Tag: Convention of States

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What does it mean to take an oath? What did it mean when I raised my right hand ? What did it mean when I said the words: “…that I will support and defend…” “…that I will bear true faith and allegiance…” ? I’ve been struggling with this question for some time now: what is the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Does the Constitution Need Reformation or Restoration?

 

reform or restore constitutionThere is a long-simmering fight on the right between those who urge a convention of the states, under Article V of the Constitution of the United States, and those who urge active resistance at every level of government to nullify unconstitutional actions by every branch of government. The former argue for reformation of the Constitution, while the latter argue for restoration of the Constitution as currently written. Both have merits, both are sincere, and both do not say enough. What follows is a brief outline of some contentions and a suggested common flaw with a common, but very hard, solution.

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Because I was in the right place at the right time a few weeks ago, I got to attend a taping of the “Uncommon Knowledge” Podcast Monday night. The invitation didn’t specify a dress code, but I asked ahead and found out a suit and tie was expected, which meant my normal evening attire wouldn’t cut it. After work […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Compact for America: Using the States to Fix Washington

 

Compact-for-America-logoAs we’ve seen during Republican administrations and Democrat administrations, and with Republican congresses and Democrat congresses, Washington, DC refuses to fix its addiction to spending. During “conservative” George W. Bush’s two terms, the debt jumped by $4.9 trillion, and during “progressive” Barack Obama’s term (so far), it has jumped $8.2 trillion.

Looking at our nearly $19 trillion hole and with no end in sight to deficit spending, many limited government fans have decided that any solution to the Beltway can’t come from the Beltway. So, Marco Rubio caused a minor stir last week when he floated an idea that has been circulating in the right-leaning policy community for the past few years: Having the states leverage the power given to them by the Constitution.

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A number of conservatives have supported efforts to call an amendatory convention as provided in Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At the same time other conservatives are adamantly opposed to such a convention. I am curious to know how the intelligent, articulate, and civil members of Ricochet feel about the subject, and why. Read […]

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