Wolf-PAC Massachusetts | Runaway Convention
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Wolf-PAC Massachusetts | Runaway Convention

Oh so mean objection I hear what’s wrong very much is especially to review the case episode burn our requests for the
we use that language need to be identical without other states done this
or some other mechanism by which we do make sure that our alterations only
becomes executive one we’re confident that it’s the right kind of it seems a
little bit the national popular vote where we the
state have adopted a law that says we will we will direct that our electors
and president elections will vote as the majority of the country votes but that
will only become effective when another states up directed their life is exactly
the same service is that doctor something about concept look at the meat dress the same as I
tell you by the way imagine that so Emily starters let me
address that last part first one innovation that we put into our
convention calls that we got from an Oregon call that was particularly
effective at achieving the 17th amendment was the daisy chain where we
list all of the other calls to ensure that our applications count as a single
conclusive application you can as I’ve mentioned there’s already more than 35
states that have had their convention calls counted by Congress we know that
they’re not grouping together ones on different purposes because if they were
we would already have the convention call and indeed your vote here would
have no bearing one way or the other no matter how you voted on that fact
because Massachusetts is already in that list but the daisy chain ensures that
our application is considered with the ones listed in that chain to form a
single cohesive application so it’s undeniable once we get to 34 that we
have 34 and it’s also undeniable that they don’t count with other ones that
are not considered part of that list and in terms of the limitations what the
talk I gave here today is a very abbreviated version of a much longer
talk that I gave to our members a couple months ago which was based on the 1987
Department of Justice report which went into the form of the four pillars that
it was it had two parts the first part was the three ways we know theoretically
convention can be limited and then the four mechanisms for limiting the
convention and four mechanisms were the the tools that the states the courts the
Congress and the delegates themselves have to enforce those limitations
ultimately the tools fall out of the system of separation of powers
checks and balances and federalism that have different bodies each with powers
to check each other so no one organization of those has the ability to
run away if the others are are saying no that’s not what has been called for yeah
I certainly am the person that now is meant to go with the oral presentation
but I can modify after one that sent on its own I want to be clear American
promise as members all over the country and we view the question of a convention
as a question of strategy tactic non-event
and so we have members who have those concerns about a convention
we welcome and encourage and provide information for that debate to take
place so we don’t have a position on that question but I as I say in my
testimony they do think this language in the bill has gone a very long way to
address any concerns about this so-called renovation mentioning the
service it’s quite clear to me this this is a call for a convention to propose an
amendment to address the problem citizens united period and what this
share is the my perspective of Sam has been almost every state on this issue
now there are Republicans who are unable to get a hearing on a bill that has a
convention call in a moment in dominated legislature because of Republicans it
works like a runaway convention and what the progressives are going to do at that
convention so I think that tells us that American history was probably right that
the convention probably will not ever happen it has always been used to move
Congress off the dying to get amendments that we need and I think that’s the
consideration we should look at here and and as for what you could do about it
the concern further than what’s already been done and again I think much is and
in this language already two things well this would be number six if I mister
Minetta is for active States that’s a long way to go before we get to
two-thirds and this fall for you’re seeing that it is any not going
in that direction that you possibly can rescind an appeal that’s the other thing
is you could do what I friends and my homie do and we have many American
promise members their way we promise they’re advancing a similar measure
assist on a ballot and Wyoming has passed a law making it a criminal
offense to go to it would imagine as a delegate and depart from the
instructions of the state’s call now I’m not sure that’s necessary but there are
things you could do outside this bill but I think there’s enough to consider
there is a long history short of that the delegates being directly instructed
including in our neighbor to the north New Hampshire where they were instructed
to vote against the US Constitution at the article 7 convention to ratify the
Constitution they went discovered that their constituents had instructed them
incorrectly but they were bound by the instructions so they actually returned
to their constituents and convinced them that to change their opinions with
rhetoric not with little tricks and got new instructions and went back and
ratified the US Constitution becoming in that state

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