Next Tuesday, November 7, the Wisconsin Senate is set to debate and vote on a set of dangerous bills, AJR 20, AJR 21 and AB 165, calling for a federal constitutional convention. These bills passed the Assembly in June.
A constitutional convention would re-open our U.S. Constitution, essentially putting our democracy and freedom up for grabs to the highest bidder. If a constitution convention is held, at risk are the freedoms and rights we often take for granted such as the Bill of Rights, what policies our government can or cannot do, presidential powers, the rules and roll of Congress and the courts, and more. A constitutional convention could alter absolutely anything and everything about the way the United States is governed.
Our government is designed to work in a collaborative, democratic way with elected representatives acting on behalf of citizens, open public debate, amendments added in a democratic fashion, with built-in checks and balances to protect the people. A constitutional convention would completely skirt the way our democracy works.
Two-thirds of states must request a constitutional convention for one to be held. Backed by well-funded and well-organized conservative special interests, provisions calling for a convention have been circulating in states across the country. Wisconsin would become the 28th state to pass such a resolution if the set of bills is adopted by the Wisconsin Senate this week.
Call the legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472 or click here to contact your Senator and urge them to vote NO on any and all provisions calling for a constitutional convention. Our democracy and freedoms are at risk.
Opening up our treasured and time-honored U.S. Constitution with a convention is the wrong way to fix our problems. Once our sacred Constitution is opened up, special interests can and will insert any sort of undemocratic policy changes they lobby hard enough for with the politicians they fund. These bad policies will then be forever enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Anything added during a constitutional convention will be extremely hard to reverse. People's rights and freedom are at risk.