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Letter to the editor: Article 5 retrospective

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

Comments on the Nov. 15 editorial titled, “Washington won’t give up power, so let’s just take it; It’s time to call for an Article 5 constitutional convention,” as Fort Wayne’s State Senate President Pro Tem David Long has been trying to do for some time now. But even with Indiana’s Republican super majority control of the General Assembly, Long could not get the House Judiciary Committee to go along with this risk-taking behavior. They won’t give Gov. Pence tax cuts, either, which shows a great deal of common sense.

An Article 5 solution to this so-called state’s rights fight with the federal government is nothing new (the mainly red states of the Deep South tried that), but I agree with the editorial’s “long shot” prediction. Why waste Indiana’s General Assembly time, resources and taxpayer dollars to fund such a risky proposition? Why recommend it?

“And there would be risks,” according to the editorial, as even the Heritage Foundation warned, not to mention the Cato Institute. Example?

The original intent of the Founders was to leave almost all legislation concerning religion and morality to the states. OK, but the 14th Amendment (after the Civil War) was ratified in 1868. And the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1940s with Hugo Black writing for the majority changed the Constitution without it being amended by the clever manipulation of the Bill of Rights (ratified in 1791) and the 14th amendment to invalidate the moral and religious legislation of the states.

The bottom line is this: The history of America is a story of our thought and our lives becoming progressively more individualistic, as John Locke and our Founders planned – although, because real human nature never stops resisting, not completely individualistic, as illustrated in the First Amendment’s religious clauses. Finally, the best and scariest example I can envision of the fact that real human nature never stops resisting is that orthodox Christians have never given up on making our mostly Lockean Constitution a Christian document. Scary, huh?

B. J. Paschal