What did Texas and Indiana Know About Article V that We've Forgotten?
What if two-thirds of the states had the power to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution as easily as two-thirds of each House of Congress?
Well, that's what the Founders told us!
But at least six times the Founders told us that two-thirds of the states could apply for the proposal of any desired amendment using their power to organize a convention for proposing amendments under Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
The Founders never said that the Article V convention itself must be responsible for drafting amendments. Instead, they said the convention would do whatever two-thirds of the states requested in their "application" to Congress.
Texas and Indiana knew this in the 1950s, when they applied for a convention of the states under Article V by advancing a specific amendment and convention rules proposal in their application.
In Compact for America Educational Foundation's Policy Brief No. 9, we offer abundant proof that Texas and Indiana were right in saying "nope" in response to the frequently asked question, "Doesn't the Article V Convention Draft the Amendment?"
We demonstrate conclusively that the Compact for America approach of applying under Article V for the proposal of a specific and pre-drafted amendment, together with all convention logistics, is fully consistent with the original meaning of Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Check out Policy Brief No. 9 if you want to understand what Texas and Indiana knew about the power of the states to laser-target an Article V convention to any desired amendment!
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