Originally Posted by Hugh Damright
... and the amendment power was not intended to allow 3/4 of the States to consolidate i.e. to take away Virginia's sovereignty without our consent.
Again, on what do you base that contention?
The intent of the Founding Fathers in found in their words. The amendment power is limited only insofar as, "... no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate..." That's what the Constitution says, and that was what Mr. Iredell, as quote by you, said.
Other than that, nothing in the Constitution limits the scope of permissible amendments. Whether or not a particular amendment ratified by 3/4 of the States would nonetheless be likely to have problematic political or social repercussions is another matter, but such an amendment would still be permissible under the Constitution.