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Two Cheers for a
Constitutional Convention

National Review Online, by Stephen Moore

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Posted By:ruready?, 7/12/2014 11:33:10 AM

Las Vegas — I’m writing this column at the Freedomfest Conference, a gathering attended by 2,000 leading movers and shakers of the conservative/libertarian movement. The theme is limiting the power of Big Brother in Washington. The big topic of discussion: Is government so unwieldy and is Congress so broken that the only way to limit government is to change the Constitution? A big faction has concluded: This is our best and maybe only hope. The instigator of the idea is John Aglialoro, a successful businessman who has long been a major funder of free-market causes (he was the financier behind

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FTA: "other convention calls, when they got close to passing through the states, spurred Congress to act to avoid a convention."

Sounds like a job that only the Tea Party could handle.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/12/2014 11:35:57 AM     (No. 9921266)

Yes, it´s a cliche, but nothing else fits so perfectly. This is a Pandora´s box. Regardless of Mark Levin´s cheerleading, it would be impossible to control what mischief ensues.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 7/12/2014 11:50:27 AM     (No. 9921283)

The good news is that the GOP could support a Convention of the States. After Mississippi, it is evident to all that the GOP is comfortable with mischief.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 7/12/2014 11:53:22 AM     (No. 9921286)

This is one time I wholeheartedly agree with #1. We can´t even live with the constitution we have because it is being abused and ignored. It would be "comprehensive constitutional reform" and would be open to even more abuse. Think seriously about what this could lead to.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: addicted_to_coffee, 7/12/2014 12:00:34 PM     (No. 9921305)

I´m not all that worried. The hurdles are so high that it is unlikely that, even if the convention happens, nothing will be accomplished.

Of course, the current mood of limiting the reach of the feds would tend to mitigate the influence of any progs that were sent to such a gathering...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Gusman, 7/12/2014 12:08:13 PM     (No. 9921317)

States dud have control over Federal Government when Senators used to. E appointed by State governments !! When they changed Constitution to elect Senators via popular election the senator become beholding to parties !

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 7/12/2014 12:12:07 PM     (No. 9921325)

BS, #1. Same old hackneyed argument. How about telling us what can be done? Oh, yeah: just pipe down, do what Boehner says, wag your tail, and gobble up whatever the GOP puts in your plate this NOvember.

Fugettaboutit.

The Article V remedy must be utilized, as part of a "full court press".

The states must exert their authority by calling for this Convention to Propose Amendments.

The House must exert its authority by passing articles of impeachment - now.

Voters must exert our authority by taking steps to form a new party to apply pressure on the GOP elites and to shepherd the Constitutional amendments through the state legislatures. They must also apply strategic voting tactics to break the monopoly of the GOP elites in NOvember.

The country is in deep trouble. All hands on deck.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 7/12/2014 12:35:37 PM     (No. 9921360)

Wow, the "like" finger must be in traction.

No,none of those things "Must" happen. There are good reasons to solidly resist a Constitutional Convention. Remember that Levin has a book to peddle.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 7/12/2014 2:01:03 PM     (No. 9921484)

That´s right! Can´t be done. Won´t work. Let´s not try. Run away!

Typical GOP Establishment chicken little approach to the nation´s problems. Let´s just navel gaze instead.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jeffrx, 7/12/2014 3:10:23 PM     (No. 9921531)

Term limits must be the first step to restoring this republic. The ability of blowhards to get in and amass power for decades makes them a servant to their own power, not to the people who sent them there.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/12/2014 3:23:32 PM     (No. 9921543)

I don´t think you´d care for some of the changes proposed by the big blue states.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/13/2014 2:18:03 PM     (No. 9922614)

And we ask "What pray tell is "Constitutional"? The document was discarded some time back and now rules and regulations are spewed forth has we move along.

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