Expose the Article V Con-con Fraud
Posted on: August 05, 2016
The Constitution has once again become the target of an insidious, concerted attack by advocates of a modern constitutional convention (con-con). This well funded campaign is deceptively capitalizing on legitimate conservative concerns to stampede state legislators into calling for a disastrous and falsely portrayed con-con under Article V of the Constitution.
Recommended Action: Please read our Campaign Action Report and act now to prevent your state legislature from playing right into the hands of the enemies of limited government. Also see our Talking Points alert.
Valuable Support: This attempt to convince state legislators to put our Constitution at risk has been tried before. However, this time the advocates are falsely claiming that a state-initiated convention through Article V of the Constitution is not a constitutional convention, but a different animal that can be limited by the state resolutions. Long ago, top experts on the Constitution rebutted this heresy. See, for example, letters from:
Warren Burger, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Rex Lee, former president of BYU and former dean of BYU Law School
Gerald Gunther, former professor of constitutional law, Stanford University
And also this summary:
“Top Scholars Weigh in on Article V”
Don Fotheringham, Constitution Advisor for Freedom First Society, has also contributed valuable analysis:
“The Danger of a ‘Convention of States'”
“The Sovereign Dynamic”
A compiled list of state legislatures with the status of dangerous resolutions currently active can be found here:
“Status of Current Con-con Resolutions by State”
We offer here for state legislators a model Con-con rescission resolution:
Model Article V Con-con Rescission Resolution
For information on a legislature — instead of its measures — see our State Legislature Information page with links to information on the state websites. Activists will want to supplement the information on our “Status of Current Con-con” list with their own research on these sites.
Posts providing support for this campaign:
by Andrew Carver Pity the poor proponents of an Article V con-con. How could they ever have happy holidays? For they are self-impaled on the horns of a brutal dilemma. They must argue either: that amending our Constitution will somehow, magically, turn Constitution-despising government officials into Constitution-obedient ones; or...
By Don Fotheringham State legislators need to beware: Nothing written in a state’s application for a constitutional convention has any force or validity once that convention is called to order. That is the nature of a sovereign assembly. That explains why America’s founders put the needs of the people...
Our Expose the Article V Con-con Fraud Campaign Action Report targets, in particular, the “Convention of States” project — one of several insidious attacks on our Constitution using the pretext of addressing legitimate conservative concerns. Please read the report, and, when you understand the danger, support our campaign to derail...
By Don Fotheringham I do not believe the Constitution could survive a modern constitutional convention (con-con). So for many years I have been on the front lines of the anti-convention fight. By 1983 a con-con drive had come within two states of the 34 required to trigger a convention....
by Don Fotheringham, Constitution Advisor for Freedom First Society This article refutes the most common claims of an intense drive to stampede the public and state legislators into calling for a dangerous second constitutional convention (con-con) under the pretense of solving the very real problem of an out-of-control federal...
A talk by Mrs. Julianne Young delivered April 11, 2014 at a Freedom Rally in Pocatello, Idaho. A cry jolts the still, sleepy morning to life. “There’s a skunk in the coop!” Dad scrambles for his gun, bed-heads crowd at the window, and bare feet streak across the dewy...
by Don Fotheringham, Constitution Advisor for Freedom First Society Having witnessed the difficulties and dangers of the first Convention which assembled under every propitious circumstance, I should tremble for the result of a Second…. — Letter of James Madison to George Lee Turberville, November 2, 1788 In recent decades, groups...
by Don Fotheringham, Constitution Advisor for Freedom First Society Eternal Vigilance Our determination to preserve the U.S. Constitution is never-ending. In 1990, one of our patriotic friends in New Hampshire began a vigil to keep the Constitution out of the clutches of radical reformers. The specter of subjecting the...
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