Reasons to Reject Article V   Leave a comment

I’m still looking at the reasons for a Constitutional Convention and the risks to the existing constitution from such a gathering. Some people think the Constitution is too precious to risk to a “runaway” convention, while others fear that any amendments will somehow degradate the document. I’m walking through the document to ask:

Do we see a big push to do away with these sections of the Constitution and, if we do, do we really think (realistically) that 75 seperate state legislative bodies are going to agree to these changes? Or is this just going to be a great opportunity to add additional safeguards to the Constitution and talk about what it really, truly means?

So, continuing ….

Article Four is the foundation of federal relationships. It outlines the relationship between the states and the federal government. Mostly, I don’t see a need for changes here, except for the Territorial Clause. Really, it’s ridiculous that the federal government thinks it owns Alaska’s land. The federal government is “we the people”. We the people who live here in Alaska should be allowed to own our land.

Article Five outlines the amendments process. This entire series of articles is on Article Five. I can’t see discussing it here since I’m going through the process in the series.

Article Six – the federal government structure. Does anyone see a need for amendment here? Do we foresee a big push to amend Article Six?

Article Seven – I can’t see states voting to restrict their authority to ratify constitutional amendments. You? And, I think cooler heads would refuse to ratify any push to lower the ratification bars.

I see no more danger to a Constitutional Convention authorized to propose amendments to the Constitution than I do from Congressionally-proposed amendments. The same number of states must ratify any amendment in both procedures. The only difference is that a convention empowers the states rather than Congress which is essentially gridlocked.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained and it might prevent a revolution, but I am going to look at the opposition’s claims, especially those groups at the conservative end of the wading pool.

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