In this post, I draw a parallel between the Second Amendment and Article V. The Second Amendment grants nothing. It is through Natural Law, the Law of Reason, and not by a Constitution or statute that we are entitled to defend ourselves. Not only do each of us have a natural interest in self-preservation, but because we are all God’s work, meaning His property, we have a clear and positive duty to preserve His creation.
To facilitate individual self-preservation, God made man naturally social. John Locke wrote, “God having made man such a creature, that, in His own judgement, it was not good for him to be alone, put him under strong obligation and necessity to drive him into society.” Civil society forms government to secure the natural rights of individuals and those of the community. Society naturally possesses all the civil rights of its members.
To these ends, to protect the natural rights of individuals and society, laws are crafted by legislatures created by society to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is the first and fundamental natural law which governs legislatures: their purpose is the preservation of society and every person in it. As summarized by the historian Forrest McDonald, “Thus constituted, government can have no powers except such as are compatible with the end for which it was established; and it cannot act arbitrarily, or depart from its own laws . . .”
When the executive branch or scotus depart from the supreme law and usurp the powers delegated by society to congress, they act arbitrarily; they are simultaneous attacks on society and individuals. Just as individuals have a natural duty to defend themselves, so does society.
When looked at in this way, from the standpoint of self-preservation, Article V is to society as the Second Amendment is to the individual. To argue that society need not defend itself from assault is contrary to reason. No government can justly operate outside of natural law, and natural law commands the individual and society to preserve themselves.
Why does the Left promote, among other destructive policies, the importation of islamists, single parent households, homosexual marriage and progressive income taxes? The Left understands the relationship between the individual and society. Saul Alinsky, hero to Obama and Hillary Clinton, wasn’t just a street rabble-rouser. His purpose, like that of today’s Democrat Party, is to destroy civil society. Accomplish societal destruction, and the individual is doomed to a State of Nature, in which control of the population is achieved through raw force. The process is underway. In select urban areas, police forces are being transformed into field offices for DOJ social justice warriors. Through its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the DOJ requires standardization of policing policies, which in time will subject local police to the DOJ’s operational control.
Against this background, Article V opponents find comfort in their slogan to “just enforce the Constitution we have,” as if wishful thinking and sending good men and women to corrupt institutions can restore free government. Society is to sit back and await its destruction? Not only is this contrary to reason; it is outright nonsense when the certain consequence of inaction is societal and individual ruin.
Convening the states under Article V isn’t just a natural right; it is our positive duty to save our shared community and ourselves. We are the many; our oppressors are the few. Be proactive. Be a Re-Founder. Join Convention of States. Sign our COS Petition.
Locke, J. (2010). Two Treatises of Government, Edited by Peter Laslett. Cambridge: University Press.
McDonald, F. (1985). Novus Ordo Seclorum – The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.