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10 states line up to limit federal power

Constitutional convention needs 24 more to call Washington to account

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By Paul Bremmer

Ten states now have taken the first step toward limiting the power of the federal government.

Officials from Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming have filed resolutions calling for a convention of states that would propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution with the express purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Article V of the Constitution gives the states the power to call such a convention. The article reads, in part:

“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, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress.”

Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance, co-founded CSG’s Convention of States Project, which is currently working to convince the necessary 34 state legislatures to pass bills calling for a convention of states.

As long as all of the applying states call for a convention to deal with the same issue, Congress must call the convention into session.

Meckler said that, in addition to the 10 states that have already filed, he expects another 15 to 20 states to file resolutions for a convention in the next few weeks.

“We will have legislation introduced in enough states to get to 34,” Meckler said.

He made it clear that filing a resolution is not enough; a state legislature must vote to pass it in order to make it official.

CSG is employing a grassroots-based strategy to gain support for a convention. The organization is trying to build a political operation in at least 40 states, getting 100 people to volunteer in at least three-quarters of each state’s legislative districts. The organization reported just days ago that volunteers had submitted convention of states petitions in 95 percent of all state house districts in the U.S.

Meckler said the need for the states to limit federal power did not suddenly arise overnight. He believes a convention like this should have been held years ago. But he thinks people are only now beginning to understand the power that Article V gives the states.

“Frankly, most people just didn’t understand that the sovereign citizen had retained that power in the Constitution, and so I think that knowledge of the power that the people have under Article V is just now reaching critical mass,” Meckler said.

Randy Barnett, professor of legal theory and director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, said it’s about time for a convention of the states.

“I think it’s one of the means that the Founders gave us to constrain the powers of the federal government, which is not about to constrain itself,” he said.

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Barnett said if the states can agree to have a convention, they should be able to agree on some amendments as well. The professor mentioned two things he would like the convention to do – impose term limits and give states the power to repeal federal laws.

“There are a lot of good ideas that have been circulated, but it’s going to be a give-and-take like all deliberative assemblies are,” Barnett said.

Meckler agrees that a convention would be able to agree on certain fundamental reforms that members of both parties support.

“Contrary to what the politicians pitch us on, and what the media tends to pitch us on generally, the nation is not as divided as they would like us to believe,” Meckler said.

He mentioned three amendments that he believes the convention would agree on. The first is term limits for congressmen and senators, the second was a balanced budget amendment, and the third was a single subject amendment, which would mandate that every bill Congress passes contain only a single subject. He emphasized that all three of those proposals have broad bipartisan support from the American public.

“So I think what comes out of a convention are things that are what I would describe as very mainstream, non-radical, that the vast majority of Americans will agree upon,” Meckler said.

Still, Meckler realizes some people will oppose a convention of the states. The John Birch Society, for example, challenged the wisdom of an Article V convention in a series of 16 questions. But Meckler is untroubled by the opposition so far.

“We’ve met some resistance, but it’s so far relatively minimal, and the resistance has come from folks who love the Constitution and some folks who mistakenly believe that somehow this opens Pandora’s Box,” he said.

Meckler said he has not yet faced any resistance from establishment politicians in Washington. However, he thinks that’s only because they aren’t paying attention to his movement yet.

“I think that pushback from the establishment will come, because they like the perks and the benefits of centralized power, and we’re trying to disperse that power back to the people where it belongs,” he said.

If the states do end up calling a convention, the historical weight of the moment will not be lost on Meckler. It would be the first time the states had ever exercised their right under Article V to call a convention to amend the Constitution.

“This is a tool that was given to us in 1787 in the Constitutional Convention, and it was literally drafted for moments such as this, when the American public felt that the federal government had exceeded the bounds that were intentionally placed upon it by the founders,” Meckler said.

He continued, “And we’ve never used it before, which is really extraordinary. And so to use it for the first time, to actually call a convention of states, I would say it’s in the top tier of historic moments in American constitutional history.”

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Well, guess this helps narrow down the field for the 2016 Presidential picks:  

Endorsements For "Convention of States": 

http://www.conventionofstates.com/endorsements  

 I say NO to amend the constitution, it will give congress the power to rewrite the constitution, NOT the states! If they won't obey the constitution they will rewrite the whole thing to suite them self's ,they will let congress write what they want, or lose all federal money! you know witch way they will go!!!

This is NOT a good idea; in fact, it is a very, very dangerous idea.  Some comments from the thread:

"The constitution already limits the power and jurisdiction of the federal government the problem is congress is allowing NGO organizations like the epa and the long list of others to exceed what is constitutionally allowed through the use of regulations that are treated as if they were law as well as allowing judges to do everything from impose new taxes to create new laws from the bench.

