Grassroots Organizations Want to Fix Washington by Going Outside the Beltway
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 11:53 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - According to a recent Gallup Poll, 65% of voters are dissatisfied with the federal government. Now, grassroots organizations want to fix Washington by going outside the beltway. The push is on for what's called an Article V convention, but as FOX17's National Correspondent Kristine Frazao shows us, the road leading to one runs through 34 state legislatures. A states convention would look nothing like our founding fathers' Constitutional Convention of 1787. No one knows because there's never been one. The framers of the Constitution left the door open for a state driven convention, and momentum is driving it from all over the political spectrum. Conservatives, progressives and liberal groups see it as the way to fix what an unwilling Congress won't address.
States will have to do more than listen. At least 34 legislatures must approve such a convention. Not every political group is on board. The thought of putting the Constitution in the hands of the people is, well, frightening.
How have Congressional lawmakers responded to such a thought? Much like Marion Carroll. Now there's much disagreement over the technical aspects of an Article V convention. What role would Congress play? How many state delegates would be assigned? Groups pushing the hardest for it believe it's within reach by 2016. One of those grassroots groups has documented 3 occasions over the past 100 years where enough states approved a measure to hold an Article V convention.
Each of those requests was dismissed on what seem like technicalities.
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