An Article V Convention of States may be the only way to stop Federal power grabs.
(Editor’s Note: I think the question of calling for a convention of the states is controversial among conservatives. Bob Allen is a strong advocate of this process. We’d like to read what you think. Please leave us a comment.)
Opposition continues, but it really does appear the Article V Convention of States movement is gaining steam. (Note: much of the opposition rooted in anonymous posters, and/or disingenuous arguments that don’t address what Convention of States advocates are actually doing)
Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general, and Michael Farris, the president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, have responded to criticism and again made the case for a convention of states in an editorial in The Washington Post: “A rebirth of democracy in Virginia.”
Should the states use their power to rein in the abuse of power by the federal government?
Here is our outline. Washington is abusing its power. This is obvious to virtually every American outside the Beltway and even to many on the inside. Washington will never make voluntary structural reductions of its power. Jefferson would say that this truth is self-evident. Bart Simpson would say “Like duh.” Both would be right.
George Mason is responsible for the convention mechanism in Article V. He predicted both that the federal government would someday abuse its power and that it would never voluntarily relinquish its usurped authority. He believed that the states must be given a unilateral ability to curb the abuse of power by proposing amendments that put structural limitations on Washington.
There have been several hundred applications for an Article V convention. But we have never had a convention because there has never been an occasion where two-thirds of the states have asked for a convention on the same topic. Thus, there is an absolutely firm legislative precedent that an agreement on the topic is the sine qua non for the call of a convention.
Moreover, there is an applicable secondary legal principle: it is unconstitutional to change the rules in the middle of the amending process. The best known example of this is the ruling that Congress acted unconstitutionally when it attempted to change the time limit for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
We call for a convention to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and impose term limits on federal officials. This is the proposal that will be on the floor of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly later this week.
Washington, DC will never give up its illegitimate power without the States banding together to force them to do so. This is the Constitutional way to accomplish several things that absolutely need to happen to restore the Republic, and slap the oligarchs that have taken control of Washington.
Dissolve the centralization of power and you make it monumentally more difficult for any group to steer the nation for the sake of its own power and wealth. Distribute responsibility and power, and you give rebirth to freedom.
Yes, freedom is a scary thing because it means each of us has to take more responsibility in our communities and States, rather than looking to some “DC expert” who thinks he has the answers. But freedom is a glorious thing in that we’re not forced to accept a one-size-fits-all “solution” that will sink us all, if the idea turns out to come from a self-important, sociopathic liar, such as Jonathan Gruber.
The alternatives are: Freedom and the possibility of prosperity, or centralization and shared poverty? The choice is ours, and the Convention of States is a chance to have the former.