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But these changes were all relatively small, incremental, evolutionary. None are truly revolutionary, in the way the Constitution was to the Articles of Confederation. In fact, the **Constitution has no provision, directly, for full-scale change.*** There is, however, the concept of the Amendment Convention as noted in Article 5. The power or limits of such a convention are unknown because there has never been one. It is thought, however, that a Convention would be able to propose any change to the Constitution it decided to, including full replacement.
To all citizens, adding ammendments is one thing but to rewrite the constitution just should not happen. It's about to.
Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michiganhttp://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/...