More on Article V.

I point you all to http://foavc.org/file.php/1/Amendments, run by the Friends of Article V Conventions. Basically, it builds a case which argues that Congress has been ignoring Article V calls by the State legilatures. Their homework is done above.

One of the arguments I’ve heard is that there are no statutes of limitations on an Article V Convention. Those in favor of such arguments claim that the calls for a Convention don’t need to be on the same issue, there’s no language which specifies that the reason for the call needs to be the same, and there’s no language which describes these items as having an expiration date or a statute of limitations.

By that argument, the (apparently) 750+ calls by varying State Legislatures over history for an Article V Convention should be considered jointly, which would mean that we were actually well and truly above the 34 Convention Calls from State Legislatures.

Congress is apparently trying to stall and refusing direct interpretation of the law.

Time for me to read up on how we force Congress to do something outside of elections. Sadly, I’m a bit hazy on how the other branches of Government mandate Congress follow the Constitution to the letter of the law.

My 11th grade US History teacher Mrs. Troccia would probably giggle at just how much US History has occupied my scholastic life and side pursuits. Karmic retribution for the fact that I fell asleep on the AP Exam and still scored 4.0 out of 5.0. Or just a tribute to the vast success of the educational experiment I was part of… AP US History and 11th grade American Literature were tag teamed so we had double class periods, and as we studied what was happening in History, we also studied what was being published in literature of that time. Comprehensive learning that has never ceased to amaze me more than 20 years later just how much of that knowledge has stuck with me even through college and grad school and beyond.

But hey, the Constitution is like a sex drive… use it or lose it.

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One Response to “More on Article V.”

  1. Bill Walker Says:

    A simple reading of Article V proves the point regarding the issue of how applications should be considered. First of all there is no mention of the states being able to propose amendments. If that were so they could propose and ratify simultaneously. The Supreme Court has ruled twice that Article V is exactly what it says with no interpretation or construction allowed nor are any changes allowed by either courts or legislatures, federal or state.

    Exactly what does Article V say? On the application of two thirds of the state legislatures, Congress shall call a convention. Thus the purpose of the applications is to cause Congress to call a convention. This has been stated repeatedly by the courts, the Founding Fathers and even by members of Congress themselves speaking through their attorney of record.

    For further details, please go to the FAQ section of the FOAVC website, FAQ 9.1


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