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Letter: Constitution does not need changing

To the editor,

Few people know that 28 states (including North Dakota) have passed resolutions asking Congress to call an Article V convention of the states. If only six more pass similar resolutions, Congress will be forced to call it.

Some proponents say a Constitutional Convention could be limited to proposing a "balanced budget amendment." However, the danger is that a convention could not be limited. The Constitution says a convention would be for the purpose of proposing amendments (plural). Thus, a convention would have the power to make major changes to the Constitution--or completely rewrite it—a runaway convention. It could even change the ratification process to make adoption of changes easier.

Even if the only amendment coming from a convention would be a "balanced budget" one, what good would it do? Why would Congress obey that when it ignores and violates much of the present Constitution? And could we trust that delegates from the big, liberal states would not mess with our God-given rights to free speech, the right to bear arms, etc.?

In the early 1980s, the U.S. was even closer to a convention, as 32 of the necessary 34 states had passed resolutions. Then from 1988 to 2010, 17 states rescinded (canceled) their applications.

Perhaps citizens are again using common sense. So far this year 13 states have rejected such resolutions; no states have passed any.

Our Constitution does not need "changing." It needs to be strictly followed. Therefore, contact your state senator and representatives and encourage them to work to rescind all past resolutions calling for an Article V convention during the next legislative session. Their addresses and phone numbers can be found by searching "North Dakota 65th Legislative

Assembly" on your computer, then clicking on each name.

Duane Stahl

Valley City, N.D.