By Janine Hansen National Constitutional National Issues Chairman
The Convention of States deceptively proposes a “limited” convention to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government and to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.” It sounds reasonable until you realize that the purpose of the entire Constitution was to “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.” It then becomes clear that the COS proposal will open every portion of the Constitution to structural change.
The Convention of States organization markets a different set of amendments depending on the State Legislature, changing colors like a chameleon. COS has proposed innumerable amendments. Here are a few examples.
In my state of Nevada in Testimony before the State Legislature in 2015, Mark Meckler of COS promises that Nevada can have returned control of 87% of our land which the Federal Government now controls. He said, “We see that here in Nevada. We see that the majority of this state’s land is owned by the federal government, with no intention of their returning it to the state. You can have it returned through a constitution amendment under Article V.”
In North Carolina this year, COS promises on their website, “And with a strategic plan in place, it is North Carolina’s time to shine. Rep. Bert Jones leads the way again. HB2 and the marriage amendment are obvious talking points for NC. Also, 2nd amendment rights, Common Core, employment, voter ID laws. COS addresses these and more.”
In an article on World Net Daily dated March 3, 2014, the revolutionary agenda of the Convention of States organization was unmasked. The article includes an incredible list of proposed structural Constitutional revisions for an Article V Constitutional Convention. “Among the issues that could fall under the single subject would be a balanced budget amendment, a new definition of the General Welfare Clause, a redefinition of the Commerce Clause, a ban on the use of treaty provisions inside the U.S., limits on executive orders, term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, federal tax limits and a sunset of all existing federal taxes. Of course, these are merely examples of what would be up for discussion.” This sounds like COS’s rewrite of the Constitution.
Michael Farris, Co-founder of Convention of States continues his rewrite wish list of the Constitution in the WND article. “I [would] propose reconfiguring the Supreme Court after the model of the European Court of Human Rights. There are 46 nations in that court’s jurisdiction, and every nation appoints one judge. We should expand the Supreme Court to 50 justices and have the states appoint the justices for a specific term (six or eight years) with no right of reappointment. That one change would do more to ensure a constitutional government than anything I know.”
The following Six Ideas for Structural Amendments to the Constitution were proposed by the Convention of States Simulated Convention held in Williamsburg, Virginia September 21-23. 2016.
The simulated convention passed significant amendment proposals on the following six ideas:
- Requiring the states to approve any increase in the national debt
- Imposing term limits on Congress (effective retroactively)
- Limiting federal overreach by returning the Commerce Clause to its original meaning
- Limiting the power of federal regulations by allowing an easy congressional override
- Requiring a supermajority to impose federal taxes and repealing the 16th Amendment, which legalized the federal income tax
- Giving the states (by a three-fifths vote) the power to abrogate any federal law, regulation, or executive order This is the Founders’ solution to Washington’s hunger for power and institutional corruption, and the states are rallying. Other amendment proposals were discussed and debated, including term limits on the Supreme Court and giving the states the power to vacate a Supreme Court opinion.
So take your pick, whatever amendment can be conceived of by State Legislators from all 50 states, not only the Red states but the Blue, is lurking in the massive Kitchen Sink Article V Constitutional Convention, courtesy of the UNLIMITED Convention of States.