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That’s the membership of the Federal Legislature, the supreme power under the U. S. constitutional system.
They can do anything they want, except reduce the equal suffrage of a state in the Senate without its consent.
They’ve never actually done a damn thing since they, technically, came into existence in 1789.
The three subordinate branches of the federal government, particularly the Congress, have done what they can to discourage the Federal Legislature from acting. But that may be about to change. If the R’s take the Senate I think the Congress will cooperate in good faith when called upon (when we get 34) to set the time and place for the Federal Legislature to meet for the first time.
Practically speaking, the Federal Legislature can only call itself into session when there is a broad and bipartisan consensus on the need for an amendment, and Congress refuses to listen to the people. We have such a consensus on the BBA and Congressional term limits.
But how do you get the 5,000 or so members of 34 state legislatures to agree to act together?
What we have here is a problem of communication.
This problem is being overcome. ALEC has finally stepped up, and is ready to play a leading role. The Republican State Leadership Council — a well funded arm of the Republican Party — is ready to do its part. The BBA Task Force is doing a good job with almost no resources.
And there’s the internet — the golden key to Article V. Politics, just like everything else in this world, is being transformed by the internet. The Tea Party is an early incarnation of the transformation. Others are coming, including, I fervently believe, the creation of a community of state legislators.
The meetings in Mount Vernon and Indianapolis are just a start, and a good one. Soon there will be a plentitude of networks for state legislators to choose from. The effort to use Article V to overturn Citizens United is creating an alternative, liberal, network.
In the big picture, the internet is about personal empowerment, and, at bottom, liberty.
And, thank God, Article V.

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