Many consider the prospect of a Second Constitutional Convention to be the biggest threat to freedom and fairness in the history of our nation. If you're not up to speed on what it is and what could happen, I encourage you to get there. I'll make it easy.
- Here's an overview of what's at risk. "Anything and everything that we hold dear in terms of our protections and freedoms, the Bill of Rights, the basic balance of powers that was written in the Constitution, all that could be changed. And it's a very risky and dangerous proposition that - especially at this time when the nation is so divided."
- Here's a technical description of what it is and how it would work.
There are lots of issues driving lots of factions to call for a new convention, and those differences make it more difficult for a convention to happen as a result of states calling for it. But there is one issue, which our own Ralph Hise has focused on, that could very well trump all others. Nullification.
... under the authority of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, the North Carolina General Assembly has applied to the United States Congress to call a convention of the states to amend the United States Constitution and adopt a countermand amendment to authorize the states, upon a vote of three-fifths of the state legislatures, to nullify and repeal a federal statute, executive order, judicial decision, regulatory decision by a federal government agency, or government mandate imposed on the states by law that adversely affects the interests of the states, in order to properly exercise the states' constitutional authority to check federal power, preserve state sovereignty, and protect the rights of the states and the people.
What does this mean? If thirty out of 50 states decide they want to legalize slavery, could they do just that? Outlawing abortion? Gay marriage?
And pay close attention to the number. It's not two-thirds or three-quarters. It's three-fifths. That's a very low bar.
Why am I writing about this now? Because I believe the opportunity to convene a Second Constitutional Convention is high on the agenda of Art Pope and his libertarian think tanks, which is driving his interest in electoral victories. If Pope can sustain his veto-trumping majority in the legislature and then install Taliban Dan as governor, North Carolina could very well be the straw that breaks the back of the United States of America.
PS Vicki wrote about this a couple of years ago. She's always ahead of her time.