Radio talk show host Mark Levin and others are pushing for a constitutional convention (a convention of the states) to bring us back to our constitutional roots. Levin’s book on the subject suggests the situation is desperate. Thirty-four states have signed on to the movement. Progressives also want a Convention of States and there are fears they could hijack this one.
American Center for Law and Justice Executive Director Jordan Sekulow believes religious liberty is adequately protected by the present Constitution though he hasn’t commented on the Convention itself.
“The wisdom of our Founding Fathers is still very apparent today. The U.S. Constitution clearly protects the religious freedom of our citizens. In this country, we are free to believe and worship as we chose. In our view, there’s no reason to amend the Constitution,” Sekulow said.
Conservatives want to hold a Con-Con on select issues which they say will protect from a runaway Convention.
At least three Obama administration advisers and officials, including regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, want a “progressive constitution” by the year 2020. Leftists have been pushing for this since FDR. They would look at a Convention of States as a means to an opportunity if they can hijack it.
Soros, Holder, Podesta, Sunstein, Obama have looked for ways to rewrite the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
A 2005 conference sponsored by Soros’ Open Society and Podesta’s Center for American Progress at Yale Law School kick-started the movement. Also involved in the development of the conference was the ACS, an anti-Federalist group.
Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote in a 2009 New York Times Magazine piece about so-called liberal justice: “If this new understanding of legal liberalism can be traced back to a single moment, it was in April 2005, when the American Constitution Society and other progressive groups sponsored a conference at Yale Law School called ‘The Constitution in 2020.’”
The purpose of the conference was to reformulate the constitution and Bill of Rights in accordance with the Progressive (Marxist – Socialist) vision.
Former Czar Sunstein explained what a Progressive (Socialist-Marxist) Bill of Rights would look like. People would have a constitutional right to “useful jobs” in farms and industries. [This would require nationalization of farms and industries.] The government would prevent “unfair competition.” Their idea of unfair competition is any competition except that which is granted by the government.
In Sunstein’s book of 2004, “The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’S Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More than Ever,” he saw his imperatives as constitutive commitments. It mimics the UN’s Socialist Declaration of Human Rights.
Another reason to be concerned about the movement started by Mark Levin is that it has been infiltrated by Progressive ideas even before it began.
Some of the groups pushing for their own Con-Con (Convention of States) are George Soros groups. Could they usurp a convention through the delegates? Proponents say no.
The American Constitution Society (ACS) is the main organization behind the Con-Con movement to ensure a more “progressive” constitution, having received more than $2,201,500 from Soros’ Open Society since 2002. The funders for ACS are the Barbra Steisand Foundation, the Sandler Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Eric H Holder Jr. is a board member, Janet Reno is a Board of Advisor member.
The Soros-backed Wolf PAC is pushing for a convention, claiming the goal is to take big money out of politics. Other Soros groups pushing for the Con-Con are Alliance for Democracy, Center for Media and Democracy, Code Pink, Independent Progressive Politics Network, Progressive Democrats of America, Sierra Club, Occupy Wall Street, The Young Turks, and Vermont for Single Payer, WND reported in 2014.
They would try to usurp any Convention of States and demand compromise.
State legislators cannot choose the delegates and once underway, a Con-Con cannot control them. Another problem is delegates control the outcome. In 2012, there were more Muslim delegates at the Democratic National Convention than Montana, Utah, and Oklahoma put together though they are 1% of the population. Their sponsors are the terror-tied organization CAIR.
Two-thirds of the states have to approve Amendments to the Constitution and that is the fail-safe but in 1787 that was changed from 100% of the states for approval to two-thirds by Article V of the Constitution. What is to stop our Congress from using this as precedent?
Chief Justice Warren Burger said, ”There is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the convention would obey. After a convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don’t like its agenda. The meeting in 1787 ignored the limit placed by the confederation Congress “for the sole and express purpose.”
While there are many reasons to believe the Con-Con can be controlled, there are as many or more to believe it can’t be. The most overriding one is that the Progressives want a Con-Con also and have the ability to hijack it because they act lawlessly and covertly. A Con-Con could be a new weakness to exploit. Do we really need to amend the Constitution or protect it better? Nullification might be a safer route.
What do you think?