On Tues Feb 12th SJR 9 Senate Joint Resolution "Calling for a Convention to Amend the United States Constitution" was favorably passed out of the Senate government operations committee mtg by a vote of 5 to 2, it was opposed by the two democrats but approve by all five Republicans on the committee. (Thatcher, Weiler, Adams, Buxton, and Ispson).
SJR 9 is now on the 2nd reading calendar to be brought before the Senate for a vote.
This could happen early next week. The Constitution was and is the blueprint for the most benevolent, prosperous, powerful, and free society to ever exist on Earth. Everything necessary to guarantee the preservation and prosperity of this nation is in that sacred document.
COS is a well-funded organization that has been lobbying our state legislators to support a new call for a constitutional convention in Utah's 2019 legislative session.
COS says that the government is out of control, that the debt is too high, and that too many politicians don't listen to us. We agree, BUT THEN they say that the ONLY way to fix these problems is to call a convention. While this option is described in Article V of the US Constitution, it has never been implemented and there are many unknowns. But this is NOT the time to put the Constitution at risk. Why?
THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT BROKEN. Most of the problems our country faces would be solved by insisting that our elected officials honor their oath of office and follow the Constitution as it is written. Until they do this, how can we expect that changing the Constitution will change Congress? Why would Congress follow an amended Constitution when they refuse to abide by the Constitution now?
COS says that the convention they are promoting would be restricted to
1) Proposing amendments that would impose fiscal restraints on the federal government;
2) Limiting the federal government's power and jurisdiction; and,
3) Imposing term limits on its officials and members of Congress.
These COS "restrictions" are so broad that most of the Constitution could be subject to change. But addressing these three issues IS instructive.
1) To implement fiscal restraints, Congress simply needs to limit spending to what is allowed by the Constitution.
2) The Constitution already limits the power and jurisdiction of the central government. Article 1 Section 8 describes these limits. When these limits are ignored, each individual state has the right, and some would even say the obligation, to refuse to comply. This is known as nullification. The Real ID Act gives an example of how effective this can be. DETAILS HERE.
3) We already have a way to limit terms of Congress. It is called the ballot box. Elections can end the term of any politician. Many don't know that the founders considered (and then rejected) term limits. They knew that when officials could not be reelected, they would feel less accountable to the people during their final "lame duck" term. Term limits would also take away our freedom to reelect those we want to keep in office.
COS wants it to appear that they have more supporters than they actually do. In this 5-MINUTE VIDEO INTERVIEW, Representative Moon of Idaho exposes the COS fraud in our neighboring state.
Unfortunately, COS has accused those who don't agree with them of being cowards. COS claims there is nothing to fear. After all, their simulated/mock convention 21-23 Sept 2016 proceeded "flawlessly."
Of course it would be a success because it was so carefully manipulated. The organizers decided who should come, helped make the rules, chose the leadership, limited it to three days, dictated the schedule, paid all the expenses, and oversaw the process. It was not real. Nothing was at stake, so everyone was agreeable. All but five of the 137 hand-picked delegates were Republicans, so there was no vying for power. The problem is that a REAL convention would be much different, and without guarantees.
While there are many expectations and much speculation, when it comes to an actual Article V Convention, there are mostly unanswered questions. For example: Where will a convention be held? Who will choose delegates and how will they be chosen? How long will a convention take and who will pay the expenses? Why would those who value the constitution work with anti -constitution groups and individuals to call a convention? What do those who view the Constitution as a hindrance (and who think the Constitution should be replaced) hope to gain from a convention? No legislator should support and convention until these and many MORE QUESTIONS can be answered.
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