Ricki Pepin and the Electoral College

This is a portion of an article written on a presentation that Ricki Pepin gave on the Article V Convention. Although this particular part speaks to the electoral college, there was much more that was discussed. The full Article can be found by clicking here.

“I’m not saying I’m opposed to amendments in the Constitution as have been made in the past, I just don’t want to see the whole constitution put on the table and cut to pieces,” Pepin said.

Pepin said once the ball is rolling, things can get out of control rather quickly, resulting in a situation where the states are then left to choose between the lesser of evils.

“There are two ways to propose Amendments to the Constitution. One, Congress proposes them and sends them to the states for ratification or rejection; or when two-thirds of the states apply for it, Congress calls for a convention. All of our 27 existing amendments were proposed under the first method — Congress proposed them. We have never had a convention under Article V,” Pepin said.

She said some of the most respected names in government all sided against Article V because it places the power in the hands of a few instead of the states’ representatives as outlined by the Constitution.

“John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were all against Article V, and Antonin Scalia, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, one of the most respected champions of the U.S. Constitution said, ‘I certainly would not want a constitutional convention — who knows what would come of it.’ These wise individuals saw the danger in passing on complete power to a few individuals whose opinions may or may not align with the Constitution, there is simply too much at stake to take any chances, we must stick with the original document that has served us so well for so long,” Pepin said.

Pepin noted one of the greatest threats to the government is misinformation, myths, and outright lies being spread by those hoping to enact Article V and thus eliminating the Electoral College.