February 23, 2017

This Could Be A Good Thing ... Or A Disaster

The State of Tennessee has started something:
The State Senate of Tennessee has laid the legislative groundwork for something that hasn't been done in the United States of America since the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia. With a vote of 27-3, the Tennessee Senate has voted to call a "convention of the states" in order to draft and pass an amendment to the Constitution that would require balanced budgets to be passed every year.

For those who are little fuzzy on their high school U.S. history knowledge, the Tennessean explains that the U.S. Constitution can be amended in two ways. The first would require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers of Congress, an unlikely outcome in today's hyper-partisan political arena. The second, on the other hand, requires that two-thirds of the states (34 in total) pass a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention.

[...]But, as the Tennessean notes, the problem with amending the Constitution through a convention is that once the convention is convened anything can happen. For example, the last time the states gathered for a convention in 1787 they ended up tossing out the Articles of Confederation and forming an entirely new government based on the current Constitution.

Story here.


Doom said...

A very intersting form of anarchy. No man rules. The true meaning of anarchy, not without rules, without rulers. Such a thing should terrify globalists, cronys, and such. It seems to end up being a good thing for people and right governence. I suppose it could go wrong, though, too. It is about time.

Hmm... I wonder if they could bring back the voting rules upon which this nation was actually built. Males, over 26, taxpayers. My guess is that they have enough power to do so. That is about the only way to forstall the generation to generation choice between a free nation and a socialist/communist one... It would certainly buy more time.

Kid said...

Right now, I'm thinking disaster. We need more of a majority first.

sig94 said...

Kid - you could certainly be right. Trump only took 31 states. Need 34 for a change.

sig94 said...

Doom - I believe that in order to qualify to vote you also had to own property, a land owner. And that is not a bad idea ether.