Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia on a Convention to Amend the U.S. Constitution

“The founders [provided for a people’s convention as] an alternative Scalia2method of obtaining constitutional amendments because they knew the Congress would be unwilling to give its attention to many issues the people are concerned with—particularly those involving restrictions on the federal government’s own power. The Founders foresaw that and they provided the Constitution as a remedy.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

From a presentation by Justice Scalia, “A Constitutional Convention: How Well Would It Work?” at the  American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Forum, Washington DC May 23, 1979. Transcript copyright 1978 by AEI.  Quoted in “A More Perfect Constitution” by Dr. Larry J. Sabato, Center for Politics, University of Virginia, published by Walker & Company, www.walkerbooks.com.

 

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