoned the limits and bounds defined within the plain English words of the United States Constitution. To be blunt: They are violating the Constitution and have cast off their oath to uphold the Constitution. The general population of the nation is guilty of continually returning these sycophants to office and are therefore party to these violations of the Constitution and the resulting problems.
In addition, there is a massive “left wing” “Move to Amend” movement which wants to see a convention called so they can manipulate the convention to their desired ends. (See www.movetoamend.org.)
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CONSTITUTION! WE HAVE SIMPLY STOPPED APPLYING IT. ALL OF THE CHALLENGES THE NATION FACES WOULD BE RESOLVED IN VERY SHORT ORDER IF THE NATION AND OUR LEADERSHIP WOULD RETURN TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE CONSTITUTION AS BROUGHT FORTH IN THE BEGINNING.
An amendment, or a series of amendments, are not necessary and will not solve the nation’s challenges. Those who hold office do not currently follow the Constitution. We delude ourselves in thinking they will honor a new amendment. We also delude ourselves in the hope that the delegates who attend the proposed convention if it is called will be made up of any other than the current crop of “leaders” who have crafted the disaster which currently faces the nation, whether they are selected from those who currently hold national office, or those who currently sit in the States and sop up the tasty unconstitutional pork proffered to the States by the national government.
While the advocates of the convention process promote the idea with great and naive hope as to its result, no one can predict and really knows the outcome of a convention (or two, or three or more conventions which will likely follow-on). Despite flowery and eloquent promotion, it is ALL based upon supposition. I am not willing to risk the United States Constitution on someone’s hopeful opinion.
We MUST stop the effort to call a convention. Utah must take the lead in the effort to keep the Constitution from hanging in the balance—by a thread, if you will.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
"Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
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