In the 1890s, when the Senate refused to take up the issue of direct election of senators, states pursued a convention, falling just short. Eventually, the 17th Amendment passed in the usual way, fulfilling that aim. In the 1960s, states sought a convention over a Supreme Court decision dictating how legislative districts were apportioned.
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Seems like most Amendments are mistakes. And the Gooferment takes power without amending the Constitution (i.e., Drug Prohibition; maintain standing armies; regulating other than interstate commerce; regulating drugs; interference in the healthcare system).
Personally, I’d repeal the Seventeenth — direct election of the senate — and return power to the States.
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