Representatives from all 50 states have convened in Williamsburg, Virginia, where liberty was born for a historic simulation of what could be the birth of a real Convention of States, a safety valve the Founding Fathers gifted to the American people and the states which allows for the rollback of a power-hungry federal government that has grown too big, too powerful, too invasive, and which has usurped duties not delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution.
It’s called an Article V Convention of States, as outlined in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, a rip-cord never yet used in American history, but is gaining steam as exemplified by the meeting taking place organized by the Convention of States Project, which is a dry-run of what is planned on being the real thing.
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While the strategy wasn’t invented by constitutional scholar and talk show great Mark Levin, the Article V Convention was brought into the national conversation by Levin’s 2013 best-seller, The Liberty Amendments, a must-read for every freedom loving American.
Two-Thirds of the states can call for a convention to propose amendments and no amendment can become effective unless ratified by three-fourths of the states, according to Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
In other words, it takes 34 states to call for a convention and 38 states to pass an amendment.
Mark Levin, who founded the Landmark Legal Foundation, offered 11 amendments for consideration in the book:
- Impose Congressional term limits
- Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment, returning the election of Senators to state legislatures
- Impose term limits for Supreme Court Justices and restrict judicial review
- Require a balanced budget and limit federal spending and taxation
- Define a deadline to file taxes (one day before the next federal election)
- Subject federal departments and bureaucratic regulations to reauthorization and review
- Create a more specific definition of the Commerce Clause
- Limit eminent domain powers
- Allow states to more easily amend the Constitution
- Create a process where two-thirds of the states can nullify federal laws
- Require photo ID to vote and limit early voting
In June of last year, retired Senator Tom Coburn estimated that Americans have lost half of our freedoms since his youth and that a Convention of States is the final remedy.
“They looked at other republics and then asked, ‘How did they die and why did they die?’ It’s because there was no longer limited power, but there was total power,” Coburn explained on the Mark Levin Show in June of last year. “So it’s the only way to rein in Washington — it’s never going to happen through our elected representatives — they don’t have the courage. Most of them are career politicians. They may be great people, but their goal is to get re-elected, not fix what’s wrong with the country.”