To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Re: Please Pursue Article 5 Convention of States
Date: Tue Feb 16 06:59:42 MST 2016


Any Amendment produced by an Article V Convention must be ratified by 3/4 of the State Legislatures - an incredibly high barrier. In effect, all it takes is 13 states to veto any bad Amendment. So, for example, if a repeal of the Second Amendment is proposed, all it would take is 13 States to spike such an Amendment, which would be highly likely, since Republicans control over half the state legislatures now.


Edward Elmer


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From: "David Lifferth" <>
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2016 9:55am
To: "Edward Elmer" <>
Subject: Re: Please Pursue Article 5 Convention of States

I agree with you on all 3 proposals.
However, on a daily basis I get emails from people in my district that oppose a constitutional convention because they fear a “runaway convention”. What can I tell them to measure them that a constitutional convention can resolve these serious problems and not make them worse?



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From: Edward Elmer <>
Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 10:28 PM
To: DTS <>
Subject: Please Pursue Article 5 Convention of States

Dear Rep. Lifferth:



With increasing frequency, all three branches of the federal government are overstepping the bounds of the U.S. Constitution and acting in a tyrannical and oppressive manner. In short, Washington is broken.


However, Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives you, as a State Legislator, the power to amend the U.S. Constitution and restore sane limits to the activities of the federal government.


It is extremely urgent that the State Legislature pursues the process, outlined in the second part of Article V of the U.S. Constitution, for a Convention of the States. This is NOT a Constitutional Convention, and has no chance of becoming a “runaway” convention.


In fact, if Obama appoints one more radical leftist to the Supreme Court, that branch will immediately become a “runaway convention,” rewriting the Constitution at the whim of five Justices.


At least three Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are desperately needed:


1.      Term limits for members of Congress,

2.      A balanced budget amendment, with an absolute cap on taxation, and

3.      An amendment to sunset all federal bureaucracies and their regulations, unless individually renewed by Congress.




Edward B. Elmer