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Open Letter to Rob Kall

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Dear Rob, We can’t expect you to keep tabs on it all, so I wanted to take this opportunity to connect some dots that may have been left separated. As you may or may not know, last week a respected member of the OpEd community, Dr. Joel Hirshhorn, posted a piece which received a lot of attention.  So here we sit over 200 years after our nation was created, unwilling to use what is explicitly given to us in Article V of the Constitution – the option to have a convention outside the control of Congress, the President and the Supreme Court to make proposals for constitutional amendments.  Do we really believe in the rule of law?  If so, then we should understand that the supreme law of the land – what is in our Constitution – is the ultimate way to obtain the deep political and government reforms to restore true democracy and economic fairness to our society.”

Below Dr. Hirschhorn’ s piece were comments voicing the same fears of a convention that have persisted since the late 1940s and the birth of the Military/Industrial/Congressional Complex. Namely that if we convoke a national convention the Constitution and its protections will be put at risk. That merely discussing something might somehow accidentally turn into new law. Nothing could be further from the truth because nothing can be ratified at the convention. You need the approval of 3/4 of the country to ratify an idea into an amendment.

With that safe-guard in place, now imagine what convoking a convention will do simply as a civic ceremony. It will stop politics as usual dead in its tracks, it will turn on the lights to what politicians and the MSM have made too dark to see. That’s why the convention clause is in the Constitution, to call time out when special interests prevent rational governance from taking place.

To those who balk that folks today are not as brilliant as the Framers of yesteryear, they forget that a convention is not an attempt to rewrite their brilliance, but to amend to it new ideas as solutions to problems of this new day and age. If you were a delegate Rob, what would you propose--what’s critical and non-partisan today? Electoral reform? Tax reform? Media Reform? A Balanced Budget? Term Limits? This is not rocket science we’re talking here, the 28th Amendment and what it shall be concerned with is pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain.

At the end of Dr. Hirschhorn’ s piece he mentions a new and growing movement calling for America’s first Article V Convention--FOAVC.ORG. All the information is there on that site. All the arguments put forth by Anti-Conventionists are bogus and that’s why the Framers wrote the clause the way they did: You are either Conventionist or Anti-Conventionist. Let’s have the Bush Administration and the Congress try that on for size.

Currently, on the OpEd News header there is advertisements for writer Mike Palacek (who I have contacted) and Eileen Flemming (who is already a member). I would like the FOAVC logo up there too. It’s now or never Rob. So, if you’re really in this fight to revive the Constitution, reform government, and restore the republic, please move on this. Please join us and help the movement make its way.

Sincerely, John De Herrera

 

I'm a writer/artist/activist from California, with a degree in Creative Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. I've been an advocating for the convention clause of Article V since 2001.


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 It should be called an Emergency Constitutio... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 9:04:40 AM
may have a problem reaching out to the “blac... by Samuel Bryan on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 10:52:09 AM
the convention of 1787 didnot give us our cherishe... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 11:47:41 AM
The only part worth its salt was the Bill of Right... by Samuel Bryan on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 1:25:57 PM
to paraphrase jefferson: the two enemies of the pe... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 2:48:27 PM
is one point we agree upon (though, I must admit t... by Samuel Bryan on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 4:15:41 PM
the people as potential slaves. that's what we... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 5:33:08 PM
the people elcted as delegates will not be elected... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 5:45:32 PM
it is an Article V Convention, and i agree, this i... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 11:44:07 AM
Mississippi delta, shining like a national guitar.... by meremark on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 10:05:42 AM
we do not need to rewrite the constitution, simply... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 11:52:41 AM
editor(s), my article "Open Letter to Rob Kall" is... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 11:36:49 AM
Before we start calling conventions to even consid... by tabonsell on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 4:41:09 PM
we are not talking about rewriting the constitutio... by john de herrera on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 5:40:00 PM
to ammend 'just a goddam piece of paper'. ... by Blue Pilgrim on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 6:54:38 PM
... reducing the idea of an article V convention t... by Steven Leser on Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007 at 9:24:59 PM
Theory A1. We don't believe the current consti... by john de herrera on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 3:26:45 AM
by calling a convention we are using the cons... by john de herrera on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 3:15:22 AM
Who pays for the elections of all the delegates?... by DinahMason on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 11:04:53 AM
nice seeing you at the PDA meeting last ... by john de herrera on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 2:02:01 PM
If constitution-convention advocates have no speci... by tabonsell on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 1:12:11 PM
If constitution-convention advocates have no speci... by john de herrera on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 2:16:07 PM
"cast the last two elections in doubt”?... by Samuel Bryan on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 5:17:22 PM
doubt because i didn't want to go into debate ... by john de herrera on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 9:26:22 PM
If Congress were to grant the request for a Articl... by Samuel Bryan on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2007 at 11:25:37 PM
there's an important distinction to be made he... by john de herrera on Thursday, Jun 21, 2007 at 2:00:33 AM
was offered as an example of how difficult it woul... by Samuel Bryan on Friday, Jun 22, 2007 at 12:36:42 AM
i think if you examine the court and the current s... by john de herrera on Friday, Jun 22, 2007 at 3:13:36 PM
Imagine if one quarter of the people in this count... by EricNewcomb on Friday, Jun 22, 2007 at 1:41:33 PM
reading your comment makes me feel great. if you a... by john de herrera on Friday, Jun 22, 2007 at 2:43:36 PM