No, Really. I think it’s a Great Idea. Glenn Beck was talking about it with a guest last week, and the more i think about it, the better it sounds:
A constitutional convention is a gathering for the purpose of writing a new constitution or revising an existing constitution.An unlimited constitutional convention is called to revise an existing constitution to the extent that it deems to be proper, whereas a limited constitutional convention is restricted to revising only the areas of the current constitution named in the convention’s call, the legal mandate establishing the convention.
We can do this under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution:
Article Five of the United States Constitution provides for two methods to propose amendments to the Constitution. The first is a vote by two-thirds of each house of Congress. The second method is a Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution, or Article V Convention. According to Article Five of the United States Constitution, an Article V Convention must be called, “on the application to the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States.” Once an Article V convention has proposed amendments, they must be ratified by three-fourths of the states in order for the amendments to become part of the constitution. Congress has the power to choose between two methods of ratification: ratification by the state legislatures or ratification conventions called for that purpose.
So here’s what we do: we petition our legislatures to call an unlimited constitutional convention. That means everything’s up for grabs. When (or if) the Convention is called, we vote individually on each of the current Amendments to re-ratify, as well as any new amendments.
Put everything on the wall, and see if it sticks. Free Speech? If it’s not re-ratified, it goes. Right to keep and Bear Arms? That too. And in particular, the Tenth Amendment — State’s Rights — that has to be re-ratified as well.
Plus everything both Conservatives and Libs can dream up — let’s vote on those too. Equal Rights Amendment? Throw that in the pot. Gay Marriage? Bring It on. Picture ID for voting — you betcha. How About Term Limits for Government officials? Oh, absolutely — let’s vote on that. Especially the Supreme Court — Let’s vote on THAT.
State’s Right to Secede? Environmental Protection? Rights to Personal Property and Land? English as the National Language? Rights for animals? Repeal Abortion? Let it all be voted on.
And how about a provision to recall politicians if their approval ratings fall below 30%? Sit for another election, like the Brits have to?
I firmly believe that, as conservatives, we have nothing to fear from the will o the people. It’s the Liberals who command less than the 3/4rs majority necessary to ratify — and the Conservatives can only benefit from some of the things that very likely would pass, if put to a vote.
(See? That’s why the Libs try to put everything through in the courts — it takes less people to do it that way.)
So . . . I’m calling for a Constitutional Convention.