Until the existing limits are enforced and the checks and balances set forth by the founders to keep the government in check are followed we can not expect any new limits to be obeyed anymore than the existing limits have been in recent years."

"Super. So a bunch of useful-idiot "progressives" from Northeastern states want to eliminate the 2nd Amendment.
And a bunch of RINO compromisers from Western and Southern states "work with them"--and they get the gun registration and *conditional* 2nd Amendment they've always wanted.  No, no, no, and no. It is a disastrously bad idea.  The globalist banksters that control this country HATE the Constitution; it is all that stands in their way in re-making America as Europe 2.0.  The only way to stop the illegitimate Federal Government is by State's rights and interposition--the States must nullify Federal "laws" that are unconstitutional. No more EPA allowed in Texas. No more OSHA. No more Department of "Education". No more ATF or IRS.  No more fake Federal Reserve "money".  Put the energy you're putting into an Article V convention into moving your State legislators to take back power from the Fed!"

"Once the convention is called and the super majority votes are met there ARE NO OTHER RULES EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED! They can change the topics, vote and re-vote, they could nullify the entire Constitution, they don't have to CLOSE the session....EVER (there are NO limits on the number of topics OR a time limit of any kind) and they can pretty much do anything they want, AND it does not have to be in the publics view! And if you think the states have rules and laws regarding same you have evidently not read Article VI that says all laws or constitutions in all states to the contrary NOTWITHSTANDING. A congress proposed Article V session OR a state called convention could and probably WOULD be the last of America. If you think for one second we can trust the congresses of the states any more than we can the federal congress you really should move to Colorado where you can smoke that stuff legally..... It's NOT impossible and in fact it's more likely than not. Once there is a session called anything goes....that's the fact jack Just think, they could actually remove the term limits for the president AND the eligibility requirements.....hell they could just name him king of the world! Read the article people, there's nothing difficult about it and don't let these dirty lawyers convince you there is something in there that isn't! Article V may be the most poorly written part of the US Constitution. It gives the government full cart blanche once the conventions is called into session. They can literally do anything if the super majority requirements are met and you bet your sweet bippy they'd at LEAST take our guns and free speech and probably a lot more. A constitutional conventions is the most dangerous thing America can allow...ANY time...ESPECIALLY right now."

ALL OF WHICH I AGREE WITH!  Bad, bad idea!

Judith, I hope you don't mind if I use your comment when I replay about The COS.

Thank You Tony

No problem - I was just re-posting others comments anyway!

 ! agree with you 100% ! this is what they are waiting for,a chance to change the constitution !!!

They are ignoring the Constitution now, what makes you think they will follow your amendments?

As for a balanced budget amendment all you will do is force Congress to raise taxes to balance it.

The states don't get to make the convention rules or pick who the delegates are, Congress does,  how do you think that will work out for you?

If we would follow the Constitution as written we would not need any of these amendments. All a Constitutional convention will do is legalize all of the Unconstitutional things that the government is doing now!

Thank You Ralph, I thought the same about the "COS" NOT a good Idea.
Thank you for the link. https://vimeo.com/107933176

Just look at the states who are on the list, Most Dem states and RINO's
Spread the word.
Dido, not just a bad idea, it's a horrific idea. Obama and his brotherhood would only take total control. They don't want us to follow our constitution, that's why we're being called constitutionalists, gun grabbers and ammunition stalk pliers.

Oh!!!

I've heard about the resistance to the convention from some very conservative people. The John Birch society, (mentioned above) was quite a shock to me. My father was a member of the JBS back in the late fifties and early sixties.

This sounds like a very plausible idea in order to get the power away from all these career professional politicians. During the last several days, we have been seeing some major SCAMS involving organizations with names such a "Wounded Veterans" whereby only a very small amount of the funds raised ever gets to those in need. It has been reported, via Tax forms that the majority of the funds raised go to the CEO and other so-called leaders, with salaries ranging up to $370,000 for the CEO and many others with salaries in the $200,000 plus range. All these Non-Profit Organizations are "FREE" to establish their own pay scales and none of them will tell the public what their salaries are. They will put out charts with all types of BS that is just that "BS" to avoid getting down to dollars and cents, as to what these salaries are.

    This is only a question- Are the folks making this proposal really concerned about the state of our nation, or are they a part of these "Scumbags" that have a plan to set themselves up to scam a "Huge" salary from this endeavor? If they are sincere in improving the our government, then they will get support from American, but with the current negative feelings about Non-Profit Salaries - they will have some trouble getting folks to believe them. Otherwise, with a truly volunteer group, ALL VOLUNTEERS, with No Pay roll, it should prove successful. 

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