Our Texas governor has called for a convention of states to suggest amendments to our national constitution.
Article V of our U.S. constitution provides two methods to propose changes to the constitution.
The only one that has been used in our history is the one where 2/3 of the members of both the house of representatives and the senate vote to send a proposed amendment to the states for approval or rejection. Once sent to the states approval takes an affirmative vote by 3/4 of the states.
A second method in the constitution has never been used. It provides that 2/3 of the legislatures of the states voting together can call for a national constitutional convention, the purpose of which would be to propose constitutional amendments. Once proposed approval of an amendment would again take an affirmative vote by 3/4 of the states.
Who votes for the states?
Here congress retains significant power. Without regard to which method (direct submission by congress or a constitutional convention) is used, congress must choose to put the issue either to the individual state legislatures or to state conventions of the people. In the case of a state convention it is up to each state to chooses how the representatives to the convention are chosen.
We have a constitution that is over 200 years old that contains provisions that did not contemplate our current condition. We also have seen various factions work to claim the ability to override the constitution without having to make their desired changes within Article V.
Some claim that calling a constitutional convention would open the door to mayhem but they are not giving due credit to the requirement that any proposals that come out of a convention must be approved by 3/4 of the states.
“We the people of the United States” are the words that begin our constitution.
What would be wrong with letting the people decide what needs to be done here?
We deserve better