Many people say that the problems with this country start in Washington DC, but many disagree as to where the fault lies. Some people say it lies with whoever resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (aka the White House), while others say it lies with whoever works at the corner of East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE (aka Capitol Hill), and this leads to major bickering among Democrats and Republicans, regardless of who is in control. In a sense, they both are right.
The problem does lie in Washington DC, but it is not limited to just 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW or the corner of East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE. I had found out that it lies on both of them. And I would be remiss if I did not bring up whoever works at First Street NE (aka The Supreme Court Building) as well. Those three areas combined are the major problem with what is happening in America.
Now that we know exactly where in Washington DC the problems lie, is there anything we can do to cure them? Yes, and the answer lies not in Washington DC but rather in places like Tallahassee, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Juneau, Alaska; and Montgomery, Alabama. Those four state capitals are instrumental in successfully applying for an Article V Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing amendments to this constitution.
Here is the full text of 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. (emphasis mine)
Those 70 words I had emphasized in Article V might not give a whole lot of information, but they are effective. It had never been done in the almost 229 years that the Constitution had been the law of the land in the United States. The Constitution had been amended 18 times (the first 10 amendments collectively – which are known as the bill of rights – plus 17 other amendments after it) with congressional approval plus state legislature (on 17 amendments) and state ratifying convention (the 21st amendment). Now while some of the amendments were effective (the 22nd amendment limiting the president to two terms being one), there were others which had proven to cause the ruin of this country (the 16th amendment which gave us the income tax and the 17th amendment which gave direct election of senators to the people of the state and not the state legislature) and need to be repealed.
Many people will adamantly say that we do not need to go the convention route to propose amendments (some even mislabel it a “Constitutional Convention” or “ConCon” for short ) or that all we have to do is enforce the Constitution we have. First of all, there is a huge difference between a Convention for proposing amendments and a Constitutional Convention. One difference is that a convention for proposing amendments is called by Congress when two thirds of the states (which is 34 currently) apply for one ON THE SAME TOPIC OR SERIES OF TOPICS. For instance, the four states I mentioned before had put forth the same application which calls for the following:
- impose fiscal restraints on the federal government;
- limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; and
- limit the terms of office for its officials
I had listed the four states on my website at http://civics.rickbulow.com/ConventionOfStates/Applications.html (f/t to Stewart Collins for the picture) if you want to read what the actual application (which is also called a resolution or memorial) says. There had been a few people who seek to rescind the applications which were successfully submitted as well as groups (like the National Association for Gun Rights, Eagle Forum, and John Birch Society) and certain other people (like Joanna “Publius Huldah” Scutari, Kelliegh Nelson, and one who goes by El Floyo) who want to stop states from submitting applications, saying that Nullification is the road to go and that there are no rules for an amending convention. Those people are following what the liberal establishment had put out in an effort to mislead conservatives and cause infighting.
For more information on the medthodology the left is using, check out my informative series entitled Conservative Infighting Over #ArticleV.
If you want more information on the Convention of States Project, go to the Convention of States website at http://www.conventionofstates.com/?recruiter_id=972185. You can also sign up to create a profile and follow the instructions on your activist dashboard.
If you want to view and sign the petition to let your state legislator know you support an Article V Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments, go to http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=972185. Make sure to check the box to allow us to contact you!