34 is the Magic Number

Posted By Patrick Henry on Mar 22, 2010 | 1 comment


34 is the magic number. Forget 216. Forget 60. Think 34.

With 37 states planning to sue the federal government about the unfunded mandates in the recently passed health care bill there are enough.

Enough to call a constitutional convention. It only takes 34.

Article 5:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

34 states can call a constitutional convention.

It’ll take 38 states to ratify it, but think of the debate.  Think of ability for the people to really express their wishes.

34 states to call a constitutional convention to:

  • Repeal the 17th Amendment
  • Repeal the 16th Amendment
  • Forbid unfunded mandates
  • Establish federal term limits for the House of Representatives and the Senate (less necessary in the Senate with the repeal of the 17th Amendment).
  • Abolish the Federal Reserve

The magic number is 34.  No need to rely on federal courts.  We have what we need already in the Constitution already.