Article 5 Convention - Yes or NO!

This is Article 5 of the Constitution that you need to read first!

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Next, watch this video to get the historical perspective behind this amendment, then look into some of the facts

Is it a Convention of States? NO!

How are delegates chosen?

WHY NO! 

If you read the Constitutions’s Article 5, there are NO provisions for State participation other than 2/3rds of the States calling on Congress to call a Convention.  It is the sole responsibility of the Congress to determine the makeup of and the calling the Convention.  Congress could simply declare itself the delegates.  There is NO provision for a Convention of States and NO provision for States participation,  only a Convention that will be determined and dictated by Congress.

DELEGATES ARE NEVER MENTIONED IN ARTICLE 5

Article 5 does not mention delegates!  It is only Congress that can determine who will participate.  It could be one person from each State which only Congress has the power to decide to however many they may want.  Who?  Political hacks?  Lobbyists?  Partisans?   

Can you trust a political body to get it right?  Can you trust Congress to get it right?

Can Congress declare a Convention on it's own?

What is Article 5

NO!  That power is reserved solely to the States.  Specifically, 2/3rds of the States!  The idea of the Founding Fathers was incremental changes to the Constitution to make adjustments gradually to correct any defects over time.  The idea of the Convention was if the Constitution was so bad, that wholesale amendments would be done at one time, in other words, rewriting the Constitution from the ground up!

Our Constitution does not need to be rewritten.  Let Congress pass legislation to change the Constitution and let three-quarters of the States ratify it over deliberate time! 

Some additional Reading

Article 5 is the Fifth Article of our Constitution. It provides the methods to amend the Constitution and reads as follows:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

There is a movement to call for a Convention to propose amendments to the Constitution.  Here is a 35 minute video that describes if this is a good idea!