In 2018, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster opposed an Article V Convention saying that he had a concern of unintended consequences and that there was nothing wrong with the US Constitution. On Wednesday, he reneged on that statement and sign H.3205. Seems he is now comfortable selling out the people of South Carolina to charlatans in a similar manner to his actions during the CONvid-1984 when he opposed what he referred to in a Nazi-like fashion as “non-essential businesses.”
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Today I have signed into law R-141, H. 3205, a joint resolution making application to Congress to call a convention of the States under Article V of the United States Constitution for purposes of proposing amendments limited to those that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for members of Congress and other federal officials. The course of our human events explains why.
After the American Revolution, the sovereign States—through their people—held all governmental powers. For the convenience and good of all, they assembled to create a new government—national in scope—and gave it only specific, enumerated powers to perform certain functions, such as establishing a military force, creating a common currency and a uniform system of weights and measures, and regulating interstate commerce—functions the States could not efficiently perform individually. These powers are listed in Article I. The States retained all other powers—all of them—to themselves for their sovereign exercise. Two years later, ten amendments were added to make even more emphatic the strict limits on the new national government’s power. Thusly were the liberties of future generations to be preserved, protected, and defended.
Over the years, South Carolinians, like all Americans, have witnessed an unprecedented expansion in the size and scope of this federal government. Along with increasing instances of overreach and intrusions into the affairs of—and matters expressly reserved to—the States, we have observed, with little-to-no recourse, the federal government spending and borrowing money at dangerous levels to fund this growth in government. Efforts to rein in federal spending and reduce the national debt have repeatedly met resistance from the parties in power at the time. It has become clear that Congress is unwilling or unable to set aside its self-serving institutional interests in preserving and expanding the size and reach of the federal government. Thus, any initiative to reduce the size of the federal government must originate elsewhere.
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As elections have repeatedly failed to reverse this course, I believe that the time has come to utilize the mechanism expressly available to the States in Article V, often called a “Convention of States.” Two thirds of the States must issue the call. Whether an Article V Convention would ultimately be held or propose amendments to the Constitution remains to be seen. However, I believe, at a minimum, this action will awaken and consolidate the attention and patriotism of the people to the threats to their liberties, with beneficial and consequential impact on the Congress to the same ends.
Serious concerns have been raised about the potential consequences of convening an Article V Convention. I share these concerns. I view our Constitution as the most remarkable governmental
document in human history. Some leaders foresee a “runaway” convention which could propose amendments beyond the scope of the call. Others prefer that we depend on enlightened future electorates. I see it a little differently. I see the ever-increasing size and scope of the federal government as the larger threat.
I believe that our dangerous situation is a product not of imprecision by the Constitution’s Framers but of activist judges who have ignored the Constitution’s text to advance their own policy goals, and the self-centered ambitions of too many office holders. I believe our situation will only get worse—and more difficult to correct—with time. Although we have seen an increase in textualist and originalist judges, the combination of current circumstances and the slow march and uncertainty of federal courts reshaping constitutional law counsels in favor of the States exploring the limited measures available to them to rein in the federal government.
I do not think these serious theoretical concerns warrant opposing a narrowly tailored Article V Convention at this time. I believe that the Founding Fathers included sufficient safeguards in Article V to mitigate the risks of a “runaway” convention. Article V’s requirement that three-fourths of the States must ratify any proposed constitutional amendment is designed to ensure that proposed amendments which would alter or take away fundamental constitutional rights—such as those enshrined in the Second Amendment—would not become law. This—and the active awareness and support of the people— constitutes our strongest assurance.
In 2018, FitsNews.com reported:
South Carolina governor Henry McMaster does not support calling a convention of states to address changes to the U.S. Constitution.
McMaster told reporter Jamie Lovegrove of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier that calling such a convention could strip Americans of their gun rights and abolish the Electoral College.
“My concern is there could be unintended consequences,” McMaster said, according to a tweet from Lovegrove.
McMaster added that there is nothing wrong with the constitution, just judges who “misinterpret it.”
Either McMaster doesn’t know his history, specifically how we got our current Constitution with manipulation of numbers of ratification, or he is selling out, and from behind the scenes I have heard that it is more a sell out and he is hiding behind the skirt of writing more words than it is an actual conviction he has in mind.
He is attempting to ease his conscience about the possibility of a runaway convention. What’s worse is he talks about standing up to a growing federal government and yet, he continues to take federal dollars for all sorts of unconstitutional things like education and socialist Medicare and Medicaid. So far, he’s not up for interposition against federal overreach. No, he seems to want to go right along with it.
…And he expects to be re-elected too.
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