A year or two back there was a lot of talk about holding a Convention of States to modify the Constitution of the Untied States. That, overall troubled me. With the nutjob politicians like, "You have to make it law before you can know what it is in it" Pelosi, Nutjob, "OMG this garbage disposal is terrifying AOC", and others no telling what could be taken, or added. It's not like the republican party has the back bone to deny them anything of value.
However, if they went through with this there is something I would like to see modified. I would like to see an amendment that would place other restrictions on the president's use of the War Powers Act. If the president sends our troops off to war on some notion of immediate national concern fine. However!!!! Instead of letting congress decide if that war continues after a years time it goes to a popular vote to the American people. Everyone of voting age regardless of criminal convictions, or any other typical reason the government finds to deny rights to citizens. If tehy say, in the vote, to bring the troops home regardless of any BS complaints the feds have to have it done within 3 months.
Anyone have their own ideas of what a Convention of states could do they think would serve the better good of the country
Thank all of you for the time you took commenting here. This is great, I really enjoy the interaction. I will comment more through the day. Both sides that are battling it out in my mind on this idea have been represented well here. There is a concern for the need to push back government corruption that is common place now, but I also worry how it could be manipulated to destroy our sovereignty. We see such simple minded idiocy coming out of colleges(jazz fingers come right to mind), and other arenas in our society I am concerned about the SJW halfwits like AOC and Pelosi who could have some big numbers gather for such a convention.
I would like to first see the Constitution being adhered to and enforced as it is written, that would certianly end many troubles. The power given the president to sink us into decades long wars without a declaration of war, people who have made a life long career of being in senate and congress, our money being printed in direct violation of the Constitution by an entity that has no accountability, or even loyalty to this country and it's people. The fact that many people, I would not be surprised if the majority of people, are not aware that the Federal Reserve is not a branch of our government but a private global institution is one of the things that cause me concern. But I do thing the need is out weighing those concerns and if we do not address and correct those needs soon then we will most certainly be needing to exercise our Second Amendment rights in the most serious way possible.
I've been peripherally involved in this movement for about 4 years now. I think it's the only way to exert some sort of control over our national government at this point. Things like term limits, limitations on SCOTUS's ability to legislate from the bench, or forcing Congress to live under their own laws are things only the people can enforce.
It's sad, yet unsurprising, that there has been this much momentum for this. Not because the citizens want it, but because the people have elected representatives who make it necessary. THAT is our fault.
How have we let these thieves feed us lies for so long?? Lack of interest in the political process. Its seems a large portion of this country is more interested in what some celebrity thinks than in thinking for themselves. Our educational system has been on the decline since the 80's, and then only solution is throwing money at it. No child left behind, my ass!
Well I respect Mark Levine a lot, but I have reservations about an Article V convention of states.
The Constitutional Convention was ostensibly called to revise the Articles of Confederation not entirely replace it. But that's exactly what it did. An Article V Convention could do the same.
The Constitutional Convention was chaired by George Washington. He had universal esteem as the leader and victor of the Revolution. Nobody today has his kind of approval or moral authority.
The rest of the Convention was a brilliant supporting cast. Those with college educations represented the intellectual consensus of the day. Where are their like today? The current cadres coming from universities don't believe in freedom of speech, much less the other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Many don't even believe in objective truth.
Our Constitution was the result of a confuence of great ideas, great people and the right circumstances. The same convention held today could easily go off the rails and give us something hideous.
Article V of the Constitution needs to be talked about. The two methods for proposing amendments to the Constitution are for proposals to arise from the Congress, OR the States. When 34 of the states present a request for a convention to propose amendments, Congress shall call for one. The people governing the governors....what a concept!
Many fear-mongers out there, though. While pretending to support the Constitution, they misrepresent the Constitution, and fret about a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con), which a convention of states is not! Any proposed amendments that arise from a Convention of States would need to be presented for ratification to the states. 3/4 of which (38), would need to ratify the proposals before they would actually amend the constitution.
Term limits for Congress, a balanced budget amendment of some kind and/or fair tax may be a good place to start.
Term limits for congress
Tie pay raises to increase in mean/median income increase
Congress must obey all laws as any other citizen, think Obamacare
Reiterate, for the illiterate, that SCOTUS ONLY job is to determine if a law is allowable under the Constitution, as written. Include language to make it explicit that this was done because they have failed in that, their only simple duty.
An Article V Convention of States is just a means to submit amendments that Congress refuses to consider.
The proposals still have to be ratified by the States.
The Convention is the failsafe against a Congress that no longer represents the people who sent them there... it is the means by which we simply go around them.
I think they should focus on two things, and only two things to keep it simple: Repealing the 17th Amendment and Implementing House Resolution 25, FairTax. These two structural repairs to the nation's framework, would result in a Congress that was beholden to their constituents once again, and not just their respective Parties and a bunch of lobbyists.
With the people's representatives actually representing the people, we should be able to enact any further repairs through normal channels.