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Written By: Jim Swanson  |  Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Though I was born and grew up in Wisconsin, my family and I spent 18 years in Canada while I taught and pastored. During that time I saw a clear contrast between the US Constitution and that of Canada. The Canadian form of government, set up on the British model, lacks the accountability and balance of power inherent in our US Constitution. In Canada, a local representative does not have to live in region he or she represents. A person could live in British Columbia and represent a district in Newfoundland. But one thing was clear; the representative was expected to vote as the leader of his party dictated. If they did not, they probably would be removed from the party. So contacting your representative about an issue was futile. How they would vote was already determined. The only exception was when the PM declared a free vote, but these were rare.
I mention this because of the present movement to establish a constitutional convention (con con) to rewrite arguably the best constitution in history. Speaking to us on this very subject, the Father of the U.S. Constitution, James Madison, wrote this warning on November 2, 1788, against calling another general constitutional convention.

"If a General Convention were to take place for the avowed and sole purpose of revising the Constitution, it would naturally consider itself as having a greater latitude than the Congress appointed to administer and support as well as to amend the system; it would consequently give greater agitation to the public mind; an election into it would be courted by the most violent partisans on both sides; it would probably consist of the most heterogeneous characters; would be the very focus of that flame which has already too much heated men of all parties; would no doubt contain individuals of insidious views, who under the mask of seeking alterations popular in some parts but inadmissible in other parts of the Union might have a dangerous opportunity of sapping the very foundations of the fabric.

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