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Right Seeks Unprecedented Convention to Amend Constitution
Associated Press ^ | November 3rd 2018 | MATT SEDENSKY

Posted on 11/03/2018 3:05:27 PM PDT by Jacquerie

NEW YORK (AP) — Whatever success Republicans have amassed in taking control of all three branches of U.S. government, and whatever fate awaits them as midterm elections near, some on the right are working to cement change by amending the Constitution. And to the mounting alarm of others on all parts of the spectrum, they want to bypass the usual process.

They’re pushing for an unprecedented Constitutional convention of the states. While opponents are afraid of what such a convention would do, supporters say it is the only way to deal with the federal government’s overreach and ineptitude.

“They literally see this as the survival of the nation,” said Karla Jones, director of the federalism task force at the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which represents state lawmakers and offers guidance and model legislation for states to call a convention under the Constitution’s Article V.

Among the most frequently cited changes being sought: amendments enforcing a balanced federal budget, establishing term limits for members of Congress, and repealing the 17th Amendment, which put the power of electing the Senate in the hands of the public instead of state legislatures.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 17thamendment; articlev; caselaw; conventionofstates; cos; gramsci; originalintent; repealthe17th
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A COS can recommend structural changes, like repeal of the 17th Amendment, to keep and expandPDJT's reforms.
1 posted on 11/03/2018 3:05:27 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Jacquerie

An enforced balance budget, with a mandatory paydown of the debt, would be a great amendment.


2 posted on 11/03/2018 3:06:23 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death by cults.)
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To: Jacquerie

Why is it that so many conservatives believe that if a Constitutional Convention were held that WE would get our way on things. It could go the other way just as easily.


3 posted on 11/03/2018 3:09:53 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Jacquerie

As of April 2017, there were seven states with Republican control of their legislatures that had not passed a call for a constitutional convention: Wisconsin, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia.


4 posted on 11/03/2018 3:10:40 PM PDT by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Artemis Webb

States will send delegates, not reps, with detailed commissions. The most likely outcome of the first COS is no recommended amendments.


5 posted on 11/03/2018 3:11:46 PM PDT by Jacquerie (ArticleVBlog.com)
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To: Jacquerie

Better idea: elect representatives who understand that most Federal employees work at agencies and departments which have are extra-Constitutional, if not blatantly un Constitutional.

And simply put those employees out of work.


6 posted on 11/03/2018 3:12:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Jonty30
Ummm...we may need a payment plan or are you advocating canceling the debt?

if you did, our paper money won't be worth the bits it takes to encode it.

7 posted on 11/03/2018 3:13:29 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (An enemy invader does not become a citizen just because he breached the ramparts!)
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To: Artemis Webb

Its gone “the other way” too many times to count since 1913. The months leading to COS will promote a public civics lesson that too many never received in high school.


8 posted on 11/03/2018 3:14:43 PM PDT by Jacquerie (ArticleVBlog.com)
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To: Jacquerie

I don’t care what Levin says, this scares me.

Why not just come up with an amendment one at a time like any other?


9 posted on 11/03/2018 3:16:10 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs.)
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To: BenLurkin
Better idea: elect representatives who understand that most Federal employees work at agencies and departments which have are extra-Constitutional, if not blatantly un Constitutional.

Get back to us as soon as you get that done.

10 posted on 11/03/2018 3:16:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy dies when Democrats refuse to accept the result of a democratic election they didn't win.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

I’m advocating to have the interest paid and some portion of the debt paid off in an orderly fashion through a single line of the budget, every single year. The amount set aside to do this cannot be changed, except through a super-majority vote.

Eventually, it would take care of itself.


11 posted on 11/03/2018 3:20:02 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death by cults.)
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To: Jacquerie
Amendment mandating original intent as the chief hermeneutic for interpreting the Constitution.

Amendment stating what cruel and unusual punishment is....and what it isn't.

Amendment stating what an "outlaw" is, the procedure for declaring outlaws, and how they will be hunted and killed without further due process; with application to waging war.

Remove death penalty appeals to SCOTUS unless there is a clear constitutional issue and remand it to the states (or the respective federal court for federal cases).

12 posted on 11/03/2018 3:20:07 PM PDT by Salvavida
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You may be correct in asserting that elections are pointless.


13 posted on 11/03/2018 3:20:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Artemis Webb

Its not an unstructured fre for all, they would only vote on the items outlined as to why the convention was being called.


14 posted on 11/03/2018 3:21:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

We dodged a bullet in 2016. PDJT can only hold back the tide until January 2025. He alone cannot reform our miserable Senate. Recall that none of the GOP members (all lawyers) of the judiciary committee could screw up the courage to cross examine Christine Ballsey Ford’s obvious lies. Imagine a Senate that didn’t care what the media promotes. Democracy is killing our republic and will do so unless we stop it. I don’t expect much out of the first COS other than it will demonstrate it will not “runaway.”


15 posted on 11/03/2018 3:23:13 PM PDT by Jacquerie (ArticleVBlog.com)
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To: BenLurkin

We’ve been trying to do that as long as I remember.

Trump saved the country, but he’s not going to be around forever.

I can’t think of anyone who will be able to take his place.

When he’s gone the Left is going to start gaining again, unless we can make some structural changes.


16 posted on 11/03/2018 3:24:02 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy dies when Democrats refuse to accept the result of a democratic election they didn't win.)
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To: Jacquerie
A COS can recommend structural changes...

Right, and that’s it’s current appeal.

Everyone can fantasize about how the convention would save us by adopting their pet amendment(s).

The real work is building broad and deep support for the specific changes that will be proposed - and those that won’t - but that’s really hard.

All this focus on process instead of substance is fun but puts the cart squarely in front of the horse.

17 posted on 11/03/2018 3:24:55 PM PDT by semimojo
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Well, if you dissagree with Levine about sealing the border you are evidently an antisemite.

I don’t give a crap what that screaming old open borders piece of shiite thinks about anything.


18 posted on 11/03/2018 3:28:02 PM PDT by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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To: Jonty30

Hamilton’s structuring of the US debt provided for a Sinking Fund devoted to paying it down. One of the consequences was that when it was introduced by a five year old country it was rated as highly as that of England or France.


19 posted on 11/03/2018 3:31:21 PM PDT by arrogantsob (See "Chaos and Mayhem" at Amazon.com)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The Left will indeed return.

We didn’t have a runaway scotus before 1913. The 17th made the New Deal, Great Society and all the other Leftist outrages imposed on an unwilling nation possible.

Today, any one of over 650 lower court judges have a veto over the President’s Constitutional and statutory duty to protect our nation.

The experiment of the 17A has more than run its course. Like banning alcohol, its time to correct a big mistake.


20 posted on 11/03/2018 3:33:20 PM PDT by Jacquerie (ArticleVBlog.com)
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