Article V - Convention of States
Good civilized conversation at my LD23 PC meeting last night.
Thank you for setting it up LD23 board.
Our LD had a presentation by a friend of The John Birch society on Article V. It was a response to Dustin Romney’s presentation last month in support of a Convention.
I don’t agree with the Birch Society position, nor the speaker’s assessment that our founders made a mistake by adding Article V to our constitution.
I believe the collection of minds that created our Constitution is the greatest collection of minds our country and for that matter one of the greatest collections of brilliant minds ever.
I do not question the original ten amendments our founders wrote, nor do I question their wisdom of their inclusion of Article V.
We the People, have a safety clause in Article V, which helps us to keep our elected representatives accountable.
Certainly the election process should keep them held accountable via our votes, but when it does not, we have Article V to remind them where there powers come from.
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.