|To: Alabama Legislators
From: Eunie Smith, President Eagle Forum of Alabama
Apparently you have received misinformation regarding Eagle Forum's position on an Article V Convention. Please read carefully Eagle Forum Board Member Andy Schlafly's short statement following, forwarded to me on 5/3/15:
"I completely oppose an Article V Convention. It is a dangerous threat to our values and our Nation. Congress or judicial activism would likely require that the voting at such a convention be in proportion to population, and thereby dominated by liberal states. They would probably put a right to abortion and homosexual marriage into the Constitution, and repeal the Second Amendment. There is nothing good that can result from an Article V Convention, because Congress and the Courts will not feel restrained by a new amendment any more than they comply with existing text. Even proposing an Article V Convention has the harmful effect of devaluing the Constitution we cherish.
The original Constitutional Convention was made possible by rules of secrecy against media interference. That is impossible today, and thus the liberal media would obtain the result it wants. Pinning one's hopes on an Article V Convention today is like a bankrupt man turning to gambling to solve his family's financial problems. Hard work, in electing good people who defend our existing Constitution, is what is needed. The pie-in-the-sky, dangerous proposal of an Article V Convention should be rejected. (11/16/2014)"
Andrew L. Schlafly, Esq.
Attorney who practices before the U.S. Supreme Court and twelve U.S. Courts of Appeal; General Counsel of the Assn. of American Physicians & Surgeons (oldest conservative group in the U.S.); A leading attorney in federal litigation against abortion; For six consecutive years, 2009-2014, have led busloads of teenagers to the March for Life in D.C.; Contact: email@example.com
Proponents of a Constitutional Convention have insisted that a Convention could be limited to the one issue of a Balanced Budget. However, Yellowhammer quoted the House Sponsor as saying that the "Convention would be limited to a small set of issues...." Unfortunately, such limiting is wishful thinking because a convention once convened, is a law unto itself. All it takes is a majority proclaimed by the chairman of the Convention, and anything goes.