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The Battle To Stop The Constitutional Convention

January 24, 2009
Tom DeWeese

The fact is, once 34 states petition Congress to convene a Constitutional Convention, the matter is completely out of the States’ hands. There is absolutely no ability to control what the delegates do in the convention. Attempting to instruct delegates to only discuss a balance budget is absolutely impossible. Instead, once the convention starts the delegates become super delegates which can take any action they desire concerning the Constitution. In short, at the convention the Constitution can be literally put on an operating table at each delegate can take a scalpel (pen) to it and change any section or even the entire document if they desire.

Section V of the Constitution, which covers the issue of Constitutional Conventions and Amendments, gives absolutely no guidelines as to how it will be run, how delegates can be selected and who can do the selecting. Once the 34 states make the request, the entire matter is in the hands of Congress to decide.

The current Congress could control the entire delegate selection. States may not even be represented. If the states are allowed to choose delegates then what would be the method? Will the governor or the state legislature appoint delegates? Or could it be a bicameral panel or blue ribbon commission?

Or could it be a plebiscite – a vote of the people? If so, then who would be eligible to vote? Would it be all eligible voters? Or taxpayers only? Or would we possibly, in the interest of “enfranchisement” allow all citizens and potentially foreign nationals to vote for this “special election?” There are no guidelines and anything is possible.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. January 25, 2009 2:30 pm

    Both sides of this deserve to be heard before the mind is made up.

    Mr. Deweese makes many statements that upon examination are not borne out by official public record. To read the official public record, please go to You can read the over 650 applications submitted by all 50 states for an Article V Convention. Clearly, this number exceeds the 34 applications from 34 states needed for a convention call.

    Check the references of Mr. Deweese then check the references found at Then decide.

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