As you may or may not know, the landed aristocrats which
founded the United States of America, and drafted the current legal document
known as the Constitution, did not trust each other. In fact a number of them
wanted to shoot each other as some owned slaves and others believed owning
humans an abomination to creation.
When you enter into a legal contract with someone you despise, you make sure
there's a way out should things go south. That legal principle is embodied in
Article V of the current contract, indeed it is the lasting remnant of the Declaration
of Independence--our right to alter or abolish a government no longer working
in our interests.
You may have heard talk recently of citizens saying Yea or Nay to a federal convention of the states--a constitutional convention--the Article V Convention--and you may have considered the issue too fringe and therefore unrealistic in terms of practical politics. Ten years ago, sure, and even five years ago--OK--but today, 2015, Article V is not fringe. While it may not be reported by corporate media or noted by anyone inside the federal government, the idea of convoking a convention is gaining ground, so much so that just yesterday something historic happened. For the first time in American history the Congress formally acknowledged a state application: clerk.house.gov/legislative/memorials.aspx
The Congressional Record is littered with over seven hundred applications from the states, so it will be interesting to see where the count goes from here, but for now, we should know, our government just blinked.
So what do you say? Time to take the Article V issue off the back burner and begin talking amendments?