Article V- State Sen. David Long On The Glenn Beck Program

Article V- State Sen. David Long On The Glenn Beck Program

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Indiana State Senator David Long explains the historical significance of an Article V Convention of States

From The Blaze-
Indiana State Senator David Long joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about what he is doing in his own state to facilitate an Article V Convention of States. While there are certainly very real concerns related to opening up the Constitution for amending, Long makes a compelling case for returning the power to the states.

To begin, Long explained the historical significance of Article V.

“It was a key provision. George Mason had that put in as a delegate for Virginia for the state driven process. It’s never been used. But they figured we would use it,” Long said. “And in fact, if it hadn’t been in the Constitution there’s a very good argument the Constitution never would’ve been ratified in the first place. The founders felt that strongly that the state’s needed to have a leash on Washington. And they felt this was the key way to do it. If they woke up today and found out we never used it, they’d be shocked. They thought we would be using it regularly.”

The way Long sees it, a Convention of States is not only an important exercise of states’ rights, but it is also necessary “in order to fix this country.”

“First and foremost, arguing that Article V convention is doable and that, with proper controls and structure in place, it is not only Constitutional but necessary in order to fix this country’s future. And there are people out there trying to do this right. To make sure it is not a runaway convention,” Long said. “Frankly, when you look around today, you know if you want to call the ‘nuclear option,’ maybe that’s what it’s become today. I don’t think [the Founders] intended it to be that. I thought they figured we would be using this a lot and that it would keep the states in charge. Unfortunately, the opposite has occurred.”

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  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Sounds untrustworthy. Politicians are already talking about picking and choosing what to address, and what to avoid as a hot potato. Nothing about wiping out Obama’s edicts. Nothing about removing anyone from office. The exercise sounds false. I simply do not trust the politicians. If it fails, the result might be OPEN WARFARE. What if Obama smells his removal from office and trumps everyone by declaring Martial Law? If anyone touches 2A, we all know what will happen. I don’t trust any politician and the matter is dangerous. Remember, when the US Constitution is opened, there is no United States. There is no Law. Until the US Constitution is closed again. Very dangerous, and I am only a nothing. They will do what they want and hopefully it will peter out to nothing.

  2. His take on how we should be using an Article V Convention sound reasonable enough but what if he is wrong and the founders were only using that as an escape clause if something were to go wrong? Either way, it could be time to use it and make the necessary changes our country needs to get back on track and start building some momentum again.

  3. I think returning the power to the states is something that might be necessary right now given our current state of political and socio-economic affairs and how far we have to go to get where we want our country to be. It amazes me that something this cut and dry is still being debated by the very people who don’t understand it.

  4. How do we make something like this happen? I think if every state has the right to do it, then we must pressure our representatives and tell them this is what we need to make an impact on the lives of everyone involved. Good or bad, the end result will make the process worth it.

  5. joe spece says:

    He says that an article V is doable but how do we make it happen? It has to be agreed upon by 2/3 of the states and that seems like it might not be something that will happen no matter how big the talk gets. What can we do to affect a change?

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