Citizens for Self Governance’s Mark Meckler makes the case for a Convention of States

The concept of a Convention of States (COS), as outlined in Article V of the Constitution, has been the topic of great conversation recently. From Mark Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, to the gathering of state legislators at Mount Vernon last month, the idea of a COS is gaining momentum. On radio this morning, Mark Meckler of Citizens for Self Governance joined Pat and Stu to discuss the ins-and-outs of what a COS would mean for America.

“Well, so you know, I think all of us can identify the problems. We know there are plenty of problems in Washington D.C., and I think one of the things we all acknowledge is over the last few years we’ve seen [politicians] not going to fix the problems in Washington D.C.,” Mark said. “We’ll complain about it and whine about it. We do plenty of that… What we don’t do is provide an answer.”

“There’s really is the answer the answer is the American people. It’s found in Article V of the Constitution – that second clause says that we have the right to call a Constitutional Convention,” he continued. “It was set up that way for this situation where the federal government had become tyrannical, needed to be restrained by the people. And so we are calling for an Amending Convention under Article V.”

According to Article V, two-thirds of the state legislatures, or 34 states, must approve an application for a convention to occur. State legislatures would then send delegates to the convention, with each state getting one vote on proposed amendments. For an amendment to pass and become a part of the Constitution, it would have to be approved by three-fourths, or 38, of the state legislatures. Mark admitted that just a couple of years ago he would not have believed the support for such a gathering existed, but he has recently had a change of heart.

“I’ve spent the last couple years studying the issue, and then I had Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, one of the few lawyers ever to take an Article V case before the Supreme Court case. The plan, for me, is pretty simple,” Mark explained. “You need to argue: In roughly 4,000 state legislative districts around the country, you need roughly 100 people in each district to be willing to call their legislative representative and ask for a convention… That’s not a high bar. And I started to talking to reps all over the country and they said, ‘We don’t get 100 calls on anything. If you can generate a hundred calls then we’re going to be motivated to at least take a serious look.’”

Regardless of how you feel about the idea of a COS, it is important to recognize the power Article V of the Constitution grants the American people and the states.

“This is the most important thing: Literally, only the people can do this. The people have to take control,” Mark concluded. “They do that by going to ConventionOfStates.com. There they can sign up to be a district captain or a volunteer. We still have a few states that don’t have state captains yet. We’ve got legislative liaison volunteers, coalition volunteers. You can absolutely get involved. You have to get involved. Only you are going to fix the country. The politicians in D.C. are never going do it. ConventionOfStates.com is the place you can get involved.”

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  • Anonymous

    Fine then, I have the call going forward in my state, let’s get it going across the land and with a determination and presence which will terrify the government from shore to shore.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I am all for this. Let show these bullies in D.C. that we will not let them boss us.

  • Anonymous

    The experience of self-governance has practically exhausted itself, modern America ring a bell…what makes anyone think that another go at it, will achieve different results.

    I’m afraid that unless we get our priorities right, there might not come a time to reinvent ourselves before we taste the destruction of war.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds logical. But as we speak, nations around the world are scurrying to fill the void left in the wake of American withdrawal. Does anyone really think that if a call for decent were to be enacted across this land, that it would go unnoticed by the bureaucrats in charge, men and women who desperately depend on (freely given) tax dollars to continue their lavish lifestyle. The military would roll through the streets the next morning.

    There is a way though, to solve our national crises…its a little known process known as national repentance…this will never happen either…not in this day and age anyway…although, something in the wind tells me that a new age is about to begin.

    Will history record for us, that our problems were much too difficult for our greatest minds to solve. When we leave God out of the equation yes and that is why a second try at reinventing ourselves will most likely fail, not that it isn’t a good idea mind-you…but, until we all arrive on the same page as far as, who God is and what would he have us do…the idea is a bit preconceived.

  • Vince Fox

    The brand was tainted when some Republicans in Congress decided to Coop the term as theirs. The tea party was a grassroots uprising void of association with either of the two major parties. It encompassed Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Constitutionalist, independent minded people who wished to see lower taxes and smaller government.
    But not unlike most things, when congress was associated with it, it all started falling apart….

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    Knowledge is power. Spread yours: http://www.savageleft.com/resources/beacon.html

  • The Blue Tail Gadfly

    Article V was never
    meant to make a corrupt congress obey laws, that is the Duty of the
    Citizenry by means of elections. To risk exposing the Constitution to
    dangerous alterations in this highly politicized and factionalized
    environment is foolhardy at best.

    In order to fix something, you must first know what it is that’s
    broken. The proponents for an Article V Convention would have you
    believe that it is the Constitution that has failed us and
    amending/re-writing it is the solution.

    The truth is my fiends, we are what’s broken. Until we return to God,
    learn what our Constitution means and enforce it; no amount of new laws
    will save us from ourselves when we are already in effect, a lawless
    country.

    Constitutional Attorney Publius Huldah has exposed Michael Farris’ Convention of the States for what it really is, a SCAM. Don’t fall for it!

    http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/the-convention-of-states-scam-the-war-over-the-constitution-and-how-the-states-sold-the-reserved-powers-to-the-feds/#comments

    “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this Duty; if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” -History of United States by Noah Webster.

  • Charles Hurst

    The Blue Tail is exactly correct. The entire problem whether at a federal level, state level or local level is our fall from morality.
    Remember when divorce was an anomaly? Now the anomaly is staying together with the original parents. We have rampant obesity. We have The Jersey Shore guiding our youth. We have it being shoved down our throats that marriage between two men and adoption with this deviant lifestyle should be considered normal when it is nothing but abnormal.If we had the states ruling themselves I only see the same problems with the exception of a few highly red areas. Because break down in morality on a massive national level is the origin of our troubles. The federal representatives are only a reflection of who we are–including the President.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

  • landofaahs

    I am against it. There are enough procedures in the constitution to prevent what we have become, but the courts have ignored the constitution and put their own personal feelings in front of and in most cases against the true intent of the constitution. I would only be interested if the right for each state to go their own way at any time should they so choose. This whole house of cards is going to collapse. It’s not “IF” but “WHEN”. Frankly I do not wish to commit national suicide with the liberals.

  • Anonymous

    Taking prayer out of the schools was the start of all this BS that is happening. It has accelerated from there.

  • Anonymous

    Hear,Hear!

    A most excellent exposition on the true root of liberty, and of the consequences of the People’s abdication of moral and civic duty.

    We look to government [the political system] to be moral, when it cannot be when those are chosen to serve who promise to confiscate the property of others and give it to their constituents.

    We look to Public [government] schools to raise our children while we get about the business of “giving them something better” by piling up money and leaving it to them when we’re dead, instead of giving them something TRULY BETTER, an example of moral character and leadership while we are alive. Our life example teaches our young what’s important more surely than empty altruistic words: the acquisition of property, the pursuit of comfort, and a tendency to use force and gloss of law to obtain that which work and Providence deny.

    Can we imagine that a ‘Convention of States’ would serve as anything but to enable immoral men to use the force of government and gloss of law even more profoundly than they do now?

    Let us remember that the People made the Republic, and vested it with strictly limited power over themselves as individuals and as citizens together of the states. Open the box of Pandora within which the Constitution is secreted, and the results will not be increased Liberty, nor a restoration of the principles upon which the Republic was founded.

  • Terance Healy

    Even under Article V, the lawyers CANNOT fix the country they broke until it is lawful for them to do so. The Constitutional Challenge of Rule 1.6 will resurrect the US Constitution.
    http://work2bdone.com/live/2013/12/what-is-this-constitutional-challenge/