Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Good Case Against a New Constitutional Convention

I know that a number of my fellow conservative and/or libertarian bloggers believe that calling a new constitutional convention would be a good idea.  I am not so sure after reading an article by David Limbaugh where he makes a pretty persuasive case against holding a new constitutional convention.  In May 14, 1787 both federalists and antifederalists got together to form a new government.  Well, actually some only wanted to revise the Articles of Confederation.  Could you honestly imagine liberals and conservatives - Democrats and Republicans and Libertarians - getting together at a new constitutional convention and agreeing upon what should be in the new constitution?  Or how our constitution should be revised?  I believe that the Constitution that our Founders came up with is a once in a lifetime, special document. I don't believe that we could do better job of preventing men or women from usurping their power upon us or from perverting the constitution for political gain by creating a new constitution.

John Adams stated that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

We simply must take our country back from an immoral and irreligious people who are intent on transforming the United States of America into the socialist states of America.  We need to kick the bums out.

Here is David Limbaugh's article:

The left's assault on liberty never rests, so don't ever be sucked into supporting the dangerous idea of a new constitutional convention, even if its stated purposes purport to be limited.
Recently, CNN's Fareed Zakaria spoke admiringly of how "Iceland is actually junking its own constitution and starting anew and ... soliciting ideas from all of Iceland's 320,000 citizens, with the help of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube."
Zakaria beamed as he ticked off some of the wonderful ideas proposed by Icelanders, such as "guaranteed good health care" and "campaign finance systems that make corporate donations illegal."
Putting aside the obvious question of how Barack Obama, Russ Feingold and John McCain managed to get on Iceland's social networks, I hope idealistic Americans don't get any ideas from this tiny nation's dubious project.
Oh, wait. Our geniuses are already well ahead of Iceland's. A friend called me in February to tell me of a proposed resolution circulating in the Missouri House in support of a national convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution. She asked me to help discourage the Republican leadership from pursuing this ill-considered idea. She didn't have to convince me.
I could have understood if just Democrats were behind it, but I was surprised that Republicans were also involved. Another highway to hell paved with good intentions, I assumed. I'm thankful that the initiative lost steam.
I understand the frustration conservatives feel about the federal government's virtually unchecked growth over the past 75 years and how this is destroying our liberties and bankrupting our nation. But the Constitution isn't the problem. Rewriting it isn't the solution. CONTINUED 


Anonymous said...

Oh, look what John Adams ALSO said “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it”

Teresa said...
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Teresa said...


Context matters. You left out a very important part of the quote.

Here is the entire quote:

"Twenty times, in the course of my late reading, have I been on the point of breaking out, 'this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it!!!!' But in this exclamation, I should have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in public company—I mean hell."

Adrienne said...

Good catch on anon!

What an idiot...

Anonymous said...

What are the chances, a half-truth from a progressive? Good rebuttal Teresa.

And good find on the Limbaugh post, excellent analysis and even better commentary over at the Patriot Post. =)

Most Rev. Gregori said...

I whole heartedly agree with David Limbaugh and Teresa. Those on the left would just love to get their hands on the Constitution, and you can bet they WOULD completely change America.

Anonymous said...

Yes! A con con would be a terrible idea.

innominatus said...

The Amendment process is *supposed* to be a little bit of a pain, so that people don't go willy-nilly mucking up the Constitution. A con-con scares the stuffing out of me. We'd end up with something like the UN charter. Ack.