The Indiana Senate has passed a set of three bills calling for another Constitutional Convention. The purpose of SJR 18, SB 224 and SB 225 is to modify the Commerce Clause in order to prevent Obamacare from being forced upon the states. While this may be a noble objective, and a necessary assertion of state’s rights, a Constitutional Convention could be a liberal free for all in this postmodern, post-Christian society. Article 5 of the US Constitution says that when called for, a Constitutional Convention, “shall be valid to all intents and purposes.” It seems highly unlikely that a Convention could be limited to just one issue. We could lose our 2nd Amendment freedoms, our religious liberty or wind up with new rights to abortion and homosexual marriage that our founders would never have supported. If the Commerce Clause needs to be changed, a simple Constitutional Amendment addressing that section’s specific wording can do that, but an entire national convention seems very risky. Still, calling for a Constitutional Convention has become a trend.
Here are two excellent resources on this subject. One is an article titled, “A Con Con is a Terrible Idea”: http://www.eagleforum.org/psr/2009/may09/psrmay09.html#concon The other is a resource page with various articles and video clips detailing concerns over a new Constitutional Convention in order to “fix” our Constitution: http://www.eagleforum.org/topics/concon/