Convention of States
I just learned from Yellowhammer News that representatives from various states will perform a simulated convention. I am from Alabama and in 2015 our representatives strictly limited the purpose of a convention to three areas:
- Imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government through a balanced budget amendment;
- limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; and
- implementing term limits on federal elected officials.
I personally don’t think it is possible to do anything about purpose #1 because of the requirement that 3/4 of the representatives attending the convention are needed to approve a new constitutional amendment. My opinion doesn’t speak well for State Senator Gerald Allen from Tuscaloosa who wanted to remove items #2 and #3.
I see #2 as being the most important generalized goal for a convention. And I believe we should have a convention every year in an attempt to improve our federal government. The only way to change our federal government in this “conventional” way is to do what representatives have never done before — propose simple laws that everyone can agree to.
The most simple law I can think of is this: the federal government shall not restrict or regulate the growing or consumption of plants.
The reason I believe this proposed amendment to the constitution could pass is because liberal cultures support laws for providing people access to plants that are currently restricted and regulated by the federal government. And the conservative cultures support laws for limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
Your welcome, :)