Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Why Rubio’s Endorsement of a Constitutional Convention Doesn’t Thrill Me


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Rubio earned praise from Mark Levin for calling for a Constitutional Convention of the States, one of the means set forth by the Constitution to create amendments that bypasses Congress entirely. Here’s why I’m not so thrilled: Setting aside the question of whether or not it is a good idea, it is an idea which the President has no power to implement, and so no responsibility for success or failure. Let’s assume good faith on Rubio’s part. Rubio calls on the states to act. Then what?

Most likely nothing. And it’s not his fault. And once again conservatives vote for change that never happens.

This is not just the politicians’ fault in Washington, although yes they are to blame. It is the fault of us deeply committed social and constitutional conservatives for settling for words and not deeds.

This is why I am focused so strongly on FADA, legislation that would prevent the next Democratic administration from using the power of the purse to shut down every Christian school in the nation, to give just one example. It would likely overturn Obama’s policy of forcing public school girls to shower with transgendered males.

Rubio has committed to passing FADA in the first hundred days. That’s good. But let us not get distracted by bread and circuses tossed to the masses to feed our raging dissatisfaction with the existing GOP political order.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

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