Constitutional scholar Dr. John Eastman appeared on Newsmax recently, and he explained -- in no uncertain terms -- that a Convention of States is the only way we can check federal power.
"The federal government has expanded beyond measure and beyond belief," he said. "And I think the only remedy still available to us is a Convention of the States."
The Founders believed the federal government's power would be held in check by the inter-branch conflict between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, Dr. Eastman said. Congress would keep the President's power in check, and vice-versa, and the Supreme Court would perform the same function.
Instead, all three branches have colluded to expand their power, and when the Senate started to become elected by popular vote rather than by state legislatures, the states lost all power in Washington.
A Convention of States is the states' only peaceful, legal remedy to the abuses of the federal government. A Convention is called under Article V of the Constitution and has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit the size, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government.
The amendment proposals are then sent back to the states for ratification. Nowhere in the process does the federal government have a say, and neither the President, Congress, nor the Supreme Court can stop the process.
The violence we saw at the Capitol last week was a direct result of the belief that average Americans can't influence what happens in Washington. But that's simply not true. The Founders gave us a powerful tool in Article V, and it's time we used it.