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Eagle Forum: A second constitutional convention is a terrible idea

Washington, D.C. — Phyllis Schlafly, president and founder of the conservative grassroots public policy organization Eagle Forum, made the following remarks to address why a national effort for a second constitutional convention (Con Con) is the wrong way to try to fight President Obama's new government-run health care law:

"There has been some discussion about the most effective strategy to fight the new government-run Obamacare law, and I agree that it must be stopped, but spearheading a national effort for a second constitutional convention is not the way to go."

"A new Con Con would be extremely risky. It would be impossible to restrict the agenda to only one issue. There are no rules in the Constitution or in any law to limit a Con Con's purpose, procedures, agenda or election of delegates."

"Unlike the first Constitutional Convention in 1787, the 24/7 media would be a major player and politically active groups would try to shape the agenda and force votes on their special interests. What if the gun-control lobby tried to force a vote to repeal the Second Amendment? Even worse, unlike the current makeup of Congress, a Con Con would not have two chambers or houses, so the big population states would control and the small population states would be irrelevant."

"Americans should beware of any politicians or candidates for office who think that they can improve on our Founding Fathers. There are those who say that because the American people overwhelmingly oppose Obamacare, they must naturally support a Con Con effort, but the end does not justify the means. Americans do not want anyone messing around with the U.S. Constitution."

"It is simply not true that a new constitutional convention is the only way to fight back against Obama's socialization of health care. What America must do is work to repeal the law in Congress by electing as many conservative candidates to both the House and Senate in 2010 and 2012. This will set the stage for a full and outright repeal before the benefits enrollment starts in 2014."

"A new national constitutional convention is a terrible idea and it should be opposed and defeated in every state legislature."


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