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To: TexasFreeper2009
"37 .... just happens to be the number required to call a constitutional convention."....

Now that's an interesting "factoid" - thanks for cheering me up a bit!!

25 posted on 03/17/2010 6:51:52 PM PDT by 88keys ("conservative Republican" should not be an oxymoron...can we fix it?!)
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To: 88keys; TexasFreeper2009; 2ndDivisionVet

Last time I checked, we only had 50 states, not the 57 Pres Zero thought we had.

A Constitutional Convention must be called if Congress receives requests from the legislatures of 2/3rds of the States. That means just 34 States submitting a call for the SAME issue although there could be multiple issues as long as each issue has at least 34 calls.

So why wait until November when we take back Congress ? If there are 37 States willing to fight the use of force and penalties on people to buy health insurance, are there at least 34 State Legislatures willing to call for an Amendment to clarify that “the Federal government shall make no law requiring nor penalize any citizen with regard to purchase or failure to purchase any good or service” ?

People have all but forgotten that Article V of the Constitution allows the States to call for a Convention to Amend the Constitution at ANY time expressly so the people don’t have to suffer an oppressive government until the next election cycle. Congress can do it too, but it needs a 2/3rds majority in both Houses, which we may or may not have even after November.

Every time in the past when the calls for a Convention have come close to the 2/3rds magic number, Congress has run scared and proposed the sought after Amendment themselves to prevent the Convention from forming. Because they are *obligated* to call it if there are 2/3rds of the States requesting one, and Congress has no say at all about what the Convention can do.

We are overdue for a Convention. We can finally pass the Balanced Budget Amendment that has been lingering out there since 1983 as well. Possibly another Amendment limiting the TOTAL of all Federal taxes to 20% or less of GDP for the prior year. Possibly another stating that all taxes must be FLAT rated on ALL citizens with no deductions, exemptions, or credits allowed. And another to disallow unfunded mandates on the States — Congress can only pass laws that it can pay for without States having to share the costs. And a line item veto that will pass the SCOTUS by merely allowing the POTUS to refer individual items in a bill back for a 2/3rds reconfirmation vote in the Senate rather than an outright rejection of the line items.

It is true that it takes 3/4ths of the States to RATIFY Amendments, and that means 38, but it looks like we are almost there due to Zero’s overreach.


29 posted on 03/19/2010 3:10:04 AM PDT by Kellis91789 (Democrat: Someone who supports killing children, but protests executing convicted murderers.)
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