Mischaracterized Views of Antonin Scalia Debunked – by Stuart MacPhail May 2019 The views of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia have been repeatedly distorted by anti-Article V campaigners. Over the past few weeks two sources have attempted to set the record straight. The National Sentinel published Wise beyond his years: A youthful Antonin Scalia warned us…Read More
Senator Grassley: Higher Deficits are Not Due to Decreased Revenue by Stuart MacPhail May 2019 The Des Moines Register (Iowa) published an editorial on the federal debt and annual deficit. During March, Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s senior Senator responded with a guest editorial, suggesting that the newspaper’s editorial “misses key context about the cause of the problem and how…Read More
If the Republicans Won’t Do It, Maybe Democrats Will By Stuart MacPhail May 2019 Utah’s sole Democrat Congressman, Rep. Ben McAdams, has introduced HJ Res 55, a bill proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. In early April the so-called Blue Dog Coalition of moderate Democrats endorsed McAdams bill. The…Read More
Solutions Proposed to Deal with the National Debt Crisis – By Stuart MacPhail May 2019 During March TheFederalist carried a series of proposals by Benjamin Dierker, a law student at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Entitled “7 Ideas For Making Congress Solve The National Debt Crisis”, the piece admits that the proposals are “dead…Read More
by Stuart MacPhail April 2019 Missouri Calls for AV Convention to Modify Amendment 13 – Missouri State Rep. Brandon Ellington has introduced HCR19, a bill asking his fellow legislators to apply for an Article V convention of states. His proposal seeks a constitutional amendment removing the “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall…Read More
by Stuart MacPhail May 2019
The views of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia have been repeatedly distorted by anti-Article V campaigners. Over the past few weeks two sources have attempted to set the record straight.
The National Sentinel published Wise beyond his years: A youthful Antonin Scalia warned us 40 years ago about what’s happening in America TODAY by Jon Dougherty.
Dougherty points out that during a forum when Scalia was a law professor at the University of Chicago in 1979 “Scalia provided one of the best summations available of the second way under the Constitution, that our founding document can be amended, the genius of it, and why the founders adopted it”.
“(I)t’s this second method that Scalia masterfully addresses and explains — and in doing so, points out why it is a method that would come in handy today since Congress seems incapable of addressing some of our most pressing issues,” Dougherty says.
The future justice said that “a widespread and deep feeling of powerlessness in the country is apparent with respect to many issues, not just the budget issue. The people do not feel that their wishes are observed. They are heard but they are not heeded, particularly at the federal level.
“The basic problem is simply that the Congress has become professionalized,” Scalia said. “Its members have a greater interest than ever before in remaining in office; and it is served by a bureaucracy and is much more subject to the power of individualized pressure groups than to the unorganized feelings of the majority of the citizens.”
Contrary to the Scalia comment taken out of context by Article V opponents, he said “One remedy for that, the one specifically provided for in the Constitution, is this amendment process which bypasses the Congress. I would like to see that amendment process used — just having it used once will exert an enormous influence on both the Congress and the Supreme Court.” (emphasis added)
One such amendment that was popular back then was constitutionally requiring Congress to pass a balanced budget. During that 1979 forum Scalia said it was “something members of Congress would never consider because, well, they like spending your money. Article V provides a way for Americans to have their voices heard.” Read Dougherty’s article HERE.
Then watch rare video footage of that 1979 forum as provided by the Convention of States Project HERE.