In his Dec 4 radio program, Glenn Beck endorsed the Convention of States approach as the “only way back” from a pending disaster to the constitutional republic that the Founders and Framers had in mind for us.
Actually, Convention of States (COS) is one of several movements (see also Compact for America) that rely on the Article V state-driven process to amend the Constitution without the permission or approval of Congress, the Supreme Court, or the President. This is no “stretch”, pipe dream, or distorted reading of the Constitution. The historical record is clear. The state-driven amendment process was explicitly and deliberately written into the Constitution as a remedy for a runaway federal government. As Beck says, its time has clearly come!
Learn more about COS here and here. Read also about the Dec 7 Mt. Vernon conference of state legislators at this link.
A key resource is Mark Levin’s new book, Liberty Amendments. While the book and COS are separate, COS has friendly relations with Mark Levin, and the amendments recommended by Levin are examples of the kinds of amendments that a Convention of States would consider. In his book, Levin thoroughly researches the Framers’ intent in writing Article V, and he proposes 11 amendments that would transform Washington.
Consider, for example, his first candidate amendment that would limit terms in Congress:
An Amendment to Establish Term Limits for Members of Congress
SECTION 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a member of Congress, whether such service is exclusively in the House or the Senate or combined in both Houses.
SECTION 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any incumbent member of Congress whose term exceeds the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term, but thereafter shall be ineligible for further service as a member of Congress.
In just a few years, this amendment would clear out all the old bulls of the lifetime legislative class in Congress. These fearful guardians of the status quo will never reform Congress on their own.
As Glenn says, do your own homework. You might start with the first chapter of Levin’s book, available (free) at this link. And the book itself is available at your library or on Amazon Kindle for less than $11.
If you’re worried (as some still are) that the COS process could lead to disasters like repeal of the 2nd Amendment, your homework will show you that such a thing could never pass a 38-state ratification — only 13 states would be needed to block such a thing. This myth of a “runaway convention” is wrong on multiple counts, as shown by Levin and on the COS and CFA websites.
The Article V state-driven amendments process is, by the Founders’ & Framers’ design, our last best hope to reform a runaway federal government. With great foresight, they wrote it into the Constitution so that We the People could one day rescue ourselves and future generations from the kind of over-spending, over-taxing, over-regulating, increasingly tyrannical federal government that inhabits Washington today. We’d better use it while we still can!