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Along the Midway: Some Thoughts on Democratic Constitution-Amending

By Clifton McCleskey


In the American political circus there is apt to be going on at any given time a number of sideshows pretty much unrelated to the action under the Big Top. Essentially harmless and perhaps even functional for the system, they include the activities of the anti-vivisectionists, campaigns to impeach the Chief Justice, and the fratricidal spasms of various Marxist-oriented splinter movements. Among these sideshows, however, one has been distinguished by its perennial character and by the attention given to it by otherwise sober and restrained persons. I refer to the attempt through state legislative petitions to get Congress to call a constitutional convention pursuant to article V

Topics: Constitutional conventions, Constitutional amendment, Constitutional Law, Law and Politics
Publisher: University of Michigan Law School Scholarship Repository
Year: 1968
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