Are Conventions Conducted by Politicians...
For the People?
"I Smell a Rat!"
“… he declined to serve at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The public reason he gave for not attending was, as he so eloquently put it, ‘I smell a rat!’ … He stood in direct opposition
to ratification (of the Constitution) because he felt that the document created too strong a central government which would inevitably usurp
the powers of the states. Henry contended, to adopt the new Constitution was akin to a new revolution.” (Patrick Henry: America’s Radical Dissenter, by Thomas Jewett)
Patrick Henry, an "Anti-Federalist", refused to attend the Constitutional Convention because he knew that the nationalists (like Hamilton) were going to get rid of the Articles of Confederation and change it into a big, central government. The Articles of Confederation had things like 'Term Limits' for Congress. We lost many liberties when they threw out the Articles but, more importantly, we should ask "Who wanted to get rid of them and why?"
"The Federal Convention Had No Authority to Write a Constitution. The only political agency that had exceeded it's official power was the Federal Convention."
The states could not "reject" the Constitution NOR could they make any changes. They had to take it exactly, as it was written. This is why Mike Gaddy teaches classes on this and reminds us that Madison, Hamilton, and Jay had a plan, from the beginning, to subvert the 'Articles of Confederation'.