Congress “Calls.” Do They Control Convention of States?
The critics don’t seem to get that our county is about to fail. Here is our last chance. These straw man arguments are always shown to be smoke and mirrors.
Check it out:
One of the more frequent objections to a Convention of States goes something like this: “Article V says Congress ‘calls’ the convention when it receives 34 applications. Doesn’t this mean Congress controls the convention and chooses the delegates?”
In a word, no.
The Founders were very clear on this point. Once 34 states apply, Congress has no discretion whether to call a convention and no control over the delegates. Alexander Hamilton said as much in Federalist No. 85:
“[T]he national rulers, whenever nine States concur, will have no option upon the subject. By the fifth article of the plan, the Congress will be obliged ‘on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the States [which at present amount to nine], to call a convention for proposing amendments, which shall be valid, to all intents and purposes, as part of the Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the States, or by conventions in three fourths thereof.’