Article V Convention

Is Reforming the Constitutional Amendment Process the Real Solution?

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Michael Rappaport offers up some interesting, lawyerly suggestions as to how to stop what he claims is the Constitution’s incessant drift toward centralization and nationalism. His suggestions center on revising the constitutional amendment process so that it might be more accommodating to state interests.

The Failure of the Constitutional Amendment Process to Protect  Federalism: A Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

The Failure of the Constitutional Amendment Process to Protect Federalism: A Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

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The national convention method for proposing and ratifying amendments has never been used to amend the Constitution. Its reliance on two-thirds of state legislatures to apply for a national convention to consider a particular amendment has led to an almost universal fear of a runaway convention that would propose wholesale revisions to the Constitution. In this opening installment of the Liberty Forum, Michael Rappaport engages these considerations and urges a rehabilitation of the national convention model.

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