U.S. Term Limits, a D.C. based political action committee, recently distributed mailers calling for an Article V Convention of States under the guise of a single issue.
This is a dangerous, vaguely worded, and unprecedented method of amending the U.S. Constitution.
Unfortunately, in 2016, Indiana’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a joint resolution approving such a convention. Groups with deceptive names and representing political extremes, including U.S. Term Limits, ALEC, and Convention of States, want an Article V Convention to implement their radical agendas permanently.
These organizations are pouring money into susceptible statehouse candidates in an effort to rip open the Constitution. Religious liberties, freedom of speech, right to bear arms – the entire Constitution would be exposed.
According to the article, States Likely Could Not Control Constitutional Convention on Balanced Budget Amendment or Other Issues, “a convention could write its own rules, could set its own agenda possibly influenced by powerful interest groups, could choose a new ratification process, and no other body, including the courts, has clear authority over a convention.”
Therefore, a Convention of States should only be pursued in the most dire of circumstances. Not even an attempt to prevent the U.S. Civil War was deemed significant enough to merit such a convention.
If we are to save our Constitution and our freedoms, Indiana must rescind its application.
John Hurley, candidate for State Representative Indiana District 75