Let us define just what is an Article V Convention. It says, in full:
“Article V (Article 5 – Mode of Amendment)
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.”
Notice that it states very bluntly that “… Congress shall call a a Convention for proposing Amendments …”. The don’t have any options here. They are required to call the convention if 2/3rds of the states(34 in this case) vote for it. They have no say in its composition (they can’t name delegates for example) or rules or anything else. The problem is the liberals really don’t want to see this happen. We will go into the whys and wherefores as a part of another discussion.
We now know how to call the convention and we know its purpose. The purpose being to propose amendments to the Constitution. Not rewrite it, amend it. Just what kind of amendments are we talking about? That depends on the wording of bill of enactment, which must be the same in all of those 34 states. Let’s suppose the bill of enactment is on a single topic such as term limits or a balanced budget. Then the ONLY thing that is to be considered is the wording of that one amendment. Nothing else may be presented much less voted on at the convention.
So how do we have a convention that enables us to address several amendments, but limited in what those amendments may address (we certainly don’t want one of those “run away” bugaboos). We word that bill of enactment in just that manner. We the people state very plainly that we want a convention limited to the topics of limiting the powers of the Federal Government. I am not an attorney so I am not going to go into the specific wording of the bill or any of the amendments; I will however, suggest some possible topics for your consideration. I did say POSSIBLE topics. Of course I cannot say that these will be a part of the Convention of States,as it is known. I do suggest that they probably will be.
Some of the amendments that might come up are:
Term limits. This could include all federally elected officials and/or appointed officials such as cabinet members, supreme court justices, etc.
Balanced Budget. This would, in all likely hood, force the feds to have a balanced budget each year. Limit them to spending no more than they take in, just like you and I must do at home.
Debt limit. This would give the constitution the poser to say the maximum allowable debt not the congress.
Voter ID. This would require each and every voter to prove, among other possibilities, that they are alive, citizens of these United States and residents of the pertinent voting district.
Limit the authority of “regulatory agencies”. This should be a given according to Article I section 18 of the constitution which states that the Congress shall have the sole power “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.” The IRS is one of those “regulatory Agencies and their “regulations” having the force of law contains many many more pages than the law which established it and gave it the power to collect taxes.
Clarify the welfare clause. This would make it more plain that if the States can fund and run a program the Feds cannot. This would get the Feds out of our personal lives all by itself.
There are more, but this will serve to give you the concept.
What about this Runaway Convention thing? This has been so debunked that even the media is no longer trying to use it. Anyone that actually understands the process realizes it won’t, in fact, can’t happen according to the bill of enactment and the rules for running the convention. It does take a willingness to do a little studying of these factors to understand this and some would rather spout fallacious buzz words than spend the time to actually know what they are talking about.
What are the possibilities of passage? The convention allows each state regardless of size, political composition or location to have one vote. Rhode Island has the same vote as say California. Guess what? There are actually more red states on the map than there are blue. Look it up for yourself.
Any question will be welcome and if I can’t answer them I have people that can, so ask away!