From “A Landholder”, Oiver Ellsworth

He was a lawyer, a drafter of the Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the third Chief Justice of the United States.  From the Connecticut Courant (Hartford) December 3, 1787

“I am sensible that speculation is always liable to error.  If there be any capital defects in this constitution, it is most probable that experience alone will discover them.  Provision is made for an alteration if on trial it be found necessary.”

Experience has discovered a capital defect in the Constitution, in that the power of the states to originate amendments has never been capable of exercise.  This part of the Constitution has been on trial for 231 years, it has been found wanting, and it is necessary to alter it.

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