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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Is it time for an Article V Convention to Amend the Constitution ?

It is apparent that Congress will never approve amendments to either balance the budget or impose term limits upon themselves. The future of our nation is at risk unless the American people act now to amend the US Constitution through an Article V constitutional convention.

Article V of the Constitution gives the states the power to call for a Constitutional Convention. To do so, two-thirds of the states—34 out of 50 state legislatures—must pass an application calling for a Convention. If enough states pass this simple resolution, then Congress must call a Convention so that states can propose amendments to the Constitution.
The application states must pass does not need to provide a reason for the Convention—states can call a Convention for any reason. However, there is no guarantee the Convention will address the complaints of the states, as delegates at the Convention may introduece and pass whatever Amendments they see fit. (States may try to remedy this by electing their delegates to the Convention.)

Any amendments that come out of the convention have to be ratified by the legislatures of, or by conventions in, at least three-quarters of the states to become part of the Constitution of the United States.

Perhaps it it is time to start the process!

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