David Barton filled in for Glenn on Friday's Glenn Beck Program, and it was an hour focused on the United States Constitution. The U.S. Constitution has lasted over two centuries and is widely considered the world's longest surviving constitution. Why has it been able to stand up to the test of time in a way other documents have not? According to David, the U.S. Constitution has remained timeless because, unlike a system like the Code of Hammurabi, it is strongly rooted in a set of specific principles.
The primary focus of David's constitutional discussion revolved around Article V of the Constitution. What does Article V say exactly:
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.
State Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-CO) and State Representative Kim Koppelman (R-ND) joined David to talk about a new movement among many conservatives involving Article V. Though Alexander Hamilton believed a national government was necessary, he explained in Federalist No. 85 that the role of Article V was to provide the states a check against Congress. With that in mind, is a second Constitutional Convention possible?
When it comes to learning about and understanding the Constitution, relying on history textbooks and school teachers may not yield the most comprehensive understanding of the document for our children. But, as Sen. Lundberg explained, the Constitution is not difficult to read, so give your children a copy and allow them to learn about the government our Founding Fathers intended in their own way.