Our forefathers, those brilliant men, who joined together to give us a framework to build our incredible country, were wise enough to plan for the future. They put their lives on the line starting with the Declaration of Independence and the revolution that gave America freedom from England. They then crafted the most unique blueprint for a government of the people. They assured that there was a procedure for the people to modify the Constitution, Article V. For nearly 240 years, the Constitution has been the guiding light for us and crafted so brilliantly that it has only been amended twenty-seven times.
Article V provides two methods to amend the Constitution. One is for Congress, and more importantly, one for the people. This second is by a Convention of States. We are a Republic that, by design, gives power to the states. Should two-thirds of the state legislatures (currently 34 states) pass the resolution calling for the Convention, it shall be convened for the sole purpose of addressing the specific changes detailed in the resolution. This method bypasses the federal level of government and assures a government of the people. Each proposed amendment is presented, debated, and voted on at the Convention. Passage of the amendment requires a three-fourths majority or thirty-eight votes.
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A group called the Convention of States Action has been working since 2013 to get the necessary number of state legislatures on board to have Congress call for the Convention. There is no option for Congress. If they receive the requisite number of applications, they must convene the Convention of States and abide by the process.
The Convention of States Action (COS) initiative focuses on three separate amendments. COS is proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress.
This process has been tedious but is gaining momentum. There are over two million signatures on the COS petition, and to date, 17 states have passed the resolution marking the halfway mark. Eight states passed the resolution in one chamber of their legislature, and twenty states have the initiative on the legislative agenda for 2022. That makes this year critical in the quest for seventeen more states to reach the number to force Congress to call for the Convention.
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By Ray Cardello
Ray Cardello is a conservative blogger at A Conservative View From New Hampshire who believes America is strong enough to keep us on track but making folks aware of the truth is essential to a successful and prosperous future for us all.
Featured photo by Howard Chandler Christy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons