U.S. Constitution on the Butcher's Block
You may be aware that there is a serious effort to convene a new constitutional convention, the stated purpose being to add a "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution. This may sound desirable in view of the increasing national debt being foisted on us. However, people much more savvy than I have been expressing the concern that there would be "no way to limit or muzzle the actions of a new Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don't like its agenda.....A new Convention could plunge our nation into constitutional confusion and confrontation at every turn, with no assurance that focus would be on the subjects needing attention." (Chief Justice Warren Burger, 1988).
At this point I call attention to the exhortation of the ancient Prophet Moroni in referring to the secret and murderous combinations described in the Book of Mormon., After having written we should "suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you," wrote further that "Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you." And in a 2010 Ensign article President Packer reminded us of this message in Ether 8:23 & 24. In my words, the Lord, acting thru Moroni, was telling us in our day that there is a secret combination that seeks control of wealth and government, and that we should oppose its machinations.
We would do well to consider the path that the United States has been travelling in recent years, even in recent decades, and give serious thought to the desirability of a convention to make changes to the U.S. Constitution. The current political climate should give a pretty good idea of the political persuasions of the delegates who would be chosen to the convention. You might not like the outcome of any further tampering with our Constitution, considering the political persuasions of so many of those in our state and federal government. The current number of states calling for a new Constitutional Convention is very close to the number required to authorize the convention The Arizona House of Representatives has already voted in favour of adding Arizona to the list of states calling for a new Constitutional Convention, or Con-Con. The call from Arizona can be stopped by the state senate, which, I understand, is to vote on the issue probably later this week.
I leave it to you to decide whether or not to contact your state senators and let them know how you want them to vote on this issue. I'm trying to avoid being pushy, as some of you know I can be. And this email is a bit rushed and scruffy in places But right now, it is a tight race in the Arizona Senate and not much time is left to make known our wishes and opinions.