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Fed. 85

“…Congres[s] will be obliged “on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the States …, to call a convention for proposing amendments, which shall be valid, to all intents and purposes, as part of the Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the States, or by conventions in three fourths thereof. The words of this article are peremptory. The Congress “shall call a convention.” Nothing in this particular is left to the discretion of that body. And of consequence, all the declamation about the disinclination to a change vanishes in air.…We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.…” Hamilton, Federalist 85