What An Article V Convention Might Mean
While I was speaking at the John Birch Society (JBS) annual meeting in August, the issue of an Article V Convention came up. Because their views on this topic are different than many other conservatives, I asked if they would write up their analysis of what calling such a convention might mean for the country. I offered to publish them here on this substack, so that many would have an opportunity to consider a different point of view on this important topic.
As an aside, one thing I learned from attending this meeting is that the organization is named after the first person identified as killed in the Korean war. This is an organization founded to (among other things) resist communism. According to Wikipedia,
The John Birch Society from its start opposed collectivism as a “cancer” and, by extension, communism and big government.: 11  The organization and its founder, Robert Welch, promoted Americanism as “the philosophical antithesis of communism.” It contended that the United States is a republic, not a democracy, and argued that states’ rights should supersede those of the federal government. Welch infused constitutionalist and classical liberal principles, in addition to his conspiracy theories (emphasis mine – note how these “theories” aren’t specifically named), into the JBS’s ideology and rhetoric. In 1983, Congressman Larry McDonald, then the society’s newly appointed chairman, characterized the JBS as belonging to the Old Right rather than the New Right.
The society opposes “one world government“, the United Nations, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and other free trade agreements. It argues the U.S. Constitution has been devalued in favor of political and economic globalization. It has cited the existence of the former Security and Prosperity Partnership as evidence of a push towards a North American Union. The JBS has sought to reduce immigration.
Article from LewRockwell