Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oooh, I Like The Sound Of This!

Something I hadn't taken into consideration:

One of the most important things to realize is that if we can get a Constitutional Convention, it’s one state, one vote: ratification is by state. The big states with large populations who are dependent on government largess will no longer be in control: Nevada and Utah have the same voting weight as California and New York. The states with relatively small populations which have been fiscally responsible can amend the Constitution to prohibit the kind of welfare state that has benefited the large states that have been fiscally irresponsible. These states could even provide a mechanism for state bankruptcy for California and New York, they could prohibit public employee unions. These states could limit progressive income taxation and repeal the Reynolds v Sims/Baker v Carr line of cases that forced the states to give up their geographic upper houses.

Perhaps the founding fathers, in their genius, have left us a major ace in the hole.

1 comment:

IlĂ­on said...

Whenever the subject of a constitutional convention comes up, someone is sure to raise the specter (as in the comments thread you link) of the lefties taking it over.

BUT, a constitutional convention doesn't amend the constitution ... rather, it proposes one or more amendments, which still have to be ratified by the States, same as any proposals by the Congress.

So, even if the lefties were able to take over a constitutional convention, so what? We’d just ignore their proposals, and learn how to better call a convention which they couldn’t take over.

It’s time, and past time for The People, and the States, to slap down the overweening federal government.