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Bluffing Their Way to an Art. V Convention, Part 1

•, By Judi Caler

Part 1: Validation Schemes

Sound the alarm!! We are closer than ever before in our nation's history to Congress's calling a  convention under Article V of the US Constitution, where we would likely lose our Constitution. And it's because of yet another deception from the con-con lobby.

Article V says that "The Congress…on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States [now 34], shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments [to the US Constitution]…"

There have been approximately 450 applications passed by 49 State Legislatures since 1788, the year our Constitution was ratified. So, whether or not a constitutional convention has been triggered depends upon the criteria Congress uses to determine which of the 450 applications are valid. Only then can Congress count the States that submitted those applications to find out whether or not the 34-state threshold was reached.

On July 19, 2022, US Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), introduced H.Con.Res.101 and  H.R.8419. The former is a purported "call" for a convention.[1] And the latter directs the Archivist of the United States to "authenticate, count, and publish" all non-rescinded applications and notify Congress of its duty to call a convention, if those applications were passed by at least 34 State Legislatures.

Of the 450 applications passed since 1788, about 230 have since been rescinded[2]—leaving about 220 non-rescinded applications from 39 States. So, if H.R.8419 becomes law, Congress will all but guarantee that the first constitutional convention since 1787 will be triggered—simply by establishing "all non-rescinded applications" as the only criterion by which Congress would authenticate applications!