This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

Please enable cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website

Sign the petition

to call for a

Convention of States!


Convention of States supporters from the Founders and beyond

Published in Blog on March 11, 2021 by Gregory Kipp


“...It would be improper to require the consent of the National Legislature, because they may abuse their power, and refuse consent…” -George Mason (from James Madison’s notes of the debates in the Constitutional Convention, June 11, 1787)

“...Col (George) Mason thought the plan of amending the Constitution exceptionable and dangerous. As the proposing of amendments is in both the modes to depend, in the first immediately, in the second, ultimately, on Congress, no amendments of the proper kind would ever be obtained by the people, if the Government should become oppressive, as he verily believed would be the case...” -George Mason (from James Madison’s notes of the debates in the Constitutional Convention, September 15, 1787)



  “...The warmest friends and the best supporters the Constitution has, do not contend that it is free from imperfections; but they found them unavoidable, and are sensible, if evil is likely to arise therefrom, [that] the remedy must come hereafter; for in the present moment it is not to be obtained. And as there is a constitutional door open for it, I think the people (for it is with them to judge) can, as they will have the advantage of experience on their side, decide with as much propriety on the alterations and amendments which are necessary [as] ourselves. I do not think we are more inspired, have more wisdom, or possess more virtue than those who will come after us...” -George Washington (from his letter to Bushrod Washington, eventual Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, November 9, 1787)

“...It should be remembered that a constitutional door is open for such amendments as shall be thought necessary by nine(two thirds of the) states...” -George Washington (from his letter to John Armstrong, April 25, 1788)

“...If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way in which the Constitution designates.” -George Washington (from his farewell address, originally published September 17, 1796)



“...It, moreover, equally enables the general and the State governments to originate the amendment of errors, as they may be pointed out by experience on one side, or on the other...” -James Madison (from Federalist 43 of The Federalist Papers, January 23, 1788)

“….an ulterior resort is provided in amendments attainable by an intervention of the States, which may better adapt the Constitution for the purposes of its creation…” -James Madison (from his letter to Martin L. Hurlbut, May 1, 1830)

“...Should the provisions of the Constitution as here reviewed, be found not to secure government and rights of the states, against usurpations and abuses on the part of the United States, the final resort within the purview of the Constitution, lies in an amendment of the Constitution, according to a process applicable by the states...” -James Madison (from his letter to Edward Everett, Aug 28, 1830)



“...the national rulers, whenever nine states concur, will have no option upon the subject. By the fifth Article of the plan, the Congress will be obliged 'on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the states [which at present amount to nine] to call a convention for proposing amendments, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes…' The words of this article are peremptory. The Congress 'shall call a convention.' Nothing in this particular is left to the discretion of that body...We may safely rely on the disposition of the state legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority...” -Alexander Hamilton (from Federalist 85, the last of The Federalist Papers, August 13 - 16, 1788)



“...The ultimate arbiter is the people of the Union, assembled by their deputies in convention, at the call of Congress, or of two-thirds of the States. Let them decide to which they mean to give an authority claimed by two of their organs. And it has been the peculiar wisdom and felicity of our constitution, to have provided this peaceable appeal, where that of other nations is at once to force...” -Thomas Jefferson (from his letter to Justice William Johnson, June 12, 1823)



“...This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it...While I make no recommendation of amendments, I fully recognize the rightful authority of the people over the whole subject, to be exercised in either of the modes prescribed in the instrument itself; and I should, under existing circumstances, favor rather than oppose a fair opportunity being afforded the people to act upon it. I will venture to add that to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves, instead of only permitting them to take or reject propositions originated by others, not especially chosen for the purpose, and which might not be precisely such as they would wish to either accept or refuse…” -Abraham Lincoln (from his first inaugural address, March 4, 1861)



“...Through their state legislatures and without regard to the federal government, the people can demand a convention to propose amendments that can and will reverse any trends they see as fatal to true representative government...” -Dwight Eisenhower (from his commencement address at Defiance College, Ohio, May, 26, 1963)



...The Constitution provides for both methods and the Convention is a safety valve giving the people a chance to act if Congress refuses to...” -Then California Governor Ronald Reagan (In his radio address on February 13, 1979)


Sign the petition to call for an Article V convention!

2,553,806 signatures

Petition your state legislator

Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention to proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington DC.

I support Convention of States; a national movement to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of an Article V convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here:

I ask that you support Convention of States and consider becoming a co-sponsor. Please respond to my request by informing the national COS team of your position, or sending them any questions you may have: or (540) 441-7227.

Thank you so much for your service to the people of our district.

Respectfully, [Your Name]

By checking this box, you agree to receive text messages sent via an “autodialer”. Our text messages are intended to inform you of events, calls to action, volunteering opportunities, and other matters pertaining to self-governance. Text STOP to stop receiving messages. Text HELP for more info. Message frequency varies. Message and data rates may apply. View Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Provide your full address and we will deliver your petition directly to your state legislators now and again during the legislative sessions, Free of Charge. We Protect your privacy.

We welcome all US citizens to support our movement by signing the petition. To deliver the petition to your state legislators, you must enter your full address, which must be within one of the 50 states. For military personnel serving overseas, or for expatriates, enter your Voting Residence Address .

Please be sure to check the "Send me email updates" box, and include your phone number above.

How did you hear about us:

Click here to get involved!
Convention of states action

Are you sure you don't want emailed updates on our progress and local events? We respect your privacy, but we don't want you to feel left out!