To the editor:
I believe it safe to say signing the Deceleration of Independence, those men mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and sacred honor - carried with it some fear.
Purpose of Article V: Having witnessed the revolution the founding fathers directed us in our civic duty to restore states rights - over an out of control federal government. To accomplish this, we use states petitions to simply propose amendments to the constitution.
1. An Article V Convention gives the state legislatures the same opportunity that Congress has taken advantage of over 12,000 times. Additionally carries with it the same high hurdles and protections of the ratification process. Two-thirds of the state legislatures needed to apply for the same amendment(s). The state legislatures needed to be able to propose and ratify an amendment without the consent of Congress. Congress has no discretion in the matter!
To the Fear merchants - What else in the Constitution should we not follow?
The opponents...would endeavor to stamp it with unfavorable impressions, in order to bias the judgment, that is ultimately to decide on it. This is evidently the case with the writers in opposition, whose objections are better calculated to alarm the fears, than to convince the judgment, of their readers. They build their objections upon principles, that do not exist, which the constitution does not support them in, and the existence of which has been, by an appeal to the constitution itself, flatly denied; and then, as if they were unanswerable, draw all the dreadful consequences that are necessary to alarm the apprehensions of the ignorant or unthinking." ~ George Washington to Bushrod Washington, Nov 10, 1787
- Al Brandano,
Assist. NH State Director Convention Of States