Skip to comments.Delegates Aiming at December Finish for Rules (COS)
Posted on 06/15/2014 2:00:25 AM PDT by Jacquerie
INDIANAPOLIS | The Assembly of State Legislatures concluded its work at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, having tasted the difficulty of getting different states to agree on even minor matters, but still optimistic about the prospects for a future Convention of the States.
The 94 delegates from 29 states spent the morning polishing a resolution officially changing the group's name from the Mount Vernon Assembly and urging other states, especially states with Democratic legislatures, to join the mostly Republican members of The Assembly of State Legislatures at its planned December session.
Questions over whether delegates to the December meeting should be appointed by each state's legislative leaders, limited to state legislators and required to be bipartisan produced passionate, hourslong debates that ended with state-by-state roll call votes.
The assembly agreed the committees that first met Thursday to start hammering out procedural details leading to a Convention of the States will continue meeting electronically through the summer and fall, with a goal of having a convention plan prepared for a final vote in December.
The Assembly of State Legislatures hopes the rules and procedures it devises will be adopted by a future Convention of the States that then would immediately get to work drafting constitutional amendments.
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There is little time to stop tyranny and save what remains of our republic.
Article V ping!
“Questions over whether delegates to the December meeting should be appointed by each state’s legislative leaders, limited to state legislators and required to be bipartisan produced passionate, hourslong debates that ended with state-by-state roll call votes”.
The issue of bi-partisanship was a key point at the Mt Vernon Assembly, in 2013. I suspected then, that it could be a deal breaker. It is again a key topic. Democrat attendence was double Mt Vernon, but still far short of what it needs to be IF bi-partisanship is to be a reality.
Three democrats at Mt Vernon, six or eight, unconfirmed in either case in Indy. There were at least that many folks in the Capitol protesting the idea of Article V and the dangers of giving a Congress that has essentially abdicated their Constitutional oversight and duty, access to potential change through the Article V process.
Anyway you look at it, Congress is a part of the process.
The window of opportunity is closing quickly. It’s now or never. The Amnesty bomb is ticking.
I'm not sure we are still fit for free government, but this effort must be made. If we fail, historians can look back and note that some Americans made the effort to reform a corrupted system.
Who are these 94 delegates and what is their political leaning?
Some conservatives are waiting for the next Ronald Reagan to save us—but even Reagan could only hold the tsunami back temporarily. As soon as GHWB took over, the Progressive March resumed. Elections help, but the system corrupts them faster than we can vote them out. As you indicate, our heritage, culture, institutions, religion, and values are all under assault. And it is only on that foundation that representative democracy can work. BUT THE EFFORT MUST BE MADE. These delegates are taking huge risk, personally and professionally. Make no mistake: Obama and Holder know who these guys are and have thick dossiers already.
Yes, the effort MUST be made, and the delegates are certainly targets of Holder and Obama.
What does Congress have to do with a state convention to propose amendments?
Probably not much, unfortunately under article V we aren’t talking a state convention. We are talking an application process that includes two thirds of the States, but under article V the Congress calls the convention for proposing amendments.
This is just one reason there is a danger in the entire process, when the Congress itself is involved, since they and the Executive branch as well as the Judicial are operating outside the Constitution in so many ways.
It would be foolish to expect three branches of Government operating without undue influence from the Constitution, to suddenly be brought under control merely by three fourths of the States agreeing on amendments to the Constitution and having them ratified regardless of the subject of the amendments.
It is also why I believe the fundamental differences between Republican and Democrat ideology will make it extremely difficult to reach bi-partisan agreement on amendments to be presented at such a convention.
I'm sure they'll put their "John Hancock" on any final agreement.