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Letter to the editor: Keep the doors to the Constitution locked

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 12:01 am

Some things as Senate Bills 224 duties of Article V convention delegates and Senate Bill 225 appointment of delegates to Article V convention was passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into laws by Gov. Pence and took effect on July 1. This just is not worthy of your trust. A constitutional convention is like an iceberg. A berth on the Titanic would be far less tragic than to give birth to a United States Constitutional Convention.

It will be very difficult to sell a rewrite of the Constitution of the American people, who have deep-seated reverence for our Constitution, and it is rather difficult to amend the constitutional way. The normal amendment process, used for all 26 existing amendments, requires passage by two-thirds of each House of Congress and ratification by 38 state legislatures.

The other amendment procedure prescribed in Article V has never before been used successfully. The process required 34 states calling for a constitutional convention. In 1987, 32 states had passed resolutions calling for a constitutional convention to consider a balanced budget amendment. If two more states had done likewise, Article V would have required Congress to call such a constitutional convention.

At that point, the United States Constitution would be up for grabs and open to any and all changes. We can assume that there are those ready and waiting with their packages, containing their goals, of restructuring the American government under Article V of the Constitution.

Whereas, the Constitution of the United States doe not provide for a constitutional convention to be restricted to a single subject, but to those purposes authorized by the states when they agreed to the Constitution of the United States need to be enforced. To say otherwise, requesting the Congress of the United States to call a constitutional convention would be therefore induced by fraud.

The Constitution, which apparently not many of our elected officials have bothered to read, is the supreme law of the land. It does not make suggestions. It commands. It is written in clear English. It has provisions to amend it, but it should never be amended by interpretation. There is ample authority. It does not need to be statutory, because it is constitutional authority. Article 6 requires all state officeholders to “be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution” — this duty to support is affirmative.

We need to keep abreast of this calling for a constitutional convention. The legislators must get involved by picking up our present, unique Constitution and start using it again. To make sure that the states and the people’s freedoms are fully protected by keeping the constitution’s doors locked. I am convinced we would all be pleasantly astonished at the results.

Paul F. Double

Ossian