The Founding Fathers unanimously added Article V into the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and now over two centuries later, their brilliance and prudence is providing us with an approach to fix power abuses in the federal government in the 21st century.
Article V Day is this Thursday, which is an exciting day to celebrate. Here at Convention of States Action, we'll be celebrating this great part of the Constitution all week long... Because why not?
But what exactly does Article V do? It allows Congress to propose amendments to the Constitution, which has been done 27 times. The other half of Article V allows the states to propose amendments through a 50-state convention. Convention of States is utilizing this procedure to bypass the DC swamp.
“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”
COS is celebrating this peaceful and legal solution to government overreach, and we are on our way to gaining enough support among the states to call a Convention of States.
The Framers didn’t write this solution into the Constitution for nothing. They understood the difficult balance between freedom and tyranny. Americans are ready to impose term limits, budgets and power restraints on the federal government.
Embrace the Article V mechanism by signing the petition below, and stay tuned all week long for more info on our Founders' great solution.