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The Republican Right Is Gunning for the Constitution (Part 1)

Even if Biden and Democrats win in November, the United States is still not safe.


Republicans have put their “states’ rights” strategy, and the injustices that have followed, on a crash course with the constitutional protections that Americans have enjoyed for nearly 250 years.


For decades Republicans on the right have been pushing for a constitutional convention. Now they are making their move.


Article V of the Constitution allows for a Constitutional Convention to be called when two-thirds of the states ratify a request. An affirmative vote of three-quarters of the states is required pass any changes to our Constitution at that convention.[1]


The right-wing Convention of States has proposed a Constitutional Convention to “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials” by returning power to the states.[2]


And they are making progress.


According to the Convention of States Action website, nineteen states have passed their resolution to call a Constitutional Convention:[3]

·        Georgia, Alaska, Florida (2014),

·        Alabama (2015),

·        Tennessee, Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana (2016),

·        Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri (2017),

·        Arkansas, Utah, Mississippi (2019), and

·        Wisconsin, West Virginia, Nebraska, South Carolina (2022).


States where this resolution has passed one chamber but not both: New Mexico, Iowa, South Dakota, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Wyoming.


States actively considering this resolution in 2024: Pennsylvania, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.


But what does it mean? (Coming in Part 2)





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