On her Facebook page, constitutional scholar (and former half-term governor of Alaska) Sarah Palin has issued a clarion call for a Constitutional Convention so “gosh-darn-average Joes” and soccer moms can get together and make new laws to stop the “Government Gone Wild.”
“By calling a Convention of the States, average citizens can stop the federal spending spree, power grabs, and other abuses by proposing amendments to rein in the federal government. After the states draft, debate, and vote upon these proposed amendments, they will then be sent to all 50 states for ratification, and three-quarters of the states must agree for any of the proposed amendments to be ratified.
Of course, Ms. Palin’s followers are now drunk with excitement over the possibilities, liking the post over 100,000 times.
Not surprisingly, the push for said constitutional convention is being led by a group out of Texas called Citizens For Self-Governance. However, it should surprise no one that the headline on that group’s official website today is about “religious freedom,” not government spending. You see where this is going, right?
Also, while the nation certainly can call a constitutional convention, the first and only such event has happened once – back in 1787,