MESSAGE TO LEGISLATORS
To Koch Wish List
Please block all new resolutions for an Article V Convention of States and rescind all existing applications.
Currently, well organized advocacy groups from both sides of the aisle are moving at warp speed to achieve their goal to reach the 34 state requirement by 2020. Last year, efforts in 25 states failed, but advocacy groups have made inroads and there is no doubt ALEC representatives are again roaming the halls of state legislatures already this year.
These groups are misleading and misinforming the public. One group, Convention of States Project claims on their website: “A convention of states is a convention called by the state legislatures for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution." That much is true...but wait until you read what they say next! "They are given power to do this under Article V of the Constitution. IT IS NOT A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.” I have seen them all twist facts, omit facts and tell lies, but this is the BIGGEST LIE I have seen yet. What is frightening is that people will believe it. Our founding fathers gave us an extraordinary tool, an extraordinarily dangerous tool if in the wrong hands and used for ill-gotten gains.
The congressional method has been used to safely amend the Constitution safely 27 times. Circumventing congress to hold a Convention of States has only been used once before, in 1787 to amend the Articles of Confederation. This method of amending the Constitution is reckless and dangerous. Advocates and their members grievously understate the risks to both legislators and voters by providing legal research and reports they say provides proof a Convention of States cannot turn into a runaway convention.
Article V does not lay out the rules of a Constitutional Convention other than the number of states required to ratify proposed amendments at 38. The 1787 convention however changed the number states that were required at that time from 13 to 9. Any notion that a Convention of States could be limited to a single issue is foolhardy as the 1787 convention proved.
Thirty-four states are needed to call a convention. Only 6 more states are needed to meet the threshold of 34 at which point the US Congress will be constitutionally obligated to call a convention. There are current efforts to sway states to join the call in every state.
The Koch brother’s goal is to rewrite the Constitution to benefit the wealthiest 1% of the citizenry at the cost of ALL of our rights and freedoms. It puts our Social Security, Medicare, public education and more at risk. It’s impossible to predict what the Constitutional mayhem and political maelstrom caused by a convention could lead to.
Placing fiscal restraints on Washington or overturning Citizens United might sound like a great idea but this is not the time. Furthermore, Congress has made several attempts to remedy Citizens United and failed because Republicans backed by big money interests have blocked attempts. A Balanced Budget Amendment would pose serious risks to the economy and would be devastating during economic downturns. It could tip the economy into a recessions earlier, deepening and prolonging their duration. Economists have estimated that if these restrictions were in place during the 2008 recession, unemployment would have doubled. If legislators are concerned about the national debt, the first step should be to put restraints on republican economic policy.
A Constitutional Convention is not a cure-all for what ails the country. It’s the last thing this country needs at this politically chaotic and divisive time in our history.
Please vote NO on any resolutions to apply for an Article V Convention of States and please RESCIND any applications that have already been made to Congress.
The Save Our Constitution Team