Efforts to hold a convention of states to amend the Constitution have been going on for nearly a decade, with the heavy push starting in 2013. Since then, fourteen state legislatures have voted to call for it under Article V of the Constitution. Now, Mississippi is the 15th state to join the group.
NEWS: The Mississippi House just voted 69-46 to make Mississippi the 15th state to call an Article V convention to propose limits on the power of the federal government! Congrats to Mississippi and thanks to Rep. Dan Eubanks, Sen. Angela Hill, and Lt. Governor @tatereeves #msleg pic.twitter.com/amMkOIpsbF
— Convention of States (@COSProject) March 27, 2019
The Constitution says 2/3rds of states are necessary to trigger the convention and 3/4ths must ratify it in order to make an amendment. That means they need 34 states to hold the convention and 38 states to ratify.
Top on the agenda are term limits, balanced budgets, reduced spending, reduced powers, and generally limiting the powers of the federal government. For over a century, we’ve seen state, city, and individual rights and powers transferred to Washington DC. Meanwhile, we’ve seen DC creating new powers, more bureaucracy, and more freedom-limiting laws that have constricted our liberties and centralized power.
Opponents to a convention of states come from both sides of the aisle. On the left, any notion that takes power away from DC is against their sensibilities. Then, there are those on the right who fear a “runaway convention” in which the Constitution is essentially rewritten. Fearmongers have suggested that a convention of states would remove voting rights from minorities or women. They’ve said the power-hungry states would weaken the national government to the point of impotency.
Most if not all of the complaints are ridiculous and only designed to prevent people from supporting the common sense ideas being proposed within a convention of states. Lest we forget, 38 of the 50 state legislatures are required to ratify an amendment whether it comes from Capitol Hill or the states. If the fear is that there are 38 state legislatures who are willing to destroy the Constitution, we have more serious problems than term limits.
As unlikely as it is for Capitol Hill to rein in power in DC, it seems like a convention of states is the only viable way through which we can limit government and reduce the massive overreach in DC. 15 down. 23 to go.
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