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  • Reply to: Wisconsin Lawmaker Echoes ALEC's Call for a Constitutional Convention   18 hours 50 min ago
    If the Article V convention is really this dangerous and scary, has anyone thought about removing it from the Constitution? We often see Congress as unable to agree on anything. I would image that in this case, we would see broad support in Congress for a measure that would ensure the states and the people would never again be able to restrain the federal govt.
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Lawmaker Echoes ALEC's Call for a Constitutional Convention   19 hours 11 min ago
    Re: "a much broader effort to re-write the Constitution by Citizens for Self Governance" When the author says "re-write" does he mean "amend"? "Amend" is the legally correct word to use. Citizens for Self Governance is seeking to amend the Constitution. "Re-write" could also mean "replace". Citizens for Self Governance is not trying to replace the Constitution.
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Lawmaker Echoes ALEC's Call for a Constitutional Convention   19 hours 17 min ago
    Referring to an Article V convention as "constitutional convention" is a little vague. It's like referring to a square as a polygon. Sure, it is. But if I want you to draw me a square, I'm not going to ask for a polygon. Likewise, if you want to call a convention to propose amendments to the current Constitution, it's more helpful if you use the words "propose" and "amend". How is anyone supposed to know what you are referring to if you only use a phrase that embraces multiple meanings?
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Lawmaker Echoes ALEC's Call for a Constitutional Convention   3 days 15 hours ago
    This article is so wrong at so many levels, but especially because it misrepresents the law: Art. V itself. The Convention has no authority to rewrite the Constitution; it can only propose amendments, see Art. V. Not one of the proposed amendments becomes law until ratified by 3/4 of the states. All of that is in Art. V. That alone will prevent a runaway convention, the argument brought up those who like centralized, national power.
  • Reply to: Wisconsin Lawmaker Echoes ALEC's Call for a Constitutional Convention   4 days 14 hours ago
    An Article V Convention of States is not a Constitutional Convention. In 1787 delegates were sent from the states to Philadelphia purposely to write a new Constitution, because the Articles of Confederation was too weak. Their aim was to give more power to the federal government, but ONLY that bit of extra power that they truly needed. The delegates still wanted most of the power to remain with the people in the states. Thus...they wrote the Constitution! Our Founding Fathers knew the history of past governments and the trend towards tyranny. Thus when they wrote Article V of the Constitution, which states the procedure for how Congress writes amendments, George Mason reminded his fellow delegates that the day would come when We the People would need to rein in the power of the federal government. Immediately his colleagues agreed. Thus they wrote a provision for We the People to petition the state legislatures to call for a Convention of States to propose amendments to rein

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