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Is a Constitutional Convention a Good Idea ?

Reader Submitted:

Many good patriots have given a Convention of the States (COS) a thumbs up, trusting the promoters without further consideration. But, more study results in serious concerns.

What Article V of our Constitution actually says is: “The Congress,… on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments,…” In other words, it is Congress that calls for a convention. The only thing the states have the authority to do is to apply to Congress to call a convention.

But, according to the COS Handbook, their plan is this: “After the states propose, debate and vote upon the proposed amendments they will be sent to the 50 state legislatures for ratification. Congress must choose one of two modes of ratification. They can either submit the amendments to state conventions elected for that purpose or to the state legislatures.“

This in no way comports with Article V. It is totally beyond the scope of the Constitution. Does it make sense to fight government unconstitutional overreach by unconstitutional means?

The problem is not the Constitution, it is the legislators who fail to honor their oath of office to abide by it

And, if the legislators fail to abide by the Constitution we have now, why think that they would abide by an altered one?

Change Congress not the Constitution.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

2 Responses to “Is a Constitutional Convention a Good Idea ?”

  1. Paul Blumstein says:

    Exactly right. But there is more. Once a COS is called, they will be tempted to go beyond the bounds of the reason it is called and start changing “inconvenient” parts like the first few amendments. Take a look at the UN’s equivalent of our Bill of Rights. Each “freedom” is modified by a phrase something like “unless overridden by the government.” You want your right of free speech and right to carry (etc.) turned on and off at the whim of the government?

    If there is a problem with the Constitution, we have an amendment process in place.

  2. msilaghi says:

    This COS-which is not in the Constitution-reminds me of parents who set down a rule for their child to obey and follow, when the child does not rather then discipline the child the parents make more rules to enforce the behavior they would like. I have never seen that work out but I have heard parents say, “I don’t know what to do Johnny will not mind me.”

    Throw the bums out and keep on throwing them out until you get a constitutionalist.

    The Publius Huldah Blog is a wealth of information on the Constitution. Most of her research is from the Federalist Papers and other writings from the Founders.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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