Letter: Conservative credentials of delegates questioned
Posted on Jan 22, 2014 - 01:28 PM Printer Friendly View
There is a growing movement to call for a Convention of the States (COS), also known as a constitutional convention, in order to add amendments to our Constitution, citing Article V as the authority to do so. Their argument is that since we can’t trust Congress to do the right thing, we should have delegates from the states get together to alter our Constitution.
At the 1787 constitutional convention, we had George Washington, George Mason and their ilk. Who do we have today? Who is representing us Virginians?
Bill Howell appointed those attending the first COS get-together on Dec. 7. Attending from Virginia were:
Sen. Frank Ruff—who voted for the tax increase/transportation bill (HB 2313) in the last session of the Virginia Assembly and fought against the Bonetta Farm Bill.
Del. Scott Lingamfelter—who voted in 2004 in the Virginia Assembly to rescind the previous call for a con con (that had been passed when the Democrats controlled the Assembly) on this basis:
“WHEREAS, the operations of a convention are unknown and the apportionment and selection of delegates, method of voting in convention, and other essential procedural details are not specified in Article V … the prudent course requires the General Assembly to rescind and withdraw all past applications for a convention to amend the Constitution of the United States …”
Now he has prefiled a motion to call FOR a constitutional convention to be voted on in the 2014 Assembly.
Del. Jim LeMunyon—who voted for the tax increase/transportation bill (HB 2313) in the last Assembly and who voted to rescind the previous call for a con con, but is an advocate for one now.
Del. David Albo—who voted for the tax increase/transportation bill (HB 2313) in the last Assembly and voted against a con con in 2004—but is for it in 2013.
Do these sound like people we can trust to vote on changes to our Constitution?
Wouldn’t it be better to change the Congress rather than the Constitution? If legislators won’t honor the Constitution we have now, why do we think they would honor an altered one?