Update: Bill was stopped in the Senate!
It is my duty to report to you that the Florida House passed a bill [H 499] today that calls for a Constitutional Convention which could potentially rewrite the Bill of Rights and everything our Founding Fathers stood for! They are disguising this bill as a Trojan Horse in the form of "Balanced Budget Amendment."
Imagine Obama being able to "edit" the Constitution as he feels? SM 1142 must be stopped.
The Constitutional Conventional Bill,CS/SM 1142: Federal Balanced Budget Amendment,[similar to H 499] is now in the Senate Budget Committee. Here are the members:
- Senator Thad Altman (R)
- Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)
- Senator Michael S. "Mike" Bennett (R)
- Senator Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff (R)
- Senator Anitere Flores (R)
- Senator Don Gaetz (R)
- Senator Alan Hays (R)
- Senator Arthenia L. Joyner (D)
- Senator Evelyn J. Lynn (R)
- Senator Gwen Margolis (D)
- Senator Bill Montford (D)
- Senator Jim Norman (R)
- Senator Nan H. Rich (D)
- Senator Garrett Richter (R)
- Senator David Simmons (R)
- Senator Gary Siplin (D)
- Senator Eleanor Sobel (D)
- Senator John Thrasher (R)
Feb 2, 2012
The proposal for a second Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) promoted by so-called conservatives, would likely result in a runaway convention in which extremist or revolutionary elements could high jack the convention and alter the Constitution to include harmful amendments, such as “second generation” or “positive” socialist rights while curtailing our nation’s traditional negative rights that protect our liberties from the government.
Stop Florida Con-Con Call
On Tuesday, January 10, 2012 House Concurrent Resolution 8005, was introduced to the Florida State House of Representatives. Bill HCR 8005 applies for the Congress of the United States to call a convention for proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to provide for a balanced budget amendment (BBA).
Balanced Federal Budget Amendment; Urges Congress to call convention for purpose of proposing amendment to U.S. Constitution to achieve & maintain balanced federal budget.
Location: In committee/council (SAC)
Last Action: 01/30/2012 Referred to State Affairs Committee; Rules and Calendar Committee -HJ 309
Related Bills: H 499 and S 1142 also propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
However noble this proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution may be in its attempt to balance the federal budget, grant the President the power of a line-item veto, and the adoptions of budgets to be submitted and adopted every two years rather than every year, the calling of a general Article V convention is not the proper route that should be taken to make or propose such an amendment to the Constitution.
The last time that such a convention was convened was in Philadelphia in 1787 when General George Washington, James Madison, and the various delegates from the thirteen United States assembled to propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation — the law of the land at the time.
Although called to strengthen and centralize the national government, the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 was convened to amend the Articles of Confederation rather than replace them. We were lucky then, seeing as the convention resulted in such an excellent Constitution. We were also fortunate to have had enlightened statesmen and drafters, such as James Madison, who understood the Lockean virtues and principles of individual liberty and limited government. Looking back, who among us today comes close to exemplifying the virtues of our Founding Fathers?
The answer is too few and far between, if any at all. The proposal for a second Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) promoted by so-called conservatives, would likely result in a runaway convention in which extremist or revolutionary elements could high jack the convention and alter the Constitution to include harmful amendments, such as “second generation” or “positive” socialist rights while curtailing our nation’s traditional negative rights that protect our liberties from the government.
What we need is not for the States to revise the Constitution, but rather to restore and enforce it as our Founding Fathers originally intended (for more information, click here for a free PDF article download).
We should not risk the passage of a Con-Con call no matter how appealing it may be. You now have the ability to help stop Florida from calling upon Congress to authorize such a convention. Contact your State Representative and State Senator now and urge him or her to oppose the passage of HCR 8005, H 499 and S 1142, and if it does come to a vote on the floor to vote NAY on the bill.