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Letter: Say no to upcoming 'Con Con' convention

There is a growing movement in state legislators across the nation calling for a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) specifically for the purpose of limiting the power of government.

There is no question about the frustration and fear many of us feel concerning runaway government growth at the federal level and the urge to do something to stop it.

However, many well-intentioned state legislators are apparently unaware that there is no way to control the agenda of a Con Con once 34 states have passed resolutions to petition Congress to call one.

In fact, Article V of the Constitution gives no guidelines for organizing a Con Con; for a delegate selection; or for delegate eligibility. All of those decisions are left to Congress to decide. States have no guarantee that they will even be represented. A Con Con could result in the complete change of our way of government. There simply are no controls to prevent that.

This is the worst possible time for such action. We have national leaders who believe the U.S. Constitution is out of date. We have members of the Supreme Court who believe that international law should set precedent for U.S. law. If the Constitution is laid out for delegates to dissect, we could destroy the greatest governing document of all time.

We must preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States at all costs. The threat of a Con Con which could change it forever is a real and growing threat. Please help stop it.

Call or write Governor Pawlenty to say no to Con Con.

Lorraine Vojak