The Article V convention is a Constitutional Convention [Part II]
In Governor Abbott’s own words, his Texas Plan calls for a “constitutional convention”, a.k.a con con. He calls for a constitutional convention no less than 5 times (pages 67 & 68). This flies in the face of those who support his Article V Convention (from the right and the left). The Convention of States supporters have vehemently denied this “amending” convention could have the authority to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, and they come out swinging when constitutionalists describe their “amending convention” as a con con. Well, it seems that the governor has slung mud on the faces of his supporters, or the governor didn’t author the Texas Plan and lacks knowledge of its contents. Either is no excusable matter.
What is a CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION?
Let’s understand that an Article V convention is a constitutional convention.
• http://thelawdictionary.org/constitutional-convention/ (Blacks Law Dictionary)A duly constituted assembly of delegates or representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of framing, revising, or amending its constitution. [emphasis added]
• http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/convention A constitutional convention is an assembly of representatives or delegates of the people of a state or nation, convened for the purpose of framing, altering, or amending its constitution. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides that a constitutional convention may be convoked on application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the states. [emphasis added]
The precedence has been set. The last con con occurred in 1787 (11 years after declaring independence from England) when delegates from each of the 13 sovereign states met in Philadelphia to amend the Articles of Confederation. What the delegates actually did is met in secret, threw out the press, and proposed an entirely new government with new powers of taxation and less stringent amendment ratification requirements than those of the Articles of Confederation. The former governing document (Articles of Confederation) required 100% of the sovereign states to approve any proposed amendments. The amending convention of 1787 watered that down to ¾ of the states’ approval required and granted a new federal government with new taxing powers. Through God’s grace, the new Constitution for the united states did fairly well for 100 years. But the Founders properly recognized that the republic that they formed was only suitable for an educated and moral People. Fast forward 150 years…
An effort to rewrite the current U.S. Constitution has been in the works for over 50 years. In the 20th century, the Democrats, Socialists, and progressives led the charge, but failed to produce such convention. Now, fast forward again to the 21st century…
We see the Republicans and “conservatives” taking up the banner, which has the grassroots tea party and 912 groups strongly divided on the issue. It appears that those aligning with the demagogues wanting a new constitution are the newly awakened patriots and establishment 2-party supporters, who have not sufficiently studied the short 30 pages of the constitution. One pied-piper cashing in on book sales and leading the deception behind the Article V convention is a personality named Mark Levin. In Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments, Levin even proposes to water down the 3/4 ratification requirement to 2/3 in chapter 9, and if that wasn’t enough, he proposes that the Article V convention also save time and ratify any proposals at the convention, thus abolishing the current steps required in the constitution. Remember, the 1787 Constitutional Convention used the same tricks and watered down the ratification requirement from 100% to 75%. Doing so not only makes it easier to get “good” amendments ratified but it also makes it harder to stop “bad” amendments by increasing the number of states required to do so.
Those who wish to change America are doing so by dividing and conquering through deceptive practices with very deep pockets. Those who want to change our constitution care nothing about who takes credit, they just want a new manifesto. Governor Abbott has joined the 21st century manifesto movement.
Recent word is that the Convention of States project is asking Abbott to edit his “Texas Plan” to “make very clear this is to be an Article V convention and not a Constitution Convention.” As it is, Abbott has shown that the COS project has lied to their followers all along. And there are a lot of followers putting their faith in mere words on paper, “hoping” for the “change” to happen.