Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Discussion on the 5th Article of the US Constitution

Article 5 - Amendment
"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..."

I recently sent out a letter regarding the National Debt Relief Amdendment. In my letter, I referenced an article in the "Budget and Tax News" which included this passage. "Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the NDRA movement is the effort to get it proposed through an amendments convention under Article V of the United States Constitution. This amendment method requires an application to Congress of two-thirds of the states for Congress to call a convention for proposing Amendments to the constitution. Any amendments proposed by the convention would then have to be approved by three quarters, or 38, of the states.

Some worry a convention might “run away.” They cite the convention that was called to amend the Articles of Confederation, which went on to write the current Constitution, effectively ignoring the Articles in the process.

North Dakota State Senator Curtis Olafson (R-Edinburg), a strong supporter of the NDRA, said he believes state legislators would appoint reasonable people with strong public backgrounds. “But suppose the bizarre happens,” he said of the runaway scenario. “Their actions would still have to be ratified by 38 states.”

Some have interpreted this to mean I support some type of constitutional convention. For the record, I do not support a con/con nor a "runaway convention" and do not see that as likely. But I do support the states stepping in and making the US Congress do what they do not seem to have the intenstinal fortitude to do themselves:
Stop the Spending!

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