Protecting & Following the Constitution
There are those who are seeking to fix the overreach of federal government through an effort they have labeled Convention of States (COS). It is an attempt to get two-thirds of the state legislative bodies to convene a constitutional convention to propose amendments according to Article V of the U.S. Constitution. When I first heard of this, I thought it was a good idea because those promoting it wanted many of the same things I wanted - and still do. But after learning more, I realized the many abiguities of the COS movement and the potential danger presented by convening a constitutional convention. Whether these dangers are real on not is a big debate.
But the point here is not to debate the merits, dangers, or procedures of an Article V convention. Rather it is to ask a simple question: Does our Constitution Really Need Fixing? George Washington said:
“… no wall of words, no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other."
Washington’s words are timeless. Our constitution is not broken, it simply needs to be obeyed. The Constitution is a framework defining the boundaries and the area in which legislators paint our legal landscape. If corrupt people refuse to operate inside the framework, changing it won’t convince them to do so. It is the job of government to enfore the laws we have. If the government is corrupt and refuses to enforce our laws, changing the Constitution will do nothing to correct that. The answer is not to change the Constitution, but to remove those people in government who refuse to enforce our laws, and replace them with people who will. Barrels of ink articulating the most eloquent and noble principles on truckloads of paper will do absolutely nothing to further protect our freedoms, cure moral corruption or eliminate the lust for power.
The Constitution does not need fixing, but the collective moral condition of government does. Besides its potential dangers, I believe the COS movement is a colossal waste of time. The energies and resources being spent on it would be much better spent on preparing and electing more men and women of virtue who are willing to humbly serve and govern according to the principles in the Constitution we already have.
I will protect the U.S. Constitution and will not be part of any movement that endangers it. Please use the contact form and let me know what is important to you.