Article V Amendment Convention: Good or Bad?

by Candace Salima, regular contributor to US Daily Review

Yesterday, I interviewed Representative Brad Daw (R-UT) and Senator Curtis Olafson (R-ND) on my show. The topic? Article V of the US Constitution and the Article V Amendment Convention they are proposing.

First and foremost, this is not a Constitutional Convention, not in any way, shape or form. It is restricted to a single, specific purpose, which is the passage of an amendment to the US Constitution.

Article V reads:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress…” US Constitution

The Founding Fathers clearly gave the States an avenue to pull Congress back from rogue behavior, and I’m relieved someone is finally doing something as Congress is deadlocked: America is being held hostage by the Obama Administration, and we face an economic, not to mention constitutional, crisis unlike one we’ve seen since the Great Depression. Congress continues to fight over whether to have huge spending cuts, which I support, or to have huge tax hikes, which liberals support. In the meantime, Barack Obama moves forward with another half a trillion dollar package called the American Jobs Act, which tacks on another trillion dollars plus in taxes.

It is apparent the time has come for the States to step up and put a stop to the madness. And that brings us to the National Debt Relief Amendment being promoted by Restoring Freedom, and Senator Curtis Olafson, the national spokesman for the Dallas, TX organization.

Representative Daw said, “The National Debt Relief Amendment is a genuine and lasting solution to our nation’s crushing debt problem. The solution uses tools granted to state legislatures by the Framers of the US Constitution for use in exactly this type of situation. Under the US Constitution, states can call for a convention for proposing amendments on the same footing that the US Congress has right now, but without Congress having any ability to interfere with the process. The words of the amendment are simple and straightforward in keeping with the elegant language of those who drafted the Constitution in the first place. The amendment states that: “An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States,” which is very much in line with the bedrock Constitutional principle of balancing federal power against state power. There are some who warn that this type of convention could result in catastrophe from a runaway convention. A runaway Article V amendments convention is a myth-a $15 trillion dollar debt is a cold hard reality.” (Brad Daw, Utah State Representative)

Senator Curtis Olafson added, “A state-initiated Article V Amendment effort called the National Debt Relief Amendment is well under way all across our country. The National Debt Relief Amendment is not to be confused with the Balanced Budget Amendment and would be much more effective in addressing the federal debt problem. The amendment resolution has been passed in North Dakota and Louisiana and is gaining significant momentum with committed prime sponsors in 12 states, one of which is Utah, and serious interest from legislators in 12 additional states. Senator Olafson said, “I am convinced that our Founding Fathers intended that we as state legislators would not only understand that we have a right to use Article V, but moreover, that we have a duty to use Article V when we see a serious issue facing our nation that is not being addressed by our federal government.” (Senator Curtis Olafson, North Dakota State Legislature)

Thomas Jefferson said, “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.”

Eighteen little words will forever curtail the federal government from getting out of control with spending again. Are you in?


CORRECTION: Senator Olafson contacted me this morning and corrected one point in the article. The National Debt Relief Amendment requires a simple majority of the states, not two thirds as I reported.


Candace E. Salima is a radio talk show host, author, columnist, and makes her home in the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about her at www.CandaceSalima.com.

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