Skip to comments.Call a Constitutional Convention, Already! Article V: A gift from the founders.
Posted on 03/14/2014 5:46:08 AM PDT by bestintxas
e've talked endlessly about using a Constitutional convention to wrest the reins of government from entrenched interests and put them back in the hands of the people. Enough talk: It's time to put the theory into action.
To recap, the Constitution may be amended in two ways: by a two-thirds vote of Congress, or by a convention called by two-thirds (34) of the (50) state legislatures. All amendments to date have arisen through the first mechanism, although conservatives and libertarians increasingly are calling for state lawmakers to pursue the second. If 34 states pass convention measures, Congress must convene a convention to discuss amending the constitution. In the words of James Madison, who was instrumental to the drafting of Article V, "If two thirds of the States make application, Congress cannot refuse to call one." Even the centralizer Alexander Hamilton conceded that the wording of Article V leaves "nothing...to the discretion of Congress."
The publication of Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments seems to have brought this simmering talk to a boil. In his book, Levin suggests several amendments: to establish term limits for members of Congress, to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment, to establish term limits for Supreme Court justices and provide a legislative override of their opinions, to limit federal taxing and spending, to restrict the federal bureaucracy, to promote free enterprise, to protect private property, to grant the states more direct power to amend the Constitution and check Congress, and to ensure that voting is open to citizens only. A non-profit called Citizens for Self-Government, run by Tea Party leader Mark Meckler, is organizing grassroots support for a convention. Lawmakers in Georgia have even come to taking votes on the matter.
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With 38 States acting together, one can dismiss the Congress, fire the President, even do away with the Supreme Court.
Th ultimate power in the land, 38 states.
What could the feds do about it? NADA.
Be careful what you wish for.
we need to do this NOW
Magic fix ping!
This and other writings can be so frustrating. Yet again, Article V is NOT a “constitutional convention”; it is utilizing a Constitutionally-provided second mechanism to create Constitutional amendments. Ratification takes the same path as the first mechanism (Congressional-proposed amendments).
Noted writers have preached endlessly on how the first con-con was in fact a coup d”etat over our first constitution, and a great mistake!
Find these writings elsewhere.
congress will ignore anything that occurs. they ignore all of their constitutional requirements now.
We need another coup d’etat. (Dependent populations need not apply.)
What for? The constitution we have now isn’t followed, what makes you think a new one would be any different?
It’s NOT a “constitutional convention”.
It’s an Article V convention of the states to ratify proposed amendments.
The amendments are pre-proposed and require 38 states’ legislatures to approve them.
The “liberal takeover” that detractors are afraid of can’t happen.
It only takes 34 to get things started, however, one MUST keep in mind that it will be necessary even at 34 to have some blue states in the mix. How is that going to work? Well, you have an opportunity to watch. Just go to http://themountvernonassembly.org/index.html and read.
“The liberal takeover that detractors are afraid of cant happen”.
Never say can’t, and see below four seconds after your posting.
Pardon, that would be see above...
the circus and bread, football mentality, prevails...we ain’t goin’ nowhere !!!
Dick.G: AMERICAN !
Paging the Awfulizer/You-Can’t-Do-That crowd in 10 ... 9 ... 8 ...
Do you want another Commie 5 year plan to be caved in to by doormat RINOs?
They’re already here.
Not if you count guns. It’s what the 2nd Amendment was for.
We don’t need a Constitutional convention to draft a new constitution. We need people in positions of authority who adhere to the document we have.
Roger that. We need a “new constitution” just like we need a “new immigration law”.
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