Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You say you want a revolution

A billionaire-backed “movement” is dangerously close to calling a constitutional convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. If realized, it would be the first constitutional convention since the 1787 Philadelphia Convention, which replaced the Articles of Confederation with the U.S. Constitution.

After an active start to 2017, proponents are now allegedly seven states away from reaching the needed 34 states (two-thirds) to convene a convention. According to Article V, which lays out all the ways the constitution can be amended, any amendments proposed by the convention would then need to be ratified by 38 (three-fourths) of the states.

Analysis of email blasts from proponents and a new op-ed shows that an emboldened group of paid pro-convention campaigners are advocating for a convention to go far beyond its professed purpose of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA). Their proposals include the creation of a national identification card.
There doesn't seem to be much there to backstop such a thing. The so-called opposition party can't even defend its somewhat popular health care law from a brazen, secretive, and wholly unpopular move to repeal it.  You could tell them maybe they aren't doing themselves any favors by staking their fortunes on candidates who refuse to defend their stated values. But, as they love to tell you, they are much smarter than you are and certainly know what they are doing.

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