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Madison's View of a "Convention for Proposing Amendments" (2)

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Part 2 of our multi-part series eamining the view with which James Madison, considered the father of the Constitution, regarded the State amending convention provision in Article V.

Various interpretations of Madison's views have been presented over many years, in support of multiple positions in regard to the utility, and even the safety, of the Article V provision to the States to hold a "convention for proposing amendments".  We are going to walk through this man's life, through his written record, to construct his position, and the continued consistency of his position, and provide the most accurate representation we can of his thoughts.  We're going to take as many episodes as necessary to thoroughly flesh out his view.

Today, we'll review the year plus after the Constitutional Convention, and look at Madison's writings not only in the Federalist Papers, but also his personal correspondence, where much has been made of his concerns about the States holding another convention.  To what was he referring?  What role do the State Ratification Conventions play in understanding his writings?

As always, we'll present the latest news in the Convention of the States.  I'll keep the presentation a bit shorter, to allow time for calls