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Resolutions for convention should be rescinded

 

Article V of the U.S. Constitution says if two-thirds (34) of the states pass resolutions asking Congress to call a convention of the states to propose amendments, then Congress must call one. At the end of 2017, 28 of the necessary 34 had done so - including North Dakota.

In the 1980s, 32 of 34 states passed such resolutions. Then cooler heads prevailed, and legislators realized a convention could get out of hand, resulting in a runaway convention. Fifteen state legislatures (including North Dakota) voted to rescind all calls, realizing that adding more words to the Constitution would not force U.S.. senators and representatives to obey

It - but it would give enemies of the Constitution a chance to attack it.

In more recent years, an Article V movement again became popular, especially one aimed at passing a “balanced budget” amendment. By the end of 2017, 28 states had passed resolutions. However, so far in 2018, 15 or more states have rejected such resolutions.

A prominent radio personality wants 10 new amendments to reduce the power of the federal government. Isn't that the purpose of the present Constitution?

Throughout history, it seems human nature to search for a silver bullet, a simple fix. If only we do this thing, all will be well. The only “fix” is to stop electing people who will not follow our present Constitution.

Another good fix would be to phone and email your own state senator and representatives that we want all resolutions calling for a convention rescinded.

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