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Article V: truth vs. fiction

Scholarship is important. We tell our kids it is important.

We tell them to do their homework, study hard and pay attention to things that matter. Knowing the difference between truth and fiction is important.

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Those who signed the Constitution believed it was essential for this document to be able to be amended peacefully by the states to maintain federalism or a balance of power. Proposing amendments is very different from having a constitutional convention.

In a discussion about our Constitution, we can’t afford to not do our homework. We must resist the temptation to trust inaccurate, incomplete and agenda-driven scholarship.

It’s time to take a fresh look at exactly what Article V calls for when it provides for a convention of states. What it provides for is simply an interstate study committee. This committee has no power outside of making recommendations or proposals.

Nowhere in the Constitution, especially in Article V, does the document allow or call for a constitutional convention.

The article specifically calls for a convention to propose amendments, and the two are as different as night and day.

Click here and scroll to page 8 to learn more about this important distinction.

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