Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Constitutional Convention Sparks Debate
Every 20 years the issue of a constitutional convention appears on the ballot here in our state. What the convention calls for is the opening of the state constitution for debate and alteration vis a vis the general public rather than the general assembly.
This years convention has put two big titans head to head in a battle of epic proportions, on one side we have the liberal pro-choice pro-gay marriage pro women's reproductive rights while on the conservative side we have the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro conservative values. These amount to two groups facing off, the churches who are in favor of the constitutional convention, and the liberal factions within Connecticut who oppose it.
Of those who oppose the constitutional convention, do so by way of reasoning that special interests will use their public authority to modify the state constitution for their own politically motivated reasons. Most people at the moment cannot even describe what the convention is or entails, but of those who do know, like Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, oppose it.
Ultimately it is up to us to decide if we wish for the general public to exercise their rights to modify the the state Constitution but thus far the opposing factions are mostly the churches and the social liberals in our state.
The first bout of this battle will take place this Sunday where several church groups have banded together to support the definition of marriage to remain between a man and a woman. The issue is currently before the supreme court and religious conservatives fear that our state judges will legislate rather than follow the rule of law of which has already been established in the state.
Opponents of a constitutional convention have posted THIS BLOG. Supporters of a Constitutional convention can be heard by clicking HERE or for a public site click HERE.