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posted by martyb on Friday December 11 2015, @05:50AM   Printer-friendly
from the pandora's-box dept.

The U.S. Constitution has 27 amendments; each was proposed by Congress and ratified by the states.

However, the Constitution sets forth another procedure, never before used, for amending the Constitution. At the request of two thirds of the states, a constitutional convention would be held, at which amendments could be proposed. Any proposals would become part of the Constitution if three fourths of the states ratified them, either at state conventions or in the state legislatures.

Currently, 27 of the needed 34 states have petitioned Congress for a constitutional convention, for the ostensible purpose of writing a balanced-budget amendment (BBA). However, the convention might propose other changes in addition or instead of a BBA—even a total rewrite of the Constitution—if 38 states agreed, the changes would become law.

In November, legislators from 30 states met in Salt Lake City to discuss the matter.


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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday December 11 2015, @08:10AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 11 2015, @08:10AM (#274867) Journal
    Let me guess, the John Birchers sponsored your latest post?
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by aristarchus on Friday December 11 2015, @08:22AM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Friday December 11 2015, @08:22AM (#274870) Journal

    Let me guess, the John Birchers sponsored your latest post?

    Well, in a crazy kind of reverse polarity Koch Bros. way, yes. More and more, I am seeing the rightwing madness emanating from two capitals: Riyadh, and Salt Lake City, Wahabhism and Mormonism. These are the theologies of our time? Now I am not all that sure about the connection to the John Birch Society, other than the two Koch Brothers and their fortune. But isn't this in itself enough to make any rational human worry? The wealth of Oil, and the Wealth of Oil in America, are conspiring to bring about the same political ends, by means of overwhelming economic force? Bend over, you libertarians! The religious fanatics are about to show you how it's done!

    (Oh, and just because it is a conspiracy theory does not mean it is not true! As if I had to tell you that!)

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    "Believe it or not, your opinion on this topic is really not necessary,"
    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday December 11 2015, @08:34AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 11 2015, @08:34AM (#274879) Journal

      More and more, I am seeing the rightwing madness emanating from two capitals: Riyadh, and Salt Lake City, Wahabhism and Mormonism.

      Sounds good to me. Distributed crazy is better than centralized crazy.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 11 2015, @05:18PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 11 2015, @05:18PM (#275040)

        More and more, I am seeing the rightwing madness emanating from two capitals: Riyadh, and Salt Lake City, Wahabhism and Mormonism.

        Sounds good to me. Distributed crazy is better than centralized crazy.

        How about no crazy? That would work for me. Would that work for you?

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday December 11 2015, @07:09PM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday December 11 2015, @07:09PM (#275102) Journal

          How about no crazy? That would work for me. Would that work for you?

          You can't get rid of the crazy. I think it's something like the uncertainty principle.