Your poll question itself “poisons the well”, and demonstrates either a lack of understanding, or deliberate misinformation.
‘“Would you say the United States Constitution has held up well as the basis for our government and laws and is in little need of change, or would you say that we should hold a new constitutional convention to update the Constitution?”’
A convention held under the authority of Article V of the U.S. Constitution is NOT a “constitutional convention to update the Constitution”; it is a “convention for proposing amendments.” The EXACT SAME AUTHORITY that Congress has, AT ALL TIMES!
The scope of the convention is limited by the “call” itself, the terms under which the convention is authorized and assembled.
There is NO current Article V movement to hold a “new constitutional convention”, “to render the Constitution of the federal government adequate to the exigencies of the Union”; this was the plenipotentiary commission given to (almost) all of the delegates to the 1787 Philadelphia Convention (Massachusetts and New York being the exceptions).
The Texas Republican Party Platform rightfully has two planks regarding conventions and the use of Article V:
Plank 34 — “ We oppose any constitutional convention to rewrite the United States Constitution.”
Plank 35 — “ We urge our Texas State Legislators to call for a limited Article V Convention of States for the specific purpose of reducing the power of the federal government, including implementation of term limits.”
These planks are not contradictory, they are complimentary. The latter plank is also one of the top five legislative priorities in the platform; in regards to Governor Greg Abbott, this is his #1 priority.
The Convention of States movement is this generation’s anti-establishment cause — the founders in their wisdom anticipated that the federal government would one day corrupt it’s own institutions, seize power for itself, and refuse to take any meaningful steps to rein itself back to the original definitions provided in the Constitution. We the People, through the representation of our state legislators, have the power to circumvent all of the corruption and deceit, and save our nation from it’s own federal government.
The Convention of States application is limited in scope to three subjects: to impose fiscal restraints (spending AND taxing), limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government (bureaucracies and the judiciary), and limit the terms of office for federal officials and Congress (Term Limits on Congress and the Supreme Court). Note that the subject to “limit the power and jurisdiction…” immediately disqualifies any attempt to touch the Bill of Rights — those exist precisely to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; tinkering with them would INCREASE the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
As this election cycle comes mercifully to a close, it is time for We the People to wake up and realize that Voting Is No Longer Enough… We must actively hold the federal government to account through the last legitimate, peaceful, Constitutional means we have, a call for an Article V Convention of States. The Convention of States movement is addressing the true root of the collapse of the structure of our federal government — who should have the authority to decide how we live? The federal government, or We the People through our state and local governments? When the federal government assumes that authority unilaterally, every citizen loses liberty, regardless of his/her political ideology.
Texans need to seize upon the grand opportunity set before us; we have a unique position in this nation, looked to for leadership in true political reform movements. With political leadership provided from Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Representative Rick Miller, and Senator Brian Birdwell, and a grassroots army of more than 100,000 Liberty-Loving Patriotic Texans, Texas is ready to LEAD!
We invite all Texans, and all US Citizens, to join with us at the Convention of States — www.conventionofstates.com.
Paul Hodson, Texas State Co-Director, Convention of States Project