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Convention of States!






Article V is the constitutional safety valve that can return America to its constitutional foundations. 

HOUSTON, TX, July 17, 2023—Convention of States Foundation is sponsoring a simulated Article V convention August 2 - 4, 2023, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, where representatives of 49 states will act as commissioners to perform a test run of an Article V convention for proposing constitutional amendments. Convention of States Foundation hosted the first ever simulated Article V Convention in 2016. This second simulated Article V convention (for proposing amendments to the constitution) is to demonstrate to the nation that this process offers a meaningful solution to the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. With the public confidence in DC at an all-time low, the time is right for this to happen. 

Williamsburg Virginia was a key venue for the generation of the framers of our government,” explains Michael Farris, co-founder, Convention of States Foundation. “It was there that they learned how to launch and improve this noble experiment in self-government and human liberty. This is the need of our generation as well. We will demonstrate how we can legitimately use the tools of the Constitution to preserve our liberties from a runaway federal government.” 

State delegations will focus their efforts on proposing amendments related to the subject matter of a model application drafted by respected constitutional scholars Michael Farris and Robert Natelson. It calls for constitutional amendments to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and set term limits for its officials and for Members of Congress.” Legislators will be advised by the Honorable Michael Farris, former Sen. Rick Santorum and grassroots leader Mark Meckler, among others. 

The opponents of a convention of states are unitedin fear. Commissioners from across the country are instead choosing to walk in the footsteps of the founders and framers, drawing on their examples of courage and leadership. Join us online and watch as we march boldly towards the first Article V convention of states in history,” said Mark Meckler, President, Convention of States Foundation. Former Sen. Santorum, a senior adviser of the movement, said, "Fear of the unknown is all the opponents of a convention of states have. This simulation will demonstrate that there is nothing to fear except failing to call a convention to restore federalism and our freedoms.” 

The Simulation allows the state delegations to test a set of model convention rules crafted by the world’s leading Article V scholars, Robert Natelson and Michael Farris.  

In 1781, General George Washington convened the Continental Army in Williamsburg to prepare for the battle of Yorktown—the turning point in the American Revolution. Convention of States Foundation will mark a new turning point in the modern day fight for liberty 235 years later, by reminding modern-day Americans of the powerful tool the Founding Fathers gave us in Article V, and demonstrating how it works. The Simulated Convention website can be found at 

About Convention of States Foundation: Convention of States Foundation is currently organized in all 50 states, including over five million volunteers, supporters and advocates committed to educating citizens about their constitutional rights.  

*Convention of States Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization*  



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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
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