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My position on an Article V Constitutional Convention:
- The first convention held in 1786 was called in order to revise the Articles of Confederation, not replace the document with a new Constitution. A contemporary Second convention would be called upon application of 34 states for the purpose of proposing an amendment, or amendments. There is no controlling authority, not Congress, not the President, not the United Nations Charter, and not even the Supreme Law of the land, the U.S. Constitution itself which would rein in modern-day delegates.
- Delegates were not restrained or hampered in any way during the original convention to their original mission, and there is no reason to expect modern-day delegates would be limited in any way by any one, even the U.S. Constitution's Article V!
- Delegates from fifty state legislatures, chosen not by we, the people, but by state representatives, many not to be trusted on matters of state import, let alone Constitutional import, not we, the people, would be sent to a convention.
- During the first convention, the delegates altered even the method of states' ratification from unanimous to three-fourths. Nine, not thirteen states, were enough to replace the Articles of Confederation with an entirely new form of government. Luckily for us, the U.S. Constitution adopted by our Founding Framers sought to protect individual rights. Contemporary delegates could alter the requirements for their own purposes.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR ARTICLE V CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION CALL
A MACHINE THAT WOULD GO OF ITSELF, Michael Kammen, 1986.
A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR A NEW AMERICA, William MacDonald, 1921.
A NEW CONSTITUTION NOW, Henry Haxlitt, 1942, reprint, 1974.
ACTION FOR AMERICANS: THE LIBERTY AMENDMENT, Lloyd Herbstreith and Gordon King, 1963.
ALTERNATIVE CONSTITUTIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES: DOCUMENTARY HISTORY, Stephen Boyd, 1992.
AMENDING AMERICA, Richard Bernstein, 1993.
AMERICA AT THE POLLS: 1994, Everett Ladd, 1995.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SPECIAL: AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION BY THE CONVENTION METHOD UNDER ARTICLE V, Constitutional Convention Study Committee, 1974.
THE AMERICAN CITIZENS' HANDBOOK, Joyce Elmer Morgan, 1941, 1968.
THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION, 3rd edition, C. Herman Pritchett, 1977.
AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Carl B. Swisher.
AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, Lewis Lipsitz, 1986.
THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE, May-June 1990, "We the Peoples: A Checklist for New Constitution Writers," Robert A. Goldwin.
THE AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, John Fergusan and Dean McHenry, 1956.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, James Censer, Lawrence O'Toole, John Bessette, and Glen Thurow.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, Peter Woll, 1962.
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IDEALS AND REALITY, Abraham Holtzman and Sylvia Holtzman, 1980.
AMERICA'S SECRET ARISTROCACY, Stephen Birmingham, 1987.
AMERICAN THEORIES OF FEDERALISM, Walter Hartwell Bennett, 1964.
AN AMERICAN RENAISSANCE: A STRATEGY FOR THE 1980'S, Jack Kemp, 1979.
AN AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW READER, Robert McKay, 1958.
APPROVAL VOTING, Stephen J. Brams and Peter Fishburn, 1983.
ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, Merrill Jensen, 1940.
AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE, NEW AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM, Anthony King.
AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM, C. Herman Pritchett, 1963.
BEHIND THE SCENES: THE POLITICS OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION (for a 51st state), Philip G. Schrag, 1985.
THE BILL OF RIGHTS HOW WE GOT IT AND WHAT IT MEANS, Meltzer, 1990.
BIRTH OF A NATION THE FIRST FEDERAL CONGRESS 1789-91, Charlene Bangs Bickford and Kenneth R. Bowling, 1989.
BOOK OF THE STATES, Volume 28, 1990-91. Volume 29, 1992-93, Council of State Governments.
BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE ESSENTIAL ROAD MAP TO THE 21ST CENTURY, William Knoke.
C-Span, November 12, 1996. "We're a Constitutional Republic," John Shadagg, R-AZ, 105th Congress.
C-Span, National Press Club, March 2, 1996. "... a new global interdependency," Mike McCurry, White House Press Secretary.
CASE FOR FEDERAL UNION, W.B. Curry, 1939.
CITIZENS' GUIDE TO LEGAL RIGHTS, J. Shane Creamer, 1971.
THE COMING BREAKPOINT, Barry Goldwater, 1976.
THE CONSTITUTION OF 1787, Anastaplo.
THE CONSTITUTION AND WORLD ORGANIZATION, Edward S. Corwin, 1944.
THE CONSTITUTION AND WHAT IT MEANS TODAY, Edward S. Corwin, 1965.
CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS, Joan B. Collins and Kenneth C. Hill, 1994.
THE CONSTITUTION AND THE DELEGATION OF CONGRESSIONAL POWER, Sotirios A. Barber, 1975.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDING PROCESS IN AMERICAN POLITCAL THOUGHT, John R. Vile, 1992.
CONSTITUTIONAL BRINKMANSHIP: AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION BY NATIONAL CONVENTION, Russell L. Caplan, 1988.
CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE IN AMERICA, John R. Vile, 1992.
CONSTITUTIONAL CHAFF: REJECTED SUGGESTIONS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1787 WITH EXPLANATORY ARGUMENT, Jane Butzner, 1941.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: A MANUAL OF ITS PLANNING, ORGANIZATION, AND OPERATION, John Wheeler, 1961.
A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: HOW WELL IT WOULD WORK?, John Charles Dalp, moderator, American Enterprise Institute Forum for Public Policy Research, May 23, 1979.
CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: THREAT OR CHALLENGE?, Wilbur Edel, 1981.
CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA: A REAPPRAISAL, Charles W. Dunn, 1987.
CONSTITUTIONAL FEDERALISM, David Engdahl, 1987.
CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, Woodrow Wilson, 1908.
CONSTITUTIONAL INEQUALITY: PROCEDURES FOR ERA AMENDMENT, Gilbert Steiner, 1985.
CONSTITUTIONAL JOURNAL: A CORRESPONDENT'S REPORT FROM THE CONVENTION OF 1787, Jeffrey St. John, Jameson Books, Inc. 1987.
THE CONSTITUTION RECONSIDERED, Conyers Read, 1938.
CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT, James L. Sunquist, 1985.
CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM IN AMERICA, Charles M. Hardin, 1989.
CONSTITUTIONALISM AND THE CHANGING WORLD, C.H. McIlwain, 1939.
CONTRACT WITH AMERICA: THE BOLD PLAN. 1994.
THE CONVENTION AND THE CONSTITUTION, David G. Smith, 1965.
A CONVENTION OF DELEGATES, Dennis J. Houptly, 1987.
COURT OF REASON (Robert Hutchins and The Fund for the Republic), Frank K. Kelly, 1981.
COURT OVER THE CONSTITUTION: A STUDY OF JUDICIAL REVIEW AS AN INSTRUMENT OF POPULAR GOVERNMENT, Edward. S. Corwin, 1938.
CREATIVE FEDERALISM, William A. Jump, 196.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE AND THE CONSTITUTION: LEADING SUPREME COURT CASES, 1994 edition, Jarold H. Israel, and others, 1994. Chapter 2, "The Nature and Scope of the 14th Amendment Due Process and The Applicability of the Bill of Rights to the States."
DEADLOCK TO DEMOCRACY, James M. Burns, 1963.
NEW AMERICAN, MARCH 18, 1996, P. 11.
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