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Constitutional convention proposal raises questions

Unfortunately, there was no comfort in State Sen. David Long’s July 27 article (“States prepare to use constitutional authority”) for people who fear that a constitutional amendment convention could produce a dangerous major rewriting of the U.S. Constitution.

The problems he proposes to solve involve the whole Constitution: “Washington is broken … Congress either unable or unwilling … States’ rights have been trampled. … Federal spending continues to grow … unsustainable debt.”

Of course, Sen. Long and his fellow planners have some ideas for amendments. If they want to assure the skeptics, they could make these ideas public. Reasonable ideas could gain public support.

For instance, he criticizes Congress, now stalled by opposing ideologies, personal character attacks and refusal to compromise. Sen. Long might explain how a constitutional amendment would change those attitudes or offer a practical solution.

If the planners expect the convention to be objective, thoughtful and creative in drafting amendments that solve problems without creating others, they should tell the public where they will find delegates who do not come from the same political party and who do not share the same rigid ideologies as its members of Congress.

Until the convention promoters can give these explanations, the rest of us have every reason to worry.


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