By Thomas K. Lindsay
In January, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for a convention of states to propose amendments to rein in the federal government. His Texas Plan employs the states’ power under Article V of the Constitution to call an amendments convention. Under Article V, it takes two-thirds of the states (34) to propose a convention and three-fourths of the states (38) to ratify any proposed amendments. Since the governor announced the Plan, three more state legislatures—in Tennessee, Indiana and Oklahoma—have joined. Alaska, Georgia, Alabama and Florida already have approved the Convention of States Project’s proposed resolutions.
However, there has been resistance, and not only from those who favor big government and its expansion-friendly doctrine, the “living Constitution.” Some on the political Right also question the convention of states movement. “Contrary to popular belief, there are no rules for such a convention,” writes Noah Rothman, who concludes that we have “no guarantees that conservative delegates can maintain total control over such a radical process.” The result, contrary to the intentions of those who pushed for a convention, could be a free-for-all. CONTINUE READING HERE