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Springfield XD
Member since Feb 2013
1782 posts

States calling a Constitutional Convention

...as opposed to Amendments being set into motion by Congress. It is widely believed States doing this, for no matter what innocuous reason, wouldn't leave well enough along. They would end up doing something as radical as the last time, when the Articles of Confederation were replaced.

I'm not sure I agree they would do something so radical; that they would do any more than their original purpose of calling the Constitutional Convention, but that's a side point.

If the States were to call a Constitutional Convention, to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment maybe, what else would we end up with? An entire new Constitution? What would it look like?


Tiguar
South Alabama Fan
Knoxville
Member since Mar 2012
11369 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
States in the South would be at odds with states in the North and far West. For all its problems, the constitution we have now does a damn good job of keeping the different ideologies under the same roof. To be honest, it would be the beginning of the end of the "United" States IMHO.


Springfield XD
Member since Feb 2013
1782 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
So what would happen? You need what, 2/3 of the States to agree to a Constitutional Convention?


tide06
Alabama Fan
Raleigh, NC
Member since Oct 2011
371 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
This country is far too divided for any good to come of a constitutional convention.

We will have to face failure before we'll make the changes needed to move forward IMO.


Teddy Ruxpin
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New Orleans, LA
Member since Oct 2006
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re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
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This country is far too divided


If we're talking about by political parties, that isn't close to being true.


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shawnlsu
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2011
7522 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
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forward


frick forward, lets go backwards. Say around 1950-1960 when America was strong and had a backbone.


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deltaland
Ohio State Fan
Member since Mar 2011
28025 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
You need 2/3 majority of states for a Constitutional Convention, or proposed amendments in the House or Senate by 2/3 vote.

Either way it is proposed, 3/4 of the states must ratify it for it to become Constitutional.

That wouldn't happen if say a convention was called for a budget amendment. I believe 3/4 would agree to that amendment, but other amendments say like repealing the 2nd would not be ratified by 3/4 of our states so I don't think it would be disastrous.


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Scruffy
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Member since Jul 2011
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re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
Louisiana needs to call one and complete rewrite the dumb constitution we have.


white perch
Northwestern St. Fan
the bright, happy side of hell
Member since Apr 2012
3841 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
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Louisiana needs to call one and complete rewrite the dumb constitution we have.


Our constitution is one of the greatest achievements of mankind. You need to get back to studying medicine, then in 6 or so years when you're done you can bone up on history and civilization and rethink your statement.




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TerryDawg03
Georgia Fan
The Deep South
Member since Dec 2012
3191 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
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States in the South would be at odds with states in the North and far West. For all its problems, the constitution we have now does a damn good job of keeping the different ideologies under the same roof. To be honest, it would be the beginning of the end of the "United" States IMHO.


Maybe we don't need to be under the same roof. Secession was included as a state right for a reason.


Tiguar
South Alabama Fan
Knoxville
Member since Mar 2012
11369 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
Yeah, we lost that argument.


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GumboPot
LSU Fan
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Member since Mar 2009
30463 posts

re: States calling a Constitutional Convention
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You need what, 2/3 of the States to agree to a Constitutional Convention?



Yes, that's 34. You'll need 3/4 to ratify any amendments. That's 38. That is a huge hurdle to overcome.

States have a better chance of self determination through nullification or secession.


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