Failed Presidential candidate Jeb Bush just won’t go away.
The establishment’s hand-picked candidate saw his campaign end in humiliation when it was crushed by Donald Trump’s populist uprising.
And now he is promoting a new scheme to sell out conservatives and allow liberals to rewrite the Constitution.
In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal – the Republican establishment’s go-to news source – Bush described his vision for what path the GOP should follow now that the election is over.
Some critics argue that a candidate who barely registered in the single digits during the primaries – and whose platform of amnesty, trade deals, and foreign wars was soundly rejected by his party’s voters – should have no influence on the policy platform the victorious President-elect will implement.
Bush wrote that the GOP should push for a dangerous scheme which would allow liberals to rewrite the Constitution:
“Americans, by wide majorities, agree that Washington is broken, so let’s send power back to the people and back to the states. Republicans should support convening a constitutional convention to pass term limits, a balanced-budget amendment and restraints on the Commerce Clause, which has given the federal government far more regulatory power than the Founders intended.”
While this sounds appealing on the surface, it’s a strategy that could backfire big time.
Allowing a meeting to rewrite the Constitution would not be limited to just the proposed amendments conservatives like.
Liberals would be able to flood the proceedings with amendments to eliminate the Second Amendment, guarantee a constitutional right for abortion, make health care a constitutional guarantee, change the definition of citizenship so illegal aliens would have automatic voting rights, and other dangerous left-wing schemes that would destroy our way of life.
In 2014, the late Justice Antonin Scalia – maybe the greatest conservative Justice ever on the Supreme Court – warned about the dangers of a Constitutional Convention while appearing on an episode of the Kalb Report.
The New American reports Scalia stating:
I certainly would not want a Constitutional Convention. I mean whoa. Who knows what would come out of that? But, if there were a targeted amendment that were adopted by the states, I think the only provision I would amend is the Amendment Provision. I figured out, at one time, what percentage of the populace could prevent an Amendment to the Constitution. And, if you take a bare majority in the smallest states by population, I think something less than two percent of the people can prevent a Constitutional Amendment. It ought to be hard, but it shouldn’t be that hard. [Emphasis added.]”
And conservative icon, the late Phyllis Schlafly, also warned about the dangers of allowing an open convention to rewrite the Constitution:
“Article V of the Constitution has only 22 words about a convention for proposing amendments, but the most important is the word “call.” Since only Congress can “call” the convention, it means that states have no control over who can be a delegate, who makes the rules, who sets the agenda, or who wields the gavel.
To prove the power of the call, read for yourself the official call for this year’s Republican and Democratic National Conventions, plus all the state and local party conventions being held this spring. Each of these calls is an elaborate document of many pages setting forth the rules, procedures, and eligibility for all persons wishing to participate…
…Some conservatives assume that a constitutional convention would propose only conservative ideas like a balanced budget. It never occurs to them that Bernie Sanders supporters would show up to demand constitutional amendments requiring the taxpayers to pay for free college and other free stuff for everyone.”
Republicans rejected Jeb Bush’s establishment backed platform in the primaries.
And they should reject his new calls to rewrite the Constitution.