Every now and then I get a comment I want to make certain my readers notice, and here is a good one. In the following, Keith DeHavelle levels a broadside in support of a Convention of the States.
You asked for a substantive reply to this comment. Let us do it, ignoring your pretenses, protestations, and claims about what conservatives think.
Many of us conservatives find the idea of a Constitutional Convention to be a rather radical idea, Tom. There’s no clear way of measuring it, but my guess is that the majority of opinion among constitutional conservatives is against the idea of convening a new convention.
This is not what is being proposed. A “Constitutional Convention” to craft a new constitution is an idea loved by many on the Left, but there is no mechanism for this in our current structure. Thus, any such group would be making up its own rules, and could be a class of high-school students if they can sell their idea. And then, it would be imposed, if they could, by force or by salesmanship, but not through any extant legal process. And the current government would be duty-bound to oppose such a thing.
But this has nothing to do with the process laid out in Article V of the US Constitution, which details the process of the states putting forth their own amendments and (almost completely) bypassing Congress. That is what is being suggested, and that should be the focus of any remaining concerns you may have or pretend to. (continued here)
Pity the poor fellow on the receiving end. That’s scout, and he wrote this comment.
Many of us conservatives find the idea of a Constitutional Convention to be a rather radical idea, Tom. There’s no clear way of measuring it, but my guess is that the majority of opinion among constitutional conservatives is against the idea of convening a new convention. The urge for a convention seems to bespeak a lack of confidence in a document that has served us very well indeed and which, as conservatives, our instincts are to preserve. A lot of us feel that the United States was extremely fortunate (even Providentially blessed, if you like) to get this document as our guiding operator’s manual and that it would be very unlikely that we would ever do so well again. The Founders were unique, both individually and in how they applied their knowledges and intelligences collectively in the 1780s. (continued here)
Whatever he is, is not a Conservative.