An article was published this week by TexasGOPVote.com, highlighting the deception behind our highest ranking Texas Republican; Gov. Greg Abbott.
Gov. Abbott appears to be sharing some lies spread by the Convention of States Project. Deception can be found in the repeated claim by COS, and now claimed by Gov. Abbott, that the late Justice Scalia was in favor of a con con. While that claim is partially correct, it is more lie than truth.
In 1979, seven years before Antonin Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan, Scalia was a law professor at the University of Chicago. It was in 1979 that Professor Scalia made a public statement in favor of an Article V convention. However, as late as April 17, 2014, as a member of the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia made this statement:
“I certainly would not want a Constitutional Convention. I mean whoa. Who knows what would come out of that?”
(Click here to see video of Scalia’s statement.)
More deception can be found in the COS claim that a “convention of states” is not a constitutional convention (a.k.a. con con). Gov. Abbott is a lawyer. As a lawyer he understands legal definitions and their purpose. Lawyers use Black’s Law Dictionary. Black’s Law Dictionary defines “Constitutional Convention” this way:
“A duly constituted assembly of delegates or representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of framing, revising, or amending its constitution. Article V of U.S. Constitution provides that a Constitutional Convention may be called on application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the states.” [Emphasis added.]
Not only does Black’s dictionary define a con con as a convention for the purposes of “amending” a constitution, but Black’s dictionary actually uses Article V as an example.
Gov. Abbott’s Texas Plan, in his own words, is a call for a “constitutional convention”. He continues to call it by this name all throughout his book – Broken But Unbowed.
It’s difficult to trust one’s words when one has shown a pattern of deception. Followers of the Convention of States Project beware of the deceit and distraction.
See Abbott’s 9 proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution here.