Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 31, 2018

Major Threat To Democracy, Environment and Public Lands

from www.onenationunited.com

Republicans are quietly orchestrating a rogue constitutional convention

While Trump and his cohorts are dominating the headlines, Republicans are quietly orchestrating what may be the greatest threat our democracy has ever faced.

Backed by the Koch Brothers, ALEC, and many large corporations, the Republicans are pushing to amend the constitution by invoking an Article V convention. This would enable them to amend the Constitution with their conservative agenda. Once a constitutional convention is convened, there is virtually no limit to the harm these extremists could do. The effects would be for-all-purposes, irreversible. During the Obama years, Republicans gained control of the majority of state legislatures. 

Currently, Republicans control 67 of the 99 state legislative chambers in the country and control both chambers in 32 states. 
They control the White House and Congress. Basically, they control everything. They need 34 states to call for a constitutional convention, and they have 28 states onboard already. The next six states should be relatively straightforward for them to enlist in their plan.

The big issue is: the general public has no idea this is happening right under their noses. Corporations are coordinating with right-wing think tanks, and the legislators are executing their agenda. The general public isn’t asking for these policies, and they definitely aren’t asking for them to be etched into the Constitution. ALEC, the right-wing think tank that is coordinating this Article V convention is pro-voterID, against any campaign finance regulation, and have a fundamental doctrine that is anti-democratic.
Typically it takes two-thirds of the House and two-thirds of the Senate to vote for a proposed amendment, and the amendment must be ratified by at least three-quarters of the states. By invoking an Article V convention, they bypass this rigorous process and rewrite the constitution as they please. 
This destructive effort to radically change the Constitution must be countered and stopped.


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