Sequence required for a “runaway” amendments convention

In order for an Amendments Convention to “runaway” and produce the adoption of an extremist or dangerous amendment, the following sequence of events would need to happen:

1. 34 states need to pass resolutions which are identical in language and must contain the same    proposed amendment(s) in order for Congress to be compelled to call an Amendments Convention.

2. Delegates to an Amendments Convention are selected by the state legislatures and would act as an agent of their legislature.  They would need to vote to ignore the will of their state and the mandate that they would receive to limit their deliberations to the amendment(s) specifically identified in the resolution.  If they ignore the mandate from their state legislature, they could and should be immediately recalled and replaced.

3. A convention voting to consider ideas beyond the scope and call of the resolution would immediately be challenged with court action.  The court would need to brazenly ignore the clear intent of the Founding Fathers and wrongly rule that the convention is valid when they clearly should rule that the convention is null and void and order its dissolution.

4. The convention delegates would then need to agree on a radical, extremist or dangerous amendment.

5. Congress, in its ministerial capacity of submitting to the states any proposal agreed to in a convention, would need to ignore the fact that the convention ignored the restriction of the resolution and went beyond the scope and call of the convention.  Congress should lawfully refuse to send the proposed amendment(s) to the states for ratification.

6. 38 states would need to ignore the fact that the convention delegates went beyond the scope and call of the convention and would need to ratify the proposed amendment(s).

7. The most important protection against the adoption of a radical, extremist or dangerous amendment is this irrefutable fact:  Unless and until 38 states ratify a proposed amendment, the Constitution is untouched and nothing changes. Any individual or organization that preaches that we should fear an Article V Amendments Convention should be challenged to produce their list of 38 states that they fear would ratify a radical, extremist, or dangerous amendment.

Prepared by Curtis Olafson (R-Edinburg), a state senator from North Dakota. He is also the national spokesman for the National Debt Relief Amendment, an initiative of