Anastasia certainly can’t fault the Convention of States Project and their leaders for being creative in their arguments to get supporters on board. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t outrageous and over the top.
Let’s take a look at Michael Farris’ new argument. It was brought to Anastasia’s attention by a Facebook post by Marc Smith who runs the Article V Review and Discussion Facebook page. FYI Smith is pro article V and one nasty fellow.
He takes us to a website with an article called The Deadly Cost of Fear. Readers can see fairly well just from Smith’s posting what the article is about. Blaming The John Birch Society and Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum for the millions of aborted babies and the our multi-trillion dollar debt.
The website is owned by a Bob Menges who says he is the CoS state director for South Carolina and the article of discussion was written by Michael Farris. Salient portions from the article:
On June 22, 1988 there were 19 state applications for a Convention to reverse Roe v. Wade and protect the right to life of babies. And on that same day, there were 32 state applications for a Convention to require a balanced federal budget.
Since that date there have been approximately 21,442,131 babies deliberately killed in the womb.
And since that date our national debt has increased by approximately $16.6 trillion.
Why do I pick that date? That is the date that Warren Burger wrote a letter to Phyllis Schlafly president of Eagle Forum warning her that a Constitutional Convention (his inaccurate term of a Convention of States) could be a dangerous wide open affair that could not be controlled.
It must be remembered that Warren Burger was the Chief Justice who presided over Roe v. Wade and voted in the majority to authorize the killing of babies.
Based on Burger’s letter to Phyllis Schlafly states started rescinding their Article V applications on both the right to life and the requirement of a Balanced Budget. And in several of state repealing documents, the opinion of Warren Burger is specifically cited as the grounds for reversal. And these are not just leftist states, very pro-life states like Idaho and Utah voted to rescind their applications based on the fears that Burger stirred up with the Phyllis Schlafly letter.
This fear has killed 21 million babies.
This fear has increased our debt $16.6 trillion.
Farris also blames the John Birch Society because they oppose an Article V convention.
This is what we call desperate and unhinged folks. It doesn’t matter whether one is pro or con Article V, it’s remarks like this that call into question the sanity of their leaders.
Farris’ remarks were verified in person by a Facebook poster at a meeting in Oklahoma:
Please pass Anastasia’s article to friends and legislators, because, they cannot win based on fact.