The Constitution: Two to Go

Not since the Constitution was drafted 180 years ago have the states asserted their right to call a convention to change it. All 25 amendments have been initiated by Congress, not the states. Now, to just about everyone's surprise, the states are on the threshold of calling a convention on an amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court's one-man, one-vote rule.

The campaign to call the convention has been spearheaded without fanfare by Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen ever since his attempt to upset the court's reapportionment ruling was defeated in Congress 19 months ago. With endorsement required from...

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