Presidents’ words on #ArticleV

As today is President’s Day, I had found four presidents who had spoken favorably of #ArticleV.

James Madison: Known as the “Father of the Constitution,” Madison was instrumental in devising its brilliant system of checks and balances. In Federalist No. 43, Madison made clear that the state-led amendment option was intended to be just as valid as the Congress-led option, saying:

“That useful alterations will be suggested by experience, could not but be foreseen. It was requisite, therefore, that a mode for introducing them should be provided. The mode preferred by the convention seems to be stamped with every mark of propriety. It guards equally against that extreme facility, which would render the Constitution too mutable; and that extreme difficulty, which might perpetuate its discovered faults. It, moreover, equally enables the general and the State governments to originate the amendment of errors, as they may be pointed out by the experience on one side, or on the other.”

President Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address, March 4, 1861 said:

AbrahamLincolnOnArticleV“Continue to execute all the express provisions of our National Constitution, and the Union will endure forever, it being impossible to destroy it except by some action not provided for in the instrument itself…”
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. I can not be ignorant of the fact that many worthy and patriotic citizens are desirous to have the National Constitution amended. While I make no recommendation of amendments, I fully recognize the rightful authority of the people over the whole subject, to be exercised in either of the modes prescribed in the instrument itself; and I should, under existing circumstances, favor rather than oppose a fair opportunity being afforded the people to act upon it. I will venture to add that to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves, instead of only permitting them to take or reject propositions originated by others, not especially chosen for the purpose, and which might not be precisely such as they would wish to either accept of refuse.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower: talking about an Article V Convention on May 26, 1963:

“Through their state legislatures and without regard to the federal government, the people can demand a convention to propose amendments that can and will reverse any trends they see as fatal to true representative government.”

President Ronald Reagan in his May 23, 1987 radio address said:

ReaganWisdom“I’m one of those Americans who has always believed a constitutional amendment mandating that Congress balance the budget is the answer to what ails us. And we’ve tried to get such an amendment through the Congress so that the State legislatures could vote on it.”
“This reluctance by the Congress has inspired a number of Americans to try another method provided for in the Constitution: a constitutional convention, one with delegates from each State who could propose a balanced budget amendment and then send it on to the State legislatures for approval.”



May we listen to them and support the only LEGAL, CONSTITUTIONAL method the Founders had devised to amend the Constitution.

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