February 22, 2014 in Letters, Opinion

These conventions a danger

 

Sen. Curt McKenzie, of Nampa, is calling for a constitutional convention for a balanced budget amendment to be limited to that subject only by another amendment. Does he not understand that once a constitutional convention is convened, the parties no longer are in any way obligated to adhere to any directives, stipulations, limitations or regulations agreed to prior to the said convention? In short, they answer to absolutely nobody.

There is no control of any subject matter, actions taken, or changes made to our Constitution, up to and including any feature that might not be to their liking. That was the concern of former Chief Justice Warren Burger and other constitutional scholars years ago in warning the nation against this procedure.

Some states have rescinded their consent to calling for a constitutional convention, only to be met with the claim or protest that the consent cannot be revoked. That remains to be seen. But there can be no doubt that this is something we do not want to expose ourselves to.

If an amendment can’t be passed in the usual manner, forget it. It would be likely not to be ratified by the states anyway. This is dangerous; don’t fool with it – ever.

Chuck Vogelsong

Riggins, Idaho


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