Publius Huldah
November 11, 2015
Open letter to state legislators everywhere: The other side of the Article V convention issue
By Publius Huldah

If there is an Article V convention, we will lose the Constitution we have, and another Constitution will be imposed.

You are not getting both sides of this issue. Throughout the country, those of us who are warning of the dangers of an Article V convention are marginalized, ridiculed, smeared, shut out of meetings, and barred from speaking in public forums. THIS short essay from the Principled Policy Blog describes what we face every day.

HERE is an account by Donny Harwood, a citizen of Tennessee, describing how he was shut out of the public meeting which the Convention of States people held on October 19, 2015, at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. According to the Leaf-Chronicle, a number of Tennessee legislators were at the meeting. A prominent Tennessee radio talk show host was also present.

And everyone at the meeting was prevented from hearing the other side of this issue.

The reason convention proponents forbid dissenting voices is that we can prove, by means of facts and original source documents, that the claims and promises of the convention proponents are false. HERE are some of the original source documents legislators would hear about if they were presented with the other side of this issue.

We are in the final stage of a takeover. Leftists of every variety want a new Constitution to legalize our transformation from the constitutional Republic created by our existing Constitution to a dictatorship.

To get a new Constitution, they need a convention. So they are telling conservatives that our Constitution is causing our problems and we need to amend the Constitution. And they say we can only make the amendments they say we need at a convention.

Article V of our Constitution provides two methods of amending our Constitution. Congress can either:
  1. Propose amendments, or

  2. Call a convention to propose amendments if 34 states apply for it.
The first method was used for our existing 27 amendments: Congress proposed them and sent them to the states for ratification or rejection.

Under the second method, Congress calls a convention. We have never had a convention under Article V. Such conventions are extremely dangerous. HERE is one of many articles which illustrate the danger. It sets forth warnings from two of our Framers and two former US Supreme Court Justices, and explains why delegates to a convention can NOT be controlled by state laws.

National conventions are dangerous because the delegates have the plenipotentiary power to impose a new Constitution with a new mode of ratification. The video by Chuck Michaelis at the Principled Policy Blog explains these plenipotentiary powers. Such delegates are the Sovereign Representatives of The People and have the power to impose a new Constitution. This has already happened in our history:
  • At the Federal Convention of 1787, this plenipotentiary power was exercised to replace our first Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, with the Constitution we now have. On February 21, 1787, The Continental Congress called a convention "for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation." But instead of proposing amendments to our first Constitution, the delegates wrote a new Constitution – the one we now have.

  • Furthermore, the new Constitution had a new and easier mode of ratification: Article XIII of the Articles of Confederation (p. 8-9) provided that Amendments to the Articles had to be approved by the Continental Congress and all of the then-13 States. But the new Constitution, drafted at the "amendments" convention of 1787, provided in Article VII thereof that it would be ratified upon approval by only nine of the then existing 13 States.
So! Not only do delegates to a national convention have this plenipotentiary power to impose a new Constitution, but the precedent to do so has already been established.

The Left has been pushing for a convention for 50 years – ever since the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations produced the Constitution for the Newstates of America. They need a convention to get it imposed.

Several other Constitutions are already prepared and waiting for a convention.

If there is a convention, the only issues will be (1) whose Constitution will be imposed by the delegates; and (2) what new mode of ratification will be set forth in the new Constitution.
In the past, conservatives defeated the periodic pushes for a convention. So the Left changed tactics: Now, they are marketing it to appeal to conservatives: they are telling conservatives that a convention is the only way to rein in the federal government. These leftists, some wearing conservatives' clothing, are using the classic techniques of the Left: They are not telling the truth; they are smearing their opponents; and they have divided conservatives. Conservatives who fell for the marketing have been induced to attack and exclude conservatives who are warning of the dangers of a convention. And they won't let us address their groups.

Our existing Constitution really was a 5,000 year miracle. We delegated only a handful of enumerated powers to the federal government – you can see what we delegated HERE. Our Constitution doesn't need "fixing" – we need to restore the Constitution we already have. We begin the restoration by reading and learning our Constitution (in light of the Declaration of Independence). And enforcing it! See, in this regard, the Tenth Amendment Center's 2015 State of the Nullification Movement Report.

For the Love of God and Country, heed this warning.

Very truly yours,

Publius Huldah

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Publius Huldah

Publius Huldah is a retired litigation attorney who now lives in Tennessee. Before getting a law degree, she got a degree in philosophy where she specialized in political philosophy and epistemology (theories of knowledge).

She now writes extensively on the U.S. Constitution, using the Federalist Papers to prove its original meaning and intent. She shows how federal judges and politicians have ignored Our Constitution and replaced it with their personal opinions and beliefs. She also shows how The People can, by learning our Founding Principles themselves, restore our Constitutional Republic.


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