CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION?

The combined chorus of those calling for a Constitutional Convention here in California continues to rise in crescendo.  You see, they feel that our current state Constitution is responsible for this state’s ills. They want to delete it, and start over, rebuilding it from the ground up.  They say too many things standing in the way of progress…(read that Progressives…and read that…Liberals.)

Since Democrats are in total control of our state legislature, I thought it’d be nice if we examined how California’s new State Constitution might look if the democrats succeed in getting the Consttution they want.

First, the Preamble would have to go.  It currently reads “We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this constitution.”

Democrats and other liberals aren’t about to give credit to ANYBODY except themselves…plus there’s that ‘Separation of church and state’ stuff.  So, the new Preamble would read:  “We, the People of the state of California, grateful to Democrats and likeminded liberals, in order to secure THEIR  BLESSING do establish this Constitution.

The current Article in the Constitution which requires a two thirds majority to pass a budget would be history.  In it’s place…I can see it all now…”a simple majority is all that is required for passing a budget, unless Republicans are in control.  In that case, only five Democrat votes are needed, and no Republican votes are allowed.

Results of Proposition 8 (declaring that only marriage between one man and one woman is legal and recognized in California) would have to go.  In its place, we’ll find “Marriage is allowed for any and all without restrictions.  All that’s required is a profession of “love”…be it with a partner (preferably same sex), a sheep, goat, horse, three partners or ten, a park bench, lamp post or a knothole in a wooden fence.”  Gee, I’ve run outta’ space…but you get the idea.

Our current Constitution has done this state well.  It’s not the Constitution that has caused the quagmire in our state.  It’s the occupants of the state legislature.  If anything needs deleted…THAT would be the best place to start.

Now, if you have a comment, just click on the words (no) comments below.

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5 Responses

  1. Dear BSNotebook,

    Please check out the Bay Area Council website. This is the business group that is leading the charge for the Constitutional Convention. On the site you will find the legal Q&A and what the bipartisan coalition wants to change. Goat marriage is not on the agenda. We understand the strong desire to “throw the bums out,” but the problem is that we can promise you the next set of “bums” will have the same problems. The system itself is broken.

    Hyperbole is fine and humor is always needed, but the crises our state faces in education, water, roads, budgeting, prisons and the like are serious and sad. We believe a Constitutional Convention is the only politically viable way to get us back on track. We would welcome the opportunity to talk to your readers or listeners more about this topic.

  2. Did I miss something? What is the Bay area council website? Please supply that.

    I have heard other comments on this subject and anything less than a 2/3 majority is a handover to the democrat views.
    The state spends close to 50% of the entire budget on education why is their a need for more? Perhaps investigation on that subject is warranted.
    With regard to the other issues why are we short funded there?
    Perhaps we can get rid of many of the commissions, I went to the California web site, there are hundreds, why?
    How many of the programs duplicate other programs? We don’t need a change in the state constitution but a change in the way the money is spent.

  3. Dear Bruce,

    When you say, “It’s not the Constitution that has caused the quagmire in our state. It’s the occupants of the state legislature.. . .” Perhaps you should not be so quick to jump on (shall I say blame?) the legislature.

    The legislature is merely the representative of the PEOPLE and the PEOPLE having representation, does in no way relieve them of the responsibility (nay, the duty) to keep check on the legislature. It is not enough just to elect them, they must be constantly under the looking glass.

    It has been my experience that the people being represented often are indolent and think all they have to do to enjoy the fruits of their State or Country, is vote. That, my friend, is only the beginning. You must be a stern task master and suffer not impertinence from your representatives. Hold their feet to the fire. Without constant vigilance the citizen soon becomes but a subject.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
    ARTICLE 4 LEGISLATIVE

    SEC. 22. It is the right of the people to hold their legislators
    accountable. To assist the people in exercising this right, at the
    convening of each regular session of the Legislature, the President
    pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the
    minority leader of each house shall report to their house the goals
    and objectives of that house during that session and, at the close of
    each regular session, the progress made toward meeting those goals
    and objectives.
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    Best regards,
    Dave

  4. I think a convention would not be a bad idea from the standpoint of deciding whether to go back to a federal system or make the consolidation legal. I’ve just posted at http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/on-the-virtue-of-a-constitutional-moment-reconsidering-the-american-system-of-government/

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