Tea Party Patriots to Host Constitutional Conference at Harvard Law
The Tea Party Patriots will co-host a conference next month at Harvard Law School to address potentially changing the constitution, reports Reuters
Event organizers claim that the conference will provide a forum for dialogue about whether a constitutional convention should be organized.
The event is expected to draw 400 attendees seeking reform on a variety of issues. David Segal, former Democratic state representative from Rhode Island, said that moving toward a constitutional convention could be just what the country needs to illicit change.
The purpose of a federal constitutional convention is to give states powers to propose amendments, similar to the power imparted on Congress. A convention hasn’t been help since the constitution was first drafted in 1787.
Segal says that topics of discussion will include reducing the influence private money has in politics, limiting corporate rights, increasing total members of Congress, term limits, and the expansion of state rights.
“The objective is to discuss whether a convention would help the nation work through the critical failures we all recognize with our government,” Harvard Law professor and conference co-chair Lawrence Lessig told Reuters.