I just wrote the following message to my state legislators urging them to oppose any call for a constitutional convention.
To: Senator Greg Walker; Representative Sean Eberhart
Cc: Representative Eric Allan Koch; Representative Milo Smith
Subject: I urge NO on a constitutional convention
Thank you for your service to the citizens of Indiana.
Please vote NO on any resolution in the Indiana general assembly that petitions Congress to call a constitutional convention (as provided for by Article V of the U.S. Constitution).
I also urge you to vote YES on any resolution to rescind the 1979 resolution of the Indiana general assembly that favored a national constitutional convention.
I've become aware that several organizations are contacting state legislators to promote resolutions petitioning Congress to convene a constitutional convention, so this issue appears likely to come up in our general assembly, if it hasn't already.
Since leading constitutional scholars say a constitutional convention could not be restricted as to the amendments it could consider and propose, I am very concerned that such a convention could lead to proposing one or more amendments that could have a very harmful effect on our freedoms under the U.S. Constitution.
One need look no further than our own country's history to see that a convention called for the purpose of updating the Articles of Confederation ended up leading to an entirely new form of government instead.
With the current state of citizen knowledge of the precepts of liberty in the United States, the odds are not in favor of getting a better government than we have now if this situation should arise in our lifetime.
Although it would take three-quarters of the 50 states to ratify any proposed amendments, the biased news media and other opinion-molding institutions could easily help enable the ratification of undesirable amendments.
I understand that conservatives are split on this issue, but I am among those who feels that the risks posed by a constitutional convention far outweigh the possible benefits.
For more background information on this issue, I highly recommend the following items:
(1) "Beware of Article V," a 36-minute video free to view at
This video was created specifically for helping state legislators understand the negative aspects of convening a constitutional convention.
(2) "Dangers of a Constitutional Convention," an article free to view at
(3) "Another Endorsement of a Constitutional Convention on Glenn Beck," an article free to view at
Please be sure to vote NO on any resolution calling for a national constitutional convention for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution.
Wed, 30 Dec 2009, 1:16 pm EST