Though Convention of States support is mainly comprised of Republicans, Democrats and independents are joining the cause as the IRS scandal,
the NSA, privacy concerns, and other instances of federal government’s overreach dominate the news. On the Assembly’s second day, delegates
elected committee chairs and co-chairs for three committees: Rules and Procedures, Judiciary, and Planning, Communication and Finance. Importantly,
the working committees of the Assembly of State Legislatures have bipartisan leadership – with a Democrat and Republican legislator serving as
co-chairs for each.
This quote isn't from a progressive, or socialist or what-may-have-you. This is from he co-founder of Tea Party Patriots and alleged
constitutionalist, Mark Meckler. He wrote this at:
This is the Mt Vernon Assembly in Indianapolis Indiana, now called the Assembly of State Legislators. The convention of states, or an Article V
Convention, but by whatever name you use it is a CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, is discussed here by representatives of 33 states. Here is a quote from a
facebook status made on December 8, 2013 by Kelly Townsend, a State rep from Arizona.
Here is my report on the 5th Amendment Mt. Vernon Assembly -
It was an honor to be attending the meeting at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, across from the Mt. Vernon
estate. The idea was of Rep. Chris Kapenga from Wisconsin, about 97 Legislators came (at their own expense) to the library to discuss a potential
amendment to the US Constitution. We did not discuss what that amendment would be, but rather discussed the details of how to get to the point
where we can petition Congress for a Convention of States for the purpose of proposing the Amendment(s).
There were a few dominating issues, and the room was filled with brilliant and careful minds. Most important seemed to be preventing rogue delegates
from causing a runaway convention, and possibly equally important to the group was making sure that it was a bi-partisan effort.
This should be alarming to everyone, and anyone still supporting a convention of the states should drop out now. These are direct quotes, one from the
"champion" of states rights, the other from a representative to a conference whose stated goal is NOT what changes need to be made to government but
on HOW to create a convention that can change the government in any way the delegates wish.
For those of you who still think the states can have some kind of control to keep an Article V convention from turning into a runaway convention, just
remember we have only TWO precedents to run off of here. The 1787 constitutional convention and the Confederate's 1860 convention. In BOTH instances,
every part of the convention was held in secret so as to limit the influence of outside parties. If a modern day convention was held, there would be
no way to know what was discussed at it until after it was over.
The constitution specifically says the congress, the one in Washington DC, calls a convention on the application of 2/3 of states. Congress has no
choice but to do it on the application of 34 states. Congress makes the rules on how delegates from the states are chosen. Congress can choose how
amendments are ratified. The Articles of Confederation said all states had to ratify an amendment. The constitution made it so only 3 out of 4 states
had to. This change was made at the 1787 convention, it is reasonable to assume a modern day convention would have the power to change that number of
states needed to ratify to one half, or to none. Congress chooses how the states ratify amendments. With the abolition of prohibition, the Utah State
Senate said not a drop of liquor would be allowed into its state. Instead of allowing the state legislators to ratify the amendment, congress chose
for a ratifying convention to be held in each of the states and Utah ratified the 21st amendment.
By the admission of the conservative leadership, a modern day convention must be bi-partisan. What kind of delegates do you think California would
send? When you have books written by the likes of John Paul Stevens, calling for an end to the second amendment, what do you think a modern day
convention will accomplish? When you have states like Hawaii, that attempted to call a convention for the means of limiting the second amendment and
putting obamacare into the constitution (the hawaii state legislator did not pass this resolution) what kinds of amendments will this convention