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Historical: Movement To Call Constitutional Convention Nears Landmark Number

Historical: Movement To Call Constitutional Convention Nears Landmark Number

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A convention to amend the U.S. Constitution is closer to reality than most people realize.

Tennessee soon might become the 29th state to pass a resolution calling for a convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Thirty-four states are required.

The Tennessee state senate passed the convention resolution in early February; it would need to pass the state house to become official. Idaho and Arizona also are considering such proposals and could becomes Nos. 30 and 31.

Article V of the Constitution gives states the power to call a constitutional convention provided that two-thirds – 34 – agree to it. Any amendment then would need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states – that is, 38.

It would not require congressional approval.

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The Constitution actually lays out two ways to amend it. The typical path involves Congress proposing amendments to the states. According to the National Archives, “none of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have been proposed by constitutional convention” – the method Tennessee soon might favor.

Historical: Movement To Call Constitutional Convention Nears Landmark Number

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“I give it a 60 percent chance in five years, because most people in Congress would like to see it happen, as well,” constitutional scholar Robert G. Natelson told The Tennessean newspaper.

Supporters of the proposal say it is needed to help solve Washington’s debt problem.

“It is time for states to step up and solve the problem with almost $20 trillion of national debt that has been amassed in Washington,” Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey, a Republican, said in a press release. Kelsey authored the resolution, which calls for a “planning convention” that would draw up the rules for a new constitutional convention.

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Critics fear that a constitutional convention could go rogue.

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“There’s nothing to keep our founding document to be actually thrown out,” Tennessee state Representative Craig Fitzhugh, a Democrat, said of the convention.

Opponents like Fitzhugh fear the convention could rewrite the entire constitution like the one in 1797 did, setting up a constitutional crisis.

“They were supposed to meet to make amendments to the Articles of Confederation but ended up with a whole new form of government,” Nathan Griffith, an associate professor of political science at Belmont University, told the newspaper. “Not just a new constitution, but a whole new form of government.”

Said Griffith: “You’re rolling the dice a little bit with this.”

Supporters believe that planning conventions would restrict the convention’s agenda to certain issues.

“Founding Fathers James Madison and George Mason insisted that states have a method for amending the Constitution because sometime in the future the federal government would grow to the point it would become deaf to states’ needs,” said Republican state Sen. Mike Bell.

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8 comments

  1. I don’t think rolling the dice is accurate. How about Russian roulette with 5 rounds in the cylinder. Always remember, “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Once they have the ability to do so, they could literally write us into a form of government that is unacceptable.

  2. I’ve said it before. Be veeerrry careful what you wish for. You might get it.
    .
    Just because someone says that there are only certain things coming up in a con-con, don’t you believe it. Almost anything could be forced to the forefront any time the convention is “open”.

  3. Con-Con is a bad idea. It could be used to ruin this country.

  4. Stop the convention !

    The whole Constitution is at stake if a convention is called forth. A civil war has already started if anyone has been paying attention.

    If you think the Communists, Socialists, Progressives et al with Soros / Rothschild money won’t spark something big to help end 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A etc. then you are fools.

    Protect the Constitution as is. Fight for sound money (gold and silver) and by ending the Federal Reserve’s power over the monetary purse strings once and for all.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP9H5fADC0E

  5. Article 5: “THE CONGRESS, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, OR, ON THE APPLICATION OF THE LEGISLATURES OF TWO THIRDS OF THE SEVERAL STATES, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

    Notice the words there, states may APPLY to the Congress for the Congress to hold a Convention. Both ways of calling a convention is still involving the same people, though, the only somewhat saving grace is that it still takes ratification of 2/3’s the states. But if these people are so ignorant to push for one now, won’t they be the same ones pushing for ratification?

    So many people do NOT know what a real constitutional convention is. The states can request that one be held, but those from the federal government – whom we already know to be corrupt, if not treasonous – can totally change our government into anything they want.

    Does anyone read anymore? The people who have been working to destroy our nation from within are the same ones fighting to get a con con. Go research who backs this.

    The other thing to consider is that it does the same thing as is now not being enforced. It is words on a document that the people as the Militia is required to enforce. We are not enforcing what we already have, and we do have enough; so what would make any thinking person believe that we would enforce if it was a legitimate constitutional change – instead of a change of our government to a monarchy, dictator, etc?.

  6. Also consider this from Publius Huldahj.

    Publius Huldah: “In a nutshell, our Constitution authorizes the federal government to handle the following objects for the Country at Large:

    — Military defense, international commerce & relations;
    — Control immigration & naturalization of new citizens;
    — Domestically, to create a uniform commercial system: weights & measures, patents & copyrights, money based on gold & silver, bankruptcy laws, mail delivery & some road building; and
    — With some of the amendments, secure certain civil rights.

    As stated in the 10th Amendment, all others powers are reserved by the States OR The People….
    What would our Country’s financial condition be if WE THE PEOPLE had enforced the enumerated powers on Congress? It is the enumerated powers which list the objects on which Congress may appropriate funds:

    — immigration office (Art. I, §8, cl.4)
    — mint (Art. I, §8, cl. 5)
    — Attorney General (Art. I, §8, cl. 6)
    — post offices & post roads (Art. I, §8, cl. 7)
    — patent & copyright office (Art. I, §8, cl. 8)
    — federal courts (Art. I, §8, cl. 9)
    — military (Art. I, §8, cls. 11-16)
    — the civil list (Art. I, §6, cl.1)
    — [and other objects listed in various other articles, sections, &clauses]

    Do you get the idea? The Constitution itemizes what Congress is permitted to spend money on. See also the two geographical areas over which Congress was delegated “general legislative powers”: Art. I, §8, next to last clause, & Art. IV, §3, cl. 2. (end quote)

    All it really takes is for the people to actually read the US Constitution and the writings of the framers, the debates. Then it takes us as the constitutionally REQUIRED Militia to enforce the contract that all those that serve within our governments are under. Contract enforcement, supreme Law enforcement is all assigned to us, “we the people of the united States” in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15.

    Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.“

    Per Clause 15 the Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:
    — Enforce the US Constitution (supreme Law of our nation) and each state’s Constitution (highest Law of the state),
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

    George Washington: “It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government…, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” (“Sentiments on a Peace Establishment”, letter to Alexander Hamilton; “The Writings of George Washington”)

    Richard Henry Lee, First Senate: “A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …”

    Samuel Adams: “It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army stationed among them, over which they have no control … The Militia is composed of free Citizens. There is therefore no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them.”

    Patrick Henry: “If you have given up your militia, and Congress shall refuse to arm them, you have lost every thing. Your existence will be precarious, because you depend on others, whose interests are not affected by your infelicity.”

  7. Are we sure we would like to see people who do not follow the Constitution now, have the ability to rewrite it? What would they change? What would they leave alone? Is the outcome worth the risk?

    NO to con con.

  8. We already have a very good Constitution and don’t need to call a ConCon to “rework it”, which is exactly what would happen if one does occur. What we DO need is a massive purge of laws and agencies that don’t conform to the limits placed on the federal level of government by the Constitution. Federal “overreach” has been massive and gradually has occurred over more than a hundred years.

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