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!


Lois Lerner's Destroyed Blackberry Symptom of Larger Problem

Published in Blog on July 16, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

14490 big

Do you enjoy your visits to the Department of Motor Vehicles? Do you relish the idea of waiting in line for hours, filling out unnecessary paperwork, and navigating the myriad rules and regulations involved in renewing your driver's license, registering your car, or applying for a motorcycle license?

Of course not. Everyone knows the DMV is confusing, inefficient, and generally hard to deal with. A morning spent at the DMV probably means you're still waiting in line.

And the DMV isn't the only government bureaucracy plagued with a bad reputation.

As we've learned over the last few months, the inefficiencies at the VA have lead not only to wasted time: in some cases, they may have lead to death.

But the mother of all bureaucratic nightmares is the IRS. When compliance with a law means hiring an accountant or buying computer software, something is wrong with the system that created that law. If you've ever filed your own taxes, you know the tax code makes DMV paperwork look like first grade arithmetic.

Now we've discovered the IRS is not only confusing and inefficient -- it's probably corrupt as well. A senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration that Lois Lerner's Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups.

If recent events haven't proved to you government bureaucracies are the least effective means to address an issue, you're due for a trip to the DMV.

Let's be clear: a reasonable amount of bureaucracy is necessary in modern society -- paperwork isn't the problem, and the federal government needs a way to use its constitutionally-sanctioned power to collect taxes, etc.

The problem is that bureaucracies are the federal government's go-to method of  problem solving. Healthcare system is broken? Create a bureaucracy!  Veterans need benefits? Create a bureaucracy! Need to raise more taxes? Create a bigger bureaucracy!

When faced with a national issue, what reasonable American would say to themselves, "You know, the DMV really works great at the state level. Let's create a system just like that to solve this problem on an even bigger, more complicated scale"? Unfortunately, that seems to be the thought process in Washington.

But it wasn't what the Founders had in mind. In fact, they created a means by which the people -- through their state legislatures -- can halt the expansion of federal bureaucracies. Amendments proposed at a Convention of States could limit Washington's ability to insert themselves into every area of our lives.

Want to get involved?

Sign the petition to call for a Convention of States!

2,017,877 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 for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort 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 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 the Convention of States Project and consider becoming a co-sponsor of the resolution. 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]

Msg & Data rates may apply. Msg frequency varies. Text HELP for Help or text STOP to end messages. 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!