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How Liberal Opponents Misled Conservatives into Opposing an Amendments Convention

March 27, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

This article originally appeared at CNS News.
Some conservative groups have become known for uncompromising opposition to the Constitution’s convention method of proposing constitutional amendments.
They may think they are protecting the republic. But it turns out that they are mostly carrying water for the liberal establishment.
New research shows that nearly all the arguments of convention opponents […]

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Where Chief Justice Burger Likely Got His Anti-Amendment Convention Views

March 20, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

This article originally appeared in the American Thinker.
Opponents of the Constitution’s Article V convention method of proposing amendments tout three letters written in the 1980s by former Chief Justice Warren Burger. In those letters, Burger took a very hard line against any convention of states that might bypass Congress and propose corrective constitutional amendments.
I’ve previously […]

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Yet Another Multi-State Convention Uncovered

March 11, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

For many years, opponents of a convention for proposing amendments argued that the law governing such a convention was unknowable because the only precedent for such a gathering was the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
This was always an ignorant claim, since even high schoolers learn that Annapolis, Maryland hosted a “convention of states” the previous year. […]

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Trying to Abolish the Convention’s One-State/One-Vote Rule Not Only Would Be Unconstitutional—It Wouldn’t Be Worth Trying

February 6, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

One of the far-fetched arguments used to persuade conservatives to oppose an amendments convention is that if 34 states apply, a left-wing Congress might try to dictate that commissioners (delegates) be allocated by population rather than by one state/one vote.
For reasons explained in earlier posts, such a move would be unconstitutional: A “convention for proposing […]

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Article V Opponents Now Peddling Article 23 Years Out of Date

January 18, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

The latest tactic in Article V opponents’ game of “Whac-A-Mole”* is the circulation of an article 23 years out of date.
The article was published in 1992 and is entitled A New Constitutional Convention? Critical Look at Questions Answered, and Not Answered, by Article Five of the United States Constitution. It was authored by John Eidsmoe.
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Update on Article V and the Necessary and Proper Clause

January 16, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

Some people have asked for further clarification on why the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause does not grant Congress power to use its convention call to regulate a Convention for Proposing Amendments.
This is a technical area and can be difficult to grasp (or explain, for that matter). You have to understand the nature of […]