When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that when a government were to become tyrannical it would be the right and the duty of the people to alter or abolish it.
The Framers of the Constitution wrote Article V as their method of amending the Constitution without the necessity of having another bloody revolution. They knew that unless the government was restrained by the chains of a Constiitution, it would assume more power than they delegated to it.
They knew that the government could not be trusted to fix the problems that they would create. The states created the Central government to strengthen that states ability to defend themselves and to protect the people from being abused by the states.
Withour the provisions of Article V, it is very likely that the Constitution would never had been ratified. The states wanted to maintain a position of superiority over the Central government and to allowing both the Congress and the States to have the authority to propose amendments was one of the very important checks and balances.
Two-thirds of the members of Congress would need to vote in favor of an amendment before it would be sent on to the states for ratification.
Once two-thirds of the states request a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution, Congress is required by the Constitution to call for a Convention.
If the number of states necessary request a convention and Congress refuses to call for the convention, they are violating their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.
If a Congressman is caught driving under the influence of alcohol should he or she be given immunity or should they be treated the same as any other criminal. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime and their are stiff penalties for those that violate the law.
Violating the Supreme Law of the Land is also a crime, but up until now there has been no penalty. Without a penalty, our elected representative can do whatever thay want without be held accountable.
If violating the Constitution is a crime, the perpetrators must be arrested and put on trial. The time has come for us to vote out all incumbents. We need to put Congress on notice from this day forth, those that violate their oath
will be indicted breach of contract and if convicted they will forfeit their pensions and serve time in a Federal Penitentiary.