The power of the federal government has grown massively over the last few years. A majority of the political leaders in Washington run their campaigns saying they will accomplish one thing, but do quite the opposite after stepping through the doors of Congress. The voices of the people have been, in a very real way, silenced.
This is where the Convention of States Project comes in.
But what is the COS Project? Apart from Mark Levin–who frequently talks about this project on his radio and online television show–and the endorsements of various organizations and political leaders like Colonel Allen West, Governor Greg Abbott, and Senator Marco Rubio, people don’t really know about these grassroots efforts to take advance of basic rights granted to us by the founders.
This project is very important, however, because it may have a huge impact on the future of our nation.
The purpose of the COS Project is to encourage states to use the rights granted under Article V of the Constitution. The States could use a convention to propose a wide range of Constitutional amendments. States could place upper limits on federal taxation, redefine the Commerce Clause, and even place term limits on Congress and the Supreme Court.
Article V reads as follows:
The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three-fourths thereof…
The way it works is quite simple. Citizens ask their legislatures to pass a bill called an application by a majority vote. If Congress receives applications by over two-thirds of all the states (34 total) with similar language or demands, Congress must call for a Convention of States by law.
Once a convention is called, the state legislatures choose delegates to attend. These delegates will be the people who ultimately propose, debate, and vote on amendments. Each state may only vote once, and two-thirds of the states must vote for an amendment to make it into the Constitution.
One of the biggest arguments against these efforts is the myth of the “runaway convention.” This borrows from the belief held by a very small group of people that the original Constitutional Convention in 1786 went beyond its authority by drafting the original constitution. This argument–that a modern convention of the states would also run amok–is false for many reasons.
The largest reason that a runaway convention cannot happen is that three-fourths of all the states (38 total) must agree on the final amendments. If some state demanded to re-legalize slavery, the chances of that happening would be virtually non-existent. Three-quarters of the states would never agree to that, and I would be shocked if even one did.
So, if there is any way to stop the growth of the federal government and to give the people a voice again, a Convention of States is the best way to do it.