Friday, November 29, 2013

Article V Conventions Get Some Serious Discussion at State Level

I would not go so far to call this momentum, but I think that it is a good start:

Firstly, I will re-post excerpts from my original post on the proposed Article V conventions:

"Author, attorney, Constitutional scholar, and radio show host Mark Levin has voiced his support for an amendment process that gas been glossed over by most. Many Conservatives are understandably reluctant to support a Constitutional Convention as what occurs in such a forum could well turn out disastrously, with Leftist delegates running amok and creating a what would amount to a national government that is more unrecognizable than what we have before our eyes today. (For example, a unicameral legislature, an Executive who is elected by a parliamentary system, and the excising of equal representation of all states such as what we have in the Senate) Mr. Levin, however, after careful consideration of the provisions of Article V, states that it is time to have the individual states take upon themselves the power delegated to them under that article.

*[The link to the book in which Mr.Levin makes his arguments on this proposal is at the bottom of the page]

Our contributor Cincinnatus, for the record, beat Mr. Levin to the punch by at least four months in a conversation with me last winter - I will swear to it.

"Article V

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."

Mr. Levin rightfully notes that, two-thirds of the states make this move, and the proposed amendment(s) are passed by three quarters of the states, then Congress, The Supreme Court, and and President would literally be powerless to prevent them from being added to our Constitution and by extension becoming the Law of of the land.

In the Western Free Press link [In the link at top] , Levin speaks in an embedded video. He stresses that George Mason, (Note that Mason was by no means a supporter of the Constitution when it was a new and unratified document as he feared its potential for abuse), was indeed a strong supporter of this alternative means by which the states could work together to restrain or correct a national government (Ours is only Federal in name - credit Tocqueville for that observation) and take steps to put the nation back on the right path."

With the specter of adding 10,000,000-plus new Democratic voters (that's generously allowing for a couple of million illegals to vote for Conservatives), tens of thousands of new Leftists being molded in our universities every year, ever-increasing numbers Americans living their whole lives on the pubic dole, and an electorate that has largely given up facing our Republic, I hold that this specific type of Constitutional Convention is the last hope for the US if we are to preserve what this nation is, avoid the slavery of Socialism, and avert a full political break with the Leftist elements that exist among us. 

As I wrote up top, here is some good news:

"State legislators from across the country will soon be gathering in northern Virginia to discuss the possibility of amending the U.S. Constitution. Some legislators in Idaho report that they’re aware of increased discussion about such an undertaking.

“I definitely heard about this idea, yes,” said Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian. Harris told that he frequently receives email from constituents, many of whom reference “The Liberty Amendments,” a book from author and constitutional scholar Mark Levin. “People seem to be motivated by the book, but I get plenty of messages in all directions on this issue. Some that favor, and others that oppose the idea of amending the U.S. Constitution.”

Levin’s book details a specific section of the U.S. Constitution that he believes puts a check on big government. Article V provides two paths to amending the Constitution. One is through two-thirds of both chambers of the U.S. Congress, followed by ratification by three-fourths of the states. The other begins at the state level, where two-thirds of all the legislatures ask Congress to call “a convention for proposing amendments.”
In the latter scenario, states would send delegates to this convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. Then, three-fourths of the states would have to ratify any amendments approved by the convention, either by a vote of the legislatures or through special ratifying conventions.
As a precursor to a “convention for proposing amendments,” Wisconsin state Rep. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, has undertaken the task of organizing a meeting of state legislators from across the nation for next weekend.

“On Dec. 7, we’ll be gathering at Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington,” he explained, adding his intent for next month’s meeting is to “start a movement of the states that would give voters hope that the government still gets its power from them, and not the other way around.”......

Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, told that he likes the idea of amending the U.S. Constitution, but not for the reasons that Kapenga suggests. “The dysfunction of the federal government is now so complete that our country faces some significant and very real dangers. For this reason I have come to favor an Article V constitutional convention.”....."

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