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There will be no grand alliance between Right and Left to support creating The Second American Constitutional Convention.

On the right opposing are:
"On the right, the anti-Con-Con alliance includes the John Birch Society, the American Policy Center, Eagle Forum, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Rifle Association, and virtually every other Second Amendment organization, among others." Please note that The Tea Party also cast its vote with this crowd.

A veritable Who's Who. And the company you now keep if you think that we cannot trust the fate of this nation to the people of this nation.

Anyway, a link for one detailed account of the just concluded three day Conference on The Constitutional Convention held at Harvard Law School is supplied herewith. To me, the analysis seems surprisingly factual and even handed.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/...

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 07:46:17 PM PDT

  •  Sorry, cryptic comments (0+ / 0-)

    followed by a link aren't much of an invitation. Clarify?

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Mon Sep 26, 2011 at 10:04:37 PM PDT

    •  Sorry, but it's pretty simple really. If you (0+ / 0-)

      oppose the concept ofThe Second American Constitutional Convention I've just listed some of your allies, a fact that should cause you to reevaluate.

      If you favor, thank you.

      If you don't understand any of this, you have such a large learning curve to get up that you may want to start by reading my previous diaries on the subject on this site.

      Good luck.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 05:23:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The link is bad. (0+ / 0-)

    Here is the correct link

    I watched a bunch of nutcases hold "The Tax Protestors Make Believe Congress" last year and it was a collection of stupidity and conspiracy theories.

    I'm sure Harvard approached this in a meaningful way but, at first glance, it appears the attendees couldn't agree on much.

    I'll look at this deeper tomorrow.

  •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

    I do not see why this cause is being pushed, given the complete lack of consensus on even the subjects to be addressed by the convention, let alone any solutions to be adopted.

    There are no doubt lots of desirable amendments or unwise amendments, which various groups propose (and which category any particular amendment falls into would no doubt be hotly disputed).

    No new constitution or amendment to the existing document is likely to be ratified unless there is bi-partisan agreement on it. How likely is that to happen, given the current state of US politics?

    Surely the way the amendment process is supposed to work, is for citizens wanting a change to draft some proposition and see if Congress can be persuaded to take it up, using the normal amendment process. If Congress is not interested, but there is a genuine public demand for the proposed amendment, then the proponents could try and persuade the state legislatures to call for a constitutional convention on the issue. This was the process followed on the direct election of Senators, where Congress ultimately gave in and proposed the amendment to the states, rather than get to the point of having to call a convention.

    That approach seems more likely to succeed than to just call for a constitutional convention. It is almost as if the process by which the change is to.be made, is considered to be more important than the nature of the change to be proposed.

    There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

    by Gary J on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 06:05:04 AM PDT

    •  No, the process is a necessary first step for (0+ / 0-)

      building public interest and awareness. Under current circumstances we desperately need to ignite and harness the intellect and imagination of our population before the damage that is being done daily becomes literally irreversible. The best minds on the planet can still create solutions to the very problems that continued apathy can only exacerbate.

      As much as I wish it were not so, our only hope for any sort of a tenable national future resides in creating and embraceing a true political extravaganza. We need to have a very special national conversation before the opportuniy for doing so is lost forever.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 10:44:48 AM PDT

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  •  In 1964, enough states passed a call for (0+ / 0-)

    a constitutional convention. The Johnson administration just ignored it. This is the only precedent that counts.

    •  Seemingly the whole country just ignored it (0+ / 0-)

      because L was following news quite voraciously at that time and no mention of ConCon ever made it onto my radar screen.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 10:47:42 AM PDT

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  •  There's an actual diary on this now: (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    In case you're interested.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 05:31:06 PM PDT

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