One of the most persistent myths about an Article V Convention of States is that it might "run away."
No one can say precisely what this means, but it always involves vague fears that a convention will propose improper amendments and somehow destroy our Constitution.
This is impossible, even just based on the text of Article V. An Article V convention cannot destroy the Constitution because by itself it cannot make any changes. All proposed amendments must be approved by 3/4ths of the states (38 states), making bad or unpopular amendments virtually impossible.
But let's consider the issue from the other way around. What is the alternative to a Convention of States? Trusting the federal government to limit itself.
As one West Virginia House representative argued on the floor of the chamber, that strategy has failed time and again in our nation's history.
"The fundamental question that we have to ask ourselves is, can we trust the federal government to limit itself?" he asked. "My answer to that is, no. Time and time again, the federal government has failed to limit its own powers, whether we're talking about the budget, depriving people of due process, or civil liberties."
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