January 27, 2016—Professor Adam Winkler was quoted in a USA Today article discussing how convening a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution is an unlikely reality.
“Terrible idea,” stated Professor Winkler, who explained that the Constitution doesn’t specify what can or cannot be amended by states. Professor Winkler added that there’s a reason all current 27 amendments came from Congress, not states. States would likely propose amendments very specific to the times or their region of the country, not the broad, lasting concepts intended by the founding fathers.
“Today’s politicians don’t have the timeless brilliance of our framers,” Winkler said. “If we were to rewrite our constitution today, we wouldn’t get a particularly good one.”