Rep. Manny Steele -Why the U.S. Constitution needs an amendment

Rep. Manny Steele -Why the U.S. Constitution needs an amendment

By Manny Steele – Via argusleader –

Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to know that democracies tend to centralize. This is why they gave us a Republic form of government.

Our framers understood that Congress could not be relied on to check itself. They understood how previous governments had worked.

Because of this, they gave us Article V in our Constitution and the 10th Amendment to insure the individual states could retain their equal power.

We, as states, have grossly ignored our responsibility to contain the powers of the federal government. This has happened in many ways, and I believe the most serious problem is our runaway budget.

The framers of our Constitution saw this potential problem and gave us the tools to prevent this from happening.

To our dismay, we have never used it. Much of our dysfunction in government comes from the imbalance of power between our branches of government.

Please read Article V of the U.S. Constitution. This is exactly what our framers told us to do.

Did our Founding Fathers not know what they were talking about? Does that put into question the rest of the articles in the Constitution?

Can we believe that only certain parts of the Constitution are OK, and some are not?

Those who oppose this action and fear a runaway constitutional convention, I feel, is based on misinformation. It is futile to think an Article V convention could be a runaway.

Part of Article V reads that if 34 states agree and send a resolution to Congress, they have to call a convention to amend the Constitution. All states are allowed to send delegates to this convention, and each state has the right to put restrictions on what these delegates can vote on, and more importantly, what they are not allowed to vote on.

This authority falls under the 10th Amendment that guarantees state sovereignty.

When an agreement is reached on the wording of an amendment, Congress sends that wording out to all 50 states. If 38 states agree with and ratify the amendment, it becomes part of our Constitution.

Congress has used this process 27 times to amend our Constitution, but the states never have.

So we are now in the position

with our national budget more than $17 trillion, thanks to both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

The creators had the wisdom to give us a plan to keep equal power in these branches of government. It is long past due to use the method given us.

Let’s get started.

Manny Steele, 73, is a representative for District 12 South Dakota and is retired and living in Sioux Falls


At least 20 state legislatures on board for calling for the convention


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  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    It means that, at least one Founding Father, raised a question, containing three words, “But, what if?”. Our, Constitutional Republic, is, the best form of government, as outlined from our, Founding Fathers. Adding to, and deleting from, the US Constitution is something to be thought of with trepidation. Also, once opened, the Constitution does not exist, nor does our government, or laws exist, until it is closed. Very, very, dangerous. Further, the 113th Congress has many Traitors. Why would anything good be included into the US Constitution, at the hands of Traitors? Again, not good. Even if they were Republicans in the majority of both Houses, they are the same political party hacks, and certainly not, Conservatives in the true and purist form. Look before you leap, and think, before opening up the Constitution.


  1. […] at Queen of Liberty, is a proponent of the Convention of States.   She linked an interview with Independence […]

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