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Open Letter to Congressman Ron Paul

There are numerous reasons to admire you, as I have for many years. Clearly you are running for president as a Republican, rather than a third party candidate, for the sole purpose of getting media and public attention not available to those outside the two-party duopoly. In last night’s debate among Republican presidential candidates you proudly described yourself as a champion of the Constitution.

However, you are missing a major opportunity to demonstrate your courage and allegiance to our constitutional republic.

You have acknowledged the appropriateness of amending the Constitution. In fact, you introduced legislation for an amendment that would stop giving automatic citizenship to babies born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents. You said: “Our founders knew that unforeseen problems with our system of government would arise, and that’s precisely why they gave us a method for amending the Constitution. It’s time to rethink birthright citizenship by amending the 14th amendment.”

Personally, I endorse this particular amendment. More important, however, I am disappointed that you have never latched on to the long history of Congress’ failure to honor and obey the part of Article V of the Constitution that gives Americans the right to a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution – an alternative to Congress proposing amendments. Interestingly, the particular amendment that you favor will probably never emerge from Congress, but might have a better chance through an Article V convention.

Why have you failed to acknowledge that Congress has ignored over 500 applications from state legislatures from all 50 states for an Article V convention? As a champion of the Constitution, surely you know that the one and only requirement explicitly stated in Article V is that two-thirds of state legislatures ask for one. And surely you know that Congress has never passed any law that expands or modifies this single explicit constitutional requirement. So, I ask you Congressman Paul: Why have you remained silent on the Article V issue?

If you do not believe that Congress should honor Article V’s provision for a convention, why not say so publicly? If you believe that it should never be used, then why not call for an amendment to delete it from our Constitution?

Please Congressman Paul, as a champion of the Constitution, do not behave like other members of Congress and silently veto a crucial part of the Constitution that the Framers wisely gave us. They anticipated that eventually Americans could lose confidence in the federal government. You clearly have earned the respect and support of millions of Americans because you object to so many policies and actions of the federal government. Thus, you, more than virtually any other member of Congress, should appreciate the wisdom of the Framers in giving us the Article V convention option.

I beg you to speak up and demonstrate just how much of a champion of the Constitution you really are by bringing national attention to the Article V convention issue and supporting its use. As a founder of Friends of the Article V Convention (www.foavc.org) I invite you to play a leading role in giving the United States of America its first Article V convention.

Posted by Joel S. Hirschhorn at June 6, 2007 8:46 AM
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Comment #222434

Joel-

This guy writes that a Constitutional Amendment is not needed to address the anchor baby issue:

P.A. Madison

Posted by: George in SC at June 6, 2007 3:41 PM
Comment #222451

Why would Paul want to bring out Congress’ failure to listen to the states and call a Constitutional Amendment Convention? This would be highlighting his own disregard for the Constitution he claims he 100% supports.
I do agree with him though that the 14th amendment does need to be clarified. The language is a bit ambiguous and can be twisted to mean anyone born within the borders of the United States is a citizen. In fact it has been done for as long as I can remember.
When we studied the Constitution in school we were told that this is what the amendment means. And I’m sure that the liberal politicians would love for folks, specially illegals, to keep thinking that.
We need to change the 14th amendment to read something like this.
Any person born to citizens of the United States is a citizen of the Untied State regardless of where they are born.
That would make it very clear who is a citizen of this country at birth and who isn’t.

Posted by: Ron Brown at June 6, 2007 6:05 PM
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