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; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
Utah just posted an essay and touched upon the key to Progressives and their view of power;
Lane and other progressives assume that their causes are always right and just and we all define “progress” the same way – or should be forced to. This idea is nothing less than a prescription of oligarchical tyranny.
… we all define “progress” the same way — OR SHOULD BE FORCED TO.
If “everyone” agrees on what should be done, then there is a LEGAL way to change the Constitution. Amendment pursuant to steps outlined in Article V of our Constitution:
- 2/3 of both Houses propose amendments, or
- 2/3 of the State’s legislatures propose amendments;
- Ratification by 3/4 of the State’s Legislatures.
- by Convention of 3/4 of the States.
The Federal Government, and those who guide, control, manage, and operate its functions realize “the People” do not agree, and still they do whatever they choose. The federal government(s) realize the POWERS THEY EXERCISE will never be consented to by 2/3 or 3/4 of “the people’s houses”. Consequently proposed amendments are never written and discussed. So what to do?
the people — SHOULD BE FORCED TO.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is government against the will of the People.
Not a republican representative democracy with the consent of “the People”, and
not AMERICA !
(re-blogged at the “oil for your lamp”)