A very dangerous move is underfoot in the Nebraska Legislature. Senator Halloran introduced LR7 calling for an Article V convention “limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress”. A hearing has yet to be scheduled -but in the meantime, it is important that you prepare testimony (for when the hearing is scheduled) and write letters to the editor. Then, contact your Senator - and other Senators.
Why are some asking for an Article V Convention? People are understandably frustrated with the over-reach of the federal government and the tremendous debt being foisted upon our children and grandchildren. But - with a new President and many new Congressmen, we need to demand they enforce our U.S. Constitution - not call a new convention that will bring a re-write. Unfortunately talk radio host and lawyer Mark Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments, has been promoted an Article V convention as the last, one great hope for our Nation.
Levin’s book outlines eleven possible amendments to the U.S. Constitution that he touts as the “magic bullet” to bring our run-away government back under the control of the People. No doubt Levin means well and his proposed amendments do sound good, but in his desire to right all ills, Levin is failing to accurately read Article V of the Constitution.
Article V states, “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress....”
Proponents of an Article V Convention fail to understand Congress would be in charge of calling the convention, instead claiming the States would be in charge. Proponents say the convention can be limited to action on a single issue and refuse to heed former Chief Justice Warren Burger’s 1983 warning, that (in) “my opinion that 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.”
It is curious to find that George Soros, well-known liberal investor, WolfPac, Code Pink and many other left wing groups are also pushing for an Article V Convention. No doubt the liberal groups see the possibility of a run-away convention that would be their “ticket” to destroying all that our Constitution protects today…Free speech; the Right to bear arms and much more.
To help protect our U.S. Constitution, please email Kathy Wilmot or phone 308-340-3987. It is critical that we work together to defend our freedoms.