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Amending Constitution - Purpose of Amendments - Show Print View!

One of the silliest of the many unsupported claims made by those lobbying for an Article V convention is that our Framers said that when the federal government violates the Constitution, the remedy is to amend the Constitution.

It shouldn't be necessary to point out that their claim makes as much sense as saying that since people violate the Ten Commandments, God should amend the Ten Commandments.

And since none of our Framers said such a silly thing, the convention lobby can't produce a quote where it was said.

Even so, some have believed it and repeated it to others. Americans! We must demand that people prove their claims before we believe what they tell us.

I will show you original source documents, and you can see for yourself what our Framers really said about the purpose of amendments to our Constitution.

Madison's Journal of the Federal Convention of 1787

James Madison was a delegate to the federal convention of 1787 where our present Constitution was drafted. He kept a daily Journal. I went through it, collected every reference to what became Article V, and wrote it up here it is.

Madison's Journal shows what our Framers said at the convention about the purpose of amendments to our Constitution:

  • Elbridge Gerry said on June 5, 1787: the "novelty & difficulty of the experiment requires periodical revision."
  • George Mason said on June 11, 1787: The Constitution now being formed "will certainly be defective," as the Articles of Confederation have been found to be. "Amendments therefore will be necessary, and it will be better to provide for them, in an easy, regular and Constitutional way than to trust to chance and violence. It would be improper to require the consent of the Natl. Legislature, because they may abuse their power, and refuse their consent...The opportunity for such an abuse, may be the fault of the Constitution [i.e., a defect] calling for amendmt." [boldface mine]
  • Alexander Hamilton said on Sep. 10, 1787: amendments remedy defects in the Constitution.

Read the entire article here: What the Framers really said about the purpose of amendments to our Constitution

Amending Constitution - Purpose of Amendments Show Print View!

 

 

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