Georgia resolution calling for constitutional convention clears first hurdle

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Georgia took the first step Friday in joining a number of other states calling for a federal constitutional convention when Senate Resolution 736 made it through the state Legislature’s Senate Rules Committee.

Filed by Republican Majority Whip Cecil Staton of Macon, the resolution was sponsored by five other lawmakers, including Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, according to The Cartersville Daily Tribune.

“I am confident it will pass the Georgia Senate, and I believe that it will also pass in the House when it gets over to them, and hopefully, the governor will sign it as well,” Hufstetler told The Daily Tribune. “I think Georgia is going to be one of the 34 states that will sign on to this.”

According to The Daily Tribune, the resolution says:

“Whereas, the founders of the Constitution of the United States empowered state legislators to be the guardians of liberty against abuses of power by the federal government; Whereas, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending; and whereas the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the state through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent; and whereas the federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States;

“And whereas, it is the solemn duty of the states to protect the liberty of our people, particularly for the generations to come, by proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a convention of the states under Article V of the United States Constitution to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power.”

Bartow County Tea Party founder Gail Englehardt spoke to the committee as a private citizen prior to its vote.

“I basically spoke on the fact that, number one, as a grass roots activist and as a citizen, that I was very concerned in that where the direction was going of our federal government and that everyone knows what the situation is with the economy and with the deficit, and that it’s just going on,” she told the Daily Tribune. “Our Founding Fathers gave us a mechanism to use, which is Article V, a convention of the states. When all three branches of government are not keeping the proper checks and balances on each other and they’re not following the constitution.”

Proponents of a constitutional convention generally call for amendments supporting a balanced budget, restricting members of Congress to term limits and placing limits on taxation.

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Although the convention of states is a grassroots movement, it receives much-needed support and coordination from a national organization, ConventionofStates.com.

Conservative talk show host Mark Levin gave the project a shot in the arm when he proposed the idea in his book, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic.” He saw it as the only way to put a leash on an out-of-control federal government.

“The federal government, Congress, the Supreme Court, the president, the bureaucracy, they are not going to reform themselves, they are not going to limit their activities,” Levin told CNS News in August. “Only we can — through our state representatives from the bottom up.”

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  • Ron

    It About time we put the federal Governments leash back on!

  • SusieQ

    Wow!, and all it took was five years of Obama, it’s about time!

  • Colonoscopy

    The battle against the federalists is never ending.

    • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

      It’s appropriate that you use a name for something that goes up the rectum, but before a colonoscopy you have to remove all the crap. Try it.

      • Colonoscopy

        I’m a urologist.

        • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

          You still deserve the information I stated. So what if you prefer people’s urethras to rectums – it’s a stupid name. Call yourself urologist or peepee lover

          • Colonoscopy

            Let’s see…I wrote about the ongoing and very historical battle against the federalists. Why are historical facts so annoying to you? Perhaps you should try reading a little history. The federalists believed in “big” federal government and strong federal control over the states. They also tended to be very sympathetic to the Brits…many of the Tories (Colonists who supported the English during the Revolutionary) War turned into Federalists. The modern Federalist would be members of the democrat party, who believe in big government and high tariffs.

  • Bob Deveny

    Given the current demographics in this country, a Constitutional Convention would do nothing but turn around and bite conservatives on the ass. Think how easy it would be to repeal the 2nd Amendment, the 4th Amendment, etc. once a convention was convened.

    • Sean Boswell

      I tend to believe that it isn’t the intention or scope of the Convention to erase or repeal any of the Constitution. These people are talking about a “reinstatement” of the Constitution that has been left so far behind recently that states must reach up and reaffirm it in the Federalist’s hearts and minds. Either by this or other means this will have to be done if this country is going to survive as the great Nation it has always been.

    • Jan McMullen

      Bob you really need to read WHAT the constitutional Convention is!

      • Bob Deveny

        Regardless of the “intended” scope of the CC or what it is “expected” to do, once a CC is convened it can undertake any changes that are brought before the delegates. And there would be no stopping it except by vote of the delegates. You should read Matthew Bracken’s Enemies Trilogy. Be careful what you wish for.

    • Colonoscopy

      To repeal an Amendment, you need a two-thirds majority vote in BOTH chambers of congress (impossible these days) and ratification from 38 states (the majority of states are conservative, so unless the issue had a popular front that turned on conservatives, it’s doubtful it could happen).

      • Bob Deveny

        Legal scholars do not agree whether the scope of an Article V Constitutional Convention could be limited. Congress would not be involved in any Amendments or repeals proposed at the CC and, in fact, is obliged to call a CC if the requisite number of States agree. Although you are correct that 3/4ths of the States would have to ratify the actions of the CC it seems likely the States would cede that authority to its delegates to the CC. Remember, the original CC was intended only to amend the Articles of Confederation. Yet it did not, choosing instead to write The Constitution itself. If the majority of States are conservative, why do the Democrats control the Senate?

        • Colonoscopy

          28 state legislatures are controlled by Republicans.

  • Katherine Appello

    It is up to the state governors, and the local level officials to start pushing back and the people to start pushing back hard, not violent, but as hard as possible without violence not letting up one day to stop operating as a corporation and act as a commonwealth collaboraitve, period.

  • Sherrie Shawen Nickerson

    They were only supposed to “amend” the Articles of Confederation but what did they do? The scrapped the Articles and gave us the Constitution. I don’t think anything less would happen this time.

  • Henry Ko

    Folks, the gift of liberty is the gift of knowledge, prosperity, and a better way of doing things. Learn it, live it: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878