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(The New American) – “It’s been half a century since Congress last proposed a successful amendment. Could an Article V convention similarly usher in a new era of progressive reform?” asks John F. Kowal, the author of a recent Newsweek opinion piece.
“A growing number of progressive scholars and reformers are asking whether it’s wise to take the [Article V] convention option off the table,” Kowal reports. “Speaking for the ‘convention curious,’ Columbia legal scholar David Pozen asks whether a convention might offer progressive reformers ‘a chance to rethink our institutions and make them more democratic.’”
One of the compelling reasons to consider a convention of states, “constitutional scholar” Kowal explains, is “the dim prospects for change in a Congress that has dragged its feet on democracy reform.”
For anyone who has studied history, this sort of zeal for “democracy” is a recipe for violence and tyranny. As James Madison explained, “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
Doesn’t sound like a very favorable climate for the pursuit of happiness, does it?
Next, given the political bent of Kowal and Pozen, it is reasonable to assume that this “rethink[ing] our institutions” would result in a Constitution far removed from the one we were given by our Founding Fathers.
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