Constitutional Time Bomb

Posted Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at 9:25 AM
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  • The author's concerns about a convention are misplaced. Sufficient checks are provided both within the political system as well as the Constitution itself to ensure only those amendments which are truly needed become part of the Constitution. However the author also needs to check out his facts a bit better. As shown on the website, enough states have asked for a balanced budget amendment alone to cause a convention call. Right to life has also major support from the states. As to his third concern the states have asked for authority in an amendment to enforce boarders in their applications. I suggest all come and read the 700 examples of applications at

    -- Posted by Bill Walker on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 2:43 PM
  • Some things are less about facts than fear. The fear, as always, is that those ignorant of history are condemned forever to repeat it.

    -- Posted by LifeObserver on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 4:14 PM
  • Which is more to be feared: the majority of the people in the majority of the states agreeing on needed clarifications or a handful of judges remaking the country in their own image?

    -- Posted by brazilian on Thu, Aug 5, 2010, at 10:24 AM
  • Once again, my father's larger point is missed. 24 hour news cycles, widening divides in ideologies, and exploding budgets will eventually lead to a dissolving of our Constitution as we know it. The question is when, and a Constitutional convention would hasten it. That is all, enjoy your coffee.

    -- Posted by theoneinthearmy on Thu, Aug 5, 2010, at 7:45 PM
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    One thing that has not been mentioned is a historical fact. The Constitution was written by a group of men who, in writing it and establishing the government as we know it today, exceeded, by far, what they had convened to accomplish, that being only to modify the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation established a national government with its own officials, structure, and responsibilities. Technically, the writing of the Constitution could have been considered treason.

    Another thing to fear from a Constitional Convention is that once convened, there is no portion of the Constition that would not be subject to change. The argument that sufficient checks exist "within the political system and the Constitution itself" doesn't hold true in a Constitutional Convention. In such a convention, everything is on the table. There are provisions written into the Constitution for it to be admended, however, that does not require a convention, only action by Congress and ratification by the States. A "Constitution Convention", as it has the power to change the very Constitution that establishes our government, would have the power to change even the very nature of our government subject to the ratification of the change by the states.

    Think on this.

    -- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Aug 7, 2010, at 12:58 AM
  • Leo, Pretty scary notion. Where might I research the authority and/or power a Constitution Convention has? What would the motive be to a Constitution Convention verses simply making amendments?

    David, what are you referring to when you were wondering "what would be done with religious zealots determined to have their law made the law of the land"? Were you referring to those Christian citizens who would like to continue praying before eating at a public resteraunt? Or were you writing about those terribly offensive Christians who might want to congregate and sing those hideous offensive Christmas carols in discusting celebration? Or maybe you were writing about Patrick Henry when he was addressing his friends and neighbors to go to battle against the British for the freedoms they were compelled to dream of? What should be done with those who want the rights gaurenteed by the blood shed of those who already fought and died? Those words frighten me more than any Constitution Convention.

    The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. Albert Einstein


    -- Posted by Silverlining on Sun, Aug 8, 2010, at 7:59 AM
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