Constitutional convention is definition of democracy

When the United States was founded, there was a constitutional convention held that drafted our nation’s founding document. It is essentially the political rules by which we all live, in conjunction with the constitutional amendments that have been added since. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of these rules.

While the general method for changing the Constitution has come through congressional measures that are then sent on to the states for ratification, there is another entirely legal approach. It is to call another constitutional convention, which can be done if 34 states agree to do so. So, the Constitution can be rewritten, if the people wish it to be.

Is that a fundamentally scary proposition? No, it is not. And it may become a reality.

Wisconsin recently became the 28th state to call for a constitutional convention, meaning such a gathering is just six states shy of happening. What do these 28 states have in mind? A balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Now, we suppose if you disagree with such an amendment, then a new constitutional convention is upsetting. But the solution is not decry such a gathering as unfair or undemocratic. It is to gather your forces and convince your fellow citizens that such an amendment is a bad idea.

Consider the counter-notion: The people are not to be (or cannot be) trusted at a constitutional convention. That is the very definition of elitist, undemocratic nonsense.