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A Convention of States in “Gone With the Wind”

August 10, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

Margaret Mitchell, the author of the hugely popular novel Gone With the Wind, was a newspaper reporter and the child of a family steeped in history. Her father, a prominent Georgia attorney, was one of the leading lights in the state historical society.
That her book has a plethora of references to historical events occurring during […]

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Wisdom From A Framer on Federalism, Guns, and the Amendment Process

July 19, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

This article was first published on CNS News.
A newly published speech by one of our Framers offers important clues to the constitutional role of the states, of the right to keep and bear arms, and of the amendment process.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton represented Maryland at the Constitutional Convention. After the convention was over, he advocated […]

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Now Available: Regular Updates on Progress Toward An Amendments Convention

June 17, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

The drives for one or more convention of states to reform the dysfunctional federal government are proceeding apace, and Georgia lawyer David Guldenschuh is providing a newsletter with regular updates.
His summaries contain information on the progress of every major application campaign—balanced budget, “convention of states,” campaign finance, and more.
The latest version is here. A footnote […]

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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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Mike Stern Rebuts Claim that “Congress would control a convention”

March 6, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

Article V scholar and former House of Representatives legal counsel Mike Stern has just written a response to the irresponsible claim that Congress could control a Convention for Proposing Amendments, either by specifying how commissioners are allocated or in other ways.
His response is worth wide publicity. Here it is:
RESPONSE TO FEBRUARY 24, 2015 PAPER ENTITLED […]

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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.
The […]