Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"I Shall"

 State Rep. George Cleveland  

One is a start.

Rep. George Cleveland

to me
I shall

-----Original Message-----
From: Brock Townsend
To: Rep. George Cleveland
Subject: NO to the Compact for America

Dear Representative Cleveland,

The Compact for America Initiative is a new, complex legislative package with the goal of getting 38 states to (1) petition Congress for an Article V amendments convention (also commonly known as a constitutional convention) for the purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution; and (2) pre-ratify a specific BBA so that it would not be necessary to get 38 states to ratify a BBA after it would be proposed by the amendments convention.

Here is a link to an article, "How the Compact for America Threatens the Constitution," which explains the arguments against passing a Compact for America bill:

The basic argument against the Compact for America initiative is that any article V constitutional convention cannot be limited as to the subject matter and number of amendments that would be considered. No matter how much state legislatures attempt to restrict such constitutional conventions, the Right of the People in such conventions to alter their form of government is embedded right in the heart of the Declaration of Independence where it states:

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

Although Article V of the Constitution provides for the calling of constitutional conventions for the People to exercise their right to alter their government, over the past 30 years most state legislators have voted against enabling such conventions to be held, believing that the risk to the Constitution posed by such conventions outweighs any possible benefits from one or a few specific amendments.

Please oppose the passage of a Compact for America bill, or any other call for a constitutional convention.


Brock Townsend
Cape Carteret, NC 28584

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