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Facts first: Debunking the claims that COS plans a Constitution rewrite favoring the rich

Published in Blog on December 06, 2023 by Jakob Fay

“We don’t need or want dark money billionaires to rewrite our Constitution,” tweeted one account on X, attached to an anti-COS donation campaign sponsored by Common Cause. The link directs back to easily debunked misinformation about Convention of States, but we couldn’t agree with that initial statement more — we don’t want billionaires rewriting our Constitution, either, thank you very much.

The ad goes on to imply, however, that that is exactly what Convention of States is “trying to do,” namely, “rewrite parts of our founding document to favor the rich.”

Of all the proposals we’ve considered — term limits, fiscal restraints, checks and balances on federal power — it’s unclear which ones, exactly, would slant our constitutional processes in favor of the rich. Nevertheless, it makes for an effective talking point.   

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In reality, Convention of States is backed by millions of everyday Americans who feel powerless, disenfranchised, and disillusioned with politics as usual in Washington, helpless to alleviate the burden the system has placed on them. Early American statesmen, including George Mason, the father of the Article V convention process, feared that the federal system of government would one day devolve into a “corrupt, tyrannical aristocracy” in which average, poor, vulnerable Americans’ rights would be trampled on. No doubt, we are living in such an aristocracy today — and in such a time as this, we must utilize their weapon of last resort.

Presciently, the Article V convention process was designed and unanimously ratified by the Framers to give the American people a voice should the national government ever become oppressive or out-of-touch. In many ways, ours is both. Thankfully, we have Article V to correct course and reorient Washington around the nation’s true bosses — we the people.

For generations, the poor and middle class in America, on both sides of the aisle, have had to bear the brunt of D.C.’s out-of-control ways. For example, just this week, the national debt topped $100,000 per citizen, an unforgiving burden future generations will have to pay off. But, through an Article V convention, we could finally begin to roll back our massive federal deficit and crack down on reckless government spending.

SEE ALSO: Article V at 236: The People's Tool for Preserving Freedom

Contrary to Common Cause’s misguided claim, these much-needed reforms would not rewrite the Constitution primarily to “favor the rich” but rather empower the “little guy” through the powers granted him in the Constitution.

Ironically, organizations that oppose COS, including the George Soros-funded Common Cause, are trying to stop us for precisely that reason — because they know we pose a threat to the corrupt, entrenched D.C. establishment. Don’t fall for their lies. George Mason’s remarks at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 leave no doubt that the Founders gave us Article V to resist federal tyranny. It’s high time that we used it.

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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.

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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: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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