Handle With Care

Jul 10, 2019

To the Editor:

The Commentary by John Imperiale (“Constitution Correction Course – It Is Time to Use Article V,” 6/26), while containing a few good points that Congress should address, also contains empirical observations so dangerous that it cries out for reply, which was apparently his intent. An Article V convention, presided over by unproven politicians such as Andy Kim, the radicals Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilman Omar and the like – are you kidding me? Even Nancy Pelosi knows better than that.

When it comes to the Constitution, I wouldn’t want Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney or Donald Trump involved in an Article V convention either. Who among them could be so prescient as he mentioned of Madison? As appreciative of candor as I am, is he so gifted as to know how often the founders would have expected the Constitution to be amended?

He also mentions the three equal branches of government. They were never meant to be equal. The Congress was to be pre-eminent, while the executive and judicial branches were to provide checks and balances. This was upended by 20th century Congresses delegating powers to the executive branch via bureaucracy while the judicial branch expanded its power almost from its beginning through overreach in ideological pursuits and maintaining judicial precedent even in poorly decided cases.

With that in mind, I ask Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) advocates the following questions: If government doesn’t follow the Constitution now, why would it follow a revised one? Is the Constitution the problem or the officials who violate their oath to it? Will a Con-Con change corrupt officials? It is amazing how some Americans are willing to throw their freedoms to the wind. The Constitution was made to be difficult to amend for good reason.

The Constitution was written for the people by exceptional men certainly guided by providence. It is a timeless document that has stood in the way of tyranny for over 200 years and needs only to be obeyed to serve the needs of all the people. Unlike Supreme Court rulings, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and the bedrock of our government. Only We the People can ensure that virtue prevails and that neither the nefarious nor the gullible hold sway. Given that academia, big tech and the liberal media control most information, this is one tough row to hoe. May God bless America.

James M. Spickard

Little Egg Harbor

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