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West Virginia House Rep. EVISCERATES "runaway convention" myth

Published in Blog on April 26, 2021 by Convention Of States

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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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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:

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