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Constitutional convention

By From page A5 | April 07, 2014

EDITOR:

Changing our U.S. Constitution, the question is, how can this be done?

Q. How are amendments to the federal Constitution made?

A. Article V our Constitution provides two methods of amending the Constitution:

1. Congress proposes amendments and presents them to the states for ratification; or when 2/3, 34 states apply for it, Congress calls a convention to propose amendments. It takes 38 states to ratify the changes.

Q. Which method was used for the existing 27 amendments?
A. The first method was used for all 27 amendments including the Bill of Rights, which were introduced into Congress by James Madison.

Q. Is there a difference between a constitutional convention, con con, or Article V Convention?
A. These names have been used interchangeable during the last 50 years.

Q. What is a Convention of States?
A. That is what the people pushing for Article V convention now call it.

Q. Who is behind this push for an Article V Convention?
A. The push to impose a new Constitution by means of an Article V Convention (and using a “balanced budget” amendment as justification) started in 1963 with the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. And a host of other organizations.

JEFF MIKKELSEN
Shingle Springs

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