This election was proof that Americans on both sides of the isle are fed up with politics as usual. There is little doubt that Hillary Clinton would have been a complete disaster for this wounded country. But make no mistake, Donald Trump is not a conservative outsider. He is a liberal with a few conservative leanings. That said, don’t put your faith in his “Drain the Swamp” fantasy. He has said on multiple occasions that he is willing to make deals with Republicans and Democrats alike. However, one proposal of Trump’s that should be championed is the issue of term limits for Congressmen and women. This is a topic that all Americans should be behind if you really want to sir hake up Washington. However, just days after the election, Senate Majority Leader and top RINO Mitch McConnell said there would be no discussion on term limits. Furthermore, Republicans and Democrats are now debating bringing back “earmark” spending that was done away with in 2011 by then Speaker of the House John Boehner.
So apparently it’s business as usual….. Do these elected officials in D.C. understand what this election was about? Or do they simply not care? I believe it’s both and that’s why it is imperative to join the Federalist Party. A party not consumed by it’s own greed and power, but a party that will serve the patriotic men and women of this country the way the founders and framers intended. A party in which fed up Americans whether you be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, etc…. can come together for the betterment of our country and fight for the Constitution and liberties that made America great.
But such a movement will not happen overnight. It will take time to get organized and get our voices out there. So what do we do in the interim? Where do the conservatives, who the establishment has made clear do not want, go to keep that same establishment in check? Short of a full out revolution, the answer lies in Article V, Convention of States. This is a movement that is rapidly gaining both notice and traction throughout the nation. Article V was given to us by the framers of the Constitution as a last resort to combat an ever growing tyrannical Federal Government who has ceased to serve We the People.
In its simplest terms, the Convention of States is an alternate way for amendments to be added to the Constitution. Traditionally, Congress has been the avenue by which amendments have been proposed by 2/3 of the House and Senate then sent for ratification by 3/4 of the states. But when it comes to a feckless Congress who ignores the will of the people, the state legislatures can usurp Congress to propose amendments to the Constitution by way of Article V. Whereby it takes 2/3 of state legislatures (currently 34 states) to call for a convention of the states to propose and ratify amendments by 3/4 of the states (currently 38 states). So for example, a majority of Americans support a balanced budget amendment and Congress refuses to act on it. The states therefore can convene on their own to propose and ratify such an amendment.
Longtime radio and TV personality Mark Levin, among others, have been staunch advocates for Article V, COS for sometime now. So why don’t more people know about it? One possibility could be that those in power see COS as a detriment to their agenda, power, and pockets. And thus it should be ignored or dismissed as something dangerous and radical. Nothing could further from the truth! In fact what many also don’t know is that a mock Convention of States took place in Virginia back in September. 137 delegates from all 50 states took part in the 2 day mock Convention and according to the co-founder of The Convention of States Project, Michael Farris, it was an enormous success. Mr. Farris also listed some of the proposed amendments discussed:
1. Requiring the states to approve any increase in the national debt 2. Imposing term limits on Congress (effective retroactively) 3. Limiting federal overreach by returning the Commerce Clause to its original meaning 4. Limiting the power of federal regulations by allowing an easy congressional override 5. Requiring a supermajority to impose federal taxes and repealing the 16th Amendment, which legalized the federal income tax 6. Giving the states (by a three-fifths vote) the power to abrogate any federal law, regulation, or executive order. (Courtesy of National Review article by Michael Farris and Jenna Ellis, 9/29/16)
Now let’s be clear to the naysayers. This is not a call for an open constitutional convention like some are trying to argue. There are those who contend that this will be an open season on the Constitution, therefore destroying our founding documents. That is simply a lie and the guidelines are quite clear. This is a limited Convention of States; meaning that any issues or amendments up for discussion must be given a thumbs up by the state delegations before the Convention is called and thus no other referendum is up for debate.
As of today there are 8 states who have passed the COS application phase with many more trying to jump on board, but this will not be an easy fight especially in blue states. However, I believe this is an invaluable tool given to us by the framers and is worth that very fight for the sake of liberty. To find out more or to get involved in Article V, COS please visit www.conventionofstates.com or get in touch with your state and local representatives.