Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Indiana Senate Loses Collective Mind

Constitutional Convention of 1787
Your Indiana Senate may be out of control.

Yesterday, the Senate approved a measure calling for a U.S. Constitutional Convention.  Yes, that's right.  We've joined the lunatic fringe in Indiana.  Since it requires 2/3 of the states to approve, 33 other states would have to pass similar measures.

The Hoosier State can probably lead the fight to rewrite the document that has held our country together for all these years.  It is also the document that many conservatives always rush to defend in a strict-constructionalist manner.  The House now must agree with the Senate in order for things to move forward.

These are the kinds of things your legislature continues to take up.  Instead of doing the people's business, the Indiana General Assembly seems heck bent on revenge, retribution, and wackiness.

For once, I agree with Senator Mike Delph who told the Star's Mary Beth Schneider that the Constitution does not need to be rewritten; it needs to be followed.  Even though it passed the Senate by a 32-18 margin, Schneider points out that even conservatives like Delph and Senator Sue Glick opposed the convention.

We'll see this move forward now, and I'm sure that if it passes that some states will agree with Indiana.  This is no time for this mess.  We can't even agree on the simplest things.  How does the Indiana Senate think we can agree on a new Constitution.

I get it.  The Tea Party fringe is mad and is putting pressure on their politicians to act.  This is too extreme, and George Washington, Ben Franklin, and James Madison aren't coming through the door anytime soon although  Zombie James Madison might come back and slap someone.

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