What’s All The Buzz About Article V?

Article V of the U.S. Constitution reads:

“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 . . .  “.

The most important part is after the first “or” because the 2nd prescribed method for amending the Constitution does not need to be voted on by Congress! This is important because if you believe Washington D.C. (District of Corruption) is going to fix itself, then you believe pigs can fly!flying pigs2

I will be a delegate to the Sacramento Convention December 3 & 4 being held at the State Capitol of California and will be reporting here later, but in the mean time here are some links to better understand what this whole Article V Convention thing is all about:

Mount Vernon Assembly

Friends of Article V Convention

What Can You Do to Help?

Ten+ abuses for the past 30 years

FAQs

That should keep you busy and I’ll catch you on the rebound. I’ll also include photos of the capitol of California and other sites encountered!

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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4 Responses to What’s All The Buzz About Article V?

  1. Cathy says:

    If Congress repeatedly gets away with defying the rights of the states now because the states basically “roll over,” why would Congress, after all these years of defiance, suddenly say, “OK, from now on we promise to obey the outcome of your Convention of States.” If Congress defies the Constitution, they will defy amendments to it.

    Article V states that Congress, after 2/3rd of the states apply to Congress, must call a Convention. It defies logic to conclude that Congress would call the Convention and then be “hands off” and allow the states to run it completely on their own. First of all, a national convention would have liberals and conservatives fighting to get the upper hand on procedure and policy. Or do conservatives truly think they can control a national convention when we can’t control a political party? And no matter how many legal precedents can be cited of hundreds of state conventions held without “running away,” a convention within a state is not the same as a national Convention of States assembled to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

    Further, since when, especially in recent history, has Congress obeyed the Constitutional rules? Would the states, which currently do little to exercise their rightful authority, stand up to the feds if they tried to control the convention of states? There are no rules presented in Article V. What if the feds called a Convention and then defied the states? How would the states stop them? Appeal to the (undependable) Courts? Basically, proponents of an Article V Convention must trust the Congress they say they cannot trust to “play fair” and call a convention and leave it alone. What would prevent Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid from wielding the Convention gavel?

    While I cannot guarantee with 100% certainty that our Constitution would be re-written at a Convention of States, proponents of Article V cannot guarantee with 100% certainty that it would not. Further, I have read articles and comments from proponents stating we cannot be timid in these dangerous times, we have to take risks! Does this mean risking our Constitution?. Liberal groups have been pushing for a re-write of the Constitution for decades. Why risk playing into their hands?

    The problem is with “we the people” who continue to elect unprincipled leaders! The Founders commissioned us to choose our leaders wisely and exercise eternal vigilance to preserve our liberty, yet how many who share our values can even name their elected leaders at the local, state and federal levels?

    I agree with the description of ills facing the nation, and even with many of the Liberty Amendments, but a Convention of States is not a prudent strategy to restore our nation. We need to pray very hard and focus our concentrated energies on the upcoming elections.

    • Mikie says:

      You present very thoughtful concerns. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just say “From this day forth Congress will follow the Constitution and all laws/regs passed outside of that framework are hereby null & void? But not gonna happen. Here is some food for thought: The Article V Convention: Discussing The Reality v. The Fantasy, by Bill Walker -the only person to have filed federal lawsuits dealing with Congress’ obligation to call an Article V convention.

  2. Pat Gamble says:

    Just told H you were going to be a delegate, and wanted to know if you have read Mark Levin’s “The Liberty Amendments”. H has been passing that book out to all his friends, he is a proponent of the book. Pat

  3. Pat Gamble says:

    Mike, Good for you and thank you!! Pat

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