Imagine that you’re locked in a cage.
You’ve been trapped for a long time with no hope of escape, but you’re suddenly offered a key to set yourself free.
Would you use it?
I’m guessing you would.
Now, think about the serious issues our country must confront, all thanks to the federal government’s abuse of power.
The national fiscal operating debt currently stands at $22 trillion with upwards of $215 trillion in unfunded liabilities. The federal government employs 2 million employees, far more than are needed. The states have lost their co-equal role in governing the nation. Bureaucrats act as de-facto lawmakers when they write onerous rules and regulations, and activist judges make their rulings based more on their political beliefs than on the original intent of the Constitution.
Every morning when government officials go to work, we lose a little bit more of our freedom.
That’s the cage we find ourselves in. It’s not a literal one, but we’re still trapped.
But what if I told you there was a key to free ourselves from the prison that the federal government has put us in. Would you use that key?
I’m guessing you would.
That key is found in Article V of the United States Constitution. The Founders of our country left us this key knowing that the federal government would never relinquish its power willingly.
They left this power to the states. The states can call for an Article V Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution that would limit the size, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and pass term limits for members of Congress.
It is worth remembering that the states created the federal government, not the other way around.
There is a growing movement to call for an Article V Convention of States to limit the power of the federal government.
The project has been endorsed by many heavy hitters of the conservative movement. Some of the notable supporters include Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro, Jim Demint, Tom Coburn, Andrew Napolitano, Rand Paul, Charlie Kirk, Ron DeSantis, and Ben Carson.
The Convention of States Project was founded in 2013 by Mark Meckler and Michael Farris.
How It Works
There are two ways to amend the Constitution: 1) Congress can propose amendments and the states can ratify them, or 2) The states can call a convention to propose amendments and send them back to the individual states to be voted on.
The former has been done 27 times; the latter has never been tried.
In order for a convention to be called, 34 states must call the convention and 38 must vote to ratify any amendments proposed at the convention.
The convention would be limited to three areas: 1) limit the size, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government, 2) impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, and 3) create term limits for government officials.
The convention must stick to proposing amendments in those three areas; any proposed amendments outside of those topics would be void.
There are several ideas for amendments to be proposed at the convention.
In 2013, Mark Levin wrote a book called The Liberty Amendments in which he proposed ten possible amendments to be proposed at the convention.
His proposals included the following: an amendment to establish term limits on members of Congress; an amendment to repeal the 17th Amendment which took the power to appoint Senators away from state legislatures; an amendment to establish term limits for Supreme Court Justices; two amendments to limit the federal taxing and spending; an amendment to limit the federal bureaucracy; an amendment to promote free enterprise; and an amendment to grant states the authority to directly amend the Constitution.
These are just a few of his ideas and are similar to amendments that could be discussed at a convention.
Is the Convention Dangerous?
Some opponents of the Convention of States are concerned that the convention could “run away.” They are afraid that the far-Left could hijack the convention and propose amendments that could push their radical Leftist agenda on the American people.
However, it is very unlikely that this could happen. Each state must pass the same application limiting the convention to discussing only topics that would limit the size and power of the federal government.
Each state gets to send delegates to the convention and those delegates would be given a commission by their state legislatures. If they violated their commission, they could be called back by their states for official reprimand. Some states have even made it a felony for their commissioners to propose an amendment outside the scope of the convention application.
It is also unlikely that 38 states would ratify a radical amendment—like a repeal of the Second Amendment—or advance an overtly-Leftist cause. The high bar to ratification is the ultimate safeguard for protecting the process.
Why We Need a Convention
The federal government will NEVER reduce its own power.
President Trump has done well in certain areas, like gutting many federal regulations and restoring American sovereignty abroad. His administration is also pursuing legal action to weaken the federal unions so it can become easier to fire bad employees.
These are noble achievements, however, he can’t do it all himself. In fact, he’s not supposed to.
There are two other branches of government and 50 states. Power is supposed to be equally distributed amongst all of them. The president is the head of just one of those branches.
However, quite frankly, President Trump’s greatest failure as president has been his fiscal irresponsibility. He has signed massive budgets that are blowing out the deficit and adding to the national debt. He and the current Congress are stealing from future generations, and that’s just not right.
That is why it is imperative for the states to save future generations and the republic itself. The Founders gave us the key to save ourselves. Let’s not throw it away.