Did you seen the pictures on television of the tens of thousands of demonstrators at the Wisconsin State Capitol who are protesting proposed budget cuts for state employees? If so, you've had an advance peek at the sort of demonstrations that will take place if state legislatures are foolish enough to pass resolutions asking Congress to call a national convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Barack Obama's political arm, called "Organizing for America," swelled the crowds by busing in protesters from Wisconsin and from other states, too. A national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution would become the media event of the century, and "Organizing for America" would flood the process of electing delegates and then demonstrate to hurl demands on their deliberations.
Resolutions are pending in several state legislatures to use the never-before-used power in Article V to petition Congress to "call a Convention for proposing Amendments." State legislators are promising that a Convention would be limited to consideration of only one specific amendment. No way. Article V clearly specifies that a Convention is for the purpose of "proposing Amendments" (using a plural word).
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a national hero for winning the case that persuaded a judge to declare ObamaCare unconstitutional, stated on the steps of the Capitol in Richmond on January 17: "What about a runaway convention? Yes, it is true that once you assemble a convention that states have called, they can do anything they want." Cuccinelli's statement blows away the silly claims that state legislatures can "define the agenda of an Amendments Convention," restricting it to a specific Amendment or a single subject.
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