Bid for ‘convention’ to amend Constitution builds

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April 3, 2014

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WASHINGTON – Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes.

At issue is what’s known as a “constitutional convention,” a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though, devised an alternative way which says if two-thirds of state legislatures demand a meeting, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.”

The idea has gained popularity among constitutional scholars in recent years — but got a big boost last week when Michigan lawmakers endorsed it.

Michigan matters, because by some counts it was the 34th state to do so. That makes two-thirds.

  • Newton Rules

    I am curious, could someone please state specific things being done that are attacking, undermining, and “destroying” the Constitution? I keep hearing certain groups talking about it, making claims about it, but I never hear specific issues.

  • David in MA

    HOWEVER! There should be a caution in this. If the Constitution Convention is called for “whatever”, it must be acknowledged that the participants DO NOT have to stay with the reason for calling the convention. Once the convention is opened, ANYTHING can be addressed. The Constitution of these United States of America is in great jeopardy, especially with all the democratic socialists in Congress and State governments. Be mindful of how the illegal immigrant Islamic Marxist president had used his pen without Congress challenging him (as they are supposed to do, either veto or approve everything he does). I predict that if there is a Constitutional Convention called, the America we see now will be greatly altered. And, there will e a Revolution. Those now in power know this, why else would the Federal Government be buying up arms and ammunition for federal agencies, either to combat a Revolution or to give to Al Qaeda terrorists. (Watch the Mexican Border folks) Right now I’d say a Revolution.(Then the terrorists come into play)….

  • YeahBut

    I think Item #1 is the Anchor Baby dilemma. It is destroying this country.

  • James

    Yes, we have to be very careful as to who we let attend these conventions and to what the amendments will apply. I would like to see the Federal Judges
    removed from life time appointments. I think they need to answer to the public for their ridiculous rulings. They need to be force to stick to strict constitutional
    authority. No more of the crap of thinking outside of the box in order to
    further their own agenda.

  • PALADIN

    I’m scared to death that if we should have a C.C. that the libs would have the entire Bill of Rights: the 1st, 2nd, 10th, etc. amendments nullified. I believe the libs would like nothing better than the chance to change our rights. AND THE PIECE OF **** RINOS THAT WE HAVE WOULD GO RIGHT AHEAD AND GIVE THEM TO ‘EM!!! I say NO to a Constitutional Convention!!! I don’t want to lose even more than what has already been taken from us!!! FACE IT….NOBODY IN WASHINGTON IS FIGHTING FOR CONSERVATIVES!!!

  • CTH

    If in response to a demand from the states Congress should call a constitutional convention, what would be the odds that Obungle would try to, without constitutional authority, veto it. If he did it would be one more ground for his impeachment.

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