RR, in its long suffering and dedicated effort to continue the posting of announcements of public import, your attention is invited to the following two.
Con-Con or the Constitutional Convention as called for in Article 5 has become an item of some urgency for factions widely separated in their ideology and their view of our country’s future. On the one hand we have national conservative leaders like Mark Meckler – President of Citizens for Self Governance – promoting the assembling of a constitutional convention of the states. And on the other extreme there is George Soros, joined by hundreds of leftwing organizations and institutions, who are promoting the very same thing. Both sides have widely differing agendas for what they think they will be able to accomplish during such a convention. A main focus for both sides is the Second Amendment, approached for diametrically different ends. The conservatives also want to revamp the Constitution to clearly “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government”, in short, a return to the kind of federalism envisioned by the Founders and much discussed in these pages. (more here, here, and here)
It appears that 34 states, the required two-thirds, have already passed resolutions and given other formal nods to holding a con-con. However, not everyone is happy with the possible outcomes from such an undertaking. Both sides feel that they can control and limit the convention to favorably address just the concerns on their agenda. The requirements for any significant change – from amendment to rewrite – are strict and require a level of co-operation and consensus among the states that today is not visible. So one can reasonably argue that the most probable outcome of a con-con is a shouting match resulting in no agreement on anything. However, there is a chance that one side or the other may actually prevail, and that’s the scary part.
Common Core. Switching gears to the plague now afflicting the nation’s K-12 curriculum, there will be a town hall meeting on the subject here in Grass Valley on 29 April 2014 at the GV Elks Lodge. Jan Collins (530-802-0865) is chairing the event and states that “there is growing grassroots opposition nationwide to the new one-size fits all curriculum, and its accompanying testing and collection of invasive personal data about our children and their families. Home schools, private, and charter schools may find they are affected as well.” Anyway, mark your calendars and come hear the speakers, and get the latest info on what all the fuss is about; it’s important. More about Common Core here and here.