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  •  I'm afraid the voice on the Right (5+ / 0-)

    would have the power in any convention called in the current climate. Fortunately it takes 3/4 of the states to ratify, vs. the 2/3rds needed to call a convention. That means some blue states would need to approve. KEEP 'EM BLUE.

    I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. - Susan B. Anthony

    by pajoly on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 02:38:38 PM PDT

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    •  Not necessarily. (0+ / 0-)

      They could simply construct a time bomb.

      I give you the twenty-seventh amendment:


      Originally proposed Sept. 25, 1789. Ratified May 7, 1992.

      No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

      As I understand it, there is no time limit on amendments excepting those set by those who write the amendments themselves. If we are to assume a 2/3 majority to pass an amendment then we can also assume that the right has a 2/3 majority, 34 state legislatures that will pass the amendment right away. As  I read it, (though I am not a lawyer) hat leaves only four more states to get to the required 3/4 marker. Can we really be sure that we can keep the sixteen states presumed to be opposed in our hands indefinitely? We have to kill this now.

      Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

      by journeyman on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 08:03:08 PM PDT

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