If you haven’t realized that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber isn’t the only threat to our democracy and rights, then you haven’t been paying attention. Unfortunately, I figure about a third, if not more, haven’t been paying attention. Unfortunately, sticking our fingers in our ears, squeezing our eyes shut, and singing la-la-la-la isn’t going to make the threat go away.
Perhaps the overturning of Roe v. Wade has caught the attention of some of the the low-information low-participation members of our country. Perhaps.
Perhaps we are all starting to understand that there really has been a concerted, well-organized, well-funded, long-term effort to overturn Roe that included the training and placement of forced birth judges onto the federal judiciary including the Supreme Court. Perhaps.
There is another concerted, well-organized, well-funded, long-term effort launch Constitutional Convention as outlined in Article V of the Constitution. Let’s do a deep dive into an Insider article explaining the whole thing because we all need to know what is at stake in the ’22 election. And, after we get to the end, let me know how full your pants are in the comments. I know, mine are pretty full.
The Constitutional Convention
Rick Santorum’s Introduction
Here’s Rick Santorum (R – the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex) explaining the goal of such a convention to a group of Repube lawmakers at an ALEC meeting in December 2021, “You take this grenade and you pull the pin, you’ve got a live piece of ammo in your hands… 34 states — if every Republican legislator votes for this, we have a constitutional convention.”
Hunh. The Constitutional Convention is a grenade. Wonder what Santorum wants to blow up?
“We would be aiming at the Deep State and potentially the federal judiciary as well.”
The old Steve Bannon war on the Deep State, burn ‘er to the ground strategy, eh?
I’m old enough to remember the launch of the Republican plan to dominate state legislatures called Redmap so they could gerrymander their way to Gingrich’s wet dream of an anti-democratic permanent majority. They’re still working on it.
It is clear that someone some where in the conservative-Repube social hierarchy has a long-term plan that they’re enacting. They’ve had set backs along the way, but they ain’t giving up, so we should be taking the possibility of a Constitutional Convention very seriously.
It should motivate people to the polls just like the possibility of a 7-2 conservative majority on the Supreme Court and the theft of Merrick Garland’s seat should have motivated us in 2016. We all know how that turned out.
Article V: Amending the Constitution
The writer’s of the Constitution knew that times would change and our foundational legal document would have to change with them — Sorry, originalists, if this ain’t true, why’d they allow for a process to amend It? Hah! I’ve run circles around you logically! They provided two ways to do so outlined in Article V.
- WAY #1: A two-thirds majority of Congress can approve an amendment. Remember the ERA? And, then we wait around while three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it. It takes a while, but that’s how we’ve gotten all 27 of the current amendments to the Constitution.
- WAY #2: Two-thirds of the state legislatures can call for a convention in which to propose and approve amendments. Once done, three-fourths of the state legislatures must approve them. Two things to point out here:
- One, two-thirds of the states currently stand at 34. We have nineteen who have approved a Constitutional Convention — did you know that? Three-quarters is 38.
- Two, no other governing body or office gets a say. No governor, no Congress, no President, no judge. Just the state legislatures. That should give us all the heebedee-jeebadies.
- And three, it’s never been done before. It’s been threatened. That’s how we got the Seventeenth Amendment allowing for the direct election of senators in 1913. The threat convinced Congress to act. More on that later.
The Conservative Constitutional Agenda
If you’re having an anxiety attack contemplating the likes of people like Kari Lake and Doug Mastriano leading a wholesale rewrite of the US Constitution, (a) you’re not a lone and (b) don’t worry, they have a very limited and focused agenda. They won’t consider any amendments that are outside of these three areas — They promise. Honest they do, so just relax, and trust them — “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.”
That’s not much, right? Of course, you realize that anything and everything falls within those parameters. They say their only interested in returning power to the states, you know, like states rights. They blog about stopping federal overreach on abortion, guns, and immigration and other hot-button and pet issues of conservatives everywhere.
Fear not, though, gentle reader, least you believe our very democracy is at stake. None other than Rick Santorum himself offered these reassurances, “we have the opportunity… to have a supermajority, even though…we may not even be in an absolute majority when it comes to the people who we agree with” because each state would only get one vote at the convention giving low-polutaion conservative states an equal voice to high-population liberal one. Because democracy.
All is not doom and gloom, though. There is a #SilverLining on which to hang your hopes for the continuance of our democracy. According to a Georgetown University constitutional law expert, David Super (emphasis added), “It’s clear to everybody working on this that the convention proponents have no honest path to 34 states.” And, we all know how moral and upright conservatives are. They would never do anything dishonest just to take over a government and force us all to live by their religious views, right?
Still, Super has a point. Even if they get their stupid convention and pass all of the draconian fascist amendments they want, they still have to convince 38 states to approve them, and that could never happen. Not even with all the billions that ALEC (tobacco and pharmacy money), the Kochs, the Mercers, and Bitcoin have been pumping the effort up with.
Vote Vote Vote!
It probably is okay if you don’t get excited about the boring old ’22 midterm elections because the president isn’t on the ballot. You can probably skip voting for judges, sheriff, school board, state legislature, and secretaries of state. They obviously aren’t as important.
It’s clear that the Repubes and their conservative big money backers are coming for our democracy and aren’t going to stop unless and until We the People stop them with ballots.
I regret that I listed Josh Shapiro as Big Lie advancing anti-democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor and former state legislator. The line has been updated to Doug Mastriano who is the Republican candidate for governor and former state legislator and alleged anti-Semite and 6 January insurrectionist and all round alleged Nazi. Ye Olde Blogge apologizes for the error and Josh Shapiro.
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