Debate: Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution

The Electoral College. Citizens United. A balanced national budget. What do some of America’s greatest debates have in common? They’re all part of an argument to amend the U.S. Constitution.

In 1787 a Constitutional Convention was held, where conventioneers produced the document that established the federal government’s powers and strove to create a “more perfect Union.”

Many argue that times have changed dramatically since, and the nation has evolved beyond what our Founding Fathers ever imagined. Others think the Supreme Court has illegitimately “updated” it too much already, and would like to restore its original meaning.

Our motion tonight is: Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution, presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center.

Acclaimed constitutional scholar and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig joins Mark Meckler, the President of Citizens for Self-Governance, in favor of the motion.

Opposing them: Georgetown Law professor David Super and Walter Olson, Cato's Senior Fellow of Constitutional Studies.