Tuesday, April 19, 2022

South Carolina Joins Call for Convention of States; Gov. McMaster Signs Bill Calling for a State-Led Convention to Change the US Constitution

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South Carolina joins call for convention of states:
South Carolina on Wednesday joined a growing number of states calling for a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law the bill seeking changes to the Constitution after state lawmakers tailored the call for a convention to putting spending checks on the federal government, curbing the federal government’s jurisdiction and power, and setting term limits for Congress.
About 18 other states, mostly Republican-led and concentrated in the South, have passed similar proposals. Congress needs requests from 34 states to convene a convention of the states.
“Some leaders foresee a ‘runaway’ convention which could propose amendments beyond the scope of the call,” McMaster wrote in his signing statement. “Others prefer that we depend on enlightened future electorates. I see it a little differently. I see the ever-increasing size and scope of the federal government as the larger threat.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Gov. McMaster signs bill calling for a state-led convention to change the US Constitution:
Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a law adding South Carolina to a list of states seeking to amend the U.S. Constitution through a first-ever national convention, saying he’s convinced that opponents’ fears of a runaway convention won’t happen.
“I do not think these serious theoretical concerns warrant opposing a narrowly tailored” convention of states, McMaster, a Republican, wrote in a two-page letter April 13 explaining his decision, which came hours ahead of his midnight deadline to act.
His signature makes South Carolina the 19th state calling for a convention of states with the stated purpose of forcing Congress to rein in spending, limit the federal government’s power and cap how long federal politicians can remain in office.
Supporters contend it’s the only way to redirect a federal government that’s run amok. Opponents from across the political spectrum have warned legislators there’s no way to limit discussion on proposed changes, and the end result could be a drastic altering of America. Opponents on the conservative end argue the proposed fix might backfire and produce liberal policies, like outlawing guns.
Such fears are what prompted the Legislature in 2004 to repeal a law passed 28 years earlier calling for a convention.
McMaster said he shares those concerns. But he believes the nation’s Founding Fathers put enough safeguards in the Constitution to prevent the eliminating of “fundamental constitutional rights” such as the Second Amendment.
“I see the ever-increasing size and scope of the federal government as the larger threat,” McMaster wrote. “I believe that the time has come to utilize the mechanism expressly available to the states in Article V,” referring to the provision in the Constitution that creates the option. --->READ MORE HERE
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