Most debates over whether states should call for a Convention of States to propose new amendments to the US Constitution usually include concerns about a "runaway convention." The argument usually comes from conservatives who are worried that leftists will end up proposing amendments (and repeal of amendments) that rip apart the founding principles of our nation.
I believe these concerned are exaggerated.
And one of the points I usually make is that Congress can proposed any such amendment any time it chooses. The process for APPROVING any amendments would be the exact same in either scenario.
This week illustrates my point.
Rep. George Holding (R-NC) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) have signed on as sponsors for a Constitutional amendment imposing term limits on Congress.
From Sen. Tillis's press shop:
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.
“It is past time for members of Congress to amend the Constitution and impose long-needed term limits on its members,” said Senator Tillis. “I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation and bring long-needed accountability to members of Congress, and I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build support for ratification of this amendment.”
Senator Tillis has supported term-limits dating back to his time as a member of the NC General Assembly, self-imposing a four-term limit while campaigning for his first term in 2006. As Speaker of the House, Senator Tillis supported legislation that would have created term-limits on the Speaker of the House and Pro-Tempore that passed the North Carolina House of Representatives.
The amendment was introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and is also co-sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), David Perdue (R-GA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Steve Daines (R-MT).
Term limits is one of the proposed amendments from the Convention of States Project. One of the benefits of organizing and lobbying for an Article V convention is that it helps prompt lawmakers to act BEFORE such a convention is called.
Here's a quick video on what a convention of states is about:
Pete's Prep: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
- A man in Georgia has been arrested for plotting a jihadist attack on the White House.
- WLOS has the story of a couple charged with scamming people out of millions of dollars through a log home building company. Victims have been identified in McDowell, Rutherford, Buncombe, Polk, Madison and Henderson counties.
- Tim Carney writing at the American Conservative: "When Trump caught so many political commentators off guard, we looked for an explanation amid the closing factories, but we should have been looking for the closing churches."
- It seems like people are not bicycling around downtown Asheville as much as they did in the past. John Boyle at the Citizen-Times had the data.