Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Comments on my Last Blog Post

On 2 June 2015, I posted a blog advocating a change in the U.S. Constitution mediated by a rapidly growing organization in our country called the “Convention of States.” I did that because I sincerely believe that our Constitution is in grave danger of being usurped by politicians using it falsely to promote their own local and temporal felt needs and the political direction of the Progressive left. My readers can review my views in that blog post by going to http://manringen.blogspot.com (control+click).

It has been drawn to my attention that advocating a change in the Constitution, might be subject to abuse by such a convention; and the Convention might be drawn into a morass of contention by self-interested politicians. Nevertheless, I think that we, the people, should attempt such a change. The reason I think so is that the Constitution has been so manhandled by our leaders, especially in the administration, that it is necessary to modernize and update the features of the Constitution in order to keep it from being entirely ruined by Progressive legislators and executive administrators.

Critics of the Convention of States idea say that the only thing we need is for the leaders of this nation to begin to obey the Constitution in its specific features, its words, and its intention. Very well, I agree with that, of course; but…the problem is that legislators will continue to change the Constitution to their momentary liking. They will continue to “find things” in the Constitution that certainly are not there in the intent or the wording of the document. A perfect example of this is the right to abortion that they found in the Constitution in Roe v. Wade back in 1973. In that case, it was obvious that the word, “abortion,” does not exist in the document; and it is a certainty that the writers of the Constitution would never have used the Constitution to justify such a thing! However, the supreme court justified the law under the broad umbrella of privacy. Almost anything can be justified by claiming a right to privacy.

In proposing changes to our Constitution, it should be noted that the crafters of our Constitution made ample arrangements for modifications to the document in Article V of the Constitution. This article was used to ratify the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights. We are in such a situation now that we need stronger clarification of our rights as citizens as were the people of the late 18th century.

In reference to changing the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson had this to say, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”  

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