Skip to comments.Senator Long calls for a constitutional convention
Posted on 02/14/2013 7:23:57 PM PST by digger48
Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Indiana needs to take the lead in assembling a constitutional convention of the states in an effort to rein in the federal governments power. Longs effort aims to produce an amendment to the Untied States Constitution.
To amend the Constitution in a state-initiated way, two-thirds of state legislatures must agree to convene a constitutional convention, at which the amendment is drafted. Three-fourths of the states must then approve the amendment for it to be ratified.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long wants to start that process on an amendment meant to impose limits on the Constitutions Commerce Clause and federal taxing authority. Long said limiting those two powers would help prevent the federal government from enacting measures like the Affordable Care Act, which he calls the poster child for federal overreaching.
"This is not some kind of a, you know, conspiracy theorists all gathering together to drive the federal government out of our lives," said Long. "It is, I think, a thoughtful and constitutionally-based approach to how we can protect states rights."
But Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane said the proposal is a distraction.
"You know, I think we ought to keep our nose to the grindstone on what people are wanting us to which is to work on ways to create jobs," Lanane said.
Long said hes spoken with lawmakers in other states, such as Tennessee and Texas, who say theyd follow Indianas lead. Still, he admits the process could take years
Does this guy want to speed up the end of this country?
Doesn’t a Constitutional Convention open up the entire thing to be re-written?
Can you imagine what it would look like with the current crops of Progs with their Lapmedia and Margin of Fraud in elections?
Not sure what you mean. Are you saying that such an amendment would spark civil disobedience and rioting from the left?
It would look like the Communist Manifesto when its over
A Conventional could rewrite the whole thing, not just do an amendment
Just terrible. No way. It would be the end.
Isn’t there a damn good reason we have never done this in 200+ years?
You won’t regognize the First.
Forget the 2nd.
4th, 5th 10th 14th...Fuggitaboutit.
22nd???...Obama gets fitted for a Military uniform with 5000 gold medals pinned to it and 7 hour Teleprompter readings
What could possibly go wrong? /s
That’s what amendments are for.
Your bozo idea isn’t well thought with what the end result will be out of a CC?
Skip that dumb idea.
This Long guy needs to hear a lot of education from a lot of people as to why this is a STUPID idea.
No. Not at all. This is a giant myth created by beltway elites. A convention can only PROPOSE amendments. It cannot ratify them. They could propose making Hamburglarism the official national religion and it wouldn't do a damn thing unless 3/4ths of the states ratified it.
The convention process was specifically design by the Founders for the exact situation we face, in which insiders and elites so monopolize the process at the federal level that there is no hope of evern getting them to reign in federal power or return to Conatitutional governance. This is why those same elites try to create the myth that a convention will lead to the Constitution being totally re-written.
No a convention cannot re-write the Constitution. It can only propose amendments. It would still be up to 3/4ths of the states to ratify those amendments, and state legislatures skew to the right..
I want to know who in the Texas legislature would support a con-con.
A trilogy with one of the books about what happens in a “Con Con” (Constitutional Convention), excellent reads written by freeper TravisMcgee.
Better that the states start acting on the powers they have.
A con-con can only PROPOSE amendments. It cannot actually change or re-write the Constitution. Why would you trust Schumer, Reid, and Boehner to propose amendments more than you would a con-con put together by state legislatures that skew to the right?
Every amendment in the last 150 years has screwed us.
I don't trust ANY politician. I'm grateful that the founders made the Constitution difficult to change.
I wish they had done a better job on 'interstate commerce' and 'general welfare', but the black robed bastards can pervert anything, given a chance.
Several Constitutional amendments are proposed in Congress assembled every year. Most go no-where.
I'm good with that.
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