Join us next Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm at Lorain Community College (College Center near Starbucks and the cafeteria) for a discussion on the proposed Article V Convention, also known as the Convention of States. This idea was fleshed out in Mark Levin’s “The Liberty Amendments” and dozens of states have since moved forward with proposals for an Article V Convention.
Everyone knows the U.S. Constitution allows for amendments; there are twenty-seven amendments already. But we are witnessing one of the most egregious power-grabs in our 237 year history.
One of the more controversial ways to reign in this federal usurpation of state’s rights is the most practical and, to some, the most logical. More importantly the framers of the U.S. Constitution provided us with just the thing, the remedy, in the main body of the Constitution:
“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.“
The Framers knew that there probably would come a time during the American “experiment” that the federal government would try to stretch itself beyond the limits they set for it and encroach more and more into the province of the States. Article V was their best remedy for that future probability. Continue reading