Wisconsin Senate Threatens the U.S. Constitution with Joint Resolution 21

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin said today that members of the Wisconsin Senate are endangering the fundamental rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution by calling for the country’s first constitutional convention to consider changes to the nation’s founding document.

ACLU of Wisconsin Executive Director Chris Ott made this statement:

“Our message to Wisconsin legislators is simple: Don’t mess with the Constitution.

“Not once in our nation’s 241-year history has a constitutional convention been called – and for good reason. Once a constitutional convention convenes, there’s nothing to stop its delegates from making radical changes or rewriting the Constitution entirely – undermining the fundamental rights and principles that have served our country well for more than two centuries.

“We have nothing against a balanced budget, but there are ways to accomplish that without inviting dangerous and wholesale revisions to our nation’s founding document. Instead of opening up the Constitution to dangerous revisions, Wisconsin legislators should work together to strengthen our democracy and safeguard the rule of law.”

Once approved by the Wisconsin Senate, Joint Resolution 21 will make Wisconsin the 28th state to call a Constitutional Convention, six states short of what is needed for such a convention to be held.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017