Is it time for a Constitutional Convention?
There have been inklings of our government considering holding a constitutional convention. The last time that the United States of America had a constitutional convention was 1787. But is it time for one now?
In order for a formal constitutional convention to form and propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution, two-thirds of the state legislatures—which totals to 34 states—must vote to do so.
Calling a constitutional convention of the states into session is not a new idea. In 2016, political pundit and conservative radio show host Mark Levin suggested it in his book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic. Levin knows how such things are done—he worked in the administration of President Ronald Reagan. But Levin’s movement failed to gain any traction under the Obama administration. Nor is it likely to gain any momentum under President Trump.
While some state governors endorse the idea to address issues of health care, immigration, and a balanced budget, too few take the suggestion seriously. Nor is Congress about to propose any amendments to the Constitution given the divisive, partisan manner in which it engages in the business and governing of America.
According to the Washington Post in an April 2017 essay:
“Many of us can point to one constitutional provision or another that we believe we could improve upon if given a chance. But a convention could do great damage to a charter that, on balance, has worked pretty well for a pretty long time. To take such a risk on behalf of a stupendously unworthy cause such as a balanced-budget amendment would be foolhardy in the extreme.”
I believe that a constitutional convention is not what America needs. No sensible American—Democrat or Republican—can endorse the changes that have been proposed the last time the idea was suggested. A constitutional convention would be a disaster—especially now, when there is so much at stake for us and the world. Instead, it’s about time the individuals elected to hold office in Washington started engaging in the compromise and leadership the Founding Fathers envisioned.