Constitutional Convention & Rhode Island

A constitutional convention is now a gathering for the purpose of writing a new constitution or revising an existing constitution. Rhode Island (or ), officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States. 5.0/5

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Now I know why Rhode Island wasn't at the Constitutional Convention ๐Ÿ˜’
Voters in Rhode Island will decide next week whether to bypass lawmakers and hold another state constitutional convention.
Rhode Island votes on whether to hold a constitutional convention this year...and it has a decent chance of happening
Also: On this day in 1787, in Philadelphia, delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin debating the first complete draft of the proposed Constitution of the United States. The Articles of Confederation, ratified several months before the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, provided for a loose confederation of U.S. states, which were sovereign in most of their affairs. On paper, Congress--the central authority--had the power to govern foreign affairs, conduct war, and regulate currency, but in practice these powers were sharply limited because Congress was given no authority to enforce its requests to the states for money or troops. By 1786, it was apparent that the Union would soon break up if the Articles of Confederation were not amended or replaced. Five states met in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss the issue, and all the states were invited to send delegates to a new constitutional convention to be held in Philadelphia. On May 25, 1787, delegates representing every state except Rhode Island ...
Hereโ€™s a list of members of the new coalition opposing a Rhode Island constitutional convention:
Rhode Island could become the first state in 30 years to hold a constitutional convention
...TO PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE... ---Preamble to Constitution of the United States of America; Adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ratified by conventions in eleven States. The Continental Congress โ€“ which still functioned at irregular intervals โ€“ passed a resolution on September 13, 1788, to put the new Constitution into operation. It went into effect on March 4, 1789. However, the new Constitution was not ratified by all thirteen states until Rhode Island ratified it in May 1790.
I'm Rhode Island in this constitutional convention simulation
The Founding Fathers Delegates to the Constitutional Convention On February 21, 1787, the Continental Congress resolved that: ...it is expedient that on the second Monday in May next a Convention of delegates who shall have been appointed by the several States be held at Philladelphia for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation... The original states, except Rhode Island, collectively appointed 70 individuals to the Constitutional Convention, but a number did not accept or could not attend. Those who did not attend included Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams and, John Hancock. In all, 55 delegates attended the Constitutional Convention sessions, but only 39 actually signed the Constitution. The delegates ranged in age from Jonathan Dayton, aged 26, to Benjamin Franklin, aged 81, who was so infirm that he had to be carried to sessions in a sedan chair. biographical overview of all the delegates Biographical Index of America's Founding ...
Reading about the Constitutional Convention and I just want to say that Rhode Island was totally rebellious and badass. Don't mess wit it
On September 17, 1787 the Constitutional Convention came to a close in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were seventy individuals chosen to attend the meetings with the initial purpose of amending the Articles of Confederation. Rhode Island opted to not send any delegates. Fifty-five men attended most of the meetings, there were never more than 46 present at any one time, and ultimately only [thirty-nine ]actually signed the Constitution. While offering incredible contributions [George Mason of Virginia, Edmund Randolph of Virginia, and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts] refused to sign the final document because of basic philosophical differences. Mainly, they were fearful of an all-powerful government and wanted a bill of rights added to protect the rights of the people. 39 signers and 3 refusals = 42
I walked the walk and stepped down after two terms also. "For nearly 28 years [John] Kerry has been a senator. West Virginia sent Robert Byrd to the US Senate for 51 years, and Daniel Inouye has represented Hawaii in Congress since it became a state in 1959. Charleston, S.C., has had the same mayor since 1975. No matter how unpopular Congress is said to be, more than 90 percent of House members seeking re-election generally keep their seats; in that respect Nov. 6 was absolutely typical. ... Far better for officials to come and go, serving a spell in government, then heading back to real life. 'Representatives ought to return home and mix with the people,' Rhode Island's Roger Sherman argued during the Constitutional Convention in 1787. 'By remaining at the seat of government, they would acquire the habits of the place, which might differ from those of their constituents.' George Washington could have been president for life, but he voluntarily stepped down after two terms. He could be trusted with power ...
Is a constitutional convention an answer to Rhode Island's problems?
Regarding states Rights and secession: Nowhere in the Constitution is there any mention of the union of the states being permanent. This was not an oversight by any means. Indeed, when New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia ratified the Constitution, they specifically stated that they reserved the right to resume the governmental powers granted to the United States. Their claim to the right of secession was understood and agreed to by the other ratifiers, including George Washington, who presided over the Constitutional Convention and was also a delegate from Virginia. In his book Life of Webster Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge writes, "It is safe to say that there was not a man in the country, from Washington and Hamilton to Clinton and Mason, who did not regard the new system as an experiment from which each and every State had a right to peaceably withdraw." A textbook used at West Point before the Civil War, A View of the Constitution, written by Judge William Rawle, states, "The secession of a State depends on ...
The United States Constitution was proposed by representatives of the individual states , becoming binding only on those states which so ratified it. {Rhode Island sent no delegates to the constitutional convention.} In other words, the people of the United States as a collective body did not participate in the process, the states participated in their independent and sovereign role as the elected agent of the people of their respective states. In their acts of ratification , many states specifically reserved the right to recall their delegated sovereign powers should those powers be used by the Federal Goverment to encroach upon the rights and liberties of the people! The states did not renounce their sovereign authority by ratifying the Constitution! South Carolinian John C. Calhoun ... "The Federal Goverment could not and has not gained a legitimate and justifiable right to the power and authority it now exercises over us!" ... The Federal Goverment as become what many of our Founders were af ...
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