Is a Constitutional Convention Necessary?
Some Thoughts About A Constitutional Convention
-by Scott Rohter, May 2011
Recently the Goldwater Institute has endorsed the idea of a Constitutional Convention…. That is a dangerous idea! We don’t need a new Constitution! There is nothing wrong with our present one! Therefore, we don’t need a Constitutional Convention! The Goldwater Institute is wrong! The Constitution is like our marriage vows. A man and a woman who want to get married, promise to “love, honor, and cherish each other ‘til death do us part.” If the marriage fails, it isn’t because the marriage vows were defective! It is the fault of the two people who made the vows! It is either because they didn’t mean it when they said them, or they changed their minds afterward. Merely changing the vows is not going to improve their marriage! It is a question of intent, and sometimes even personal honor and integrity!
Politicians who are elected to public office swear to uphold and defend the Constitution. If they fail to do that, and our Constitution is not being obeyed, it isn’t the fault of the Constitution! It is the fault of those who have sworn an oath to uphold and defend it, but have NOT kept their promise! Again it is a question of intent, and sometimes even personal integrity. If we were to rewrite our Constitution tomorrow, or draft an entirely new one, the same people who are not honoring our present Constitution are the same persons whose integrity we would have to depend on to obey any other Constitution! And the results would be just the same! Some of these un-virtuous persons would also attend a Constitutional Convention. The danger of a runaway 'Con Con' that would threaten our liberties, rather than restore them, is so great as to make us turn away from any thoughts of ever rewriting our Constitution! Therefore we need to work with what we have. Remember that even though the grass sometimes looks greener in your neighbor’s backyard, it is usually filled with just as many weeds as your own!
"A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter