Constitutional Convention: John Jay Letter Shows Its Power Came from State Legislatures, not Congress

Constitutional Convention: John Jay Letter Shows Its Power Came from State Legislatures, not Congress

By Rob Natelson - Via i2i.org-Independence Institute - A persistent constitutional myth has it that (1) Congress called the Constitutional Convention under the Articles of Confederation, (2) the convention drew its power from Congress, and (3) the convention exceeded its power when it recommended a new Constitution rather than merely propose amendments to the Articles. As readers of this website know, however, the Constitutional Convention was not called by the Confederation Congress. It was called by Virginia and the commissioners (delegates) drew their authority from their respective … [Read more...]

Amending the Constitution- A Viable Solution

Amending the Constitution- A Viable Solution

Rob Natelson taught constitutional law and constitutional history, and currently serves as Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute. He is a widely-published scholar on the Constitution and on the amendment procedure, and several Supreme Court opinions have relied on his work. He is one of the World's foremost authorities on the article V convention process. Tim Baldwin from Liberty Defense League interviews him in this video from Northwest Liberty News. This video gives a good explanation of why nullification won't work. Please like and comment For … [Read more...]

Dr. Rob Natelson Speech About The Convention of States

Dr. Rob Natelson Speech About The Convention of States

Dr. Rob Natelson, esteemed Constitutional scholar and leading expert on Article V, puts the "runaway convention" objection to rest. speech from mid August of this year. For More Articles about The Convention of States and Article V, Click Here … [Read more...]

Article V -The Myth of a Runaway Amendments Convention

Article V -The Myth of a Runaway Amendments Convention

By Rob Natelson, Professor of Law- Via The American Thinker -The Founders bequeathed Americans a method to bypass the federal government and amend the Constitution, empowering two thirds of the states to call an Amendments Convention. In the wake of Mark Levin's bestselling book, The Liberty Amendments, proposing just such a convention, entirely unnecessary alarms have been raised by even some of the leading lights of conservatism, based on an incomplete reading of history and judicial case law. Phyllis Schlafly is a great American and a great leader, but her speculations about the nature … [Read more...]